How to Become a Medical Doctor

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Let’s face a fact – you want to know how to become a medical doctor, also called a general practitioner (GP), because you love people; you love working with people and you have a heart for people who are suffering. If you want to find out whether you’re a future doctor.

 

Although medicine does offer careers for so called “task orientated” personalities, a GP works with people almost all of the time and in the final analysis needs to be a “people’s person”.

 

What is a medical doctor?how to become a general practitioner - gp

A medical doctor is a person who has completed formal training at an approved medical school, has received a medical qualification at such an institution and has satisfied all the requirements called for by the professional healthcare registration board of country/state they are practicing in.

 

A general practitioner devotes his practice to assessing and treating general medical ailments. A general practitioner typically practices in a suburban setting and takes care of the health of families living in this area.

 

The GP diagnoses and treats a large variety of diseases and conditions, and has the option of referring certain conditions to a specialist for further investigation and management.

 

So you want to know how to become a medical doctor?

If you are in high school it is essential that you excel in the following subjects:

 

Additional optional subjects to study:

In most countries, a pre-medical science degree is a requirement when applying to pursue studies at a medical school. Even if it is not a necessity in your country, it is highly recommended that you consider completing a science degree before applying to join a training program at a medical school.

 

What are the attributes that I need to become a medical doctor?

 

Don’t worry if you have a tendency toward fainting, nausea, or dislike blood. Over a period of time, you will get used to it without the tendency to react negatively.

 

Benefits of a medical career:

 

General practitioner doctors have the option to further their studies in a specific field of special interest. This will require an additional number of years studying as an intern at a training institution associated with an academic hospital. It is strongly recommended that you practice as a general practitioner for a number of years before considering pursuing studies towards specializing in one of the specialty fields of medicine/surgery.

 

Disadvantages of a medical career:

 

Most doctors, at the end of their practice lifetime, would vouch for the fact that the advantages of a medical career outweigh these disadvantages by far. Medicine offers an individual the prospect of an enormously meaningful life and a hugely satisfying career!

I really want to become a Doctor - Is there anything I can do straight away?

Indeed yes!

1. Dr Anton Scheepers, an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon is well connected in Medical Training on high school level.

He has specially developed training material to assist high school students who want to become a doctor. The Apprentice Doctor®For Future Doctors Premedical Course and Kit will maximize your chances of being accepted in to medical school, and includes:

  1. An Accredited Premedical course on DVD
  2. 50+ fun  Medical Practical Projects to perform
  3. Authentic Medical Instruments for the practical projects

2. Attend an Apprentice Doctor® Pre-medical Camp - 5 days of Medical Immersion!

3. He has also  developed a basic How to Suture Course used by Medical students all over the world.

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Until next time,

Dr. Anton

Dr. Anton Scheepers, BChD, MDent, FFD(SA), MFOS, President of The Apprentice Corporation

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Sphamandla ndwandwe said:2014-08-27 09:25:01Hi doc, i fail my matric 3 years ago but now i'm busy with certificate of electrical constraction infracture in FET college and this year is my second year.it is possible to become a doctor?

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-08-27 19:26:52It is always possible - but you will have to make dramatic changes on the academic side - otherwise it is very unlikely.

Diana said:2014-08-27 02:12:10Hi doc im diana and im in grade 11. I got ths % in the followng subjects for the second term..Math extended 86% Physicl sc 74 % Biology 78%.. i knw i cn improve but do i qaulify for med schl

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-08-27 19:25:08In theory yes - but you will be competing with students with all subjects in the 80's and 90's. Also Medical Schools will be looking at way more than just reasonable academics...

khanyisa Rotyana said:2014-08-23 20:06:01I'm currently doing Bsc and I want to be a doctor,is it possible?and if so how many years will it take me to complete a medical degree?will I have to start over?please help me with the info. Thank you

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-08-24 04:59:51t is possible. You need to apply to the medical school of your choice - if accepted you should get one year credit of 6 years.

Tania said:2014-08-22 20:14:27Hi Doc i am currently in high school and recently discovered my passion in medicine,the problem is that the subjects that i am doing are not science related(Accounting,Economics,Maths core,Business studies and computer applications technology)it is too late for me to change but i really really want to study medicine and i am willing to do anything....is it possible and what can i do?

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-08-23 05:45:48It is never too late - some people start studying medicine at the age of 40 (Although I don't recommend this as a rule.) Bottom line is you have to change to science subjects (physical and life sciences and chemistry retain maths) and excel in all of these! Go and see a career guidance teacher to help you plan the change.

Cousy said:2014-08-20 19:47:14i want to be a doctor coz I've realised that there are few doctors in south africa so i want to help my people even to make my dream come true...4rm Cousy

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-08-21 06:19:39Best wishes with your journey!

tanya said:2014-08-20 17:43:59Hi. Im a 40 year old lady. Im a qualified teacher and social worker. I want to study for a gp - doctor. Can any one please help me. Dont know where to go to study. Tel 0790604777.

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-08-21 06:18:54At any age the process is the same - contact the academic registration section of any/all universities with a medical school withing your geographical reach - and follow the application process - the detail s of the application process of each individual medical school is beyond the scope of this website. Best wishes for your challenge!

Pari said:2014-08-20 08:22:41I am 44year old and I graduated in Economics back home....I want to become a GP....I dont mind the years of studying...could you plesae let me know from where I start my education in Medicine....

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-08-21 06:15:10May I refer you to the following organization: http://www.oldpremeds.org/ ?

faimah suleman said:2014-08-17 12:34:56Hi I'm 12 years old and I all ways wanted to become a gp doctor but my question is why do you need maths

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-08-17 14:37:27You need maths because it teaches one logic thinking. One needs to excel in maths as the diagnosis of a disease in reality is just a very complex equation to be solved by the doctor.

makhumbo said:2014-08-14 15:49:34institutions where i could study or qualify doc.

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-08-14 19:13:23Any University with a Medical School.

Adam Kent said:2014-08-14 11:00:02Good day doctor, I am 9 years old and intend studying in SA to become a GP. I see on the web that the course is 6 years. I would like to know if there are any 'extra' years, such as a Zuma year? Thank you.

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-08-15 17:45:17Yes - one year internship and two years of community service - but with a reasonable salary for those 2 years.

kugbey wisdom eli said:2014-08-14 09:08:48It's been my dream to affect my generation and generations yet unborn possitively by rendering unto them a selfless and dedicated service to God and humanity. I would like to re-define the medical career with the zeal and enthusiasm coupled with my talent and intelligence. I am a people-driven person and i love working and serving people

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-08-15 17:46:01Wonderful purpose/goals!

Zayden Davids said:2014-08-13 19:36:00Hi could I please get some more information on the hospital volunteering programs , and I would like to know what codes you must get in your report grade 11 to become a medical doctor?

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-08-13 19:46:00i will email the information about the hospital volunteering program to you. Not exactly sure to what codes you are referring to...

Ibrahim umar said:2014-08-12 15:07:24Dr. I am in nigeria nd i want to study medic nd surgery i no maths, biology but i don't knw chemistry much.

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-08-12 15:34:49To become a doctor in virtually any country around the world one needs Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Life Sciences.

Thanh Vy said:2014-08-10 06:47:24I am currently in year 9 and we are choosing our subjects for the course we wish to pursue. I want to become a medical practitioner and specialise in anaesthetist. I am not exactly sure what subjects to do, would you please help? Do I need physics more than psychology? If so, why? I have already chosen maths, chemistry, biology but I don't to choose physics or psychology. And I'm not sure what course to take to become a medical practitioner, please help!

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-08-10 19:32:05For some reason medical schools like the physics more compared to psychology - I know one can argue this - but that is how it is. I would actually like to see both if possible... Anesthetics - one needs to understand the physics of gasses in great detail!

moshood said:2014-08-09 14:37:46I am from Nigeria, I want to be a doctor but I don't like maths is it possible for me to be a doctor?

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-08-09 15:00:39As far as i know - no medical school will accept an applicant without Gr 12 or equivalent maths.

jarod said:2014-08-09 13:09:44I am currently in grade nine and we are about to choose our subjects and I already know that I am taking; Physics, Life Sciences, Maths but I can't decide what my third subject should be. Accounting or IT please help me decide I really want to be a doctor and I'm not sure which subject to take. By the way I am living in South Africa.

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-08-09 15:01:40I didn't notice Chemistry - you need chemistry!

Xihluke Newton said:2014-08-09 06:48:57what are the required years to study for this career

onika said:2014-08-08 21:43:47Hi. I live in Trinidad and I would like to be an oncologist. I am about to sign up for upper level studies in my school.I'm not sure what grade that is but in my country it's called form six. I'm stuck between choosing environmental science and maths. I have already decided to chemistry and biology but i need a third subject. take into consideration that i might want to attend university in England but i would also like to attend UWI, which is in Trinidad. Please help.Thanks

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-08-09 04:02:31Whatever/wherever maths will be a better choice. It teaches logic thinking. Diagnosis is but a very complex equation to be solved - with some knowns and some unknowns. So that is why medical schools place such an emphasis on excelling in maths.

Jill said:2014-08-07 10:02:23I'm currently in year 11 and it's the second semester. The only subject that I'm studying that is required to be a doctor is biology. If I study maths and chemistry next year is it still possible for me to study medicine in uni?

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-08-07 18:05:06It is possible - but won't be easy - a lot of catch-up to do!

Lerato said:2014-08-06 19:30:00Hi doc i am a grade 9 learner and want to be a sugeon, which learning area do i choose in grade 10 and what courses do i take at the university, by the way i live in south africa

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-08-06 20:03:14Worldwide the basics are the same – emphasis on: Maths (not mathematical literacy). Science – chemistry, physics/physical science and life sciences And excel in ALL your subjects. Take extra subjects if possible. Do extra work (charity, shadowing etc.) and courses and attend out Premedical Camp in Grade 10 at the Sci-Bono Discovery Center in Newtown Johannesburg.

Sphesihle said:2014-08-03 12:46:11Hi doc am a grade 8 learner and looking forwad to be a medical doc. 1 which learning areas to take at grade10. 2 which courses to take at university. By the way I live in South Africa!

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-08-03 18:24:26Worldwide the basics are the same - emphasis on: Maths (not mathematical literacy). Science - chemistry, physics/physical science and life sciences And excel in ALL your subjects. Take extra subjects if possible. Do extra work (charity, shadowing etc.) and courses and attend out premedical Camp in Grade 10 or 11.

Soph said:2014-08-02 14:06:37When I'm older I want to be a surgeon. Is it worth going to St Johns Ambulance at all? I'm currently 15 studying maths and all science and predicted a*'s.

