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Becoming a Doctor :: Education, Training and Costs

It’s easy to say that you want to be a doctor. But the process of becoming one is lengthy, expensive and extremely challenging. Once you’ve learned about the different types of doctors, and picked the field that interests you most, you can look into the specific training and education you’ll need.

While we can’t cover every type of doctor in this article, we'll give you a general idea of what you can expect from education, training and costs.


Education

High School: The road to becoming a doctor begins with high school. Take 4 full years of biology, [kwlink1743]chemistry[/kwlink], physics and math (including calculus). These are important prerequisites for getting into college, so make sure you get good grades. Also, experience is invaluable. Volunteer at your local hospital or doctor’s office in order to get your required volunteer hours.


College: Post-secondary is a whole new ballgame. You’re looking at 3 to 4 years of college in which you must earn a bachelor’s degree. Study biology, English and chemistry, and make sure that your grade point average stays above 3.5.


Medical School: Next you’ll have to score well on the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) before applying to medical school. Med school lasts about 4 years. But the learning doesn't stop there.


Training

After you complete medical school, you’ll begin your residency (or internship) which lasts upwards of 2 years. Here you’ll focus on a specialty and work with patients, but not as a full-fledged doctor (similar to the characters on Grey’s Anatomy). After your residency, you can get a licence and open your own practice.


Costs

Becoming a doctor is not cheap. Depending on your location and specialty, medical school alone can cost between $50,000 and $150,000, and that’s only tuition. Textbooks, housing, meals, equipment and fees are added expenses.


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    EndlessDream
    EndlessDream posted in Style:
    You need breakfast and lunch. Starving yourself, even if you aren't hungry, makes you loose energy to the point you could pass out from not eating. Keep your diet healthy. For breakfast, at least have yogurt, fruit, and juice. Drink at least 4 full glasses of water a day. Trim down on the snacks. Everyone has different bodies and build. You may just be large-boned. And that's not bad! That makes you stronger and higher ability to gain muscle. Loosing weight doesn't happen over night. It can take months. 
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    Nekogirl101
    Nekogirl101 posted in Style:
    For years my parents would tell me I'm skinny but compared to other people, my waist was bigger and I would always hide it. Though it was obvious I weighed more, I've only been doing this for a week and I didn't ever tell anyone what I was doing until my parents found out. I would skip lunch and breakfast and say I was full. I only ate a big dinner every night. Once my parents found out, they said it was unhealthy and if I didn't  stop, I would develop an eating disorder. I obviously listened to them, but I've tried as best as I can so far. I have barely lost any weight from exercise and my parents won't let me go on a diet because I already 'eat healthy enough'. I want to lose weight without exercising being 3/4s of my lifestyle. I know, I'm a lazy idiot for saying all this.
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    rainbowpoptart
    Yes, purely for the fact that you should not "hate" your sister (or anyone, for that matter).  I'm guessing by "get in trouble for her", you mean she does something wrong and the blame is all put on you? Yeah, little siblings tend to do that a lot. My brother did for the longest time, until my parents found out how much a liar he is. She, hopefully, will grow out of this eventually. Either that, or your parent[s]/guardian[s] will eventually see through her. You lose your friends to her? By this do you mean your friends want to hang out with her and they want you to tag along and you don't? Or do you mean your friends chose your sister over you? If it's the latter, then perhaps you shouldn't have ever referred to those people as friends. You'll find friends who'll prefer you over your sister, I'm sure of it. The only thing I can tell you to do is try to get along with your sister. Every group of siblings has their cats and dogs moment in life, but they grow out of it (most of the time; there are, of course, circumstances where it doesn't work out that way). Please be grateful for your sister, even if you two fight a lot. You never know how much you need something until it's gone.
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    liddielover
    i hate my little sister because i get introuble for her and lose my friends to her.is that wrong?
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    skylar245
    skylar245 posted in Friends:
    "rainbowpoptart" wrote: "skylar245" wrote: Teacher said to wait for the Bus Driver and the counselor, she just talks to me and doesn't tell The Princible Then maybe try telling the principal yourself, and you should also report that the driver, teacher, and counselor haven't done anything to help you. If that fails, tell another trusted adult, like your mother. I'm sure someone you're close to would do their best to get justice. This is a major problem and it's a shame no one's done anything to help. ​No one listens to me anyway but my friends
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