I am going to study to become a pediatrician and I’m really squeamish when it comes to the insides of things. I dissected a star fish once and almost threw up. So, do I have to dissect anything when I go to college for becoming a pediatrician?
To become a pediatrician, you will need 4 years in college and 4 years in medical school, then 3 years of a pediatrics residency. When you are in medical school, there will be a little bit of required dissection, but there are a lot of other things that you will learn between now and then. If this is really your life goal and passion, don’t let a future dissection get you squeamish and give up your dream. Even if you are still squeamish when you get to medical school, you won’t be the only one, and you will learn to control it at least for long enough to survive that class.
Another option is to force yourself to face your fears by taking college classes that require you to dissect frogs, fetal pigs, or other creatures. By overcoming one thing at a time, you will have a steel-strong stomach by the time you get to medical school!
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