Pursue Medical career in US after 12th
Premedical (4 Years): 12th (3.75) SAT Above 1170 or ACT above 26.
Medical (4 Years): Premedical (3.75) Plus MCAT 509
Choosing whether medicine is right for you
Do I want to be a doctor?
Decide on the type of future that appeals to you.
Are you interested in science and how the human body works?
Are you deeply concerned about other people, their problems, and their pain?
How good of a listener are you?
How much do you enjoy learning?
Are you interested in the ways medicine can improve your life?
Are you interested in challenges and learning new things?
Do you enjoy learning about the body and science?
Chances are you have the right personality for a career in medicine if you answered “yes” to most of these questions. However, there’s more to consider. It is a long and intense journey to become a doctor. Here are some steps you can take next to find out if being a doctor is right for you:
Learn more about the physician career path by talking to a career counselor or pre-health advisor.
Consider shadowing a doctor, volunteering in a medical setting, or working as an Emergency Medical Technician or medical scribe to gain experience in the medical field.
You can decide if a career in medicine is right for you by getting hands-on experience!
Take a look at the answers to the following questions.
What is it like to be a doctor?
The role of the physician is to support and manage the health care of people of all ages. A doctor is responsible for taking medical histories, examining patients physically, conducting diagnostic tests, providing treatment, conducting research, and advising patients about their overall health and well-being.
There are many types of physicians, but they usually fall into three broad categories:
Patients usually visit primary care physicians most often. They treat a wide range of illnesses and provide preventive care regularly, and they have developed long-term relationships with their patients. Primary care physicians include pediatricians, family practitioners, and internists.
A specialist has expertise in specific diseases as well as body parts, organs, and systems. Specialists include cardiologists, oncologists, neurologists, and ophthalmologists.
Surgery is a process of treating and repairing injuries and diseases.
What education is required to become a doctor?
It takes a lot of education and money to become a doctor. Generally, you need 11 to 16 years to complete your education, including four years of college (undergraduate school), four years of medical school, and anywhere from three to eight years of specialty training (i.e., residency training), depending on which specialty you choose. Throughout their careers, doctors are also required to take courses and learn about advancements in their field to maintain their licenses.
How does the lifestyle and salary compare?
Although physician salaries are among the highest of all occupations, work hours can be long and unpredictable. Doctors often work more than 60 hours per week. It may also be necessary for them to respond to emergencies and be on call for their patients. Depending on the type, size, and location of the practice, work hours may vary.
Salaries vary depending on where physicians live and the type of medical specialty they practice.
Preparing for Medical School
- Earn at least a 3.65 GPA math/science (12th)
- Have a SAT score of at least 1170 and/or ACT score of at least 26.
- Demonstrate in a personal statement an understanding of and commitment to a career in medicine.
While studying Premed You have to qualify for
Taking the MCAT® Exam
Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®), developed and administered by the AAMC, is a standardized, multiple-choice exam that helps medical school admissions officers evaluate your problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and understanding of natural, behavioral, and social science concepts and principles.
In general, anything below a cumulative MCAT score of 510 is considered to be a borderline score.
In April 2015, the AAMC launched the current version of the MCAT exam. Scores are reported in four sections:
Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
Almost all U.S. medical schools and many Canadian schools require you to submit MCAT exam scores. Many schools do not accept MCAT exam scores that are more than three years old.
Prepare for the MCAT Exam
It takes time and dedication to prepare for the MCAT exam. With a busy schedule, balancing your preparations can be difficult. No matter where you are in the preparation process, the AAMC has resources and practice products to help you.
Are there any required courses for the MCAT exam?
Most colleges and universities cover all the content on the MCAT in introductory courses, such as introductory biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and first-semester psychology, sociology, and biochemistry. The concepts of research methods and statistics used on the exam are also covered in introductory science labs and introductory psychology and sociology courses. To determine the specific coursework you will need to meet your educational objectives, you should contact the pre-health advisor at your institution.