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

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

If you want to find out whether you are a future doctor, read on…

What is a Medical Doctor?

how to become a general practitioner - gpA 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:

  • Mathematics
  • Science (physics and chemistry)
  • Biology

Additional optional subjects to study:

  • Psychology
  • A business subject
  • Communication
  • Additional language(s) that are spoken in the region where you intend to practice medicine

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?

  • A strong desire to become a medical doctor. This is very important. Do not pursue medicine as a career if you are in any measure unsure about your decision.
  • Perseverance.
  • Embarking on a career that will require formal studies of 6 years or longer requires high levels of perseverance.
  • Love and respect for human beings (patients and their relatives).
  • Respect for life.
  • A keen interest in the structure and functioning of the human body.
  • The ability to work under pressure and within time constraints.
  • The ability to work as a member of a wider healthcare team.
  • The ability to work for long hours continuously.
  • The ability to keep your concentration for extended periods of time.
  • You need to like working with your mind and your hands.
  • You need to like working with people, love serving people?and mankind in general.
  • An enquiring mind – always trying to find out more about interesting subjects.
  • Intelligence. If you really struggle with your studies despite daily putting in considerable effort, you may do well to submit yourself for psychological assessment to ascertain if you have the intellectual ability to becoming a 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:

  • Fulfillment. A medical doctor experiences intellectual fulfillment in an environment where people are being helped.
  • Flexibility. The opportunity to follow a number of different careers within the general field of medicine. A researcher at university, a successful private practitioner as a GP, a hospital medical doctor, a medical advisor to a healthcare organization or a medical specialist are some of the career options that the field of medicine has to offer.
  • Financial security. Medical doctors in most countries worldwide are in the upper 15 percent of earners when compared with other careers and professions.
  • The opportunity to serve people. Being a medical doctor allows you to dedicate your life towards serving other people!
  • Status and respect. Medical doctors enjoy a high level of status in the communities where they work and live.
  • Challenges. Medical doctors are faced with diagnostic and treatment challenges on a daily basis.
  • Variety. People, diseases and medical conditions are all interesting variables in the doctor’s life ensuring that a doctor’s life is almost never boring.
  • Mobility. Doctors are not tied to their desks and career opportunities are available worldwide.
  • Relationships. As a family practitioner, you will be able to build long-term satisfying doctor-patient as well as friendly relationships with a large number of families and individuals within the community that you are serving.

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:

  • It requires a long and difficult study period with long and irregular hours of study in addition to practical and clinical sessions.
  • Working hours are usually long (including after-hours calls) and this may put strain on marriage/family relationships. Disciplined time management is of utmost importance!
  • In some countries, the risk of unreasonable medico-legal claims may exercise enormous psychological stress on a doctor.
  • It takes a number of years to build a private practice that will be able to sustain you and your family economically.
  • Your personality profile must be able to psychologically deal with the occurrence of complications as well as suffering and death as part your work.

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!

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Comments

  1. Bonolo says

    hi there my name is bonolo and I in grade twelve I jst recently realized that I’m interested in being a doctor or a midwives. but the subjects that I choose are geography tourism mathematics and life science is it possible for me to become a doctor or a midwives with this subject. I love people and I can stand people who are rude and I love helping people the way in love being a doctor or a nurse i wouldn’t mind if I was to work in the hospital without getting paid. I really love helping people and I love people.

  2. Prince A. ODAME says

    I am 30 years old with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, and interested in fulfilling my childhood dreams of being a medical doctor. How many more years will it take me to be a medical doctor?

    • says

      I hope to say that you will be able to catch-up on the med school prerequisites and prepare for the MCAT within a year or two.
      Then 4 years med school and one year internship plus 2 years residency.

  3. says

    Iwould like to take this opportunity to greet and thank you for the info it helped a lot… I’m a shy girl but I love helping people, would I be able to be a doctor even though I’m shy

  4. Hamda ali aden says

    Firstly iam greating you after great i would like to give me some point what are the behaviour that the doctor most look like

  5. says

    Hi Doc! i graduated for high school 2&1/2 years back. here in Nigeria all university aspirants my sit for two different exams called utme and post utme (unified tertiary matriculation examination) every year.My first attempt was nothing to write home about but had 232/400 in the utme and 65/100 in the post utme but the cutoff point for medsug in the university i chose was 200/400 for utme and 80/100 for post utme,the worst part of it is that if one fails the second one fails all. Should i still choose medsug this year or choose another course and cross over after a year in the university cause left to me i do not want to change to any other course. Could you advise me! Thanks!!!!

    • says

      Being an International site – it is almost impossible to know all the answers in all the countries of the world. I think you will be better off if you consult with a career guidance councilor at your university.

  6. AJAYI ADEBOWALE says

    Doc am confuse on hw to choose career base on science courses,l’m tinking of ben a medical doct but l’m not god in chemistry.l’m good in other science subjets.do i stil have hop of studing medicine

  7. Thuso Molakeng says

    Hi doctor. I did HORRIBLE for my Grade 11 results and I really wanna be a Pediatrician. When I apply for Bursaries, they reject me. My marks are improving during my senior year, If I excel with distinctions at the end of the year, do you think that I can get space at universities or even be accepted?

    • says

      A bit difficult to answer your question as I am unsure about your current range of subjects – but the short answer is all of your subjects – major in on the basic foundation subjects like anatomy, physiology and pathology as well as those subjects that you have a special interest in.

