I'm a junior in high school (Texas) and I want to be an Ophthalmologist when I'm older.
So I have a few questions about both the profession and the road to become to one.
1. What do you do after the four years of undergraduate? Can you go to Optometry School or do you have to go to medical school? (I ask this because I know of an Ophthalmologist who went to an Optometry School rather than a medical school)
2. Follow-up question to #1, if I have to go to medical school, would an accelerated medical program (7/8 year programs like UTD Pact) be helpful or not?
3. What is a fellowship? (I've heard of this but have no idea what it means)
4. How competitive is it to be an Ophthalmologist?
5. I've heard that you can become an Ophthalmologist and not have to perform any surgeries. Is this true or not, as I would have thought that was what an Optometrist did...
6. What other things other than shadowing and volunteering can I do now that will help me later on?
Thanks in advance!