The University of Kansas, in Kansas City, hopes that young doctors will be more willing to practice in small towns if they go to school in a rural area. Eight students will be taking classes on a satellite campus in Salina, Kansas. The university decided to take a distance learning approach in response to the shortage of rural doctors in the United States. The idea is to show these students that life can be good outside of the big city and practice can still be stimulating as well.
Becoming a doctor is a long and difficult process, with many years devoted to schooling. Here is a summary of what it takes to become a doctor:
- Volunteer or work in a medical setting.
- Excel in high school. (Great grades and show responsibility.)
- Commit to your goal.
- Graduate from a four-year college or university.
- Take the Medical College Admission Test, or MCAT.
- Complete medical school.
- Enter your residency training period. This is typically three years long and begins in July after you graduate from medical school.
I certainly hope I did not scare you away from you or your child’s dream of becoming a doctor. On the contrary, I hope that knowing the road ahead will motivate you and your child to plan out what needs to be done so that you can create a bright future for you or your child in the field of medicine.