How to Set Goals to Become a Doctor

Set realistic goals and you can do anything.
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Dreaming of a future in health care is one thing; taking steps to create a realistic plan that you can follow through with is quite another. It is easy to talk about what if and if only. But you don’t have to get stuck in that mired self pity if you set goals in a way that ensures success – or at least gives you a decent shot at it. Becoming a doctor is a noble and lofty goal. If you start small, each goal you achieve can lead you to the ultimate MD title.

Step 1

Look at the big picture and break it down into pieces. Check out the requirements for medical school and set a goal to finish all the coursework. Your next goal is to pass the MCATs, the medical school admissions test to get into med school. Attend and pass medical school.

Step 2

Perfect where you are. For example, if you’re in the early stages of your education and you’re not achieving good grades, step up your studying, take remedial classes or get tutoring to improve your grades. Without better grades, you aren’t going to get into medical school. Your first goal is to ace those biology, math and science courses. If you’re doing a rotation you don’t like, buck up and bring your A-game to every task at hand. Make the most of your situation.

Step 3

Choose a hospital where you would like to do your residency. Do a residency, pick a specialty and get your license – one step at a time. By having your future planned far in advance, you can take advantage of opportunities as they arise. For example, in your early premed schooling, you might meet a professor who works at the hospital you would like to work at some day. Foster a relationship that will prove helpful when you’re ready for a job.

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