  8. ngawang says

    hi sir, i am currently in third year and i am doing medicine i feel i am lacking some thing although i am putting in effort. i keep forgetting the old stuffs that i learned previous semester as i learn new stuffs. i am far from connecting the dots and seeing the big picture and solve the pieces of the puzzle. i would like you to advice me on how i can retain the information and not forget it over time. and also please enlighten me on what subjects do i really need to excel to become a good doctor.

    thank you.

  9. Gisma Majut says

    Hi I really want to be a doctor, what I am suppose to do? What are the requirements of becoming a doctor? I dropped out of high school so I am not really sure of what I should do to get into medical school?

    • says

      Most of the information you are looking for is in the post – but in short you need a good matric – no an excellent matric with maths physic sand chemistry. – or a science B degree of some sorts.

  10. Hiba says

    Hi doc ..I’m a pharmacy student ,second year and I have a huge desire to be a medical doctor..cuz after getting in pharmacy school ,it turned out that it isn’t what I want..and I can’t get in medical school now..do you think I could make it after graduation ?? Is it too late??

  11. ahmad uthman says

    sir i am a nigerian next month i want write my exams in secondary and i wanted to be a member of ministry of health what am i read 2 become amng the members

    • says

      I very much and simply don’t know. I presume you have to get some sort of healthcare admin qualification and then apply for a job at your department of health – then work your way up from there.

  12. Blssing says

    I plan to become a medical doctor but presently I am studying Physics/Chemistry in college of education.Do you think I am wasting my time?

  13. Ossy Cassim says

    DR,ANTON
    I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF ACCOUNTING IS BOOST TOWARDS GETTING ACCEPTED FOR MEDICINE, AND IF 80% IA GOOD ENOUGH AVERAGE.
    REGARDS

  14. sarah magula says

    Hi doc I want to know that can I qualify for MD with maths literacy level 7,physics level 6,biology level 7 and English level 7?

  15. Christine says

    Hi Doctor,
    I finished high school with A+ grades and I took (physics, chemistry, biology, marketing, psychology..). I wanted to join medicine so all the advice was to get BCS in science degree. I joined cell and molecular biology at Concordia University in Quebec Canada. My problem is now university is getting tougher and my GPA is lower in B’s is that going to stop me from joining medicine?. I was also thinking of being paramedic medical technician or Medical laboratory analyst if I got completely refuse to study human body in medical school. Can you give me your advice I can’t diagnose my problem for not getting high grades too. I want you to advice me more about paramedics career is it a good thing or not.

    • says

      My advice is – keep focused on your primary and initial goal. Once you have completed your BSC degree – reapply for medicine. Do not go for plan B. You may have to discuss details with your university’s career guidance section.

  16. Pontino jere says

    Hi doc i want to study as a medical doctor now i need advise on how good are your results suppose to be as in grades in each subject……???

  17. Monde says

    Good day

    I am studying maths, phyiscs and biology this and I really want to study medicine. I already have a degree in Communications Management but I hated sitting all day and doing the same thing everyday so now i ask does volunteering in public health eg. hiv and aids councilling. help my application?
    and unisa offers pre-med course with biology, chemistry and physics for a year. I do not know whether to take that course or continue with this?
    please help

    • says

      This type of detail is better discussed with a career guidance psychologist – as I simply do not have enough information and knowledge regarding contents of the courses mentioned to give you proper advice – ask UNISA’s career guidance Dept for assistance.

  18. Daniel says

    Hi doc..want to pursue a career in cardiology or Anesthesiology starting 2016, I’m 24 years old right now..how long should I expect to study for before I’m a cardiologist or Anesthesiologist? And could you please break it down for me as to how those years work exactly eg. community service, theory, practicals etc thank you

  19. Lerato Eimily Letsela says

    Hi doctor.
    I am a BSc biological science student who loves THE MEDICAL world. Can I get into medicine with marks like 70% only or do I need to work for A’s. I’m a B student.

    • says

      I presume you are asking about the difference between a general doctor in private practice versus a doctor in hospital practice. There are advantages and disadvantages for both. In hospital practice one generally encounters more interesting cases and the advantage of private practice is that one can work harder and thus earn more.

  20. manali gokhru says

    Hello i am in 11th std and i have chosen physics chemistry maths and biology as my subjects and now i am thinking to drop maths for my 12th and take psychology because i think maths is totally waste for me if i want to pursue career in medical
    So is maths essential for MBBS i mean will it affect on my medical studies?should i drop maths or continue with it in 12th?

    • says

      Maths is the most important and primary indicator to the medical school selection committee regarding your ability of thinking analytically. Maths is essential for applying to medical school and your application will not be considered without maths.

  21. says

    I just finished my secondary school den i dont have only physics what is next thing to do for me, i should re-seat WAEC or i should collect Jamb Or direct form MR DOCTOR

  22. Abdikarim says

    I am a grade 11 student in Toronto and i have 78 in Biology, 80 in Physics, and I’m still doing Chemistry and Math and English this semester, what are the requirements in high school for a general practitioner (or what you took) and how many years are needed until i finish my bachelors and what is residency; and if you don’t mind could you tell me the salary. Thank you I appreciate it.

  23. dineo says

    I would really love to become a Doctor,paediatrician and I know I will be one someday but I just need to know how I can pass and do well in mathematics,because it is the only thing that is holding me back at the moment
    please help me

    Stressed high school student

    • says

      Extra time/extra lessons. See a maths teacher who can do diagnostics with you – you probably missed a basic principle – and with maths this will affect your maths in future – unless fixed.

  24. lithalethu says

    morning Doc! I completed my matric in 2013 i would to ask is it tooo late for me to become a doctor as i was studying commercial subjects at school.

