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It's not easy to become a doctor. However, with hard work and determination, you can make it happen. In order to become the best doctor you can be, you'll want to create a plan. As you traverse through the journey, certain portions of the plan might change. However, if you include these four tips in the undergraduate portion of the plan, you'll be in great shape.

Major in the biological sciences

When you're looking to become a doctor, it's best to make sure your undergraduate degree is in the biological sciences. It makes sense to pursue a degree in biology or pre-med. Some people like the idea of pursuing a degree in chemistry or nutrition first. However, make sure it's within the realms of the biological sciences so that you can get into medical school. If your major is something completely different, donít be afraid to apply. Since so many students applications all look the same the admissions committee is also glad to see well rounded students applying what do more than just sciences.

Achieve excellent grades

You'll need to get excellent grades. When you're pursuing a career that involves diagnosing people, performing surgeries and prescribing medicine, you'll need to know what you're doing. Don't try to cram for your tests and exams. Thoroughly learn, study and understand your material. Even when it comes to preparing for the MCAT, it's wise to take an MCAT preparation course in order to support your personal studies. When you get supportive tutors, professors and mentors on your side, you'll be in a better position to excel.

Do summer internships

You have a few summer vacations during the collegiate experience. Don't slack off during this time. Instead, it's best to take study courses, enroll in biology camps, go on medical mission trips and participate in internship programs. Your summer programs will help you prepare for the workload ahead as a physician.

Discover your specialty

There are so many specialties to consider when you're pursuing a career in medicine. Take note of the subject areas that intrigue you the most. If you love working with young children and are passionate about diabetes, you might want to consider becoming a pediatric endocrinologist. If you've struggled with difficult skin throughout the years, you might have a passion for helping others with difficult skin. Therefore, you might want to consider becoming a dermatologist. You get to choose your specialty. Do your best to discover it while you're in undergrad.

Remember that this journey isn't for the faint of heart. Knowing this, do all you can to build up your strategy so that you won't quit when things get tough. As you pursue this dream of becoming a medical doctor, you'll become stronger with each new accomplishment. Before you know it, you'll be able to look back and realize that you did it!
Posted By: Kara Masterson
Friday, January 25th 2019 at 3:50PM
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