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-08-02 20:24:10At your age doing a first aid qualification with Red Cross or St Johns Ambulance is a great idea and will add to your CV in the final analysis.

Salmaan Ahmed said:2014-07-29 15:49:21I want to be a Doctor but how long does it take to study to become a doctor

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-07-29 18:39:21In the USA 8 years plus a minimum of 3 years residency. In most countries across the world the academics varies from 5-8 years and then residency/internship of 1-3 years.

Mabandla Songo said:2014-07-29 08:47:55Sir, Presently, I am a Marketing Officer for the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency and I have got National Diploma in Tourism Management from UNISA. I have been working for the organisation for more than ten year now I got tired of it I want to change the career. I have done my research on " I really want to become a Doctor, is there anything I can do straight away." 1. Could you give me an advise if I can fit with the age of 55 years. 2. With the symbols in English E; Biology F; Physics F and Maths F. 3. Strength, I am very pro-active and hardworking somebody 4. At work I can get a bursary to study degree 5. If study BSc can I be able to proceed to do General Practice PLEASE SUGGEST

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-07-29 18:42:21The hard facts are that judging by your age and academic results no university will place you on even their long list of possible candidates for medicine. Apologies - but I have to be honest.

akhona said:2014-07-28 19:39:21I want to be a Doctor I know to excel in which sibjects..,will I be albe to find a job ,is the salary satisfying ,which universites can I study in and are they any challenges doctors come across in the work field

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-07-28 20:26:38There is a shortage of doctors - yes you will find a job. Salary - in most cases very satisfying compared to other jobs and professions. Universities - over 100 in the USA with medical schools. Challenges - daily - e.g. dealing with diagnostic difficulties...

rida xara said:2014-07-26 18:17:27Pkzz tell me study schedule m in G 11

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-07-26 20:20:21In grade 11 and 12 I am sure you have made your subject choices already? In short you have to excel in all subjects - but especially so in Maths, Science (physics/chemistry), biology (life sciences).

rida xara said:2014-07-26 18:15:47I wana b a doc m in G11 n u dnt know wht to stdy nxt plz tell mee

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-07-26 20:21:53It will vary - depending on your residing country. (If USA) you need to complete Gr 12 and then do a premed degree.

Goodwill said:2014-07-26 16:47:15Hi Dr. Anton. Im currently in grade 12 and im passionate to study medicine next year. So my Question is If i could fail the National Bench-mark Test but at the end of the year pass my metric with flying colours, will i be accepted at University?

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-07-26 17:55:58It is possible.

Xihluke Newton said:2014-07-24 06:07:58hello doc am in grade 11 this year am studying mathematics, science and biology (life science) I need to help on my funds cause my family is not well am living with mom and she does not work so where can I found the bursary to study for the rest of my career and how many percentage must I get to quality to that bursary

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-07-24 15:24:17Hi Your subjects seems to be fine - just ensure that you excel in all your subjects! Universities have lists of bursaries available in their yearbooks. Most universities offer a discount on the basis of academic excellence - in one way or the other. Best wishes!

thapelo tau said:2014-07-20 18:25:09i need more information of becoming a medical doctor and i have maths,physics.agric and life science so will i be able fulfill my dream with the following subjects

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-07-21 17:00:53The only subject I am missing in your selection is Chemistry...

embrochia jonkers said:2014-07-16 15:06:18Hi...am in Gr11 and i want to be a doctor,but i only have biology-maths lit-geo-tourisme as subjctz at school.Will i be able 2 study medicine with those subjctz???

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-07-16 18:29:01No - you need science - physical science and chemistry.

khadija said:2014-07-15 20:01:33Hi doctor, I'm currently enrolled at the university of west indies doing a major in physics and a minor in medical physics. Do you think this can lead me to a career in medicine, and what kind of jobs do you think i can have with these qualifications?

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-07-16 18:30:36Maybe you should see it a a premedical type of qualification and do your medical degree after completion - not sure what medical educational system is followed in the West Indies.

augustine said:2014-07-15 00:01:20I want to become a general pratitioner doctor ,so I would like to know more about this career.everything that can be useful like where to study and how much it costs or about busaries if there are any available

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-07-15 15:56:31Register as a user at SDN - and ask as many questions you want... http://forums.studentdoctor.net/

yas said:2014-07-14 18:12:30Hello Doc. I want to become a Doctor.. We have admissions into M.B.B.S. for becoming a doctor in India.. I want to know what are the equivalent courses in Germany for becoming a Doctor. Thanks Yas

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-07-14 18:56:17German universities also offer a M.B.B.S. degree for becoming medical doctor - apart from the obvious language difference it is similar.

Shahkeela Shaheen said:2014-07-14 08:26:34Hi could I please get some more information on the hospital volunteering programs , thanks

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-07-14 16:34:28Will send per email to you...

Sushana said:2014-07-14 05:14:08Is it possible for me to do the General Practitioner cause if I get 22-28 in Chemistry, Biology and Physics but get 25 and above for English(ESL). This is my last year in the College or I'm in year 12

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-07-14 16:42:47I suppose it is possible - but keep in mind that you are eventually competing for placing in med school against students who excel in chemistry...

Sushana said:2014-07-14 05:05:21I am currently in high school however I stand with a D in chemistry. Is it possible for me to become a general practitioner? At least if I excel inPhysics and Biology and Maths?

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-07-14 16:40:59The human body is a highly complex bio-chemical factory - and you will never understand subjects like biochemistry and pharmacology if you don't understand chemistry well - it may sound harsh - but you will have to rectify the chemistry problem.

Sihle said:2014-07-13 16:57:56Hi Dr, I'm currently doing my Bsc Complementary Health Sciences degree, and my grade 12 maths results are not good i got level E.After finishing my degree i want to bridge to Medicine and surgery. I was asking that is possible for me to be accepted?..in my degree we've covered physics, chemistry,medical biosciences( anatomy and physiology),life sciences, pathology, pharmacology and many more.

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Dr. Anton Scheepers said:2014-07-13 18:44:59You are asking me a question that can only be answered by someone inside the university selection committee - at the end of the day it is about distinguishing you from other competing students - the academics, the volunteering, the sport and arts, leadership, other medical courses and qualifications e.g. BLS, First Aid,we also offer a nice premed course - internationally accredited. Of course there ae others. Maths is important as it gears the mind towards logical thinking and problem solving - both essential prerequisites for diagnosing diseases.

Olivia said:2014-01-04 13:33:41Hi Dr. Anton! I'm a freshmen in high school. What kind of schooling is required to become a general practitioner?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2014-01-05 13:11:41Although your med school application will rely heavily on your premed degree and the MCAT results - one needs to build a good foundation already in high school - most resources will say that one needs to aim for a GPA of 4 or higher. Then you will also need a good resume - and please start early with charity and hospital volunteering - and as many additional medical / first aid / LBS courses as you can handle! We can recommend this great accredited distance learning resource: http://www.theapprenticedoctor.com/accredited-pre-med-course-for-future-doctors/ Best wishes for fulfilled dreams!

Wikis said:2014-01-03 14:48:25Okay. Well what does the general surgeon get paid.. And how much would the medical school cost?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2014-01-04 01:09:32A typical medical student will incur an average debt of between $150 000 to $200 000 at then end of the 8 years of study. A General Surgeon on average will make #2500 000 per year (USA)

vanessa said:2014-01-03 11:02:17I am actually a 3 year medical student and will like to finish my medical studies in the US. If i do will i be able to invalidate classes?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2014-01-04 01:15:50Only a hand full of USA Med Schools will consider taking in non-USA students - so in theory it is possible but in practice it will be very difficult to arrange. You may get some acknowledgement of some of your subjects depending on reciprocity arrangements between your current University and the USA Med School University.

vincent said:2014-01-02 09:07:39hi, im currently working as an aircraft instrument technician and i have my engineering diploma. i intend studying medicine next year, im currently 30yrs old and i hv a good matric results. is it good to leave and study medicine at this age. pls need your advice

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2014-01-02 10:25:56If that is your "calling" in life - go for it, don't settle for second best! See: http://www.oldpremeds.org/

Wikus said:2014-01-01 11:57:44What is better a doctor or surgeon?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2014-01-02 10:19:37You probably mean a physician or a surgeon (a surgeon is a specialist doctor!) The answer is - it depends on your talents, inclination, goals and abilities - the one is not better or worse compared to the other.

Wikus said:2013-12-30 10:10:43Hi I am 15 and going to grade 10 next year. My average is 65. Will I be able to become a doctor??

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-12-30 10:40:50Wikus - one thing in your favor - you are young enough to change your aversge to the mid and high 80's if you want to study to become a doctor.

Eugenia said:2013-12-29 19:27:24I am currently in high school however I stand with a C in chemistry. Is it possible for me to become a general practitioner? At least if I excel inPhysics and Biology and Maths?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-12-30 04:11:02I would say a hesitant yes - as technically it would be possible - but keep in mind that you will compete for selection with other students excelling in all the mentioned subjects as well as excelling in chemistry. Also the body is a very complex biochemical factory - so to understand the body you need to understand chemistry well (not to speak about pharmacology, clinical pathology etc.). Why not bring your chemistry marks up to the expected standard?

Austin said:2013-12-28 01:13:25Is it worth becoming a doctor considering the amount of schooling that is needed? If I started college at 18, how long would it take me to finish studies and actually get a job?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-12-28 12:18:54It is only worthwhile if you desire to become a doctor intensely enough. It will take 11 years minimum.

Mathew Trono said:2013-12-27 19:05:12Hi I am Mathew, currently I am a freshman in high school and i was absent for many days of school, and because of that I now have first semester GPA of 2.2 , Is it ever possible for me to become a doctor?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-12-28 12:17:36Well Mathew - thing does not look good at the moment as you will be competing with students with GPAs of 3.8 - 4.0 and up. But everything is subject to change if you work hard enough!

kelly said:2013-12-26 12:04:16Hello Dr. Anton I'm 15 years of age and I'm from Trinidad and Tobago.I'm currently doing all sciences,spanish,mathematics and add maths and will soon be writing exams.After exams I'm not really sure whether to go upper six for two years then go to college or straight college for a year then go away to further studies and how much years is required before I become GP? I'm kindly asking for any advice that you might have to bestow upon me ? :) All your advice will be greatly appreciated.Bye!

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-12-28 12:12:16There is no perfect right or wrong way - may I suggest you pose this question on the SDN Forums - students in similar situation will be able to offer much better advice. http://forums.studentdoctor.net/forums/pre-medical-allopathic-md.10/

farhad said:2013-12-23 10:34:27Hi, I am a 30 years old man and i am going to become a GP. DO you really recommend this to someone in my age? thanks.

