Saturday, 2 February 2019

How to Begin your Career as a Doctor

Are you aspiring to be a doctor? Bear in mind that you will have to spend a lot of time buried in books and later on work in a hospital. Becoming a physician is also very expensive and student loans may have to be taken out for completing your studies. If loans are taken, you may have to spend a number of years in residency and even after that to pay them off. You should only choose a career as a doctor after you have researched the profession and understood the steps that you will have to take for embarking on the challenging, arduous, competitive and long journey.

Becoming a doctor is one of the toughest career paths and not only does it require you to have dedication, passion and make financial and personal sacrifices; it also involved continuous examinations and lifelong learning. If you are set on this goal, here are the steps you need to follow for starting off your career as a doctor:

    1- You need to begin your research and you can take advantage of local libraries or the internet in this regard. It is essential to know how you can enter medical school and the exams and credentials that are needed for enrolling in admission programs.
    2- Take an early start as this is the best way to set yourself on the career path of a doctor. If you intend to become part of the medical profession, you will need to do well in your academics and maintain a good grade-point average. You have to study science in high school including biology, physics and chemistry. Math courses like calculus, algebra, trigonometry and geometry are also beneficial. You also have to do well in college because there is a lot of competition for getting into medical schools. Your courses in college should include inorganic and organic chemistry, English and Math. You should also study social sciences and humanities as it is helpful.
    3- Do a research on the medical programs and schools available and check out their admission requirements. There are different prerequisites and requirements of every university and college and you need to know the specifics to determine if you qualify for admission or not.
    4- When you are applying to medical schools, you need to shed some light on your overall qualities. When applications are received by the medical school’s admission committee, they review the academic as well as personal background and profile of each candidate. A doctor is expected to have some notable qualities such as compassion, volunteerism and social awareness. You should become proactive in charities and global work and start taking some interest in doing volunteer work in your local area or communities.
    5- You have to appear for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and rank high in it. This is a crucial and important requirement for all pre-medical applicants before they can be chosen for an interview at the medical school they have applied to. Special review courses are available in various places that can aid medical students in preparing for the MCAT.
    6- In order to become a more competitive and stronger applicant, you can become a volunteer or get a part-time research position at a college, university or research hospital. This shows the selection committee that you are committed and serious to your path, especially if you have had some experience in presenting at medical seminars and conferences or if your research is published in the medical journal.
    7- Prepare yourself to study. Becoming a doctor is a lifelong activity and you will have to sit for exams every year throughout your career.
    8- You also need to organize your finances. When you decide to become a doctor, you have to take out take out large funds or financial loans from your personal accounts. Not only do you have to spend years studying for the medical professional, but there are also some substantial expenses. Keep in mind that you should be willing to work for long periods and irregular hours to become a doctor.
    9- Once you have gotten into medical school, you have complete the four years of study and then apply for a residency program in order to get the license for practicing as a doctor. You cannot apply for a residency program without taking the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). Depending on your specialty, most residency programs last for somewhere between four to six years. However, there are some such as those for aspiring neurosurgeons that can last for even longer.
    10- In case you are unsuccessful in entering a medical program in the US, you have the option of getting a medical degree from another country and then send in your application for a residency program as a Foreign Medical Graduate. You can get this choice from medical schools in the Caribbean or Europe.

Once you have completed your medical school, residency and internship, you can now be hired as a doctor. It is time to hunt for doctor jobs. You can choose to work in a medical practice or at a hospital as a surgeon or specialist. There are several ways you can look for jobs that suit your future goals and they are:

    • Joining professional groups and organizations like the American Medical Association as they publish a newsletter or journal, which contain jobs.
    • Ask your medical school professors to let you know if there are any job openings in hospitals.
    • Attend job fairs and networking events and take your business cards and resume along to give them out.
    • Check out medical websites that are aimed at helping doctors in finding jobs. You can do a job search in a particular region, city or country. The search can also be customized as per your specialty. You can send your resumes online after making an account.
While there is no doubt that it is very difficult to become a doctor as it requires about 11 to 16 years to accomplish it, the rewards are well worth it. 

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