As a child, it was once my dream to become a doctor. (Although, you’ve probably heard this before since most of my medical school classmates stated this on the first day of class). That dream did not materialize early though. It took me a few years of jumping from one job to another and one idea after another to finally decide to BE A DOCTOR.
It was not easy. It took years of hardwork, perseverance, and determination. It had to be something I love for me to stay at it and to harness skills and knowledge to BE A DOCTOR.
How does one become a Doctor? In the Philippines, this is how it is done:
1. 4 years of PREMED
Any pre medical course not necessarily related to medicine will do. However, it you plan to go into medschool it is still best to start with something related to medicine such as Nursing, Medical Technology, Physical Therapy and the like. (My pre med course was Nursing)
2. 4 years of Medical School
3. 1 year of Post Graduate Internship
4. Few months to prepare for the Physician Licensure Exam
5. Physician Licensure Exam – THE BOARDS!
After taking the Boards, you will now be a full pledged PHYSICIAN, A DOCTOR. it does not stop there however, you still have to go through residency (3 to 6 years depending on specialization) to specialize or become a specialist (i.e. internal medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine, surgery, rehabilitation medicine and so forth). After residency training, you are then required to take the diplomate exam which is another board exam for your specialization.
Once you have passed the Diplomate Exam, you are qualified to become a subspecialist. The next career path would then be Fellowship Training. This will take 2 to 4 years depending on the subspecialty.
It takes a while for one to become a doctor. Much hard work, sacrifice, and love for service is often required.
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