1/2 people major, decide to change their majors, what can I avoid to be one of em, want be Doct.?
Question:A statstic shows that students are 1/2 likely to change their majors. Im 15, I have A's, B's, I have an A in science, I <3 science, and A- Math, A's and B's in English. I want to major to be a surgical Doct., I know that Im not the only one out there purpusing for that career, and lots of people are way better then me, they get stright A's anways. I like to be in general medical science field. Im only 15.
What if Im one of those people in college, that want to change their majors that is planning to go to med. school b/c of fail qualification to be accepted?
I need ideas, 1st I want to be a brain surgeon, I know I have to work my butt off.
2nd I would want to be a Pharmacist when #1 fails.
Whats my 3rd, 4th plan what comes next? Whats plan C?
Just maybe i wanted to clear something up 2st you do not major in "surgery" after your undergrad education ( Bachelors) you go to med-school and basically their are only two types of med-school M.D. and D.O. school both and equally able to become a physician but a D.O. usually goes into family medicine as statics show , once you get you MD or DO you go into residency which is practically and internship for a long time in say surgery (and a brain surgeon is called a Neurosurgeon)
and what you do is the 1st your of your residency is when you actually get different education from other physcians (because before your residency you have the same knowledge as any other med-grad ) and you get trained in surgery to become a neurosurgeon takes 7 year after medical school in your residency , and the 1st 1-2 years i think are in gen. surgery than you special zed in neurosurgery
and after that you can sub-specialize in say one of those (check link out)
I am working towards med school as well and am about to start my senior year of my bachelors (4 year degree). My personal opinion about this is that you're thinking too hard. Keep getting good grades in high school. Apply to the college that makes you happy and major in something that makes you happy (that's the advice of med schools anyway). The only thing that matters to them is that you make good grades especially in the prerequisites (Algebra/Calculus, Physics 1 & 2, Biology 1 & 2, Chemistry 1 & 2, Organic Chemistry 1 & 2). Some colleges do require more but these are nearly always a must. As far a having a plan in case you don't get in, choose a major that you will most definitely like or can get a job with in case you don't make it. I chose nursing because people always need nurses.
Well, don't worry about changing your major. Just be sure to take a lot of courses in biology and chemistry when you are in college, as well as the calculus, physics, and math courses required to get into med school and pharm school. Most colleges don't offer pre-med as a major anyways, and, if you go to a college where it is offered as a major, majoring in it is a bad move because you won't be guaranteed admission into a medical school, and your degree would be worthless if you fail to get into medical school. That's not to say you wouldn't do a pre-med program and then major in whatever you want.
Medical school and pharmacy school have the same requirements. If both of those plans fail, I would try getting a job in your major area.
I would advise you if at all possible to take and do your best in high school: Biology, Chemistry and Advanced Placement Chemistry. I know a few smart people who had similar medical career objectives as yours and did exceptionally well in high school graduating with high GPAs but the college course they encountered difficulty with was ORGANIC CHEMISTRY which I'm almost certain is a mandatory prequisite course for Pharmacy majors as well. Our oldest son took AP Chemistry in high school and his teacher who also taught Chemistry at the nearby community college told parents he had many former students come back to thank him for what they had learned about Organic Chemistry in his AP class. Best of Luck!
Jesus Christ. People here are giving you some ratty advice. Look kid, just enjoy your time in college. If you want to change majors and do something else with your life by then, it'll probably be the best decision. For now since your plan is med school, just worry on majoring in science like bio, chemistry, physiology, etc. Once you get to med school you'll be grown up enough to know what career path you want to take.
Here's an idea. Shadow a doctor if you can so then you can get a taste of what your job will be like. Sometimes physicians will allow high school students to shadow them throughout the day so the students get a feel for the job. Most doctors that do this are in family medicine but I'd look around your local area to see if you can do it. If you have family friends at a hospital perhaps you can observe a surgery? They let salesmen in surgical suites so you might as well get a chance to observe.
As a nurse who sat through several surgeries, I'll warn you that you must be mechanically inclined. It takes a lot of patience, teamwork, and knowledge of equipment to be a surgeon. When I watched my first knee replacement it was weird to see the surgeon cutting bone with a saw and hammering a plate onto the knee. It's more like you're a construction worker that happens to be a doctor. Don't even get me started on the cranioplasty I saw.
Good luck in the future.
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