Is becoming a doctor hopeless for me?

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    Hello everyone. I’m 16 years old, and I’ve been thinking about medical school after I finish highschool. The thing is, no one is taking me seriously when I say I want to be a doctor, and I’m starting to doubt myself. I haven’t been doing well in school the last two years due to medical problems I’ve had. (I actually go in for surgery on Monday). I almost feel like I’m too dumb to get into medical school at this point… but I can’t seem to shake the idea of becoming a doctor. I don’t think I’ve felt this passionate about something so far. I’m just terrified that I won’t make it.
    Watching ER the other day, seeing those doctors go to Africa and work like they do, touch lives in those kind of conditions… that is what kind of doctor I want to be. I want to make a difference, not money.
    Any advice? And also, could someone reccomend books or articles I could read? I want to learn as much as I can. Thanks in advance.


    Welcome. Don’t worry about what anyone else says. If you don’t believe in yourself no-one will. You have time to work at this. If this is your dream then go for it. There are a pile of books on this page – I’d recommend the Danek & Danek one. There is also a good article here on becoming a doctor –

    Believe in yourself, you are capable of more than you know!


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