Introduction: Medical School Application

Medical education takes many years, starting with four years of college, four years of medical school and a minimum of three years of residency, totaling 11 years of post-secondary education.  Some specialties may take even a longer period of time.  For example, oncology requires an additional 3 years of fellowship training after residency (14 years of post-secondary education).

It is very important to realize that when you decide to go to medical school, you are making one of the most important decisions of your life.  You have to commit a significant amount of time and financial resources to become a physician.  Just as you would shop around for a car or a television, you should certainly weigh the pros and cons of becoming a physician.  It is important to keep an open mind and to explore your options when choosing a career.  Do not have the mind set that you have to be a doctor because of your parents, your peers, or your ego.  Choosing an appropriate career for yourself will allow you to lead a happy and productive life!


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