Taking Charge of Your Health

So you want to become a doctor. You’ve come to the right place. In this new series, we’ll cover various
specialties and types of doctors, and help you decide which type of doctor would be the
best fit for you. Dr. Jubbal, Welcome to our new series, So You Want to
Be. In this series, we’ll be highlighting a
specific specialty within medicine. In each video, we cover three main areas:
1) what does it mean to be that type of doctor, 2) what are common misconceptions about the
specialty, and 3) what steps do you need to take to become that type of doctor. If you like the sound of that, be sure to
check out my second channel, Kevin Jubbal, M.D., where I do another series in parallel
titled A Day in the Life. In that series, we highlight the day to day
happenings, highlights, and behind the scenes action of real life doctors and real surgeons. Link in the description below. When I say doctor, I’m referring to physician. Unlike other healthcare professionals, physicians
are notoriously bad at advocating for themselves — we’re just too busy. In recent years, there’s been increasing
levels of exploitation of the doctor identity by those who aren’t doctors. White coats are no longer the uniform reserved
for physicians and are now handed out to just about anyone working in the hospital. In fact, the new uniform doctors rock are
the North Face or Patagonia jackets with their names and specialties embroidered. Include the Instagram post linked on the screen
when I mention the jackets Even the term doctor is haphazardly thrown around. No one is taking away the hard work you’ve
done as a nurse to earn your DNP or as a nurse anesthetist to earn your CRNA. You should be proud of what you’ve accomplished. But if you mislead patients and allow them
to believe you’re a doctor, it is ultimately dishonest and detrimental to patient care. The only physicians and real doctors in the
hospital are MD’s and DO’s. Sorry naturopaths and chiropractors, you aren’t
real doctors either. And despite what the AANP may say, nurse practitioners
may have the heart of a nurse, but they certainly don’t have the training or knowledge of
a doctor. The prestige and trust for physicians is earned
through hard work and extended years of training. But as the vegan natural bodybuilding crossfitter
Ronnie Coleman once said, “everybody wanna be a doctor, but don’t nobody wanna read
no heavy ass books.” Insert audio clip of Ronnie Coleman famously
saying “ain’t nothing but a peanut!” If you agree with Ronnie Coleman, drop a like
on this video. How to Become a Doctor
If you want to become a doctor in the United States, you have to first earn your bachelor’s
degree in university over 4 years, then complete 4 years of medical school, and then complete
residency, lasting anywhere from 3 to 7 years, followed by fellowship for additional sub-specialization. By the time you’ve completed training, you’ll
be at least between 29 and 34 years of age, if not older. In many other countries, students begin medical
school immediately after high school. Rather than 4 years of college and 4 years
of medical school, these students simply pursue a 6 year medical school track. In college, you can technically major in anything
you want, so long as you complete your medical school pre-requisite courses. This generally includes one year of biology,
one year of chemistry, one year of physics, and math in the form of statistics or calculus,
depending on the medical school. Many schools also require some amount of English,
biochemistry, psychology, and sociology as well. If you want to practice medicine in the United
States, then going to medical school in the U.S. is the best option. You can either go to an allopathic medical
school where you earn your M.D. or to an osteopathic medical school where you earn your D.O. I’ve compared the pros and cons of each
path in a previous video. Link in the description below. Some students attend medical schools abroad,
most commonly in the Caribbean but also in other English speaking countries. Usually, the reason for attending these schools
is that getting accepted to a U.S. medical school is too competitive, but sometimes financial
concerns also come into play. Regardless of where you attend medical school,
if you want to practice as a physician in the United States, you’ll have to complete
a U.S. residency. Obtaining a residency position is not as straightforward
as simply applying and getting a few acceptance offers. The residency application process is governed
by the National Resident Matching Program, or NRMP, and they call it the Match. If you’d like me to make a dedicated video
explaining how the Match works, including its complex algorithm, let me know with a
comment down below. In short, you apply to a certain specialty
and interview at multiple residency programs. After interviews are complete, you submit
a Rank List of the programs you’d like to attend in order of decreasing preference. Programs do the same, ranking students they
have interviewed from their most to least favorite. The algorithm works its magic and you’re
left with an envelope on Match Day. In that envelope is the program at which you’ll
be completing your residency. The challenges for a resident are very different
from the challenges facing a pre-med or medical student. As a pre-med or medical student, competition
is steep, and to even get accepted to medical school you first need to perform well on your
MCAT, in your courses, and have a compelling narrative in your overall application. As a medical student, crushing Step 1 and
your clerkships is paramount, particularly if you want to match into something highly
competitive. These high stakes are a source of tremendous
stress and pressure for future doctors. But in residency, competition with your peers
is much less important. As I’ve explained in a previous video, the
hardest part of medical training is now behind you. Residency is difficult because it’s an endurance
race. The stress is no longer due to performing
well on standardized tests, but rather the added responsibility of patient lives that
are now in your hands. The hours are long and often irregular, and
therefore maintaining healthy lifestyle habits is more challenging. That being said, if you got through medical
school and are following the study and efficiency strategies from this channel, then residency
likely won’t be a problem for you. If you are keen on becoming a doctor, it’s
important you understand what you’re getting yourself into. I’ve discussed the personality tendencies
that make for good doctors, and have even covered reasons for which you should not go
to medical school. In short, if you’re going into medicine
for the money, the prestige, or because of parental pressure, one of two outcomes is
most likely: you either won’t make it to the other side, or you’ll make it to the
other side but be miserable. It’s critical that you go into medicine
for the right reasons. When pre-meds are asked why they want to become
doctors, they often state that they want to help people, but so do nurses, paramedics,
pharmacists, and many other healthcare professionals. Being a doctor is different because you’ll
be the leader of the healthcare team. As a hospitalist, you’ll face stimulating
intellectual challenges. As a surgeon, you’ll combine medical management
with the art and science of surgery, using your hands to improve health. I cannot tell you why you should want to become
a doctor, but being a physician is unlike any other profession — not only in what
you do, but also in the challenging training path to get there. And at Med School Insiders, we’re all about
empowering students to most effectively navigate that path — to create a generation of happier,
healthier, and more effective future doctors. If you enjoyed this video, you’ll love my
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new series, So You Want to Be. I’m deciding on which specialties to cover
first, so leave a comment down below with your request. Based on your comments, I’ll narrow down
the options to a poll. If you want to vote in that upcoming poll,
make sure you are subscribed. Much love to you all, and I will see you guys
in that next one.

