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How To Become A Doctor

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How To Become A Doctor

Doctors are the most respected and by far the most appreciated people in the world, and it is easy to understand why. They save lives, they make life itself better, they look for cures where there is only disease and they look for ways to make people healthy even in the direst of situations.

Becoming a doctor, on the other hand, is something that you really need to have a calling for. You will spend a lot of time learning, practicing, taking exams, studying and proving yourself only to do it all over again and again and again. With all that in mind, let's find out how to become a doctor.

Graduate From Medical School

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The first step that you will have to take in order to become a doctor is to enroll into and graduate from, medical school.

There are a lot of choices out there some more famous than others, some a lot more expensive than others, so make sure that you find the right choice for yourself because you will be spending the next 6 years of your life studying there.

This is also the first taste of hardship that you will encounter because you will have to study so much that coffee, lack of sleep and medical hallucinations (the common issue of first and second-year medical students hallucinating that they have the diseases that they are studying about) will be the norm.

Graduate From Grad School

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Graduate school is where you actually study to get your doctoral diploma and the right to practice medicine, all be it in a controlled and highly supervised environment.

This time you will not be spending much time studying, only around 5 years, however, this time you will be working while studying and you will be able to take a more hands-on approach to learning, depending on your specialization.

 

Find A Residency Position

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While this might feel like you've made it and that you're a doctor, truth be told you're not quite there yet. You're basically an apprentice now, studying and learning medicine while at the same time practicing under the watchful eye of specialists and experienced physicians.

This is the penultimate step to becoming a doctor and, depending on your specialization, it will take you between 3 and 4 years to complete while at the same time working on your final degrees.

Obtain Your License And Certification

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This is it, the last leg of the journey, the home stretch, everything that you've gone through for the last 12 or so years amounts to this very day, the day when you get your medical license and the right to practice medicine as well as your certification and diploma.

This is by far the most grueling exam that you will have to go through in your entire life, spanning from the first year of medical school to your last day of residency, this exam is designed to cover every single aspect of your specialization. Once you've passed it, though, you will be able to call yourself a doctor and get a job as a doctor at any hospital or clinic that you desire.

You need a lifetime commitment to medicine and the thought of saving lives in order to become a doctor. It was named the hardest profession in the world for good reason, not only because of the fact that you are in essence responsible for the lives of the people that you treat but also because of all the hardship and downright self-destructive behavior that you will go through while training to be a doctor.

That being said, as long as you've made up your mind, as long as you study as hard as you can and never stray from your path, you will live out your lifelong dream of becoming a doctor.

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