Becoming a Doctor

September 2, 2013

For the past week I have been looking into schooling and all that comes with becoming a Pediatrician. In total I will have eight years of schooling (four undergraduate, four medical). After graduating med school I will have to complete one year internship, three years residency, and fellowship.

I will most likely attend Ball State for my Undergraduate schooling. At Ball State I will major in premed, and possibly double major although I am not sure in what. Pre med at Ball State is like most pre med programs. I will take basic science like biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, micro biology, human anatomy, and more.

After undergraduate schooling I will have to take the MCAT to get into a medical school. I am not sure what medical school I will go to, although my dream medical school would be Duke.

 

September 5, 2013

For the past two days I have been looking more into my undergraduate schooling and all that comes with it. At ball state I would most likely major in biology with a minor in chemistry, to go along with my premed courses. Med school does not require that you major in a specific field or subject. If someone wanted to major in music they could and still apply for med school. However science is my favorite subject followed by math so it seems fitting to major in biology. And as a bonus, most of the classes I will take to obtain a degree in Biology will also work for my premed. I can thank Mrs. Miller for her wonderful advice on this.

There are many things I will have to do on top of my schooling. It is strongly suggested that you volunteer within your community and medical community as well. I will be doing both of these throughout my schooling.

As I talked about in my last post, there are basic classes that I will need to complete in order to graduate from Ball State.  You can find these required courses here: http://cms.bsu.edu/Academics/CollegesandDepartments/Biology/Academics/ProgramsofStudy/Bachelor/PreHealth/PreMed/Rqrmnts.aspx

OH! I almost forgot! The Hospital is putting on a medical explorers program for high school students. Fingers crossed everything works out and I will be able to be apart of this program to further my independent study!

 

September 6, 2013

I have covered the basics of what my undergraduate years are going to look like. But before I can move on to med school I must fist pass the MCAT. Yay me! The MCAT is basically a medical version of a SAT or ACT that I must pass in order to be considered for med school. Kinda like how it is to get in to collage. Here is what AAMC says about the MCAT:

“The Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess the examinee’s problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine. Scores are reported in Physical Sciences, Verbal Reasoning, and Biological Sciences.

Almost all U.S. medical schools and many Canadian schools require applicants to submit MCAT exam scores. Many schools do not accept MCAT exam scores that are more than three years old.”

I will have to take this no later than spring of my senior year in order to apply for med school. You can take the MCAT as early as your sophomore year. It is suggested that you start studying specifically for the MCAT starting your freshman year. You can find books on the MCAT, study guides, and references at some book stores or through your premed adviser.

(info from https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/ )

 

September 11, 2013

Now time to move on to Medical School! The most exciting point so far. Applying and being accepted into Medical School is half of the battle. Only 50% of students who apply actually get in. Getting in to med school will be one of the hardest things to do. The minimum requirement is that you have one year Biology, one year physics, one year english, and two years chemistry. Like I said earlier, you don’t have to be a science major to go to med school. You can major in what ever interest you the most. I will probably major in a science because that is something that I really enjoy, my other option is to major in something like athletic training. From what I have researched, the admission team looks more at how you did academically, and what you did as far a immersing you self in the medical community. They will look at what you have contributed and been a part of. Another thing that is looked at greatly is your letters of recommendation and possibly as essay. These paper help the school get a better understanding of who you are. And last but not least is the interview. This by far is the biggest part to the acceptance of med school. Most med schools will interview, although an interview is never promised. The interview is usually the last step, and in some cases used to decide what students will be accepted. Once you are accepted you are officially on your way to becoming a doctor.

 

September 12, 2013

I guess I should back track a little… oops! I forgot to talk about choosing the med schools you are interested in. I will probably apply to more than one med school. i want to make sure I have the best chance possible to become a doctor. I have found this really cool website that you can compare different med schools that you are interested in. The link is at the bottom of this post. I have narrowed my choices down to about 9 med schools that I would like to attend. Yeah I know that 9 sounds like a lot but I have a long way to go until I get to med school and who knows where that will take me. My dream med school would be Duke, I love Duke and think it would be a great fit for me, but I know that this may not happen. So here is  my dream list of med schools:

1. Duke

2. John Hopkins

3. UNC

4. Wake Forest

5. Mayo

6. Michigan Med School

7. Cincinnati

8. Medical Collage of Wisconsin

9. And Indiana University..

I know that this list may seem odd but that is just what I think at the moment. A lot of things went into this dream list. the website I talked about earlier compares almost all aspects of the med school. A big factor for me is going to be cost. IU was so low on my list due to the fact that it is one of the most expensive med schools. It would almost be cheeper for me to go to John Hopkins or Duke than it would for me to go to IU. Another factor is that I really want to live in North Carolina so that also changes some of the dynamics. Most of the other school on my dream list are schools know for there education and facilities in the field of pediatrics.

http://medical-schools.findthebest.com

 

September 14, 2013

Time to move on to med school. Academically this will be the hardest part. Once I make it this far I can take a small breath because I am so close to becoming a doctor. But I will still have so much to learn here is an outline of how med school will look:

First year- science based classes for the most part. I will take gross anatomy, histology, pathology, and biochemistry. I will take other classes on top of this but these are the main ones.

Second year- this is the year that I will finally feel like a med student! Second year is more clinical-based. I will learn basic things that I will run into in the field, like common illnesses.

Third year- I will finally be introduced to the medical work place. I will work as a team with attendings, residents, and interns. I will rotate specialties like pediatrics, ob/gyn, trauma, surgical, and more. Grading will be based on how well I do and the impression I leave with the doctors grading me.

Fourth year- this year is much like third year except you can start to specialize in what you want to do. I will request to take rounds in pediatrics, surgical, trauma, ob/gym, ICU, and family medicine.

Ta Da! Done with med school! I would say that I am done with my schooling but in the medical field I will always be learning something.

 

September 16, 2013

Over the past few days I have been looking in to what exactly I want to do with pediatrics. Sitting in an office all day doing check ups is not exactly what I want to do for the rest of my life. I know I want to be more involved in the care of patients. For me the hospital setting seems more appealing than a private practice. I like the idea of working with a team of doctors. That why when looking at specialties I like the idea of being pediatric Intensivist. A Pediatric Intensivist is someone who works in the PICU (pediatric intensive care unit). Doctors work as a team to help the children within the PICU. It is a hand on job that requires you to do several procedures and to be in constant contact with the patients. This job would be a challenge, not only mentally and physically, but also emotionally. I think I would enjoy this specialty because I would be helping save the lives of some of the sickest children.

 

September 17, 2013

To become a pediatric intensivist I will have to complete:

-one year internship

-two years residency

-three years fellowship.

So after 4 years of undergrad and 4 years medical school I will have to add 6 years to become a pediatric intensivist. The reason it will take so long is that pediatric intensivist is a subspecialty. I will go in to more detail about what it takes to become a pediatric intensivist tomorrow after I have some time to do some more research.

 

 

 

 

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