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Driven to Heal: The Dedicated Doctor Infographic

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No one ever said becoming and remaining a doctor was a walk in the park. Years of school and residency may seem daunting, and illustrate how intense a doctor’s dedication is to their profession. But what does it take to attain that lofty position?

Specific requirements vary by medical school, but the basics are a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with courses in science, and at least a 30 on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). In 2011, the average score of the 20,000 people admitted to medical schools was 31.1

The intense standards aren’t the only thing driving admissions. Women, now more than ever, are getting into the medical field. Since 1982, female applicants to medical schools grew 77.9%, and women made up 48.4% of the 2011 graduating medical class.

As of 2010, more than 850,000 physicians were licensed to practice. But even with the army of doctors, projections call for as many as 130,000 new physicians by 2025, thanks to the soon-to-be retiring Boomer generation and the 32 million newly insured Americans thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

The need for doctors is only going to increase. Employment opportunities for doctors are expected to expand 24% by 2020. To learn more about how you can become one of the many dedicated doctors in our country, read more about Soliant Health physician careers and opportunities.

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Contributor Tera Rowland

Tera Rowland is the vice president of Soliant and has worked in the healthcare staffing industry for almost 20 years in public relations, social media, marketing and operations. In addition to Soliant, Tera worked at the Mayo Clinic as an internal communication manager and for the Children’s Miracle Network. She is a member of the American Marketing Association and the American Staffing Association. Also, Tera has served on the board of directors for the Jacksonville Women’s Leadership Forum as part of the communication committee. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations as well as a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of North Florida and has been published in the Huffington Post, Healthcare Finance News, Healthcare Traveler Magazine, and Scrubs Magazine. Make sure to read the rest of Tera's blogs!