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.

AAMC Pre-Med Calendar of Upcoming Events
AAMC Pre-Med Navigator
Admission Requirements for Medical School
Admissions Factors
Admissions Impact of Doctor Shortages
Admissions Process Expectations of Professionalism
Air Force Physician Career Information
American Medical Student Association (AMSA); AMSA Convention, March 7-10, 2019
American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) Pre-Medical Student Division; AMWA Conference, July 25-28, 2019
Anatomy of an Applicant
Applicants and Matriculants Data
Application Review Process
Application Timeline
Application Update Advice
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
Army Physician Career Information
Ask a Medical Student Video Series
Aspiring Docs
Atlantis Project Pre-Med Fellowship Abroad
Be a Competitive Med School Applicant
Be Culturally Aware as a Prospective Medical School Student
Become a Doctor
Become a Doctor: Step-by-Step Guide
Becoming a Doctor
Becoming a Physician Requirements
Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills and Education Center Stanford Summer Internship
Clinical Summer Internship Program (Robert Wood Johnson Medical School)
Coast Guard Medical Officer Career Information
Competitive GPA for Medical School
Consider Becoming a Medical Scribe Ahead of Med School
Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students
Cornell University Practicing Medicine: Health Care Culture and Careers Summer Program
Cost of Applying to Medical School
Deciding on a Career in Medicine
Des Moines University Health Professions Advanced Summer Scholars Program (HealthPASS)
Enhance Your Application with Your Extracurricular Choices
Family Physician Interview
Family Physician Profiles
Family Physician Training Requirements
Fast Track Medical School
Fee Assistance Program (FAP) Application Tips
Financial Aid Information
Find Balance as a Premed Student
First-Semester Premed Student Tasks to Complete
Future of Medical School Admissions
General Surgeon Interview
Georgetown University Academy for Research, Clinical, and Health Equity Scholarship (ARCHES) Program (Undergraduate Student Internship)
Get Lab Experience
Getting Experience in the Medical Field
Getting Into Medical School
Getting Into Medical School: The Keys to Unlocking a Medical Career
Glossary for Medical School Applicants
Hartford Hospital Student Internships and Shadowing Programs
Hartford Hospital Summer Student Pre-Med and Research Program
How Many People Get Into Medical School
Increasing Medical School Enrollment Affects M.D. Hopefuls
Inspiring Stories
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
Key Characteristics of Successful Medical School Applicants
Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) Facts for Pre-Meds
Learn How Medical Schools Weigh GPA, MCAT
Loyola University Maryland Baltimore Health Immersion Summer Program
Making the Most of a Pre-med Event
Managing Your Med School Admission Offers
Massachusetts Medical Society Scholarship Information
MCAT Score Acceptance By Medical Schools Chart
MCAT Scores and GPAs for Applicants and Matriculants to U.S. Medical Schools
MD/PhD Program Application Tips
Med School Pulse Blog
Medical/Dental Education Preparatory Program (Southern Illinois University School of Medicine)
Medical Ethics Articles
Medical Ethics Cases
Medical Ethics Discussions
Medical Oncologist Interview
Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR)
Medical School Admission Requirements By Design
Medical School Diaries
Medical School Expectations
Medical School Fit
Medical School Preparation
Medicine Overview
National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA)
National Medical Association (NMA)
Navy Medical Careers
Non-Traditional Applicant Tips
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
Paying for Medical School
Pediatrician Career Profile
Physician and Surgeon Occupational Outlook
Physician Career Overview
Physician Career Q&A
Physician Interview
Physician Job Profile
Physician Shadowing Experience Blueprint
Physician Shadowing Maximization
Physicians and Surgeons Career Guide
Practicing Medicine: Health Care Culture and Careers, Summer Session at Cornell University
Premedical Student Tip Sheet
PreMedLife Magazine
Prospective Doctor Career Guide
Psychiatrist Career Overview
Psychiatrist Interview
Road to Becoming a Doctor
Shadow a Doctor
Shadow a Physician
Shadow a Physician as a Premed Student
Shadowing a Doctor
Shadowing a Physician
Shadowing Doctors: Specialty Profiles
Shadowing Experiences Guidelines for Pre-medical Students
Shadowing (Observership) Opportunities at Baystate Health
Shadowing Physicians
Shadowing Tips
Social Media Can Affect Your Application
Stanford Medicine Clinical Summer Internship
State Physician Workforce Data Book
Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
Studying Abroad Advice for Premeds
Successful Applicant Profiles
Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)
Summer Reading List
Summer Reads for Aspiring Physicians
Summer Reads for Aspiring Physicians, Vol. 2
Summer Reads for Aspiring Physicians, Vol. 3
Surgeon Career Profile
Surgeon Interview
Surgical Procedures Videos (Medline Plus)
Surgical Videos
Tools for Medical School Applicants
Training the Physicians of Tomorrow
Transitioning to Medical School
Types of Medical School Programs and How They Lead into Primary Care
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
Wait-Listed Medical School Hopefuls Dos and Don'ts
Ways Medical Schools Aim to Teach the Doctors of Tomorrow
Ways to Gain Clinical Experience Without Shadowing
Weigh Applying to Medical School After Third, Fourth Year
What Admission Officers Wish Premeds Knew Before Applying
What Late Medical School Applicants Need to Know
(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.