Physicians (MD or DO)  examine patients; obtain medical histories; order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests; and prescribe and administer treatment for people suffering from injury or disease.  They counsel patients about illness, injuries, health conditions and preventive healthcare (diet/fitness, smoking cessation, etc.). They can also conduct medical research, teach and run medical centers.  People with medical education are in demand in many areas.  Physicians work in one or more specialties, including, among others: Anesthesiology, Family and general medicine, General internal medicine , General pediatrics, Obstetrics and gynecology, Psychiatry,  and Surgery.

Osteopathic physicians (Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine or D.O.s) diagnose illness and injury, prescribe and administer treatment, and advise patients about how to prevent and manage disease. Like their M.D. counterparts, they are fully licensed to diagnose, treat, prescribe medications, and perform surgery in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Today, more than 20 percent of all U.S. medical students are studying at a college of osteopathic medicine.

In addition to using all of the tools and technology available to modern medicine, D.O.s have a strongly holistic philosophy and practice osteopathic manipulative medicine - a distinctive system of hands-on diagnosis and treatment which focuses specifically on the musculoskeletal system.


Professional Organization

  • MD: - Name: Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

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  • DO: - Name: American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)

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Common Application Service

  • MD: - Name: American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)

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  • DO: - Name: American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS)


Entrance Exam

Financial Aid Programs

        - MCAT:


  • Minimum: 3.2

  • Average: 3.6

  • Average MCAT: 28-30

  • Average Job Shadow Hours: +50


  • Principles of Biology w/labs 2 semesters
  • General Chemistry w/labs 2 semesters
  • Organic Chemistry w/labs 2 semesters
  • Physics w/labs 2 semesters
  • English 2 semesters
  • Math 2 semesters (Calc.)


BS Biology:  Pre-Medicine

BS Chemistry:  Pre-Medicine

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