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Need some guidance for HS

  1. Mar 26, 2008 #1
    I wanna do something medical related after College, preferably something where I got to do surgery like a surgeon or anesthesiologist What I need advice on is what to choose for next year.

    Currently, I'm a sophomore and am taking these classes:
    Bio I
    Algebra II
    Honors English
    Spanish III
    Honors English
    Computer Applications II
    AP US Govt and Politics

    I'm doing terrible in Honors English, like a 70...:( It's just something I'm weak at and I've struggled with it last year and this year and am thinking about dropping next year to take the regular college track english course so I can get an A in that without any hassle. I don't want to kill my gpa and currently its falling fast. I had a 90 GPA at the start of the year and now it's 82.

    I'm planning to take for my Junior Year:
    College Prep English
    Pre Cal w/Trig
    Honors Spanish IV
    AP World History
    Guitar I

    now I don't know whether to take AP Bio, Bio II, Organic Chemistry, AP Chem, or Physics. I'm really confused, I don't know what to take and what order to take them in, please help and shed some light on what I should do and maybe some other medical careers are related to the ones I selected. Also, I asked some people who are in College currently, they said I need 4 years of College, 4 Years of Med School and 3 years of a residency program to obtain an M.D. in anything.
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  3. Mar 26, 2008 #2


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    You say you currently have 8 couses? Do you believe you should be able to successfully pass 8 courses in one school year (assuming year long course each)? You only have 6 class periods in a school day.

    If your goal is something medical after college, then while in high school, at least do one college prep. math course each year, 3 or 4 years of sciences, and any other electives which you have time to do, including English or Government if you wish. Any practical skills course may be useful for your general development.
  4. Mar 26, 2008 #3


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    Nothing you do in high school will really matter at all in the end. Just take the highest classes that are available to you, and in which you can make good grades.

    You'll need to get a bachelor's degree (4 years), attend medical school (another 4 years), serve one year as an intern, and then anywhere from 3-7 years as a resident.

    - Warren
  5. Mar 26, 2008 #4
    Oh and I have a strong passion for business I mean i'm 15 and trade stocks and exchange currencies, my orginal career choice was a floor trader but my parents are forcing me to become a doctor... What you think... I mean I know the aspect of being a doctor is really cool, you get to fix "BROKEN" bodies and there's no greater feeling than that... Anyways would you guys recommend Plastic Surgery or Anesthesiology?
  6. Mar 26, 2008 #5


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    I'd say it's too early for you to seriously consider either. You're not even out of high school yet. Try focusing on high school.

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  7. Mar 26, 2008 #6
    The physics you won't really urgently need, but anything in bio or chem is useful. You'll probably be expected to take a more complete course in O-Chem in college, so there might not be much use to taking a high-school version. Probably better to focus on AP bio and chem courses, as the AP tests will usually get you out of lower-division bio and chem courses in college, giving you a leg up on all the other bio majors who want to go to med school (and there will be lots of them).

    Well, you get the M.D. at the end of med school, but, yeah, that's what's involved in starting a career as a doctor. By the way, surgery is by far the most competitive field in medicine, and will require pretty much all of your waking hours for years on end. But don't worry too much about choosing a specific medical field at this point; you don't have to worry about that until you're actually IN medical school. You will be assigned to do what's called "rotations," which is basically where you work as an intern in different medical fields, including surgery. The idea being that you will find out what it's really like in each field, and so identify the one that's right for you. In the meantime, focus on your bio and chem.
  8. Mar 28, 2008 #7
    My high school has 7 periods a day, and he listed 7 too, just with english duplicated.

    You should probably take the AP science classes if you've already taken the class for the first time. If you've taken all three (bio, chem, physics), then you could probably choose to take any of them, and in any order as it really doesn't matter. At my school at least, all three AP science classes were double-period, so you'll probably end up only taking two of them.

    You probably should take physics your junior or senior year. I think most people take all three of the basic science courses in high school.
  9. Mar 28, 2008 #8
    PLEASE DO NOT become a doctor because your parents are "forcing you"
    Do what you want to do, what makes you happy.
    Doctor positions are for those whoa re really dedicated to it, not for those who are forced into it because their parents want them to be successful and make a lot of money
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