100 thoughts on “So You Want to Be a DOCTOR (How to Become One)

  1. How competetive is it in the USA?
    I‘m from germany and in order to get into university for medicine you need straight A+ in every class.

  2. Dr.kevin or (any ome with knowledge) i would be very happy if you help me know what are the steps that i should take to work as a doctor in the US after i finish med school in russia…..
    Thx in advance

  3. I'm sure despite the several licenses in the state registry and having ten plus years of clinical experience under my belt may work against me. I hate fact that I have 13 years of college under my belt, plus letters of rec. from famous physicians in their specialties, medical schools may pass me over for a younger, upper middle class to upper class kid they can mold. Again, the benefit to society by teaching them younger is that they have more years as an attending to benefit society at large -which I have NO problem with. I'm pretty sure admissions committees want applicants that they can relate to even though they encourage everyone to apply. People are funny in their unconscious biases. I like that the fact that PA school REQUIRE you to have direct patient care experience. Not all direct patient care experience jobs are comparable, but it does give you a much better idea about working with sick people and not only that, the chronically sick individuals from different patient populations (i.e. cystic fibrosis, diabetes mellitus type I, DM II, etc. etc.)

  4. In Egypt, you have to have a highschool certificate with 97.8% to 100% total grade to enter med school. So it's med school right after highschool. 6 years and 1 year of residency and you will be handed the title of a doctor/physician. Additional years for other things like becoming a surgeon or becoming board certified.

  5. Please talk about surgeons in your next videos because I want to become one, and I want to make sure if its right for me.

  6. Please cover Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Neurosurgeon. Also I would love a video about "The Match." Love your videos!

  7. Plenty of doctors today give the blanket advice not to become a physician nowadays but Dr. J gives you the info to make those decisions yourself.

  8. Having a better understanding of clinical geneticists and the misconceptions surrounding that specialty would be very insightful. It is a specialty I am genuinely interested in, but it has been difficult to find in-depth and reliable information on it. If anyone knows of any good resources about clinical geneticists and would like to share, I’d be happy to hear, thanks in advanced

  9. They say not to do it for the money but if you make alot of money you wont have to worry about your finances and you'll be able to buy alot of the things you want and personally I'd rather be financially stable and a little unhappy then being happy but struggling in life, and having a lot money would probably make most people happy

  10. I find it challenging to take seriously any person in the medical field that doesn't understand that doctor = degree. Doctor does not (=/=) physician.

    Degree dictates title. Everyone with a doctoral degree is called Doctor.

    Job title dictates position.

    Physician is a job title that is available only to those with one of two doctoral degrees (M.D. and D.O.). Six or more degrees that aren't doctoral degrees if we are talking internationally. (MBBS, BMBS, MBChB, MBBCh, etc.)

    A "real doctor" in the field of healthcare is any person that reaches their doctoral degree in their that the Nursing field, the Physican Assistant field, the field of Chiropacty, field of Physical Therapy, Dentistry, etc., etc.

    This dude is woefully ill prepared to speak on this subject intelligently.

  11. In the states, naturopaths and chiropractors are doctors. They both require 8 years of higher education and if you look at the curriculum, they go at the same pace as medical school. What they are not, is medical doctors (different fields).

  12. I’m a third year medical student and choosing medschool was the worst decision I’ve ever made in my life! I hope you guys look deeper into what it means to be a medical student before getting into one. Anyway, good luck on your journey everyone 🙋‍♀️

  13. Pediatrician please ! And a dream med school is UCSF ❤️ born and raised in Fresno CA, got to stay in CA.

  14. INA's system (and some of Southeast Asia's country) is you spend 3 years in high school, 3.5 years in college, and 2 years of co-ass. After I watch this video, I'm so sure all med students in this world are feeling the same exact pain 😂

  15. Es triste ver que este video fue subido hace tres dias y yo hoy hice mis examenes que son para entrar a la universidad y siento que me fue mal

  16. To bad I’m autistic and retarded most of my family are doctors and I always had an interest in it oh well back to fortnite I guess

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