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-12-23 12:28:08YES - 30 is still fine - but you have to give it your all - and you will need help! Contact http://www.oldpremeds.org/ Best wishes!

Monique Bateman said:2013-12-21 09:39:07So I'm in year 11 now, and I haven't studied any human bio, or physics.. Does that mean there is no chance that ill be able to pursue studies to become a doctor??? :( please help

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-12-21 11:41:23No - on the contrary - you have a lot of time ahead of you for studying these subjects.

Cyril said:2013-12-21 08:17:45Please doctor, i nees a choice of course between studying surgery and medicine. Which one is he best.........

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-12-21 11:43:18It is a personal choice depending on your personality, goals in life, inclination, study resources etc. The one is not better than the other...

JayJay said:2013-12-20 07:11:06Hi, doctor. I will be in grade ten next year. And i am in a private school in south africa. We have four compulsory subjects and three choice subjects. I want to know wether i can enter a medical university from a private high school and how high must my marks be. Physical science is one of my choice subjects, I want to know if i requir life science too as I couldn't take that as my other choice subjects since I took engineer and graphics design and business studies - which none of the two has anything to do with medical studies and I'm not sure whether I am allowed to change one of the subjects to life science. And also how many students does the medical universities in south Africa take annually. Please help!

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-12-20 13:11:28Yes you can do medicine from a private school - as long as they follow one of the approved matriculation exams. Biology/life sciences/ physics/physical sciences and chemistry, maths are all basically essential. The combined intake of South Africa's eight medical schools can only accommodate maximum 2000 students. Each year thousands aspirant medical students with good potential are turned away. About 1 200 medical students graduate annually in South Africa.

Colby said:2013-12-20 01:43:05Dr. Anton, I have recent re-enrolled in college for next semester (Spring '14) I wasn't taking college serious until now. I have a low GPA however will be returning for 5 semesters for pre-med and will have several recommendations (5). I'm trying to get an overall opinion: by taking these next semesters serious and having a 3.5+ GPA and 30+ on MCAT, do you believe I could get accepted/ the interviewers would "accept" that I hadn't made my mind up career wise but now I have and buckled down?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-12-20 13:14:47The short answer is 'yes' it is possible - but you will really have to give it all you have! Admission to medical school is very competitive and you have to distinguish yourself form the other excellent candidates.

emmanuel njoku said:2013-12-16 13:50:28hi doc , I love to be a doctor ;but because of I did not credit biology and I said let I start somewhere first so I read environmental health and become a SANITARIAN but I still have in mind to be come a medical doctor, Doc will it be possible to switch over . Reply

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-12-17 05:40:23I need a lot more information to answer your question. Keep in mind that to succeed in becoming a doctor is reserved for those excelling in academics - especially Science and Maths. But if you put your mind to it - it usually is possible with a lot of resolve...

Mary said:2013-12-15 04:56:20Hi Doctor, I'm currently a Canadian fourth year student in university studying Biochemistry. I had only started wanting to become a doctor after my cousin (same age as me) had died from pregnancy complications in the village my parents are from (in Ethiopia). It had always thought that I was never smart enough to be a Doctor eventhough I graduated High School with a 94. Now I have the absolute drive and passion to pursue this career. Currently I have a 4.0gpa this year, but my other years aren't good enough for a Canadian school: 3.5gpa(3rd year), 3.36gpa(2nd year), 3.8gpa (1st year). Should I pursue a 5th year in university, then apply for Medical school? Or do you think its wiser to go into a Masters and reapply then? I'm just confused as to how I can accomplish this goal. There are some people around me that don't think I can make it (because I'm pushing 22yrs), but I truly believe medicine is the exact profession I would love.

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-12-16 08:33:27I would personally recommend doing your masters - it will add a lot of value to your resume/application - and at the same time something worthwhile to fall back on if you are unsuccessful (of course we trust you will have success!)

abraham said:2013-12-15 03:08:48hi doc well im going into yr 11 next year and chose biology, chemistry and physics. as well as standard English, 2 unit math. would these help me exceed in becoming a future GP also what atar and degrees do i need to do in uni to become one?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-12-15 04:00:33Hi - apologies - we primarily deal with Med School as it happens in the USA - and I unfortunate don't know much about the Australian system. I do know - as is the case in other countries that it is a very competitive career choice.

Jasmine said:2013-12-14 17:16:08Dr Anton Scheepers, My name Is Jasmine and I am currently in the tenth grade in high school. My grades are high and I have a 4.5 GPA at the moment. So far I have taken Biology and am taking Chemistry at the moment; both of these subjects aren't very hard for me, and I have an A in both classes. As for math, I skipped a year in middle school and am ahead of a majority of my peers, so math isn't too difficult for me either. I'd really love to be a doctor, but the thing that is holding me back is that I've always go faint around blood and needles-- and I mean I literally faint. Would I really get used to blood? Do you know of any other doctors who were like this that got used to it? Is there anything that I could do to stop fainting? Thank you for your time.

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-12-15 03:02:30Hi Jasmine I can really identify with you as I also fainted on seeing my first abscess drained by a senior student! And yes one get used to it - that is in fact the least of your troubles - your academics seems to perfectly aligned for realizing your dreams - well done so far! You need to work on a respectable resume for the extras - the hospital volunteering and charities - leadership, cultural activities and art/music if you have any time left. Have you considered our premed course? http://www.theapprenticedoctor.com/accredited-pre-med-course-for-future-doctors/ Regards and best wishes! Dr Anton

colby said:2013-12-14 00:49:42I exell in all of the subjects you listed as necessary to be a do ctor, except for math. Is this a deal breaker, or could I still be a surgeon. It is not that I am bad at math, but I am not particularly good. My math skills are simply average.

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-12-14 11:20:59Put in a lot of effort to go from average maths to excellent - it is really necessary.

arvind said:2013-12-12 20:22:22hi, my is arvind and i just finished my school and going to uni next year so, can you tell me what subjects do i need to take in uni i mean bacheolr of sciene, master or paramedic

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-12-13 10:54:32You can choose any major - just be sure that your degree includes the med school prerequisite classes.

geetu said:2013-12-10 05:39:13hi doctor i m currently in yr 12 i m doing BIO CHEM MATHSMETHODS FURTHERMATHS ENGLISH are these the general requirements for a dr? i would like to know is it possible to become a doctor if u r not like one of those really really smart people in the school?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-12-12 15:41:48Yes maths in general is important - see premed requirements: General (inorganic) chemistry with associated labs Organic chemistry with associated lab Biology with associated labs (AP Biology may substitute – in that case, two advanced biology coursework are strongly recommended) Biochemistry General physics with associated labs Mathematics (AP courses may substitute; one of the courses must be an introductory-level course in statistics English and/or writing To become a doctor you have to work hard and smart.

Ruben Leal said:2013-12-08 03:11:36Hi Doc, Hello doctor I'm Ruben and I've always dreamed of being a doctor but not sure what specific doctor. I want to be a doctor that isn't an ER doctor but a doctor that someone comes in with a headache or a cut that needs healed kind of like a clinic kind of thing. Can you direct me to which kind of path i want to pursue?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-12-09 15:52:44Ruben - it seems like you want to be a generalist - like a family physician. As so many medical students wants to go into specialized residencies in surgery, cardiology etc., there is not only a place but in fact a shortage of family physicians in some areas. So one needs to do the 4 years of med school and then apply for a family physician residency...

Glanice said:2013-12-04 09:55:18Hi doctor my name I'd Glanice, I a teacher by profession.I even studied special educational needs which is full of illnesses suffered by learners at school, like epilepsy and how to support them at school. I develop this love for children. finally I would like to retire send register to study medicine. will this be the right move or not. Hope to hear from you soon.

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-12-05 05:01:08If that is and has been your dream - why not pursue it with all your might? Fulfilling your dreams has no age restrictions!

musa said:2013-11-22 04:19:15Hi doctor, I am currently doing my second year in medical laboratory science and I want to be a medical doctor, so my question to you is can applying to a medical school with a diploma in medical laboratory science really count in favor considering the fact that I did O Level in my high school? Looking forward to your reply Doctor

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-11-23 00:41:46Hi Musa - all depends on the selection committee and the way they perceive your application. It can count in your favor as you have a lot more medical knowledge compared to the other competing applicants. But they may argue that you have already a good career awaiting you and lets give someone else a chance.

Casia said:2013-11-22 04:27:57Hi Doc, This does not get to do anything with Subjects, but does cracking knuckles for over a period of time cause arthritis. People have been saying it, and i said i want to check with you.

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-11-23 00:37:19In most cases it is a very innocent slipping of cartilage in the small finger joints - but keep in mind - it it occurs within reasonable limits. Both over-use and abuse of any joint - if it occurs over many years/decades may lead to osteo-arthritis. The short answer is a qualified "not really".

Iman said:2013-11-17 12:47:05I'm in high school-year8 and my dream job is to become a medical practitioner. I would love to know that I would help a patient or even save a life. I love my family and I would love to help them when I'm older. The job fits me perfectly and the money isn't that bad!;) I really want to know a bit more about it and the subjects I have to get high degrees so I can get started for year 10/11. Despite the disinvantages I still want to become a medical practitioner really bad!

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-11-17 15:51:09A or A* symbols in all subjects - especially maths science(physical science and chemistry) and biology/life sciences.

Adedotun said:2013-11-17 06:08:11Hello Dr Anton. My name is Adedotun Felix,19yrs old,i jst finished my high school. And i want to study medicine and surgery in the university. I need advice and training from u before i go into d medical school. I will like to meet u sir. Please this is my phone number +2348100044644 ...i wuld be very very glad if u can call me sir. I have passion for medicine. God bless u sir. Please call my number sir

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-11-17 15:47:53Regretfully due to time restraints I am unable to make personal telephone calls.

Caroline Lenon said:2013-11-14 14:25:23Hi, I'm Caroline and I'm in my last year of gcse. I am planning to go to medical school but I'm not sure which subjects do I need to take because I am currently studying btec applied science so I can't take biology and physics for a levels. Please help.

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-11-16 05:29:24Apologies - I can answer generally - as I am more up to date with the USA system. The more sciences the better - Physical science, chemistry, Biology and of course Maths.

Efrain Lozano said:2013-11-14 00:55:44Hi doctor, I would like to be a General Practitioner but I'm not sure if there are any interships or something I could do to go towards that path. I'm currently in my junior year of high school. Please let me know what I could do. Thank you

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-11-16 05:18:32Do an good high school premed course - our Apprentice Doctor For FutureDoctors Course is on special at this point in time! http://www.theapprenticedoctor.com/accredited-pre-med-course-for-future-doctors/

Edillan said:2013-11-08 00:20:59I am 25 years old married w/ four child currently I am in school obtaining my certification as a Medical Assistant w/ Cardiograph Tech, but I want to become a GP (General Practitioner) because I am so fascinated with the human body that I want to understand it in more depth so that I am able to cure a disease before it is able to take down its host. Given the chance to help people live a little longer will make me happy DO you have any suggestion on what I can do and what to look out for while I begin my journey to a better future for me and my children and the people on this earth.

