What it takes to become a Doctor?

Doctor, a childhood dream! A Doctor is a person who has the capability to heal others. To become a Doctor is a dream from childhood itself. The journey to become a doctor is a powerful passion towards helping others heal, and restoring their health and well-being. Moreover, the medical profession is a very personal experience that results in having a considerable influence on one’s life and well-being.

The Medical field is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding fields. Moreover, it’s is a super competitive and difficult field. Additionally, due to enormous responsibilities Doctors spend a lot of their time on training and development. The journey to become a Doctor starts right from high school.

Pre-Medical School

Students work very hard to get excellent grades to get into the best (few) medical colleges. They start with intense studies in biology, chemistry and physics. These studies are required to perform exceptionally at medical college entrance exams. Exceptional performance (3% conversion) is required to guarantee an admit into the few medical seats available at colleges.

Medical College

Medical Students spend many years training to develop the skills necessary to become a Doctor. Moreover, they work hard and dedicate at least SEVEN to NINE years to become a Doctor. Additionally, they spend FOUR years in medical college, and complete THREE to FIVE years of residency training before they are qualified to obtain a medical license.

First and Second year of a Medical Student

After working extremely hard in high school, students achieve their dream of obtaining an admit into a medical college. The first two years of medical college includes an incredible amount of learning and medical information. Additionally, it includes sitting through lectures, giving exams, and voracious reading. Moreover, in these first two years the students job includes questioning to understand the intricate details related to medical sciences. Furthermore, students spend a lot of their time in labs performing research. Overall, the reading, questioning, listening and research assist students on learning the necessary information, and refining learned skills.

Third and Fourth year of a Medical Student

After two years of lectures, books, and exams, students are rushed into the world of actual clinical medicine. Third and fourth year students are less in the classroom and more in the hospitals. These two years students experience complications, drug interactions, medical errors, and emergencies. Although hospital rounds results in hectic lives for the students; these students are gaining hands on experience required to become a Doctor. Additionally, during these years students deal with in and out timings (shift rotations), diverse patient demographics, and patient expectations. Furthermore, students are burdened with exams to test the skills learnt from practical rotations. Overall, the third and fourth years are extremely important years in which medical students get glimpse of into the lives of a Doctor.

Residency Training

Finally, students graduate to become Doctors. However, they still need to earn a license to be practice as a Doctor. The license will be granted once students complete the mandatory internship. As an intern Doctors work for long hours (12 hour rotations) and continue to enhance medical skills through hands-on training. In addition, the medical internship includes checking in on overnight admits, daily morning rounds, visiting admitted patients, creating discharge cards, filling in patient forms, and reviewing charts.

Officially a Doctor

A Lot of years of hard work, sleepless nights, energy drinks, overtired bodies, hectic schedules, anti-social behavior, and brain drain, altogether coupled with patient service, strong friendships, lifelong pride, and self-respect results in the end of the journey, Officially a DOCTOR!