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Medical school may not be for everyone, but those who decide to make the big leap are usually pretty certain that they want to become doctors, or at least to graduate. The drop-out rate from medical school, unlike law school, is pretty low, and this indicates that many of those who enter medical school are prepared for the work ahead of them.

The medical career is one of the most rewarding professions, since it literally affects the lives of many people. A significant amount of work goes into this profession, and most of those who have the ability to get into medical school in the first place have the willingness to meet the challenge.

How do you know if medical school is right for you? The medical profession is one that combines detailed scientific knowledge with the human touch and compassion for others. If one of these qualities is lacking, then one might be better of being a scientist or to study the humanities.

However, if these two abilities are also combined with a solid work ethic and a dedication to one’s tasks, then the medical school may be a good option.

Those who are preparing to go to medical school are known to be good students, not just in math and science, but in other areas as well. It is helpful, but not necessary, to have a sense in high school that you want to go to medical school someday.

A college prep course should include advanced math and science as well as solid courses in the humanities. When choosing a college, one should look at the percentage of those who get into medical school after applying, and which  medical schools they attend. This will give you a sense of how well the college or university prepares students for applying to medical school.

As an undergraduate, it is not necessary to take Pre-Med, however, you should continue to take advanced science and math courses. Many pre-med students use the undergraduate experience as a time to explore a certain area of study, such as drama, they  may not have time to explore in  medical school and beyond.

It is not unusual to see art majors attend the most prestigious medical schools, although they must also have filled their time with advanced math and science courses as well.

After you receive your diploma, you may be in medical school for 5 to 10 years before completing your degree. Most aspiring doctors are aware of this and are ready for the long road ahead.

The first two years of medical school are quite demanding, and include courses such as:

  • Anatomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Physics
  • Microbiology
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology

After the first two years, the aspiring doctor will spend the next 3 to 7 years in residency at a hospital to learn hands-on how to diagnose and treat a patient. These residents often work long hours or overnight shift, and rarely have a set schedule. In addition to residency, the medical student may be taking additional classes.

This amounts to quite a busy schedule for the medical students, but it helps prepare the student for the busy life as a doctor.

Those who complete their degrees at medical school and become doctors may have a private practice or work in a hospital. The length of the course depends on the area of medicine the student is studying.

Many medical students have significant debts upon graduation, but since doctors often are well-paid, these debts can often be paid off soon after graduation. Since doctors spend so much time in medical school, it is essential for the candidate to choose a medical school where he or she feels comfortable.

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