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-11-09 04:00:33Keep in mind the wise words of one of the pioneers of surgery: "I dressed the wound, God healed it" (Ambroise Pare). Lay a good academic foundation - basic chemistry, physics and maths - and build up a respectable resume (premedical courses charities and volunteering at hospitals etc...)

Madeline said:2013-11-07 03:01:07Hello Dr. Scheepers, I am currently in my second year at a community college pursuing a career in the medical field. Initially my goal was to transfer to a nursing program and obtain a BSN. However, I am now more interested in becoming a doctor. My current gpa is a 4.0 and the science courses I have taken thus far are human biology, anatomy, and introduction to chemistry. I plan on changing my major to biology, but I am little hesitant as it requires many chemistry courses. Hence, I have never taken a chemistry course prior to taking it in college, and although it was not too difficult, I am afraid my high gpa will lower if I continue taking the more difficult chemistry courses. Additionally, I am stronger in biological sciences than physical sciences. I understand that chemistry is not a subject I can refrain from taking, but I merely want to maintain a high gpa to get accepted to a medical school-keep in mind that I have the passion and drive to do whatever it takes to reach my goal. With that being said, would you recommend me major in biology or do you have any other suggestions? Thank you in advance, Madeline B.

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-11-07 15:48:39Major in biology - even if you take a slight knock in your GPA (you can afford it). Chemistry and biochemistry is just so important if you want to become a doctor!

Zach C said:2013-11-06 20:25:42Hello Doctor, since I've been about 6 I dreamed of becoming a doctor and helping people but now that I am older and have a serious relationship with a girl I find it more and more unlikely that I can become one without abandoning my family in the future. Is there anyway or specific field I can practice that allows me the flexibility to be a doctor and a family man? I have a 3.9 as a senior In a top private school , so grades aren't an issue. Please respond I love medicine and being a doctor is my dream job.

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-11-07 15:41:52Hi Zach You can follow a medical career/become a doctor as well as have a good family life - despite the taxing energy and time required to follow a medical career - one just needs to plan well and have a very disciplined time management program. There are definite maximum working hours enforced even during training theses days. Some very successful practicing medical professionals work as little as 3 or 4 days in the week!ton Dr An

shivu said:2013-11-05 04:04:26alternative medical doctors are certified or not....? is it legal...? is there any restriction for these people...?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-11-05 16:17:20The term to be used should be “alternative healthcare practitioners”. There are just 2 types of medical doctors – Doctor of Osteopathic medicine and doctors of allopathic medicine. The control of alternative healthcare practitioners is fairly vague – but stricter control is most definitely in the pipeline. Some of the alternative medical preparations e.g. homeopathic medicines are controlled – at least to some extent by the FDA. My experience has been that alternative medical/healthcare practitioners often fall under one of the following categories: 1. Practicing using unscientific methods – or 2. Practicing with mysticism as the basis. I suppose there is a place for alternative medical practitioners – especially in the area of healthy life-style – as long as it is based on good science. Yes it is legal within the limits of the law – and yes – a lot of restrictions regarding diagnosis and the treatment of diseases – obvious restrictions are these practitioners are not allowed to prescribe pharmacological preparations or perform surgical procedures.

Matthews said:2013-10-30 15:26:00Hello Dr. I know there is no age limit to receive an education. But when is too old too old to attend per med.

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-10-31 05:27:43I would say 30 - maximum 32 - would be my personal cut-off age to start your pre-med studies.

Sheba said:2013-10-30 13:00:02Hi doctor, I'm a senior in high school and I want to study medicine after I graduate. I'm currently enrolled in a pharmacy technician academy class and I'm also taking anatomy and physiology combined. Are these good choices for a head start on the medical career. And I'm going to nova for two years and then transfering to another school. Is that going to have an affect on the career I want? Thanks!

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-10-31 05:33:32Hi Sheba Of course! The more you focus on medical related subjects and related studies - the better it will look on your resume! Have you considered adding the Apprentice Doctor Premedical Course for high schoolers? http://www.theapprenticedoctor.com/accredited-pre-med-course-for-future-doctors/ or join us for the 2014 Premedical Summer Camp in Tampa FL. http://www.theapprenticedoctor.com/medical-camp-for-high-school-students-in-tampa-fl-2/ Best for the future! Dr Anton

Sarah said:2013-10-29 14:49:46Hello Dr! I want to study medicine and become a GP. I'm currently studying my last year of GCSE and I have to pick 5 subjects that I want to do for my A-Level, I've picked Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Psychology, but I don't know what should I pick for my 5th option. I'm not a fan of physics. Any good recommendations? Thanks!

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-10-29 15:17:27Physics would actually be a good choice!

Bradley said:2013-10-29 10:09:25Hi Doc. My son is finishing matric in 2014. his current subjects are pure maths, Physical science, I.T and Life science. Question, will these subjects qualify him to study medicine. 2nd question, Being a South African Indian, is there chances for him studying in South Africa.

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-10-29 14:47:08The subjects appears to e fine - did I miss chemistry somewhere there or is it part of the science subject? South African medical schools work on a quota system - so his chances should be good - all other requirements in place...

romario said:2013-10-27 11:13:45Im in grade 10 and want to become a GP. Should I do first aid at school

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-10-27 14:37:51Yes I would definitely recommend that.

Thando said:2013-10-26 13:19:21Hey Doc, I'm currently doing Training as a Civil Eng Technician. I've applied ro Med school and it seems as if my application is going to be succesful. The problem I have now is that,durring my studies when I was doing engineering,I used bussary now I'm afraid that the company will want their money back. Any advice.

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-10-27 10:57:43How about a part time job to start saving up for repaying your bursary amount - because sure they have invested good money into your training and would most definitely/most probably want it back.

Annie said:2013-10-21 10:19:16Hey Doctor, when I do a levels I think I will take: biology,chemistry,maths and either geography or phycology. Do I need to take physics if I am hoping to be a gp? and is there any subjects that I need to take to have a better chance to be one?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-10-21 15:28:52Most universities require Physics - although I understand there are a few exceptions... No - looks like a good subject choice to me!

fabulus said:2013-10-19 18:38:05I think being a medical doctor takes hard work and perseverants. You have to be deligent and have a passion for people.

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-10-19 23:42:05Indeed!

Timothy said:2013-10-14 22:11:00Hey doc, I'm in the UK and currently studying my A Levels. I hope to apply for medicine next year. At the moment I'm just planning on becoming a General Practicioner, I am quite unsure if its a problem that I'm not sure in what I will specialise in. Another problem is thae point in your article relating to struggling with your studies, I tend to get top grades at the end after studying hard, but 1 thing I've noticed is that there are various times when I don't understand something the first time the teacher teaches it, will this be problematic in uni?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-10-15 14:51:41I believe one should only think about a specific specialty field (or stay a generalist) AFTER qualifying as a doctor - as only then do you have a real basis to make a worthwhile decision on. On the second question - I am also sometimes slow on grasping a principle the first time - but once understanding it properly I do remember it better compared to my fellow students. As long as you ensue that you understand each days work properly (take one day at a time) you should really not have any problems to complete and excel in your studies.

Cassy said:2013-10-15 02:26:29Doctor Anton, Would like to say that Im choosing subjects for year 11 and my subjects are; - Studies of religion - Advanced English - Modern History - General Maths - Biology Maybe Chemistry or Legal Studies. I was thinking of taking Chemistry as a bridging course when i go to uni, because my level of Maths isn't that good, and that will affect my ATAR. So what are your suggestions and advice you would give for my subjects, requirements and what career do you think these subjetcs would get me into? Thank you so much!

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-10-15 15:01:24In order of importance (in my opinion): Maths/Advanced maths Chemistry Physics/Physical studies Biology/Life Sciences First language (English/Advanced English) Accounting/ Economics Art Second language (if applicable) History/Geography/religious studies etc. Non academic involvement e.g. music, cultural activities sport etc.

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Cassy said:2013-10-16 06:23:55What would your expected ATAR be, to become a doctor or GP?

Julius said:2013-10-10 11:19:32Hey Doc! I should say you are my role-model ! Myself just like Mpho and zinhle above said im doing Mathemetics,biology and physical science which has chemistry. I love helping others and i am fucinated about our bodies i also want to study medicine and specialise in oncology im an 11th grade learner doing two languges my question is since i have certificates in arts performances(poetry,drama and music),headboy of the year and national school debating, do i have an advantage when applying at universities ?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-10-10 14:07:22Hi Julius - you are touching on an important issue! The following will increase your chances: Excellent academic results (most important - emphaisis on maths and sciences) Charity volunteering Hospital volunteering Leadership positions Balance - so other things like music, arts and cultural activities Shadowing a medical professional/s (with testimonials) Premedical course - like BLS, First aid and The Apprentice Doctor Premedical Course Some involvement with medical research Sport achievements Good score on entrance exam - e.g. MCAT or UKCAT. Trust it helps! Dr Anton

Sara said:2013-10-06 13:11:05Hey doctor, before we go into med school, would you suggest taking a non-medical related degree in university before applying to med school. I heard that med schools are now looking for students with a varied background?

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Sara said:2013-10-06 13:18:52When I say non-medical I mean majors like Philosophy or something like that....more towards the liberal arts and humanities sector. Also I am a student in Canada so how different is the whole process?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-10-06 15:50:59Sarah - it is true to some extent - so as long as you complete the med school prerequisites one can major in any subject - but my friend Don Osborne from Inquarta (premed coach) still recommends a somewhat medical/biological major e.g. Biochemistry.

mpho said:2013-10-04 03:51:36hey doctor, I'm a student in grade9 and i am going to choose subjects this term. I am going to take pure maths, physical science,life science and geography. Do u think that those subjects a good enough for me to become a doctor? Please help me before i choose. Thank you

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-10-05 12:01:20Looks good to me - just missing chemistry - a good choice if possible.

Jenifer said:2013-10-03 11:12:19Hi doctor im currently a junior in highschool but i have freshman credits due to my abscences in freshman and sophmore year. I am trying to make up as many credits as i can. I am thinking about dropping out and getting my GED. Do you think thats a good idea? or should i stay in high school and risk graduating late?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-10-05 12:05:45I would stay in High School - even if it means graduating later.

