High School Seniors..so You want to be a DoctoR
So you want to be a doctor? Great! It will be a long but fulfilling journey. Your have 8 years of schooling to complete plus 3-5 years of residency and then fellowship if you select that route. But don't be too much in a hurry to get it over with. You have so much to discover in the next 10 years.
So you journey starts now.
- Start by reading. No I mean it. Read. Read. Read. You need to increase your speed and accuracy while reading. This will help you keep up with the demands of college level work and also prepare you for the MCATs. This is something you can do right now!
- Be open minded about where you will go to college. Find the best fit.
- Volunteer in your community. When you apply to medical school, technically high school volunteer work is not part of your application, unless you continue doing it. Let's say you teach yoga at the senior center in high school and continue every summer when you come home from college. Then you can demonstrate longevity by starting " For the last 7 years I have volunteer at the Longwood Senior Center teaching yoga..."
- Volunteer in a healthcare setting to make sure this is the right path for you.
- Practice your leadership skills while in high school then hone them in college. This will end up being an important part of your med school application.
- Remember, you don't MAJOR in premed. Premed is just the assortment of classes you take that prepare you for the MCATs and medical school. Regardless of what you major in, it all starts with Chemistry and Biology. Please refer to the page COMMON PREMED PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK for more specifics.
- At this point, you could consider the joint BS/MD program option. It has some distinct advantages but also many disadvantages so do some research to see if this is the right path for you.