Many of my followers are students and one question that I see a lot in comments and DMs is how to become a plastic surgeon. This post has been up before but it's always a trending subject on my social media.
First, you must complete 4 years of college. You can major in anything but there are certain Pre-med classes you have to take as well as getting a high MCAT score is important.
After that, you must complete 4 years of medical school and then apply for internship and residency. Internship and residency is where you get practical training and perform surgeries and take care of patients.
Usually you must complete a residency in another surgery field first which takes 5-9 years and then after that you must apply for Plastic Surgery residency which takes another 2-3 years. There are only about 125 plastic surgery residency spots a year and it is super competitive.
To become a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, after completing your residency, you must take and pass a written exam. Then you enter the oral exam process - first you report all surgeries for 8 months and they must cover all areas of plastic surgery (Cosmetic, Reconstructive, Craniofacial, and Hand) and turn them into the American Board of Plastic Surgery where they are reviewed. If accepted, they pick 5 cases where they review the entire chart. If that is acceptable, you then undergo 3 days of Oral Exams where you are tested on patient cases as well as your own cases. If you pass, your practice is reviewed and voted on by your peers then finally you are a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. This is different from being a Cosmetic surgeon or any other titles where the person did not necessarily do a residency in plastic surgery (any doctor even ER, family medicine, or podiatry can say they are a cosmetic surgeon) and also did not undergo this testing.
It's definitely a long road and a lot of hard work but definitely worth it. I love going to work every day. If you have a dream and truly love and have passion for plastic plastic surgery, no amount of hard work and sacrifice can keep you from success #followyourdreams #surgeon #plasticsurgery @beautybydrcat