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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to unsubscribe, and I promise I will never spam you. I hope you enjoyed this first video in our
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.

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