Becoming a Doctor


Carissa Lopez, Contributor

If you want to become a doctor, then you’re looking at a good deal more of school and training. Along with receiving a bachelor’s degree and completing courses in things like biology, chemistry, and physics, you’ll have to go to medical school for 4 years. In order for a medical school to accept you, you have to get a good score on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).

After medical school, you’ll start a residency in a specialty of your choosing. If you don’t know what you’ll want to go into when you start medical school, you’ll find out through rotations in each school year. Residencies range from 3-7 years long, depending on the specialty. 

After your residency, you can become an attending at a hospital or go into private practice, or you can receive even more training. For instance, if you’re a psychiatrist, you could get training in child and adolescent psychiatry.

Information: Association of American Medical Colleges.

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