  25. ntombizodwa says

    Hi Doc

    Im currently studying towards a Diploma in general nursing, Psychaitry and midwifery. This is my 3rd year. What I’d like to know is whether ill be accreditted for the diploma
    in nursing and the 4 years of comserve if I apply to study as a medical student.

  26. mpumelelo mthembu says

    which right subjects ? If i choose bsc medical science is it right path ? If not which bsc is suitable if you want to move later to medicine ?

  27. EISHA WESHA SHAHID says

    Y.
    I WANT TO BEING A DOCTOR . BUT WHEN I GIVE TEST IN ACADMY I ALWAYS GET 22/30 MARKS IN CHEMISTRY . HOW I CAN IMPROVE CHEMISTR

  28. mpumelelo says

    Igot 64maths , 60physics nd 59 life science . I want to do bsc medical sciences first nd later move to mbchb at ukzn . So after the bsc do i start from the scretch or 3year or something , if i want to move to madicine?

  29. Thandy Nkuna says

    Hi doctor I’ll be studying medical Laboratory science which is biomedicine right? In South Africa I need to know if I’m going to be credited to study medicine two next year

  30. Rajesh aggarwal says

    Respected Dr.,my daughter is in 10th,she wants to become a cardio surgeon,she always score A+grade,v good in maths n science.I want her to persue her studies after 12th/high school with medical subjects in America,we r in India.can u please guide us how should she prepares n what r the appropriate steps to be taken care.how many years does it takes?ur advice would be of great help to us,regards….rajesh

  31. Zama Khumalo says

    Hi Doc, I finished my matric last year with a 77 in biology, 63 in physics and 57 in maths and was not able to get into medical school. I am however planning to enrol for a BSc at UKZN this year and major in human biology (for one year only). Do you think there is a possibility for me to get credited into medicine for next year if I do really well in my BSc (even if I don’t complete the full 4 years of the BSc degree)? I really love medicine and I will do anything to be able to study it. Thanks in advance!

  32. Abida says

    hello doc , i am living in Toronto,Canada .i am grade 11 student .what would be the average of a student for going to med school in Toronto , is physics important for med school, should i take grade 11 physics .

    • says

      Mot medical schools across the world require physics as part of their requirements – I believe you need to do the MCAT (or equivalent) in Canada as well – and one definitely need physics to pass the MCAT.

  33. Abida says

    if you want to start medical school ,what would be the average mark for a high school student for joining med school

  34. Shimei says

    Hi Doctor.
    I’m Gr. 10 this year and thinking about going for a GP. My grades are not super, but I can still get them up since I love studying. I’m afraid if I start out for a GP and get married before 8 yrs are past, I’ll have to give it up…..Is there a shorter course in medicine that I can do?

  35. says

    I finished Matric last year and I pass may 5 subject with 60% including life sciences. But I got 30% in physics and Maths and this year I’m doing an upgrade for these two subject I got a Bachelor’s degree and my dream is to be a doctor ,can you help me what I must do to make my dream come true

  36. Juan Perez says

    Hello Doctor I am a Ninth grader and i would like to become a surgical doctor when I grow up. Are there any steps that i could take now to help me become a surgical doctor?

    • says

      You need to take the MCAT – does your degree include the med school prerequisites? If “yes” you can take the MCAT and apply to med school. Biomedical science makes a good basis for studying medicine!

  37. sinethemba errol sithole says

    Hi Doc I am still doing matric and want to become a surgical doctor but the problem is I want to do practicals first so that I can be sure if I really want to be a surgical doctor or not. So what I need for u is to tell me exactly on how to get it.

  38. linford says

    Hi I’m currently in matric and I have a passion for medicine.Unfortunatly I do not have physical science to apply for university. Should I do a postmatric(if possible) or is there a possibilty that i can apply for university without physics?

  39. Phindile Zanele Linda says

    Hello Doc I have a degree in nursing will like to know how many years of credit do I get if i want to become a doctor. I’m from kzn bt working in gauteng and would like to study in Wits.

    • says

      Every University has it’s own rules and reciprocity arrangements – you will have to write to the Registrar Academic at WITS with all the information and your request in as much detail as possible. In general it is rare to get more than one year credit for nay nursing qualifications.

    • says

      You will have to really make an academic u-turn – medicine is just so competitive – so the answer is yes – but I am wondering how you are going to get 80’s with such a weak grade 11 as a foundation. Looks like one may have to think about repeating Gr 11 – best wishes!

  40. sharika says

    hello! doctor i m an 9th grader.My goal is to become a great surgeon but i have troubles taking subjects I have always wondered that are Add Math and computer necessary to take beside biology,physics,chemistry,english language,general maths and bengali ???

  41. Doreen says

    Hello

    I am 32 years old and are considering studying for a doctor, but did not have Science as a subject on school.

    I Metric exemption thou. Will that be a problem and if what should I do.

    Thank you

  42. Siphe says

    Hey doctor,am from South Africa. I am doing Bsc chemistry and I wanna be a doctor, how many years will it take for me to become a qualified doctor after I have completed my Degree?

  43. raya tsang says

    hello doc , i am a student from paris and i love science and maths and all related to scicence but the probleme is that i have some grammer weakness in french language and i was wondering that is it possible to get scholarship in some country where i can apply and continue my universities in english language ? it will be good to get an point of view from you thank you :)

  44. Zethembiso. says

    Hey doc , I’m Grade 12 learner dis year nd I want 2 study medical doctor but I wanna be epidemiologist nd my grd 11 results are not really good can I stl do it.

