Your understanding of a career in medicine must begin with a review of the journey. You might currently be in high school and planning on a career in medicine, at the beginning, middle, or end of your college years with the same intention, a post-bac student aiming to return to coursework to pursue the dream, or just simply curious about how you would even go about earning a medical degree. Irrespective of your present situation, we aim to give you the clearest conception of what is to come in your medical education with the little time we have in this five-part section. Realize that knowing a little more about the medical endeavor, from beginning to end, is just one of the many factors that will help you solidify your decision on becoming a doctor and give you a better understanding of how this all works.
Now, the medical education track comprises the following five stages:
Of the five distinct stages, most of you reading this very page are probably situated in your College Pre-Med years. If we count from the very beginning of college to the point where you’re licensed and certified to practice medicine independently, you are looking at a minimum commitment of 11 years or so. Do not let the length of the track deter you but rather view the process as an investment in yourself and in the community. Albert Einstein states that one should “never regard study as a duty but as an enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later works belong." With the proper perspective and attitude throughout all five stages of the medical education track, the unique efforts, experiences, and works of every individual physician weave an intricate pattern with one common thread – serving others for the well-being of the community.
Stage 1: College Pre-Med >>