The Path to Medical School
For MD & DO
Many students enter college with the goal of becoming a physician.
If that describes you:
- Don’t limit your options: Explore other careers that center on patient-care, including many that require doctoral-level training (e.g., advanced practice nursing, dentistry, occupational therapy, optometry, physical therapy, podiatric surgery). Medical school may not end up being the path best suited to your evolving skills, interests and life goals. By fully investigating the wide array of career options in the health care industry, you are more likely to find the right field for you AND make choices that enhance your likelihood of success and fulfillment.
- Expand your definition of “physician” to include osteopathic and podiatric physician
- Read our Tips on Pre-Med @ UVM and see other recommendations below.
All students considering a career in clinical medicine should fully investigate the allopathic (M.D. degree) and osteopathic medicine (D.O. degree) pathways. The pre-requisite requirements are nearly identical, both require the MCAT as part of the application process, and both degrees lead to eligibility for licensing as a physician in all states. By 2020, there will be a unified accreditation system (ACGME) for residency training for all MD and DO graduates.
Learn more about the MD / DO pathways by exploring the websites and admission guides created by the professional organizations representing ~ 140 allopathic (AAMC) and ~34 osteopathic (AACOM) schools.
- Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
- o Consider purchasing the AAMC’s Official Guide to Medical School Admissions (~$20)
- American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)
Hardcopies of the information guides can be viewed in waiting area of The Career Center.
- If biomedical research is a career goal, investigate opportunities for combined MD / PhD training or dual degree programs for DO students
- If you are an incoming or first-year student, learn about UVM’s three-year physician mentoring/shadowing opportunity, the Premedical Enhancement Program (PEP).
Last modified October 12 2018 03:53 PM