CareerExplorer’s step-by-step guide on how to become an internist.

Step 1

Is becoming an internist right for me?

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The first step to choosing a career is to make sure you are actually willing to commit to pursing the career. You don’t want to waste your time doing something you don’t want to do. If you’re new here, you should read about:

Overview
What do internists do?
Career Satisfaction
Are internists happy with their careers?
Personality
What are internists like?

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to become an Internist

An undergraduate degree is required before attending medical school. A 'B' average or above in math and science is needed to get into medical school. While in undergraduate school, preparation is needed in order to pass the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).

The first three years of medical school is concentrated on basic medical courses, while the last three years is largely clinical work. Once complete, residency work is required which is often an additional two to six years. Finally, a board test is required to receive board certification.

The training an internist receives to sub-specialize in a particular medical area is both broad and deep. Subspecialty training (often called a "fellowship") usually requires an additional one to three years beyond the standard three year general internal medicine residency.