graduating from medical school

Do You Have What It Takes?

Passing med school exams

The standard expensive and intensive process of becoming a doctor has a tendency to intimidate even the brightest students who may begin questioning their abilities to pull it off. Obtaining a medical degree from med school is a challenging feat unable to be achieved by most. Even with all the advances in technology and demands of the I want it now generation, there is no shortcut or faster way to becoming a doctor. You still need to sit in lectures, read 3 inch thick med school books, complete lengthy homework, pass high pressure exams, spend time learning in the lab, take out student loans, and devote countless hours completing rotations during residency.


The truth however is that society has a severe shortage of skilled doctors. That is why if you are sick now and call your family doctor to make an appointment, they may not be able to schedule you in for up to six weeks from now because that one doctor is so overloaded with patients who need care.


When you begin to look into the medical program you want to be apart of, there are several factors to take into consideration as you make a decision. Length and location of programs, potential salary income , level of patient interaction, and degree of difficulty are all factors to keep in mind. Start by compiling a list of good accredited medical schools that rank best or highly in the area of residency you are interested in pursuing.


Make sure that you also meet the requirements of these residency programs as any shortcomings will be brought to light during the application and interview process. Your list can extend beyond US borders as there are also respected foreign medical schools including programs in Canada and the Caribbean. There are several medical residency specialties for you to train in and become a part of. Below is a brief description of responsibilities and what you can expect to encounter during certain residencies.





  • Blocks pain causing a reversible loss of memory and sensation along with muscle relaxation
  • Maintains patients in a controlled state of unconsciousness
  • Provides pain relief and monitors patients critical life functions during medical procedures
  • Responsible for preoperative assessments and deciding best anesthesia plan based on the individuals needs
  • As long as there is a demand for surgery there will be a demand for qualified anesthesiologists






  • Diagnose and treat pediatric and adult patients with disorders of the skin, mouth, hair, nails, and external genitalia
  • Diagnose treatment of skin cancers, melanomas, moles, and other tumors of the skin
  • Recognizes and manages skin manifestations including contact dermatitis, infectious disease, and allergic reactions
  • May perform surgical and cosmetic procedures including laser surgery, hair transplants, and tissue augmentation therapies
  • Average hours worked per week : 45





  • a consulting specialist, truly the doctors doctor
  • experts in anatomic pathology and laboratory medicine
  • deals with causes and nature of diseases by applying biologic, chemical, and physical sciences
  • gathers information from microscopic examination of cells, body fluids, and tissue samples
  • performs autopsies and practices in community hospitals or academic medical centers devoting much time to research




Veterinary Medicine


  • promote the health and well being of farm animals, exotic animals, as well as companion animals
  • keep food animals healthy by developing farm control methods to detect, limit, and prevent spread of food contamination
  • largest employer of veterinarians is the U.S. Departments of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service
  • bachelors degree is typical for admission to the four year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree
  • employment expected to increase 35% through 2016 with 22,000 jobs created in the field






  • Concerned with the physical, emotional, and social health of children from birth to young adulthood
  • Deal with patient prevention, early detection, and management of behavioral, developmental, and functional social problems
  • Educates and guides parents and guardians on the health status and development of the patient
  • Prevent or solve problems in child health care and be an advocate for children's causes
  • Work to reduce infant and child morbidity and mortality, control infectious disease, and foster healthier lifestyles




Obstetrics and Gynecology


  • Obstetrics - care of women before, during, and after childbirth
  • Gynecology - diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the female reproductive system, breast, and associated disorders
  • Ob-Gyn is the primary care physician females have regular contact with to obtain medical advice and counseling
  • Opportunities to practice laparoscopic surgery, endocrinology, and preventative medicine
  • Average hours worked per week : 58




Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


  • Diagnose, evaluate, and treat patients with physical disabilities
  • Disabilities include neck and back pain, birth defects, sports injuries, and conditions affecting the limbs
  • High degree of patient contact and long-term care is common in this field
  • Achieve maximum restoration of physical, psychological, social, and vocational function through rehabilitation
  • Average hours worked per week : 45







  • Manages a broad spectrum of of diseases and injuries affecting almost any area of the body
  • Requires excellent manual dexterity and ability to make decisions quickly and precisely
  • General surgery usually involves the abdomen, breasts, peripheral vasculature, skin, and neck
  • Involved in diagnosis, preoperative, operative, and postoperative care of the surgical patient
  • Average hours worked per week : 59


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