Zintle Sizani said:2013-10-01 11:20:03Hey, doctor. I'm a student in gr.9 and I am going to choose subjects this term. I am going to take Physical Science, Pure Maths, Life Science and Accounting as an extra subject. Do you think there is that kind of combination and is there subject right? Please do help me out before I choose the subject. Thank you

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-10-01 13:47:58Your choice sounds good - just missing chemistry.

Abbey said:2013-09-28 17:41:31Goodday Dr Anton I'm currently in grade 10 in the Bahamas and i really want to become a GP but every minute i'm getting discourage thinking that i wouldn't have no time for family n myself and in high school now I'm taking all the required subjects needed can please tell me or give me a little more on being a General Practitioner.

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-09-29 13:42:40Hi Abbey - if you want to become a doctor - I am sorry - there is no time for becoming discouraged - you have to pursue your dream with all that you have! And yes - as a medical professional you will have to make peace with long hours and budgeting time for family and other activities - that is the reality.

Anri Janse can Rensburg said:2013-09-27 06:09:12Hi Dr. Anton. I'm currently a grade 11 learners and I want to become a GP . I have Biology and Maths but I did not take science. Is there a way I can still become a doctor ? Like do an additional year b starting of with a BSC at Stellenbosch University. Please help.

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-09-27 13:15:48Hi You need to catch-up - as you will most definitely not only require - but you will have to excel in Science. Will Stellenbosh accept you for a BSC without Grade 12 Science - I doubt if that would be possible...

Phi Phi Nguyen said:2013-09-23 13:10:12Hello Dr. Anton, I am a Vietnamese start living in the US for 2 months. I'm 30, graduated from University of Economics and Law ( Bachelor in Economics) in VN since 2006 and have my own business. I have always love to be a Medical Doctor but I didn't have a change to. Every time anyone in my family is sick or see people who can't afford to pay for their medical fee. I feel like I want to be a doctor so bad. Now I am here and really want to be a medical doctor. Where should I look for to know what should I do to start, how how is the course? I'm living in Arlington VA. Thank you very much.

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-09-24 05:40:31Start with making contact with this organization - they are excellent and will assist you in many ways! http://www.oldpremeds.org/ Best with your goals!

nez said:2013-09-23 12:14:22Hi Dr Anton, i am currently in year 11 but doing 2 year 12 subjects, i am doing all the subjects that i need in order to study medicine except physics, is there a problem with that? people keep telling me that i would need a high score to get in, is there any other way? i am sure not every doctor got that high to get in, i heard there are other way. thank you.

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-09-24 05:37:47The inroad to medical school is based on your premed dgree results as well as a good MCAT score. MCAT - you will ahve to study the following: The “pre-med” classes required by virtually all schools in the US are as follows: “Freshman” chemistry along with the appropriate laboratory courses Organic chemistry along with laboratory courses Biology along with laboratory courses Physics along with laboratory courses English Calculus including advanced math classes and statistics. So physics is important. Reality is that even with good academic results and a good MCAT score - your will have to show a lot more - volunteering at hospitals, charity, and if you want to impress the selection committee you will have done some medical or scientific research... Have you considered to add a good premed course to your resume? http://www.theapprenticedoctor.com/accredited-pre-med-course-for-future-doctors/ Best wishes with your career!

Paola said:2013-09-21 13:15:32Hello , I am a senior in high school, and I've always wanted to study medicine, somebody told me that there's a bachelor degree in physician assistant but I want to know if after I study that I can keep doing a major in medicine. Does the physician assistant bachelor would help me to get a major in medicine.?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-09-22 10:20:24No - choose one of these 2 careers - PA or MD/DO. It is not impossible to do PA and then Medicine - but it is better to choose one career path form the start - and stick to your decision for various reasons.

Jeff said:2013-09-16 21:57:29Hi, I want to become a General Practice Doctor. What steps would you say I should take? I am currently a Senior and High School and plan to go to a University or State School. What would you say I should Major in? Also, what steps should I take after graduating College?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-09-18 13:09:31Read this for the basic steps and advice. http://www.theapprenticedoctor.com/steps-to-becoming-a-medicaldoctor-in-the-united-states-of-america/ Best wishes!

Ajai W said:2013-09-14 13:28:52Hello Dr. Anton, I am currently a junior in high school. I know for sure that I want to be a doctor I'm just not sure which kind. So far I have been thinking about being a Pediatrician, OBGYN, Geriatric Doctor, or just a regular General Practitioner. Beside pre-med what other majors could I possibly study in college for each specialty. Thank you very much and I look forward to hearing your opinion.

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-09-18 13:02:03Download this document: http://www.scribd.com/doc/17386880/Which-Branch-of-Medicine - it should assist you with some of the decisions. Keep in mind that you only need to choose a residency in your 4th year in med school - that is a long way in the future!

nazi said:2013-09-11 14:13:44hi Dr Anton I have always love to be a doctor but i am not smart person but i am hardworking women can i study medicine .which type of medicine do you thing good for me

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-09-11 14:22:22Hard working is more important compared to IQ. But both are needed. Which type of medicine? We have compiled a nice aid for those who are unsure - download the e-book here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/17386880/Which-Branch-of-Medicine

kenzy said:2013-09-06 06:24:25hi Dr.Anton, see iam a 17 years old and really want to become a surgeon. what are the major subjects i need to study. please reply as soon as possible!!! thankyou

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-09-06 15:01:20Biology/Microbiology or Biochemistry makes the best sense as majors in my opinion.

Veronica said:2013-09-05 21:25:24Hi Dr. Anton, I am currently a senior in high school right now and I am debating if I should go to a city college or state ? I know that going to city will definitely save me lots of money but I am worried about transferring to State later to receive my Associate's degree. Any suggestions? If i go to State which college should i go to that has a good medical department . Thank you you help is well appreciated .

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-09-06 15:05:48It all depends on the finer specifics of your situation - my friend Don Osborne from Inquarta specializes in giving good advice for optimizing your chances - contact him via his website: http://www.inquarta.com/ Best wishes for your future!

Adam said:2013-09-03 22:43:06Hello Dr. Anton! I have a bit of a predicament here. I'm 21 years old and enlisted for the Military as we speak. I ship out on November 19th and have been pondering a career in which to use my GI Bill for. I would prefer to become a GP due to the simple fact that the human body intrigues me, as well as my yearn to help others in their time of woe. I was a horrible student in highschool and dropped out. I recieved my GED, however I'm attending a University and my GPA has been around 3.63 all year. Please shoot me an E-mail as to how I would start all of this from scratch, I would greatly appreciate the courses I should take, schools I should attend etc. Basicly, help me take the steps you've made. I would truly appreciate this. Sincerely, Adam

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-09-06 14:49:02The basic guidelines are here: http://www.theapprenticedoctor.com/steps-to-becoming-a-medicaldoctor-in-the-united-states-of-america/ Trust it helps!

Charlotte said:2013-09-03 18:12:13Dr Doctor, I am a 14 year old girl in the U.K and I am very interested about becoming a General Practitioner. I am starting my GSCE's in a weeks time but would like to know if my year 9 grades were good enough. My maths grades were 8b's and 8a's, my chemistry grades were 7a+, my Biology grades were around 7b-a and my physics grades were 6/7 on average. I would also like to know if choosing sociology as a GCSE would positively benefit me. Could you also tell me what levels to aim for, and which areas in the three sciences I should really be focusing on? It would be much appreciated if you could. Thank you!

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Charlotte said:2013-09-03 18:24:07May I also query on St John's Ambulance first aid courses; which courses would be the best for me to take?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-09-06 14:47:40Aim for all A's and A+'s. Sociology is fairly neutral - no specific benefits or problems regarding med career. Three sciences - all aspects are important!

Matt said:2013-08-30 17:26:34Hi Dr Anton....I already have a 2i degree in pharmacology and physiology from 20 years ago....if I wanted to now study to be a doctor would I need to start from scratch? As I am a family man...is there a way to some how home study aspects of medicine to work it alongside a job as I can't afford to take lots of years unpaid! Any suggestions?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-09-01 12:05:39Hi - it all depends on the specifics of your qualification. The people at Old Premeds are very helpful! http://www.oldpremeds.org/ Contact them - they will be able to assist you with the details.

Mo-Mo said:2013-08-30 13:46:42Hello Dr Anton, i have to say i am very impressed with the work you have done, i think that you are doing a great job helping students to achieve their goals through this website. I am very determined to become my dream job, a General Practitioner. What i wanted to ask is that if i volunteer across my school in jobs which don't necessarily involve anything to do with science, will it still be look good on my CV if i want to apply for a medical school?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-08-30 15:09:44All activities will add some weight. Volunteer for charities counts Volunteer at a hospital is even better Doing extra medical things like a BLS course or a good premedical course will count a lot. We are offering a popular premedical course for students like you: http://www.theapprenticedoctor.com/accredited-pre-med-course-for-future-doctors/ If you can help with medical research in some form will be excellent! Trust it helps!

Karan deep prampreet manmeet jaswal jasdeep sandhu singh dhillon patel said:2013-08-29 13:34:08Hello Doctor Professor Sir, its me again! I just read your article about Stefanie and I just got to say you are a genius! now my question is how old do you have to be to volunteer in a real hospital in the UK? Thank You very much and may guru nanak bless your life with all of lifes comforts. yours sincerely, Karan deep prampreet manmeet jaswal jasdeep sandhu singh dhillon patel thank you

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-08-30 00:15:58You have to be 16 or older. Send me your shipping address and I will ship you a Doctors training kit.

Karan deep prampreet manmeet jaswal jasdeep sandhu singh dhillon patel said:2013-08-29 13:19:00hello Mister Doctor Professor Sir, I am in Year 10 and I am very interested in a career as a General Practitioner, I just wanted to know what grades i should be getting this year and next year in Science, English and Maths. Last year I got all Cs in my foundation GCSE exams and 7c in Maths and English. I am i in the right track?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-08-30 00:14:10You have to aim for A's in all subjects.

tanaka junior shonhai said:2013-08-27 01:15:08hello Dr.i want to embark on a degree of paramedics.my question is can one be a medical doctor after being a paramedic

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-08-27 15:33:08Yes - but is taking along road to an already long study period. Best is to get going with your premedical studies.

anon said:2013-08-18 13:32:53hi dr anton, can you be a doctor by doing a doctorate in Business Admin D.B.A or atleast reffered to? like dr smith or just your name and D.B.A on the end. I know this has nothing to do with medicines but an answer from you would be very helpful. thank you

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-08-19 14:08:13Correct.

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-08-19 14:10:55A degree at doctorate level e.g. a PHD earns you the title of Doctor (actually meaning teacher). E.g. Dr Smith - be it in business/sciences etc.

