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How many years does it take to be a doctor?

by tom44 on July 3, 2013

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How many years does it take to be a pediatrition?Or an optamolagist?And other sorts of doctors?The most detailed answer will be chosen!No mean or silly answers!THX!

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Answer by Xavier2184
uuummm, taking a stab at it, i think like 6-8

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2 thoughts on “How many years does it take to be a doctor?

  1. 5135234 says:

    4 years of premed (regular college)
    4 years of medical school
    (about) 3+ years of residency

    I know pediatrician is 4 + 4 + 3
    most are around that time.

    People have no idea what residency even is. You do “training”… kind of like assistant training… with a doctor of that specific job you want. They help train you for a certain amount of years (It depends on which job you are going for and the amount of training needed). You do get paid during residency, but not as much as being the actual doctor.

    50% of people make it in medical school and it’s VERY pricey. So you need to be sure this is what you love and you’ll make it if you really try. (Don’t worry about college prices. Loans and financial aid are options… and if you chose medical, well, your job will pay a good enough in the end and you’ll be able to pay back all those college loans).

    Getting into residency is easy. (The hard part is just getting into medical school.. and a little bit of during medical school). Because the medical field is a demanding job, once you sign up for residency, you’ll likely be approved on your first choice. (Most get into the hospital they pick) and you can go to any hospital to apply. Whether your dream place to live is in the heart of New York City, rural Southern town, suburbs, or where you’re at (or will be), it doesn’t matter.

    GETTING the job is difficult, but it’s meant to because we want the people to take care of us to be serious about it. Never take a job for financial motivation. PICK THE JOB YOU LOVE. Because if medicine isn’t your dream, then you’ll never enjoy the job. I know someone in medical school and they write 15 page essays every night. THAT’s how serious it gets. Lots of studying.

    But if you know 100% this is for you, then don’t ever give up! You’ll be able to get through it if you really can see yourself as a doctor.

    If you know you’ll never be cut out for studying through medical school, but you know you were meant to work in hospitals, then you can become an RN (Registered Nurse) which doesn’t require medical school. I believe it is 4 years and they do learn a lot.

    If you are in high school, check if your high school has a “CNA” class. (Certified Nursing Assistant). Take that class to make sure this is what you want to do. They do offer this class in college (It is primarily a college class, but I do believe some high schools offer this, which is 100% without a doubt the best opportunity you can find at a high school)

  2. Maria says:

    First get your undergrad degree in 3-5 years depending on the person.
    Then medical school is 4 years. When you graduate you still have to do a residency in your chosen field such as pediatrics or opthalmology. Residency is a minimum of 3 years and can be an additional 1-4 years for a fellowship training in order to be further subspecialized such as pediatric neurologist or a retinal specialist in opthalmology.

    The most important thing to remember is that if you are truly excited about medicine, the length of time will not seem long while doing it. The reason is that every year is different and has different challenges. Only undergrad and the 4 years of med school are tuition based, after that you actually have a salary. As a 1st year resident the average salary is $ 35K so even though it is not huge, at least money is not going the other direction into tuition and salary usually increase each year by an average of $ 1500. Also you are doing what you love (if you are doing it for the right reason) learning and practicing in your field of choice.

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