I need help with my journey on becoming A radiologist. Please help me.
I am currently a ninth-grader. It's a week from summer and this year I want to make the best of my summer for my future. I was looking into volunteering and shadowing my pediatrician if I can. The thing is I don't know where to start. It's all so much and confusing I feel lost. I also need the basic steps and requirements needed for becoming a radiologist and what I can do in High school that will help me.
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Hey! That's an awesome idea! Props to you for really staying ahead of the curb and looking for opportunities. I would definitely shoot him an email asking politely and telling him why you want to do it. I feel like it might not be allowed by the place he works for just because of doctor-patient confidentiality and whatnot. But he might be able to suggest a way to do it that would be possible, or maybe set you up with a different opportunity.
It's really awesome that you already know what you want to be, but this is still really early. American high schools don't have very many specific career-related classes, but I would suggest just taking lots of math and science, to the highest level possible.
You will need to get a doctorate eventually, so just try to do well in school with all the normal things people suggest to get into a good college.
I hope this helps, and good luck!
So in my high school there is a health science track where kids can take multiple health related courses in order to prepare them for college. For shadowing ask your doctors like you mentioned through email or phone and if they refuse ask researchers or college professors for online mentorship. Reach out to family friends who may know people in a field where online mentorship could work like biochemist or geneticist and try interning that way. Really any medical experience is beneficial to becoming a radiologist and will help your resume a lot.
Hi, fellow freshman and soon to be sophomore here, I want to be a surgeon so I understand that you want to volunteer in the medical field, but I can speak from a long search that it's extremely difficult to find a hospital that accepts volunteers due to Covid. If your pediatrician allows you to shadow them, then definitely follow that path, if not, then try to get some sort of science related opportunities (again if and only if there are no medical opportunities, so keep checking for medical volunteering opportunities every summer) such as volunteering at a lab. You want to build a big spike in science since you're most likely applying for a bio major.
The basic steps for a radiologist is to get their bachelors degree in anything, but the most recommended is a biology major since it helps align you with the next step, which is to take the MCAT, a medical school entrance exam that must be passed to apply to medical school, onto of taking the prerequisite courses (again, easier with a biology degree). Once you graduate medical school (4 more years of school after your biology bachelors, so 8 years of schooling), you become an intern at a hospital. From here onwards, is unknown to me since the path for a radiologist.
What you could do in high school starting now is to join clubs or start a club so that you can build on your extracurricular activities. This is one of the most important things necessary things needed for your applications to colleges. STEM clubs to student government, to NHS, sports and more. They really look for dedication.
I know I'm a little late to this but I hope you see it and it helps.
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