Medical Schools

1. Medical schools introduce you to many career paths.

In a top medical school, you can explore which path within medicine is right for you. These colleges offer many options including family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine, surgery, psychiatry and pediatrics. Many grads go on to be high-paying doctors while others work as missionary doctors in impoverished countries. It typically takes four years to complete a program with additional years as internships determined by the discipline the student selects.

2. In medical school, the first two years you learn basic sciences.

The first two years at a top medical school teach anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology, pathology and pharmacology. During the last two years of a student's education, experience can be gained with patients in hospital, clinic and office settings. Therefore, an institution of medicine fully prepares a student mentally and practically. It is a hefty investment but well worth the time and money for a respected position.

3. After medical school, students spend several years in a residency.

After graduation from a top medical school, students spend three or more years as a resident physician in a teaching hospital. During this time, a graduate trains to care for patients within their chosen specialization. After this time, a graduate is free to begin their own independent practice. Specialization residency programs can vary from 2-3 years up to 7 years depending on the specific field chosen. The general practitioner specialization has the shortest residency requirement.

4. Most students who apply to one of the top medical schools are accepted.

Getting into a college of medicine is extremely competitive, and very few of those who apply are accepted. Students applying must pass a rigorous exam called the MCAT. Once accepted, however, a very high percentage of students who enter do obtain their M.D. or Medical Doctor degree. Students should prepare as soon as they know they want to pursue a career in medicine. Volunteering at a local hospital or clinic is a good start for those as young as high school age.

5. The apostle Luke likely went to some form of medical school.

Colossians 4:14 - Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you.

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