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How to Become a DoctorAll information and opinions int this video is for general educational purposes only.How to Become a Doctor A career as a doctor is a prestigious challenging and altruistic path To become a doctor you need to study hard stay focused and progress effectively through about 11 to 15 years of higher education and training. This includes a Bachelors degree 4 years of medical school and a residency program lasting from 3 to 7 years. After you have completed all of these requirements and become board certified you will be allowed to practice medicine independently. Take Advanced Placement tests if they will satisfy a prerequisite. AP credits are offered to high school students who have demonstrated advanced competency in a subject area. However keep in mind that Advanced Placement credits may satisfy some of the prerequisite requirements but they may not work for others. Earn a bachelors degree from a 4 year college. You need to earn a Bachelors degree before you can enter medical school. Many medical school bound students choose to complete a degree in one of the sciences such as biology chemistry or physics to ensure that they obtain all of the required prerequisites for entry to medical school. However you may complete a different degree as long as you complete the required prerequisite courses. Participate in extracurricular activities to build diverse skills and develop a work life balance. In addition to the intellectual capacity for rigorous work students will require strong emotional health to deal with the human aspect of medicine. This is why medical schools look at students applications holistically which means that they consider what you do in your free time in addition to your performance in the classroom. To show that you have developed the broad skill set necessary to succeed in medical school and the kind of work life balance that fosters a healthy temperament in the workplace engage in a range of extracurricular activities. Some good choices includeVolunteer at a local hospital or clinic. Doing volunteer work is another excellent way to diversify yourself and also gain experience in a medical setting. Volunteer at your local hospital or health clinic for a few hours on 1 day per week.