The medical profession is meant for highly talented and skilled students, who have a deep interest in medical science. Students who are sincere and consistently score well in subjects like Biology, Zoology and Chemistry, can think of joining a degree course in medicine and then a post-graduate course in surgery.
As a specialized course in medicine, it takes a student around 7 to 8 years of studies and internship to become a surgeon. You need to be sure that you are prepared to live an academic life until you're in your late twenties. Further, it takes a few years of practice before you manage to establish yourself as a professional of repute.
- Concentrate on subjects like Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and get good grades throughout high school.
- You must score well on the SAT in order to gain admission to an undergraduate course at a reputed university.
- You need to necessarily opt for Biology, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics, along with English.
- Aspiring medical students have an average GPA of 3.5 on a scale of 4.0 at the undergraduate level.
- Finally, you need to take the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) and score well in order to qualify for medical school.
It is common knowledge that getting into a medical school of your choice is tough, considering the large volume of applications, compared to the few seats that are available. However, one needs to prudently go about planning the applications to get into a decent college.
- The medical school application process is centralized, called the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS).
- This is where you apply online and include details regarding your academic background, along with your personal essay and (if required) recommendation letters.
- Along with your grades, your personal essay plays a major role in introducing you to the admissions committee of a school. Ensure that it suitably conveys your skills and talent, and brings out your best characteristics.
Residency programs are compulsory, if you wish to practice as a surgeon in the US. Also, most students take the third part of the USMLE at the end of the first year in residency, due to which they complete the licensing procedure.