Become a Physician and Surgeon. Years to become a Surgeon or PhysicianBecome a Physician and Surgeon. Years to become a Surgeon or Physician

Physician and Surgeons

To become a physician or surgeon you must earn a bachelor's degree, attend 4 years of medical school, and (depending on the area you want to specialize in) have 3-7 years of additional training in a residency program.

Medical schools are highly competitive so it is important to begin volunteering, doing well academically, and finding leadership roles in high school and in your undergraduate program. You are also required to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) to get into Medical School.

Job Profile of Physician and Surgeons

Physicians and Surgeons primary duties include evaluation, surgery, treatment, educating patients, providing preventative care, diagnosing, and creating treatment plans for their patients. Primary physicians or surgeons focus on all areas of practice however, different specialty areas that one may focus on such as heart, skin, digestive systems, bone, and allergies in addition to many other medical areas.

Physicians and Surgeons work long, extended and irregular hours. Many own their own practices, but in a more recent trend you see groups of practitioners sharing office space and equipment and many others work in hospitals, inpatient, or outpatient centers.

In todays market there is a 14% percent growth, which is faster than average predicted until 2024 and the average annual salary is $187,200.