... Doctor - can someone help me?im 15 I have a bunch of problems with my ankle and Im about to have surgery (for the 2nd time) and ive recently taken an interest in the medical field.. but mostly with orthopedics. and i enjoy learning about bone structures and functions and tendons and ligaments as well... well i guess what im saying is i would really like some type mentor/teacher to help me with this.. i gotta say im not like most people my age.. Im mature to the point to where i make some 18 year olds look immature.generally im a very down to earth and kind person and ready to improve my knowledge in this subject :) comment below
I'm not a doctor but I am a nurse and have been for almost 25 years. Do you have a good anatomy and physiology book? If not, you can go to a library or local college book store and buy one. It is one of the best texts for going over all the structures in the body. Gray's Anatomy used to be the Gold Standard Drs A&P book. You might be able to pick one up at a book store. You wont be able to learn more about the structure of the Human body from any other book. It breaks the body down into systems and goes into depth about each one. I didnt study from Grays but I have seen them. Any good anatomy book is fine though, even an older one. My book is over 20 years old but I still use it often as reference. There are a lot of jobs in the field for you besides being a doctor that still work closely with bone and joints. There is Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, massage therapy, physician assistant, chiropractic and others. Medicine is a fascinating field that I never get tired of and never stop learning about. I was very young when I became interested in the field myself. I would probably went for a higher degree if I would have had more math smarts!! When I was in Nursing School, one of the coolest things I got to do was go to a chiropractic college and watch the students disect human bodies!! I thought it was really cool and I could have spent days there! Find yourself a good anatomy book and that will get you started!
Well kid, that's great that you are so motivated. The best advice I can give to you is to STUDY, STUDY, STUDY!!! You need to do well in math and science, along with English. Doctors have to write charts and letters too you know, and that is one subject that they are the weakest on.
You need good test scores on the SAT's or ACT's to get into a decent college. Even if you go to a community college for the first two years, that is ok, but you need the grades! There are more people wanting to go to med school than there are med schools, so your grades, subject matters, and test scores mean a lot to the entrance committee. Also, community service. Try volunteering in a free clinic. They need all the help that they can get, and you will see a lot! If you can't get to a free clinic, volunteer at a hospital. They used to call us "candy stripers", but I think that they changed the name now. (it was pretty degrading, anyhow).
Those things that I listed will be your best bet into getting into a good university, and then med school.
It's wonderful that you have so much ambition!! Good luck!
PS: I am a teacher, and this is why I know so much!
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