  45. Deon says

    Hi Dr. My girlfriend is studying nursing (D4-3) at a nursing college and she would like to know if she can study Medicine after completing D4 and if she would be credited for the subjects and if so what year she will have to start.

    • says

      Apologies – it is impossible to comment without mentioning the country of residence – as it varies from country to country. Although nursing makes a good basis for studying medicine in my opinion – from an academic point of view there is preciously little to be credited from Nursing going into Medicine. But as long as one have fulfilled the entrance requirements of the med school one can pursue medicine from any background.

  46. says

    hi doctor,my name is sarah am expecting to finish my diploma in clinical medicine in tanzania(clinical officer) am asking if i can be able to study medical degree in south africa and the qualification for joining…..

    • says

      Studying medicine in another country is highly complex and one starts with a handicap – as every country gives preference to their own citizens. It is not completely impossible though – but you will have to contact the university of your preference (e.g. Wits or Pretoria) and start the process with their medical school admissions department – they will give you a list of the information that they need to check academic levels reciprocity etc.

  47. DJ says

    Hi Dr., I am a Malaysian and I am interested to study medicine. I was wondering if medicine is really for me because my secondary school results on Physics, Bio, and Chemistry (especially chemistry) are not that good. And in Med school, would chemistry be really important ?
    I like Bio, but it seems that i cant really get it, and for chemistry, its worse. Are all medical students really really smart ? like super smart ?

    • says

      Yes chemistry is important – one needs to understand chemistry to understand the myriad of biochemical reactions occurring in the body and to understand pharmacology – to mention just to applications. Not sure if all medical students are smart – but as a rule they all work really hard!

  48. Abongile says

    Hi doc I am in grade 9 this year I live in SA I really want to become a general practitioner , though I really want to know where I could do my pre- medical science degree? And which university is best to study at for my career selection. THANKS your suggestions would be really appreciated!

    • says

      South Africa does not require a premed degree – one applies for medicine with your Matric results.
      Medical schools are available at the following universities: WITS, Pretoria, Medunsa, Stellebosh, Cape Town, Durban and Bloemfontein.

  49. Handre says

    Hi, can you please tell me what sort of appropriate course I shall do to be a future medical practitioner. Any easy or short way ?

  50. Morweng Jacqueline says

    Goodmorning Doc,I live in South Africa,I am about to do grade 11,I want to be a medical doctor,but I wanted to ask if it will work because I am also a writer.

    • says

      Hi
      Are you making a living out of writing (less than 1% of writers make a living out of writing). On the other hand 99% of doctors makes a decent living out of being a physician. If being a writer is your calling – go for it! But you need to be 100% sure.
      Dr Anton

  51. Sabatha khoza says

    im 18 years old of age, i live in SA, M abt 2do ma grade 12 dis year and I wana become a doctor.bt I feel lyk is 2 late coz ma grade 11 report is really bad…is dere still a chance 4me 2 make it into one of de medical schools? your response wud b highly appreciated sir

    • says

      The reality is that medicine is very competitive (even top academic performers struggle to get admitted). Yes, there is hope – but you will have to lay a new academic foundation – lots of extra classes in your weak subjects etc.

  52. Almira Siddiqui says

    To start off, this website has really helped me. I am in Grade 7 and have a project about my future. I have to go in to detail about everything. Right now, I’m working on education. I would like to become a general practitioner in medicine and attend the University of Toronto. However, I’d like to get lots of practice right now so that high school and university will be a breeze. The tips from Dr. Anton Scheepers was really helpful, but that’s for high school. I want something that I can do right now that can benefit my future. I’d also like some very important information about general practitioners that can really enhance my assignment. Thank you for your website and advice.

  53. Tiana says

    will i receive an MBBS after training to become a medical doctor? can you assist me with finding a scholarship please?

    • says

      The British system (and commonwealth) MBBS / MBCHB
      USA – MD
      The University where you apply will offer a list of organizations for scholarships and bursaries – mostly based on academic excellence.

  54. Houlda Saitilma says

    hey doctor. i am a student in 1oth grade and I would like to become a General Practitioner. I do maths, english, info tech, biology and lastly chemistry is it a must that i should do physics. my teachers told me that i can do it in college is it true?

  55. ALICE says

    I AM A COMMERCIAL STUDENT,I AM ALREADY IN MY FINAL YEAR,AND I HAVE DETERMINED TO BECOME A DOCTOR IN FUTURE, I DON’T HAVE ANYTHING IN MIND TO BECOME,EXCEPT FOR ME TO BECOME A DOCTOR!WHAT CAN I DO ?PLEASE HELP ME OUT.

    • says

      The Apprentice Doctor primarily focuses in on high school students interested in becoming medical professionals. Your case is complicated and there are many variables that I do not have insight into – so it is not something we can solve for you on this platform – may I suggest you have a long talk to the career guidance center at your current university. Best of luck!

  56. kuda says

    Hi doc.Next year I will be in grade 11 and currently excelling in math, physics and life sciences as well as accounting.My averages (on the report card are usually between 84%-90%). Not only am my doing well academically, I am also part of the journalism club at school and I am involved in community work.I involved in fundraising for my school. Do you think that I qualify for medical school taking into consideration my community work and marks

  57. Anda Tayi says

    Morning Doc I’m Anda 4rm S.A I will be doing grade 11 next year & I excel academically in Maths,Life sciences and Physical science(with disctintions) there4 now I Just want to ask wether How challanging is University Maths & science compared to the one in high school level because I’m about to persue medicine after matric.