Derrick Oppong Sarpong said:2013-08-13 10:46:57Hellooooo Dr Anton,I want to know whether being a cadiothoracic surgeon is a herculean job and can you have sometime to go vacation with your family? Thank-you

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-08-13 11:14:21This is a good question - but you need the attitude of "working hard playing hard". It takes a lot of self discipline and planning to have enough time for your family, recreation etc. The art of life is balancing the various aspects of living. As cacardiothoracic surgeon work can easily intrude into other important areas.

Adebimpe Bamiloye said:2013-08-08 13:33:27Hi Dr.Anton,i have always love to be a medical doctor,but,the challenges i face in my country keeps making me an uncapable medical doctor,still,there are no other courses in my heart but medicine.I can never give it up

David said:2013-08-07 06:03:14Hello Dr. Anton. I am 25, I am a CT/ MR/RT technologist in Miami. I'd like to keep studying. Become a Doctor/radiologist one day..... I would like to know how to start. what are the steps and how long it would take me. thank you

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-08-08 15:48:05The basic steps are always the same: Load your resume with lots of extras - charities, hospital volunteering etc. B-dgree (with premed prereq's) Write MCAT and apply - AMCAS

elmer said:2013-07-30 18:07:35Im going to be a senior in highschool in a few weeks...and i really want to know what i should do to become a doctor in medicine. I know this much...first i know i have to finish highschool...then what? And if working as a doctor in medicine could affect my relationships and potentially my future marriage then.....why pursue this career?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-07-31 14:52:34The main motive for pursuing medicine is a love for people and an intense interest in the human body - at least in my opinion. Although medical professionals commonly have busy lives - one can live a balanced life by careful planning and prioritizing. Also see: http://www.theapprenticedoctor.com/steps-to-becoming-a-medicaldoctor-in-the-united-states-of-america/ and http://www.theapprenticedoctor.com/how-to-become-a-medical-doctor-in-the-usa/ Strart ealy donig things like charity, and hospital volunteering do medicalcand first aid course and start doing simple research projects. Consider this distance learning course: http://www.theapprenticedoctor.com/accredited-pre-med-course-for-future-doctors/ Best wishes with your future!

Amy said:2013-07-30 08:31:48Good day Dr Anton, As a little girl it was my greatest dream to become a medical doctor. But, my parents got divorced when I was 16 years old and just then and there all my dreams faded away as my whole world were ripped apart. I am 27years old now and only have grade 10 behind my name, is it still possible for someone to complete grade 12 at this age and study to become a doctor? I am a people's person and have a passion to help those in need. I actually considered to settle for second best and become a paramedic but on the other hand I will feel like a failure seeing that I will not be following my dreams. Please advise??

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-07-30 14:43:15Follow your dreams - follow your passion. You can do it! Don't take no for an answer. Consider our premedical course: http://www.theapprenticedoctor.com/accredited-pre-med-course-for-future-doctors/ It will take you one small step closer!

Fortune said:2013-07-30 07:10:04Hi Dr Anton my name is Fortune, am from Nigeria, i have always wanted to b a dr since i ws a little boy cos i have a very caring heart but the thing is that i dnt know the aspect to go into and medicine takes alot of time to study so what should i do

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-07-30 14:40:57You will have to work out the details by taking one step at a time. Keep in mind that I am fairly ignorant regarding training opportunities in Nigeria. Have you considered a distance learning experience in Pre-medicine? http://www.theapprenticedoctor.com/accredited-pre-med-course-for-future-doctors/

Annie said:2013-07-29 19:11:00Hi Dr. Scheepers, I'm 26 this year and am planning on FINALLY starting tertiary education next year - my original plan was to study Business but I have now decided that I would like to pursue an education and career in medicine. Given my age - do you think this is appropriate? I understand that this will be a lengthy path for me but it is definitely what I would like to do. I do not live in the U.S but where I do live, it is usual for most to start tertiary education straight out of high school so I have left this quite late.

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-07-30 14:38:12Hi Annie Irrespective of where you live - you can do it at your age. See it from this point of view - would you rather start 7 or 8 years later doing what you love to do - or go into business and possibly dislike you job for the rest of your working life? You need to add things to your resume/CV like charity volunteering and volunteering at hospitals etc. Have you considered doing our distance learning course to add to your resume/CV? http://www.theapprenticedoctor.com/accredited-pre-med-course-for-future-doctors/ Dr Anton

Queen said:2013-07-26 14:39:11Hi Anton,my name is queen,I'm from nigeria,I love taking care of people,helping and I have the passion since I was in my primary I have always wanted to be a medical doctor so as for me to give what and help people expect ally the masses.i was discouraged by some.now I am a graduate of business adm and I'm 27years of age the passion is still there pls advice dr anton

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-07-26 17:35:0827 is still young.Follow your dreams!

Muhammad Hassan Raza said:2013-07-26 05:22:41Hi great Doctor Anton, I'm here to ask some questions because i'm going to choose Medical sciences for study. Kindly tell me that what is the difference between Medical Doctor (MD) and Medical Bachelor and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). Which one is good? Please also tell me that which course is needed to study to be a good medical doctor in Germany. Thanks.

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-07-26 17:53:33MD - Medical Doctor - after fulfilling the MD requirements of an accredited medical school. MBBS - essentially the same degree - but becoming a doctor via one of the UK medical schools (or some schools in the Commonwealth - India, Australia and South Africa etc).

Britany said:2013-07-25 12:38:22Hi Dr. Anton. I am a grade 10 student and i want to know if i need physics to become a general practitioner and also what is the average needed to become a general practitioner?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-07-26 17:44:09Physics highly recommended - some questions on physics in the MCAT. In the American system one is not selected on the basis of grade 12 results - but bottom line is you should be in the top 5-10% of achievements.

Britany said:2013-07-25 12:34:37hi Dr. Anton. I am a grade 10 student of the Montego Bay High School for Girls and I was wondering if I need physics to become a general practitioner and also the average that is needed to become a doctor?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-07-26 17:41:30Physics highly recommended - some questions on physics in the MCAT!

Teasha said:2013-07-24 10:13:17Hello, I would like to ask if how long would it take to be a licensed doctor?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-07-24 21:20:05USA - 11 years.

maria said:2013-07-23 04:14:00hi, dr anton im a year 10 student currently choosing my subjects for year 11 i wanted to ask what prerequisites i would need to have to study medicine

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-07-24 21:22:29It varies from country to country. In general - as maths and as many science subjects as possible.

itshokeng said:2013-07-22 11:51:06I'm frm South Africa n I obtained a nursing diploma(4 year course)! I would like 2 study towards a doctrate! I didn't do science in high school. I would like to knw if I would qualify to study to be a Dr????

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-07-22 14:01:07You will need science and maths at Grade 12 level.

Riley said:2013-07-20 14:07:13Hello, My name is Riley, I'm from Nova Scotia. Ever since i was 6, i wanted to become a MD. How hard is the MCAT?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-07-22 14:06:25Honest answer - it is hard - but if you are well prepared it is do-able!

Bahlanganise Skenjana said:2013-07-17 21:59:18Hi I am a grade 12 learner from Dale College Boys high school and being a doctor has always been my desire, and I have always loved working with people. I just wrote my midyear exam and I did not meet the requirements of qualifying to become a doctor. Is the by any chance that I would be even considered?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-07-18 18:51:56You have nothing to loose if you apply!

Batoul said:2013-07-17 00:54:56Hello Doctor, would u please further clarify what u meant by saying "It takes a number of years to build a private practice that will be able to sustain you and your family economically." ?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-07-18 18:49:44It is like a tree - it takes time to "grow" a newly established practice - and thus the same with the finances. You can buy an established practice or join as an associate to an existing practice - at a fee of course!

Oyedokun joy said:2013-07-17 00:33:35Why is it that there is no good relationship between medical doctors and medical laboratory scientist or biomedical scientist? Also is there any job limitation of each sides?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-07-18 18:46:37That is a good question - and I don't know the answer - why not do research on the subject - do a nice questionnaire and analyze the results. Research counts a lot of credits when applying to med school!

Shane said:2013-07-16 14:18:55Hi, Dr Anton. I am an Australian high school student and I am looking to become a general medicine practitioner. I get mainly C's and a few B's in my subjects. I am studying hard to improve my grades but would this be enough to get into med school?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-07-18 18:44:47It looks like you may need to do a Science B Degree - and then apply for medical school. In most cases B and C's will not be sufficient to get you into med school...

anon said:2013-07-15 19:04:54hi dr Anton, I am getting double science. I know chemistry is a must but which would u recommend biology or physics? please reply as soon as possible

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-07-18 18:37:24Difficult one! But I suppose biology.

Samantha said:2013-07-15 00:34:34Hi Dr. Anton Scheepers, My name is Samantha i want to become a general practitioner and my question is, was your career very difficult? & Did it ever cross through your mind to give up?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-07-18 18:36:43Difficult - yes - but one day at a time makes it do-able. Lots of stumbling blocks and immense challenges big and small - but giving up - never. This is probably the difference between making it and not. Good question - thank you!

swocky said:2013-07-13 05:21:04Hi, dr. Anton. I have a question for you, what is the difference between MD and DR ? For example, I see there are some people use dr. Swocky or Swocky, MD ? Thank you :)

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-07-14 12:38:48Dr or DR is the abbreviation for Doctor e.g. Dr Oz. MD refers to the qualification - as one gets many types of doctors - usually doctorate degrees in various other fields - MD specifically refers to Medical Doctor (as opposed to DO which refers to a doctor of Osteopathic Medicine)

Oluwaseun said:2013-07-10 22:11:49Am Seun, I v dat zeal and passion 2 b a medical surgeon. It interests me 2 help,care,make people happy inspite of their situations wich are part of the qualities of a doctor. How far and how well do I have 2 read my books. And what are the things I must start practising personal 2 keep the zeal burning. Pls is there no other means I can reach u apart from this site?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-07-11 07:37:40You have to show a keen interest by reading books and articles regarding medicine and surgery. The Internet makes it quite easy! Study hard, keep on dreaming and plan - those are the keys!

zinhle said:2013-07-10 10:07:17Hi Dr Anton, I'm a professional nurse at GJ crookes hospital in south coast of kzn(south africa).just now I've been thinking I follow my dream of becoming a medical doctor but I never studied physics in high school, I got biology ,geography ang agricultural sciences,is it possible that I use my nursing certificate to bridge for the doctors studies

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-07-10 21:21:15Zinhle in theory it is possible - but the competition for available spots are so intense that it is at the same time very unlikely. An understanding of physics and chemistry is very basic to studying medicine. There are simply so many applicants with A+ symbols in Maths, Physics and Chemistry - and they will be beating your application. But why not - give it a try and apply!

