DaVinci's Man

Allopathic Medicine


Physicians are licensed to perform medical examinations, diagnose illnesses, treat people suffering from disease or injury and advise patients on how to maintain good health. They may be general practitioners or specialists and may combine medical practice with research and/or teach in medical schools.

A Glossary for Medical School Applicants
A Pre-Med Student's Summer Reading List
AAMC Guidelines for Clinical Shadowing Experiences for Pre-medical Students
AAMC Medical School Applicants and Matriculants Data
AAMC Pre-Med Calendar of Upcoming Events
AAMC Pre-Med Navigator
Admission Requirements for Medical School
American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
American Medical Women's Association Pre-Medical Student Division
Applying to MD-PhD Programs
Applying to Medical School
Applying to Medical School as a Non-Traditional Applicant
Applying to Medical School Links
Applying to the Right Medical Schools for You (webinar recording)
Aspiring Docs
Atlantis Project Pre-Med Fellowship Abroad
Be Culturally Aware as a Prospective Medical School Student
Becoming a Doctor
Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills and Education Center Stanford Summer Internship
Cases in Medical Ethics
CASPer Test
Charting a Course to Medical School: The AMSA Map for Success
Choose the Right Premed Courses to Prepare for the New MCAT
Choosing When to Apply
Cornell University Practicing Medicine: Health Care Culture and Careers Summer Program
Dos and Don'ts for Wait-Listed Medical School Hopefuls
8 Tips to Completing Your AAMC Fee Assistance Program (FAP) Application
Enhance Your Application with Your Extracurricular Choices
Expectations in Medical School
Family Physician Interview
Family Physician Profiles
Financial Aid Information
5 Key Characteristics of Successful Medical School Applicants
5 Things Every Premed Should Know Before Studying Abroad
Five Tips for Shadowing a Doctor
5 Ways for Premed Students to Maximize Physician Shadowing
5 Ways Medical Schools Aim to Teach the Doctors of Tomorrow
Five Ways to Gain Experience Without Shadowing
Follow a Blueprint to a Successful Physician Shadowing Experience
General Surgeon Interview
Georgetown University Academy for Research, Clinical, and Health Equity Scholarship (ARCHES) Program (Undergraduate Student Internship)
Getting Experience in the Medical Field
Getting Into Medical School
Getting Into Medical School: The Keys to Unlocking a Medical Career
Hartford Hospital Student Internships and Shadowing Programs
Hartford Hospital Summer Student Pre-Med and Research Program
How Increasing Medical School Enrollment Affects M.D. Hopefuls
How Many People Get Into Medical School
How Medical Schools Review Applications
How Social Media Can Affect Your Application
How to Be a Competitive Med School Applicant
How to Become a Doctor
How to Become a Doctor: Step-by-Step Guide
How to Effectively Shadow a Physician as a Premed Student
How to Fast Track Medical School
How to Get Lab Experience
How to Pay for Medical School
How to Shadow a Doctor
How to Shadow a Physician for Premeds
Inspiring Stories
Integrated Sciences on the New MCAT
Internist Career Profile
In-Training Digital Magazine
Is a Career in Medicine Right for You?
Is Medical School in Your Future?
Is Medical School Right for You?
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Summer Institute in Anatomy
Judge When to Update a Medical School Application
Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) Facts for Pre-Meds
Learn How Medical Schools Weigh GPA, MCAT
Live Surgical Video on the Internet
Loyola University Maryland Baltimore Health Immersion Summer Program
Making the Most of a Pre-med Event
Managing Your Med School Admission Offers
MCAT Scores and GPAs for Applicants and Matriculants to U.S. Medical Schools
MCAT Immersion Program (offered at Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University)
Med School Pulse Blog
Medical Ethics Cases
Medical Oncologist Interview
Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR)
Medical School Admission Requirements By Design
Medical School Diaries
Medical School Policies for Accepting Scores from the Current and the New MCAT Exams
Medicine Overview
Medline Plus Videos of Surgical Procedures
National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA)
National Medical Association (NMA)
Nontraditional Students Can Be Attractive Medical School Applicants
Northeast Regional Alliance (NERA) MedPrep Scholars Program