    • says

      You have to excel in maths to become a doctor – diagnosing a disease is very similar to solving a complex mathematical problem – the one used figures (maths) and the other information gathered from a medical history, signs and symptoms and the results of special investigations to solve the problem. Maths teaches your brain to think logically.

  58. Oyetunde Oluwamuyiwa Joseph says

    Thanks Doc, I appreciate your comments. I personally believe nothing is impossible. my life as a scientist in field of chemistry thought me that realism re- shapes idealism, but idealism open up vistas for more realistic view. so many realistic discoveries were ones ideas discarded by scientists who thought that their is no connection between the idea and reality. prevention is the best, a cure if possible is not bad!

  59. Arthur says

    Good evening.
    I am studying BTEC Health and Social Care at college at the moment.
    Can I become a doctor without A-levels in science and maths?
    A lot of Uni’s are asking for A-levels, or BTEC + an A-level, is it possible to be accepted/study medicine with BTEC National qualification in H&SC (which is equivalent to 3 A-levels)?
    Thank you!

    • says

      Hi Arthur – I must admit that I am not so familiar with the UK system – but as a general statement you should keep in mind that there are simply so much competition for places in medical school that you most probably would have a disadvantage if you do not have A-levels in science and maths. Maybe someone from the UK can comment…

  60. Oyetunde Oluwamuyiwa Joseph says

    I love to become a doctor but the competition is too high as our medical school in nigeria can only take few students at a time. I have completed my first degree in chemistry(B.sc),I graduated with 3.55 on 5point scale (second class upper), I applied again but i was not admitted, I am currently studying medical laboratory science to increase my chances of admission, I will be 32yrs of age by the time am through, but will go for medicine ones i am through. I just love it, I have the potential to discover a cure for HIV, and cancer, this has been my vision from childhood. I need someone to encourage me, my family and friend referred to me as a mad man who waste time in school

    • says

      Your vision and passion will open doors for you. So keep on pursuing and persisting despite opposition.
      Success lies in the small area where idealism and realism overlaps. I hope you get the wisdom concealed in this sentence.
      I personally believe the challenge with AIDS is not in the curing but in the prevention – and that is no great mystery to achieve.
      Best wishes!

  61. Kimay Govender says

    I am in grade 10, I am doing Mathematics and Life Sciences/Biology & other Commercial subjects no Physics & Chemistry. Can I be a Medical Doctor with this subjects?

  62. Alinah Mazibuko says

    hi Doc. really liked ur page,great job indeed. anyway,i am currently a Bsc student in Lesotho,but my issue is that my grates are terrible.i love medicine an i love science and maths but i cnt perfom’em vry wel.i strongly want to be a a Doc…so in ur view is there still hope that i can make it?

  63. sharika says

    my name is sharika,i m 15 in 9th grade and i m really desperate to know is additional maths important like chemistry which will help me in becoming a doctor.

  64. Gabbisha Brown says

    I really want to become a doctor but i only have one science subject and that is chemistry i also do Literature, History and all business subjects i do maths and English and IT also so i was wondering if when i start college if i can catch up in Biology to become a doctor.

  65. Zayden says

    My name is Zayden(grade 11 learner). I just want to know where can I download the forms of B Cur so let I can know what it is like and more information about it. I want to become a midwife but I need more guidelines. Please help me

  66. chris sibusiso says

    if u have a diploma in nursing, is it possible to study medicine in south Africa for being a medical doctor.

    • says

      Hi Basir – it is almost impossible to know the rules and regulations as well as the admissions requirements for medical school in all the countries of the world. To be completely honest I do not know how the medical system works in Nigeria – if I were you I would go to a university with a medical school and ask to speak with a guidance officer. Best of luck!

  67. priyanka mittal says

    i m studying in class 11. I am average in studies. I have not taken maths. I have taken PCB. Is medical for me ?? I would love to be a doctor. What should I do after 10+2. Please help me..

    • says

      Medicine is very competitive and no selection committee will consider your application seriously without at least distinction level in maths – plus of course PC&B – all on distinction level. If you have’t taken maths you should rectify this. Talk to your guidance teacher.

  68. Sphelele M says

    Hi doctor,i’d like to ask this is it possible to get into medical school if i started by upgrading my matric to get the best result?also if I started by doing a nursing degree and then do a bridging course to become a doctor how many years will it take?I’m frm south africa

  69. Sphelele M says

    Hy doctor,i’d like to ask is it possible to get to a medical school if i started by upgrading my matric to get best result?I’m very passionate of becoming a medical doctor I have desire to help serve people’s lives.If I start by becoming a nurse and then do a bridging course to become a doctor how many years will it take.I’m from south africa

    • says

      Upgrading your matric results is recommended – even if you are a qualified nursing professional the selection committee will still look at your matric results – especially maths, and all your science subjects.

  70. Karabo says

    Hy Doctor, I have been weak with my grades in grade 11, so I want to become a doctor and I only had the chance to apply for Bsc, is it possible to go into the medical field after finishing that?

  71. Karesha says

    Hello my name is Karesha I’m 17 and this is my last year of high school and I apllied for college and my classes going to be in Las/biology I was just wondering am I going to be taking the right thing I want to be a general practitioner

  72. zizo says

    Hi doctor if you have a diploma in environmental health and you want to pursue the medical career do they credit you or do you start from scratch?

    • says

      Hi – the answer depends so much on the specifics of your country of residence , the specific university and the subjects covered in your diploma as well as reciprocity agreements in place between your current academic institution and the prospective university/medical school. In short I doubt – but I might be wrong. Best case scenario you may get one year credit.

