There are a lot of decisions that go into being a doctor. Are you okay with the human body? I am a human, have a body, and think it is super gross, both on the inside and outside (you have not seen how hairy my back is). If I had to see other people’s hairy backs or, God forbid, see inside their nasty bodies, I would close my eyes. You do not want a doctor that closes their eyes when they see something icky. If it was not clear before, I would not make a good doctor, which is good because I do not want to be one, no matter how much my Jewish mother tells me that I need to be one to make her proud.
Once your decision to save lives is done, you have a ton of steps before you are actually allowed to kill someone. I mean saving lives. Because you are not going to kill anyone (note: lots of doctors kill people and most of the time it is not on purpose). The first step after college is to take the MCAT, which is the Medical College Admission Test. Would you be surprised that it is the test for medical college admissions? If you want to improve your chances of success, the best thing to do is to work with private MCAT tutors.
Usually, the test is offered around 25 times a year, so there are plenty of times to take it. Most students usually choose to take it leading up to a med school admissions deadline, so they take it the same year that they are applying to schools. That means that you are ready to take the test, which might be right after college (or during if you are somewhere that lets you bundle pre-med with real med) or in the couple years after. You are allowed to take the test more than once, with up to three tries in a one year period and four in a two year period. If you somehow take the test seven times and do not get a good enough score, they have deemed that the point of no return. You are not going to get seven chances to save a life or even diagnose a cold, so that means that it is time to hang up your dreams of wearing a doctor’s coat at that point.
The good thing about the content of the test is that it only covers things that you would learn in introductory level courses in the related fields to medicine. That means that you do need to complete some college prerequisites, but you will not be knocked if you did not take the most specific classes in biochemistry or gotten to nuclear physics. For the most part, if you have taken intro classes in biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, physics, psychology, and sociology, you should be in pretty good shape for the exam. It will just take the extra work of re-learning the concepts to know that you are on top of it all.
The bad news on the test is that, with all of the breaks, it takes seven and a half hours to complete the test. You are going to have to commit a whole day to take this test, which means that you should devote a commensurate amount of time to studying for it. Even though you are spending time with your MCAT tutor, you might even consider adding in chemistry tutoring if that is an area that you struggle in specifically.
If you are looking for a career in medicine, whether that means treating humans or becoming a veterinarian and treating animals, you need to pass the MCAT to get into the next level of school. You still are not going to get to treat anyone just yet, but getting there will take searching for MCAT tutors near me to help you get to school first.