Nina said:2013-07-08 00:47:19Dr Anton, how old were you when you decided that you wanted to be a doctor? What made you make this decision?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-07-10 21:25:03I was a late decider - like 17 years of age - and it was a suggestion of my father that resonated with me.

anon said:2013-07-07 20:16:03hi dr anton, I was just wondering how old will I be when I have finished my MD and how many do I have to do the degree? I know that every doctor has to do 1 year post guard thingy.... also, I am still a kid how will I know that career in doctor MD is the choice for me or the one for me? how did you know yours? thanks

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-07-07 21:13:47The answer to your question depends on how old you are now and in which country do you live. Becoming a doctor is sort of a calling - you will know on the inside...

Jess said:2013-07-06 11:06:34Hi Dr Anton! I was investigating the requirements for a career as a doctor and stumbled across the study of physician assistance. Would you please enlighten me on what they do and the difference between physician assistants and doctors? What are the study differences? Thankyou! Jess :)

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-07-06 19:10:26Physician assistant (PA) is a great career in medicine to follow if one is not keen on the long years of studying medicine. The course is also fairly intense - and a PA assists various types of doctors- usually specialists e.g. surgeons - and a PA may for instance harvest the vein graft in a leg during a cardiac bypass procedure - so they are allowed to do a bit more than just assisting. Finances is good - but obviously not the same as the income of a doctor. I personally believe a PA is a great career if you love medical things and working in a hospital - but at a somewhat less intense level compared to a e.g. a surgeon.

Leah said:2013-07-06 07:55:08Hi Dr Anton! I am 15 & have been strongly considering a career in medicine. I live in Australia and I am currently studying biological science, chemistry, physical science and distance-ed health science. Are there any overseas pre-medical trips/work experience hands-on, which you would recommend? Or medical service trips, which I could gain hands-on experience?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-07-06 19:17:05Hi Leah That is the way to go - start early/young! Try: http://www.theapprenticedoctor.com/pre-med-course-for-high-school-students-future-doctors/ a very nice hands-on premedical distance learning course and from 16 and older an overseas medical experience - http://www.gapmedics.com/ Best wishes Dr Anton

Kailani said:2013-07-05 11:05:13Is it true that only half of students that apply for medical school are successful? Seems strange since the more doctors the better!

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-07-05 21:33:55It is true - and slightly optimistically so - as it is more like 35-40%. Medical schools can only accommodate a certain number of students - thus the vigorous selection process and criteria!

Kailani said:2013-07-04 14:54:10Dr Anton. Congratulations on the fantastic website! Very helpful resource. Just a couple of questions: Is physics a necessary subject choice in years 11 & 12 if biology and chemistry are already being studied? Also, Stethoscopes: are cheap $8 stethoscopes worth buying? Not to be used by a professional, just for a high-school student. Will heart, lung & bowel sounds be detectable? Many thanks, Kailani.

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-07-05 21:45:03Chemistry biology are essential and physics highly recommended! My experience - try not to buy too cheap stethoscope. Consider buying a Rappaport stethoscope - we have one in our Future Doctors kit - and even consider our distance learning high school premedical course - it is great! See: http://www.theapprenticedoctor.com/accredited-pre-med-course-for-future-doctors/ Best wishes with your future! Dr Anton

Blake said:2013-07-04 07:18:48Hi. I'm Blake. I'm 16 years old, just finished my sophomore year, and am interested in becoming a general practitioner. I'm unsure of what colleges I can go to in the state of Mississippi, what to go to college for and what to get, and research hasn't helped very much. If anyone can assist, I would be grateful.

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-07-05 22:00:26I found the SDN (STUDENT DOCTOR NETWORK) forums the best source for this type of information: http://forums.studentdoctor.net/ Thee best with your future!

anon said:2013-07-02 19:54:52Dear Dr Anton, I am 13 years old and unsure about a career. my friend is going to be a stockbroker whereas my parents encourage me to be a doctor or any highly rated job.(pilots, engineering). I want to be MD doctor though if I fail to make it as a professional footballer. right now I want to get triple science ( my test is on this Monday....) anyway I just would like to know roughly how old would you be when you complete your MD? and the stages I have to go through from GCSE's. on my gcses options I got business studies, geography and history.(I wanted to pick IT but I realised you can do that afterwards locally) ps: my main worries is the age....and all the money..(I will be in debts) how can you cope with all that? never mind the pressure. Thanks, hope you reply as quick as you can.

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-07-05 22:06:42You can apply to do a degree in Medicine straight after your A Levels. Most courses are 5 years long, but some are six. Yes - it is expensive and one needs to plan carefully! How do one cope? Take one step at a time!

Zara said:2013-06-28 11:36:01Hi Dr Anton Scheepers Your advice has been great so far and its the most information I've been able to find as of yet. I am curious though, I'm an Australian resident and a year 12 graduate but had always been indecisive about a career. I've taken my gap year and currently in employement and looking to study again. I believe I have everything I need to become a gp except in my later years of school I never took the subjects mentioned above. Will this affect me? What would I need to do to become a gp in Australia and what courses would I need to partake in? Kind Regards Zara

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-06-29 12:51:12I am fairly ignorant regarding the Australian system - but my suspicion is that it is derived from the British system. Actually all over the world the following subjects are required for medicine: Mathematics, Science - chemistry, physics (physical studies) and biology(life sciences). It basically boils down to redoing Gr 12 - include and excel in these subjects. A career guidance center at a medical university will spell out the exact details and entrance requirements for medicine.

Zorgbo said:2013-06-28 06:06:07Hi doctor ......I want to study medicine, I'm now in a college studying general courses. So after there where can I begin from n enroll in the medical feed....

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-06-29 12:43:56Are you living in the USA? Keep in mind that this is an international site.

Jennifer said:2013-06-27 06:27:40So I think I've always wanted to become a doctor...like I love to help people and help those that are sick. But I'm terrified of all the courses I have to take in college. I'm not the brightest in science, honestly, it's not my favorite subject. So I was wondering if these courses that I would take are difficult for an average student.

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-06-27 21:00:09My opinion is that if you want to do medicine you have to love and be good in science - chemistry, physics and biology.

Lina said:2013-06-26 16:44:29Hi im in 11 grade and I just finished it but my average was 88 out of 100 I have all the necescerly things to be a docter but im just wondering can u study medical if ur not really good in school years

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-06-26 22:31:36Well done! In the USA - yes - at least in theory. But in reality it is during one's school years that one learns the disciple to study diligently and for long hours. Entrance to med school in the USA is based mainly on your premed degree results as well as your MCAT results.

WAHIDA said:2013-06-25 15:51:26hey sir I have this ongoing issue that I want to become a doctor since its my dad's dream but I want to complete in 5 years so what undergraduate degree should I go for I am very confused since I am a highly capable student but I want to get a doctor name soon and not a dentist I also wanted to know what undergraduate program to choose if I want to be a GP

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-06-25 17:53:33Most USA Medical Schools require a premedical degree - one can major in any subject - but majoring in e.g. biochemistry is actually a good idea. The bottom line is one needs to fulfill the premed requirement courses during your premed degree. See: http://www.theapprenticedoctor.com/steps-to-becoming-a-doctor-usa/ Trust it helps!

saqib said:2013-06-25 07:25:23Thanks for my last question, but for some unknown reason my school won't allow us to take more than two subjects in one area (e.g I can take Chemistry & biology but not all 3). Do you think it's best to try & somehow get a third science? If I can't get a third science what 2 sciences would you think is best?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-06-25 17:56:53That is a bit odd. Can you do extra subjects in your own time outside of the school environment? Chemistry is a definite must - add biology or physical science.

Hamid said:2013-06-25 00:30:18Hi I m hamid i want chose sudjet for next year I m leve 10 but i dont know which one is better?i need chose engineering or docter?but i dont know how long will be take each of the subject? some one tell me its take about 12 years study in unversity to become docter ? could you please tell me what subject and how long take ?thanks

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-06-25 18:04:10Hamid - I'm sorry - it is impossible for me to tell you which one is better between engineering and medicine - it all depends on you, and what you want to do with your life. If you are unsure, you will have to see a career guidance professional. Subjects in medical school are numerous - one starts with the basic medical sciences - like anatomy and physiology then pathology, and microbiology and after that medicine and surgery and the later years the applied medical fields like anesthetics, orthopedics etc. You can qualify ass a medical doctor in the USA in 8 years - then residency of 3 to 8 or 9 years...

Sarah said:2013-06-24 21:28:24Hey Dr,,, I am from Iraq and now i am in 12th I 've been in USA 2 years .. i want to became a doctor , but i don't now what to take or what i need...

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-06-24 22:35:02Read this article on how to become a doctor in the USA: http://www.theapprenticedoctor.com/how-to-become-a-medical-doctor-in-the-usa/ Why not do an accredited distance learning premed course? http://www.theapprenticedoctor.com/store/products/pre-med-course/ Best wishes for success! Dr Anton

tanya said:2013-06-23 18:46:45hi,sir i am tanya from india and i m in class 12th and want to become a doctor and i am realy confused which course should i opt for and which place is good for medical feild.can you help me for my problem..

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-06-23 19:11:11As previously noted - I know the USA system quite well - but not so sure about India. I found the informative answer with reference below (edited): "I assume that you have taken you biology group (which is mandatory for a medical college admission). What is important to you as of now is just your entry into a good medical college for which you need to get a high cut-off in your entrance exam. For the rest of your questions you could research later. First get into college. I think you could go for MBBS/BDS/.. Not so much aware of it. I'm just telling you what my friends (doctors) did. And then do higher studies (specialization). Like my friend is doing it in physiotherapy now. Her uni has got tie ups with uni abroad. So she got an opportunity now (while studying) to go to UK to do her project. Good luck!! xx 1) Do class 12 exams really well 2) Do entrance exam really well 3) So you ll have high cut off - go for counselling 4) Select your medical college ( remember a really high cut off can only help you) 5) If you don't happen to qualify for a public medical college, you will have to pay a lot of money and get a medical seat from a private medical college. (Like my friend got hers in Ramachandra) 6) Do well in college. Choose your specialization. 7) Then do your higher studies. Also try this exam - AIPMT - All India Premedical ... check it out..." Reference: http://in.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110403085802AAzw5NF

Flynn said:2013-06-23 00:11:35Hi sir, I want to become a psychiatrist and not being big headed but my grades are alright. However I do have a few obstacles as I have a stutter and that would be a problem as a psychiatrist consoles people and advises and diagnoses mental disorders correct? Also how much does a psychiatrist earn and at the age of 14 can i do anything to help me, like volunteer work. Also do you recommend any books about psychiatry?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-06-23 18:43:33Hi Flynn Firstly focus on all the things that are in your favor - and not on the one stumbling block. Stutter is treatable on many levels - so don't see it as a life sentence. The income ranges from $170,000 to $220,000 depending upon the area, prestige, experience and reputation. Do hospital volunteering, charities and do medical things - like attending a premedical Camp: http://www.theapprenticedoctor.com/summer-medical-camps-for-high-school-students/medical-camp-tampa-florida-july-2013/ why not in 2014? Trust it helps!

hrishikesh kolhe said:2013-06-22 15:29:30hello sir, i am a student from india and i study in the 9th class.in future i want to be a doctor.i love science (physics,chemistry and biology)but i score some sort of marks less in mathematics.will u please suggest me that how many percents will i need to be a good doc.and which studies i should prefer next.