  73. Myprincess Mary ASEMOTA says

    Hi DOCTOR my is not a question, but a help I need from you to train me to become a doctor . It has always be my dream and I would like to enrol in your pre – medical apprentice clinic no matter how long it will take me to become a doctor I will because I know from personal experience how important it is that patients receive good care when they are at their most vulnerable . I want to feel that I have helped someone to regain their health ,independence and dignity – whether it is after cancer treatment or a broken bone. I hope you will help me for my dreams to come true hoping that my degree in doctor will be the beginning of a lifelong career that will really make a difference. Thank you doctor why I wait for your reply my phone number 07831386690. .

  74. violet says

    Hi doctor,
    I’ve been wondering if your daily life at the clinic is like the tv show House MD? Lol hope you watch or know what it is! My favorite tv show that inspire me to become MD!! Thanks for saving lives!! I’ll be saving some soon!

    • says

      The answer is really yeas and no. TV shows have one intention in mind – to get the highest viewer numbers as possible – so realism is not high on the list of priorities – rather sensationalism. But having said that I must admit that HOUSE is much more realistic compared to Grey’s Anatomy for instance. As long as your motives are good – to help people because you love people – then you are on the right track.

  75. KrisRyan says

    Hey doc i from texas and im getting my cna in the 11th grade, i cant decide between internal medicine or general surgery, also do you think a i could pursue a future as a prison internist??

    • says

      A wide range of opportunities and possibilities is awaiting you – and the good news is that you don’t have to make the decision between for instance internal medicine and surgery until your 3rd or 4th year of medical school (by that time you would have been exposed to a most of the career fields in medicine).
      I personally worked as a medical professional in prisons for 4 years – and I do have such a soft spot for prisoners! so yes – think prison internist is a great way to serve your fellow man! Why not come and experience real clinical medicine in Tampa during summer 2015? – see: http://www.theapprenticedoctor.com/apprentice-doctor-tampa-fl-2015/

  76. tchassi shienji says

    I will be 15 years when am done with high school but I love to lived in the dorm.so is there any chance of me to lived there?

  77. Ferrah says

    Hey doc ilive in SA im currently doing grade12 and iwas wondering that can you become a medical doctor when you have one eye only?.

  78. Keith Pollard says

    Good day
    i am a qualified school teacher who teaches science and would like to find out more on how to go about to get studying to become a doctor. I find the brain very interesting and study anything i can get my hand on. I live in South Africa Brakpan Gauteng and i would really like to hear your oppintion and what i can do im want to get involved ASAP in medecine

    Keith Pollard
    082 497 4029

  79. Thandeka Gumbi says

    Hi Doc. I did commerce in Grade 12 and i got very good marks in Maths, now I am very keen of studying medicine. next year I am thinking of registering to write Physical Science and Social Science in one of private schools. If I get good marks in these subjects will i qualify to study medicine?

  80. Godiragetse mogajane says

    Am really intrested in becoming a doctor…i am a grade 11 student…the problem is that i dnt do biology at my school but i do maths and physical sciences….can i study medicine?

  81. maria phatlana says

    I always wanted to help people and I love taking care of the injured. I really love watching tv shows about doctors and love seeing the doctor examining during consultation. I wanted to know how can I get into medical school. Im in the military and I’ve worked at the military for 6 years now and I only have matric and I passed with the S symbol. This shows I did not do good during my matric. My subjects were physical science maths electricians work technical drawing english and north ssotho. Any advise will be helpful and appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Please help

  82. Muskan rathore says

    people usually say that those who study doctory/related to doctor are under pressure or streessed or depressed .Is this true…?????

  83. Samuel2 says

    I feel really afraid, sometimes I feel I can’t do this anymore,I read a lot but at the end of the day come out averagely in my test, I really Love to save lives but that fear keeps on rolling in…help me pls, I’m about to enter college

    • says

      At the end of the day becoming a medical doctor is not for everybody and one may consider alternative inroads in medicine – like paramedic, physician assistant and nursing for instance. But if you have set your goal on becoming a doctor and you have the potential and abilities – then go for it no matter what! One will get to that point of almost giving up a couple of times throughout your training and career!

  84. Suzan says

    I am doing grade 9 and im fifteen years old am interested in being a medical doctor,but my school does not offer physical science,biology and economics or business studies which is why i want to do physical sciences,biology and georgraphy next year.Can i still fulfill my dreams of becoming a medical practitioner

  85. Kristina says

    Hello. I live in the UK and I am in year 8. I’ve always been really interested in human anatomy, biology. I’ve always wanted to become a medical doctor. Is there something I could do now that could help me become a doctor?

  86. MPHO GANYANE says

    Hello doc,if you are a qualified nurse or paramedic is it possible 2 can study medicine?And how many years can it takes you with ths qualifications to complete medicine?

  87. sajaa awadallah says

    Hello,
    I am a senior in high school with an 4.0 GPA and I had gone into ap bio ap chemistry, ap physics, ap psychology, and ap calc though out my 11-12th grade year. I would love to become an surgical Oncologist but what would be another option with my grades and ap classes. I was wondering with my ap credits and GPA being such. Would that help me though out my however many years in college? How many years would I have to be in college for this career and what major courses do I need? Or if you have any other options with my type of knowledge what should i go into?

    • says

      Hi sajaa, surgical oncology is a fascinating field and in great demand. You have laid a great foundation and if you keep on pursuing excellence the sky is the limit! My general advice is to complete your medial degree – you will be exposed to all the various fields in medicine – and thus will be able to make a much more informed choice regarding your chose field of speciality. Best wishes!

