Being a plastic surgeon requires more than just having a strong desire to transform and redesign the way someone looks. There is a lot of schooling and hard work that is required before anyone can even begin to think about the kind of career they want to pursue as a cosmetic surgery specialist. If you have dreams and aspirations to become a surgeon, you are going to have to take a journey into the world of higher education.
For many, the dream doesn’t begin to take shape until the last year of high school or the first year of college. For others, the dream takes hold much later, usually during the sophomore and junior year of college. No matter when the dream of becoming a plastic surgeon starts calling your name, the way to the starting line is still the same.
After you have successfully completed high school and earned either a diploma or a GED, you have will want to find a good college to start your prerequisites at. Many students would simply choose to be a pre medical studies or pre-professional studies major for the first two years of university life. You can of course choose other majors to specialize in before you start your medical career, however you will need to make sure that you are incorporating certain science, math and chemistry classes into the rotation as well. during these two years, the grades you earn and extracurricular activities you participate in can make you a very favorable candidate for medical school.
Medical school is very competitive and very hard to get into. You are competing with students from all over the world and from many different walks of life. Applying and getting accepted into medical school so you can begin to learn the basics of medicine before you start your plastic surgeon education is considered a challenging process. You have to take and score very well on the MCAT, very well and thought provoking application essays and have very good grades in order for the Medical School Review Boards to even consider your application. If they determine that your application is something that stands out from the thousands they have looked over, they will invite you to have an interview.
Once you have successfully passed your interview and been offered a spot in matriculation, you will spend the next four years completing medical school and becoming a licensed medical doctor.
Once you have obtained your MD degree, you can now branch off into the specialty of medicine you wish; in this case it is the field of plastic surgery. To become a plastic surgeon, in addition to all of the schooling you have completed thus far, you will have to complete three years in a medical residency in general practice and then three years residency as a plastic surgeon. In some cases you can often complete your residency requirements within five to seven years.