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-06-22 21:37:14Hi i am uncertain about the exacts regarding India - but in general maths, physics, chemistry and biology and languages >80%. Have you considered a good premedical course? See: http://www.theapprenticedoctor.com/store/products/pre-med-course/

saqib said:2013-06-22 07:12:02Hello sir I would like to become a doctor. I'm in year 10 (taking IGCSE next year) & English+Maths are compulsory next year for me. I need four additional subjects. Can you pick out of the following what I would need to become a doctor/what universities would like to see? Accounting, Art, Biology. Chemestry, Computing, Economics, Geography, Germal, Graphic Design, History, Physics, Physical Education. Thank you for your time and input.

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-06-22 21:44:20Biology, Chemistry and Physics plus any of the following: Accounting, Economics, Geography, Art, Computing, German, Graphic Design, History or Physical Education.

Collin Vu said:2013-06-20 09:09:11Hello Sir, I am from Vietnam and currently attend college in the U.S. I am currently in my third year in engineering school. My GPA is just a little higher than 3.2. I did pretty well with math and science. I only took four basic courses in biology (lectur es and labs) and passed with Cs. I am sure I could do better if I had have more effort for them. I have determined to pursuit a M.D degree because I feel a growing urge for helping sick people. How much is the chance for a profile like mineto be accepted to a medical school? What could I do in order to increase that chance? I am certain that I have the passion and perseverance for it, but I don't know if my aptitude is suited for this profession. Could you please give me some guidance on these concerns? Sincerely, Collin Vu

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-06-22 21:54:46You should get most of the answers in one of the following places: http://www.theapprenticedoctor.com/how-to-become-a-medical-doctor-in-the-usa/ Also download and read: http://www.scribd.com/doc/17386880/Which-Branch-of-Medicine With strong resolve you should be able to make it...

Hannah said:2013-06-20 02:34:45Hello, I'm a mature age (29) female and have finally been able to grasp what I want to do when "I grow up" ;p. I have to go back and get some pre-requisite science and maths which is fine and then a biomedical degree and apply for Med School. I already have a bachelor degree but it is in Intercultural Studies. I am so incredibly excited to start this journey and go all the way to the end and become a practicing GP. My main concern is the comments you make about "fierce competition". Is this a field where a qualified practitioner should be concerned about job opportunity?

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-06-22 21:49:01Fierce competition refers to getting accepted into a medical school - but after being qualified as a doctor there are ample job opportunities! I have found the OldPremeds group to be very helpful with practical advice and resources – contact them via their website: http://www.oldpremeds.org/ Best of luck!

sahil said:2013-06-19 18:19:42sir i have opted for bio.chemistry,physics and hindi,not for math. is really very important to take math

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-06-19 20:56:04It is really important - actually essential.

ghazal said:2013-06-19 11:41:37hello sir i'm from Australia and i'm in year 10 ,i really really like to become a general doctor since i was a little kid but i just wanna know which high school you prefer to go that they focus more about science !i'm really wondering if i'm just wasting my time in a normal school !!!!!

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-06-19 20:54:40Apologies - I am very ignorant regarding medical training in Australia. But the general rule is - focus in on maths and Science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Life sciences). If you attend a "regular" school and they offer the above subject - then simply go for it where you are!

cindy said:2013-06-19 01:24:43Hi, I am in high school right now and I excel in all classes especially in mathematics and science like 95+ averages. I am a hard worker and I enjoy helping people and sympathizing with them. I am wondering if I have the potential to become a successful doctor.

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-06-19 20:50:33Most definitely yes! Why nor come to Tampa in July and attend our premed conference? http://www.theapprenticedoctor.com/summer-medical-camps-for-high-school-students/medical-camp-tampa-florida-july-2013/ Dr Anton

avinash kashyap said:2013-06-18 04:43:52hello sir,i'm from india & i'm 17 year old. i have completed my 12th class with maths subject & percent is 60%. I wants to become a doctor because i love caring of people & interest about biology. I'm very worry because i don't know what should i do now for becaming doctor. Plz help me

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-06-18 19:29:12Hi - I am unfortunately not sure about the medical school requirements in India - but I'm guessing that it is as competitive as in other parts of the world. You will have to up your academics to an average of 80% or more - even if you have to redo a year. Otherwise start with a science degree and apply to med school on completion of that degree - any comments from Indian medical students?

Marina said:2013-06-12 15:28:26I have always had, in the back of my mind the urge to be a doctor, since I was little it was my dream career but somewhere along the lines I thought I couldn't and took up a school-based Chef's apprenticeship... I now know that is NOT what I want to do in my life but I have already chosen my subjects for years 11 and 12. What can I do? Can I still become a doctor like I have always wanted? I didn't choose any kind of science or maths... What are my options? Please help! I am very, very dedicated and I love learning and helping people, this is my calling, this is what I want to do!

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-06-15 17:52:23The short answer is you will need maths, science (physics and chemistry) and biology. You may have to redo a year or two to reach your dream.

Ibrahim said:2013-06-11 09:52:21Can be doctor with biology subject only and math.i do not take chemistry subject.

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-06-15 17:50:26No - physical science and chemistry are needed as well.

Prince Solaiman said:2013-06-06 19:31:10hello sir, can i be a medical doctor by keeping Chemistry, Physics and Maths in my GCE A-Levels.. I didnt take biology.. any way to be a Doctor using those subjects

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-06-07 21:06:03To be honest I don't know the UK system that well - but as far as I know the answer - at least in theory is - yes. The problem really is - if there are 2 candidates with the same level of excellence - the one with the other without biology - they probably will prefer the applicant with biology.

Carly said:2013-06-05 18:03:36Hello, Im currently in 4th year in high school and i am trying to persue a career as a gp, but so far im discouraged.i am in the highest in every subject i do (biology, chemistry,computing studies, french,maths and english) i was wondering if you need physics as my school doesnt allow people take 3 sciences. Also i work well in a group and have been credited on my people skills but im not sure if i have done well enough ps im not afraid of blood. Email back please

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-06-07 21:12:08No room for doubts or discouragement - medicine is just too competitive for one to allow these emotions to pull you down. Physics is - for all practical purposes essential - although you may find exceptions to this statement. The human body operates in a physical world by physical principles - so my opinion is that it is essential. Talk to your career guidance teacher.

Ashleigh Williams said:2013-06-02 19:19:56This site really helps with my homework, especially when you have a teacher who asks for further explanation that wasn't mentioned in a question she asked. Keep up the great work! *thumbs up*

Ashleigh Williams said:2013-06-02 19:18:04Hi. I want to know the lowest degree you should have to become a general practitioner. Can you please reply ASAP. Thanks for your time.

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-06-02 19:31:32To answer the question in more detail one needs to know in which country you are living. But a general answer is - you should aim for the very best grades - as the competition to become a doctor in almost ALL countries around the world is simply fierce.

Burwa said:2013-05-31 17:00:38Hello, I'm a Australian High school student in year 11 and have always longed for a career in the medical field. I've always strived and excelled in most of my year levels. I find helping others to be very fulfilling because it gives you a sense of need and meaning one that most people don't understand. If I become a doctor I would want to get the bare minimum income because to me its not about the money its about healing the wounds of the sick and ill , its about sacrificing your time to help those around you in need. Its about providing hope to those less fortunate than you. That's why I want to become a Neurosurgeon.

gabija said:2013-05-25 14:20:33hi my name is gabija.I was wondering if physics and chemistry are important for becoming a surgeon?also does it matter if your studying ordinary level maths , does it give a less chance of becoming a surgeon? reply as soon as possible,thank you for your time!

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-05-28 21:55:21Excellence in maths, chemistry and physics are both important and essential if you want to become a doctor - and then later become a surgeon! The human body is a highly complex bio-chemical factory - and moves and works on the basis of physical principles in a physical environment. Maths teaches one logical thinking - and that is essential for making a diagnosis. Trust it helps!

Arianna Cazares said:2013-05-14 23:47:09I would loved to be in the medical field but I'm not sure yet because I don't want to open bodies. I don't think I will faint but the sound and the feeling you get when you have to cut the skin, it's just blahh!!

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-05-18 18:22:26One gets used to blood, guts and those type of things...

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Cindy said:2013-05-22 00:25:02I am still in high school, but I have always wanted to become a pediatrician ever since the 8th grade, however after attending an anatomy course at Brown University I had my doubts. The first time made me a little sick and very grossed out. However after seeing it again you will slowly get use to those things.

Princess said:2013-05-10 13:16:45i am a qualified registered nurse, and i want to study further and be a medical doctor, what are the requirements

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Dr Anton Scheepers said:2013-05-18 18:23:31Good matric marks in Maths, Science and Life Sciences.

Emily Johnson said:2013-04-29 04:57:32hello, I am really considering becoming a GP for a career but am unsure that I will be up to the task. I spent the last 3 hours studying different medical careers and looking up info about med school. I am discouraged to say the least. I really want to do this but every website I pull up is encouraging me not to pursue it. I wish I could just talk to a real person so I can get the real story. I would really appreciate if you emailed me back soon. (side note: I'm very good with people and have been noted for my great people skills, I am a honor role student with about a 3.7 GPA and I don't get skirmish around blood or other related things.) I just want to know if I will be happy doing this for the rest of my life.

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Stefan Scheepers said:2013-04-30 14:21:21Hi Emily, Deciding on a career is huge and internet research can only do so much for you, which is quite frustrating. From what you've said, it sounds like you have a doctor's personality. We have a medical camp coming up in July that is perfect for you. You will get the opportunity to talk to various doctors, including Dr Monica Watts and Dr Anton Scheepers for a full 5 days while learning about what doctors do and what it's like to be a doctor. The whole experience is specifically designed for people who are deciding on whether or not to become a doctor. It's perfect for you! You can read more about it at The Apprentice Doctor Medical Camp Experience

sophia said:2013-04-19 16:52:37what is the final passing mark that i should aim for overall

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