  88. MPHO GANYANE says

    If u want to study medicine but you can not because of lower requirements you obtained,there is any other course related 2 medicine that you can study,that will leads you 2 can study medicine,after you hv done with that course?

  89. says

    Hi I would really love to be a doctor but I am doing grade 12 with these subjects life sciences,maths literacy,life orientation,geography,history,english and xhosa but my passion is being a GP cause I like people and I feel for them. I have a special heart for them but what can I do to become a GP please help me find a way to become one. I don’t have any other career in mind but a GP one. What can I do?

  90. hope mokoena says

    am in grade11 and i want to know how many percent must i get in science and mathematics for becoming a doctor and becoming a cardiologist in cuba

  91. hope mokoena says

    are you allowed to do medicine in cuba with 60percent in mathematics and 70percent in science and life sciences in cuba

  92. Luvuyo Matthews Sineli says

    Hello Dr. I have matric and here I have Maths Lit and Life Science and i really want to become a doctor. . So is there a possibility that i could go to FET Colleges and do the Maths and Physics ?

  93. Random Person says

    Hello Dr. Scheepers,
    I’ve wanted to be a doctor my entire life, but the path has been very unclear. I want to become a M.D. and be a general physician like a family doctor. This is what I think I have to do: graduate from high school, graduate college, graduate medical school, complete a residency, and sometime after that become an independent doctor. Is this right? Also, if I want to be a general physician what department should I go into? Family Medicine? These may seem like common sense questions but I truly don’t know. I know that it is a much more treacherous process than this but this is what I basically need to do, right?

    • says

      Yes – your basic information and understanding is correct. Family medicine residency programs is 3 years and during this three years of residency training, residents are required to rotate in the following areas: obstetrics, pediatrics, general surgery, inpatient hospital care and Intensive Care (some variation with different med schools).
      If you are in Grade 10 or 11 why not attend one of our premed Camps? See: http://www.theapprenticedoctor.com/pre-med-camp-2015/

  94. Sandra Muchanyara says

    Hi Doctor im in grade 11 i take life science and maths as a subject but i don’t take science as a subject and i really want to be a GP is that possible

  95. Sphamandla ndwandwe says

    Hi 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?

  96. Diana says

    Hi 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

  97. khanyisa Rotyana says

    I’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

  98. Tania says

    Hi 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?

    • says

      It 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.

  99. says

    i 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

  100. tanya says

    Hi. 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.

    • says

      At 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!

  101. Pari says

    I 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….

  102. faimah suleman says

    Hi I’m 12 years old and I all ways wanted to become a gp doctor but my question is why do you need maths

  103. Adam Kent says

    Good 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.

  104. kugbey wisdom eli says

    It’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

  105. Zayden Davids says

    Hi 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?

  106. Thanh Vy says

    I 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!

    • says

      For 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!

  107. jarod says

    I 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.

  108. onika says

    Hi. 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

    • says

      Whatever/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.

  109. Jill says

    I’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?

  110. Lerato says

    Hi 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

    • says

      Worldwide 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.

  111. Sphesihle says

    Hi 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!

    • says

      Worldwide 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.

  112. Soph says

    When 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.

  113. says

    Sir,

    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

    • says

      The 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.

  114. akhona says

    I 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

    • says

      There 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…

    • says

      In 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).

  115. Goodwill says

    Hi 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?

  116. says

    hello 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

    • says

      Hi
      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!

  117. says

    i 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

  118. embrochia jonkers says

    Hi…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???

  119. khadija says

    Hi 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?

  120. augustine says

    I 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

  121. yas says

    Hello 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

  122. Shahkeela Shaheen says

    Hi could I please get some more information on the hospital volunteering programs , thanks

  123. Sushana says

    Is 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

  124. Sushana says

    I 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?

    • says

      The 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.

  125. Sihle says

    Hi 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.

    • says

      You 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.

  126. Olivia says

    Hi Dr. Anton! I’m a freshmen in high school. What kind of schooling is required to become a general practitioner?

    • says

      Although 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!

  127. vanessa says

    I 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?

    • says

      Only 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.

  128. vincent says

    hi, 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

    • says

      You 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 says

        But you will have too study longer for a surgeon right.??
        And we have like a medical team at our school where we can join too learn the most important things of what to do if like someone get a heart attack or something like that would it help if I join it?
        And how long exactly does it take too study for a surgeon?

        • says

          In the USA – 8 years to be a doctor and another 5 to be a surgeon – 13 in total – that is a general surgeon.

          Yes join a premedical club at school – that will definitely help to build a respectable resume for your medical school application.

  129. Eugenia says

    I 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?

    • says

      I 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?

  130. Austin says

    Is 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?

  131. Mathew Trono says

    Hi 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?

  132. says

    Hello 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!

  133. Monique Bateman says

    So 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

  134. JayJay says

    Hi, 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!

    • says

      Yes 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.

      • JayJay says

        Does that mean even if I don’t take life science in high school, I can still take it in university and become a doctor? And if I want to get into a public university, how high must my marks be? Must they be higher than the students who are in public high schools?

  135. Colby says

    Dr. 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?

    • says

      The 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.

  136. emmanuel njoku says

    hi 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

    • says

      I 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…

  137. Mary says

    Hi 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.

    • says

      I 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!)

  138. says

    hi 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?

    • says

      Hi – 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.

  139. Jasmine says

    Dr 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.

    • says

      Hi 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

  140. colby says

    I 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.

  141. arvind says

    hi, 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

  142. geetu says

    hi 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?

    • says

      Yes 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.

