If you want to your child to become a doctor, then you really should promote the sciences and math. A doctor needs to know biology, science and math. I would also have your child talk to some doctors to find out what they like about the job. Most doctors will explain what they like about their jobs to any potential student of medicine. You may want to do this when you are in a doctor’s office. Also, you may want to let your child know that some doctors don’t operate if your child does not like the sight of blood. There are psychiatrists and radiologists. Psychiatrists deal with mental and emotional problems. Radiologists read X-rays.
To apply for medical school you typically need a bachelor’s degree and knowledge of biology, chemistry, physics, and math. Your child will need to take the MCAT exam. It covers those subjects previously mentioned. Getting into medical school is highly competitive. Your child may want to take classes in nursing so he or she can have a good job in health care if he or she is not accepted to medical school. Also, medical school is extremely expensive. So, your child may want to consider joining the services to get help with medical school. Most services need doctors so they will help pay for medical school.
I would get your child interested in being a doctor by showing your child what doctors do by taking them to a hospital. Most doctors would be happy to share their experiences and take time to talk to a future doctor.
You could also watch movies and shows about doctors like Patch Adams or Grey’s Anatomy. Doctors in these shows are very successful and may motivate your child to become a doctor. You may also explain that doctors help people all over the world. You explain that there are numerous programs for doctors to help people in need all over the world. There are programs like the Peace Corp. or Doctor’s Without Borders. These programs would give your children the opportunity to help other people.
You could explain to you child that if they want to help people, then they too could become a doctor. Being a doctor requires people skills. You need to deal with people in pain and try to help them. If you are lucky, then maybe your child will be interested in becoming a doctor and helping other people.