Northwell Health Summer Pre-Medicine Program for College Students
OB/GYN Career Profile
OB/GYN Interview
Ophthalmologist Interview
Ophthalmologist Interview Two
Path to Medicine Pre-Med Info
Pediatrician Career Profile
Physician and Surgeon Occupational Outlook
Physician Career Overview
Physician Career Q&A
Physician Interview
Physician Job Profile
Physicians and Surgeons Career Guide
Practicing Medicine: Health Care Culture and Careers, Summer Session at Cornell University
Premedical Student Tip Sheet
PreMedLife Magazine
Pre-Med Prerequisites for Taking the New MCAT
Preparing for Medical School
Profiles of Some Successful Applicants
Prospective Doctor Career Guide
Psychiatrist Career Overview
Psychiatrist Interview
Requirements for Becoming a Physician
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Summer Clinical Internship Program
Shadowing a Doctor
Shadowing a Physician
Shadowing Doctors: Specialty Profiles
Shadowing (Observership) Opportunities at Baystate Health
Shadowing Physicians
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Medical/Dental Education Preparatory Program
Stanford Medicine Clinical Summer Internship
State Physician Workforce Data Book
Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)
Summer Reads for Aspiring Physicians
Summer Reads for Aspiring Physicians, Vol. 2
Summer Reads for Aspiring Physicians, Vol. 3
Surgeon Career Profile
Surgeon Interview
10 Reasons to Consider Becoming a Medical Scribe Ahead of Med School
The Cost of Applying to Medical School
The Future of Medical School Admissions
The Road to Becoming a Doctor
Tips for Applying to MD/PhD Programs
Tips for Non-Traditional Applicants to Medical School
Tools for Medical School Applicants
Training Requirements for Family Physicians
Training the Physicians of Tomorrow
Transitioning to Medical School
Types of Medical School Programs and How They Lead into Primary Care
Understand the Factors Behind Medical School Admissions
Understanding the Application Process
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Medical School Admissions Open House Schedule
University of Colorado College of Medicine Premed Emergency and Wilderness Medicine Summer Program
University of Connecticut Medicine and Dental Post-Baccalaureate Program
University of Louisville School of Medicine MCAT/DAT Training Conference for Undergraduates
University of Massachusetts Medical School Summer Enrichment Program
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Schools of Medicine and Dentistry Medical Education Development (MED) Program
University of Vermont College of Medicine Summer Medical School Prep Program
Use Team Activities to Boost Medical School Skills
Weigh Applying to Medical School After Third, Fourth Year
What Late Medical School Applicants Need to Know
What Made Your Medical School the Right Fit for You?
(Additional medicine links are located on the "Health Professions Links" page.)


PROGRAM LENGTH 4 years, plus training (1-7 years) in area of specialization.

PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS' ORGANIZATION AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges)
Allopathic Medical Schools
LCME Medical School Directory
Medical School Database (Princeton Review)
U.S. and Canadian Medical School List

APPLICATION SERVICE AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service)
AMCAS Medical School Application Deadlines
AAMC Fee Assistance Program (FAP)
OMSAS (Ontario Medical Schools Application Service)
TMDSAS (Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service)

ACADEMIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS 1 year each: Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Math (through calculus), Physics, English.
1 semester each: Statistics (any department), Psychology, Sociology.
Links to prerequisites for each U.S. allopathic medical school are found at the bottom of the Choosing Your Courses page.

ADMISSION EXAM MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES & EXPERIENCES Integrity, responsibility, leadership, social maturity, purpose, motivation, initiative, curiosity, common sense, perseverance and breadth of interests; humanitarian concern; understanding of profession developed through experiences in health care settings, especially clinical, talking to health professions, reading the literature, exposure to undergraduate research.

RECOMMENDATION LETTERSHealth Professions Committee letter (usually confidential) sent with additional individual letters of support.