  143. Ruben Leal says

    Hi 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?

    • says

      Ruben – 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…

  144. says

    Hi 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.

  145. musa says

    Hi 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

    • says

      Hi 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.

  146. Casia says

    Hi 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.

    • says

      In 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”.

      • Jasmeen says

        Dear Dr. Anton,

        I am currently an undergrad student majoring in Biology BS. I would like to pursue a career in Cardiothoracic and vascular Surgery. My grandfather died of a heart attach and his death has inspired me to choose this path. I have recently shadowed one of the doctor’s in Portland which has motivated even more to become a Surgeon. I would like to know if I can interview you and ask you few questions regards to this field. Thank you.

        Sincerely,

        Jasmeen

        • says

          Hi Jasmeen

          I am busy with a major project in Africa and will be for a while – so you are welcome to communicate here – or talk to somebody more accessible/closer to home at this point in time. I have a friend in CA who is a premedical coach – who may be quite helpful to speak to at this point in time… dono[at]inquarta.com.
          Best with your studies!
          Dr Anton

  147. Iman says

    I’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!

  148. Adedotun says

    Hello 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

  149. Caroline Lenon says

    Hi, 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.

  150. Efrain Lozano says

    Hi 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

  151. says

    I 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.

    • says

      Keep 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…)

      • Edillan says

        I was wondering how many years of school do I have to complete to become a General Practitioner and what is the best way to go about it.

        • says

          In the USA – generally 8 years – but 11 before you can practice.
          Lay a good academic foundation – basic chemistry, physics and maths – and build up a respectable résumé (premedical courses charities and volunteering at hospitals etc…)

  152. Madeline says

    Hello 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.

  153. Zach C says

    Hello 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.

    • says

      Hi 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

  154. shivu says

    alternative medical doctors are certified or not….?

    is it legal…?

    is there any restriction for these people…?

    • says

      The 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.

  155. Matthews says

    Hello Dr.

    I know there is no age limit to receive an education. But when is too old too old to attend per med.

  156. Sheba says

    Hi 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!

  157. Sarah says

    Hello 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!

  158. Bradley says

    Hi 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.

    • says

      The 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…

  159. Thando says

    Hey 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.

    • says

      How 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.

  160. Annie says

    Hey 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?

  161. fabulus says

    I think being a medical doctor takes hard work and perseverants. You have to be deligent and have a passion for people.

  162. Timothy says

    Hey 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?

    • says

      I 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.

  163. says

    Doctor 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!

  164. Julius says

    Hey 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 ?

    • says

      Hi 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

  165. Sara says

    Hey 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?

    • Sara says

      When 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?

    • says

      Sarah – 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.

  166. mpho says

    hey 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

  167. Jenifer says

    Hi 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?

  168. Zintle Sizani says

    Hey, 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

  169. Abbey says

    Goodday 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.

    • says

      Hi 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.

  170. Anri Janse can Rensburg says

    Hi 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.

    • says

      Hi
      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…

  171. Phi Phi Nguyen says

    Hello 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.

  172. nez says

    Hi 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.

    • says

      The 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!

  173. Paola says

    Hello , 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.?

    • says

      No – 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.

  174. Jeff says

    Hi, 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?

  175. Ajai W says

    Hello 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.

  176. nazi says

    hi 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

  177. says

    hi 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

  178. Veronica says

    Hi 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 .

  179. Adam says

    Hello 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

  180. Charlotte says

    Dr 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!

  181. Matt says

    Hi 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?

  182. Mo-Mo says

    Hello 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?

  183. Karan deep prampreet manmeet jaswal jasdeep sandhu singh dhillon patel says

    Hello 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

  184. Karan deep prampreet manmeet jaswal jasdeep sandhu singh dhillon patel says

    hello 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?

  185. tanaka junior shonhai says

    hello Dr.i want to embark on a degree of paramedics.my question is can one be a medical doctor after being a paramedic

  186. says

    hi 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

  187. Derrick Oppong Sarpong says

    Hellooooo 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

    • says

      This 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.

  188. says

    Hi 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

  189. David says

    Hello 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

  190. elmer says

    Im 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?

  191. Amy says

    Good 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??

  192. Fortune says

    Hi 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

  193. Annie says

    Hi 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.

  194. Queen says

    Hi 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

  195. Muhammad Hassan Raza says

    Hi 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.

  196. Britany says

    Hi 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?

    • says

      Physics 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.

  197. Britany says

    hi 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?

  198. maria says

    hi, 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

  199. itshokeng says

    I’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????

  200. Riley says

    Hello,
    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?

  201. Bahlanganise Skenjana says

    Hi 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?

  202. Batoul says

    Hello 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.” ?

    • says

      It 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!

  203. Oyedokun joy says

    Why 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?

    • says

      That 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!

  204. Shane says

    Hi, 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?

  205. says

    hi 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

  206. Samantha says

    Hi 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?

  207. swocky says

    Hi, 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 :)

    • says

      Dr 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)

  208. Oluwaseun says

    Am 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?

    • says

      You 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!

  209. zinhle says

    Hi 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

    • says

      Zinhle 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!

  210. Nina says

    Dr Anton, how old were you when you decided that you wanted to be a doctor? What made you make this decision?

  211. says

    hi 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

  212. Jess says

    Hi 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 :)

    • says

      Physician 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.

  213. Leah says

    Hi 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?

  214. Kailani says

    Is it true that only half of students that apply for medical school are successful? Seems strange since the more doctors the better!

    • says

      It 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!

  215. Kailani says

    Dr 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.

    • says

      Chemistry 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