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Pre-Medicine (MD/DO)

Primary care physicians, surgeons, and specialists care for people of all ages to maintain health and wellness. They treat those who are ill or have been injured, perform physical examinations, conduct diagnostic testing, and recommend and provide treatments.

To become a physician, students will need to complete a 4-year doctoral program, followed by a residency. In the United States, students can attend either an allopathic (MD) program or an osteopathic (DO) program. The primary difference between these degrees is one of philosophy: osteopathic programs prepare clinicians to take a holistic approach to medicine, considering the whole person in diagnosis and treatment rather than a targeted focus on symptoms. While the mission of these two fields might be slightly different, the quality of training and topics covered on licensing exams for both paths are generally the same.

As of 2022, there are 154 allopathic schools and 38 osteopathic schools in the United States. Indiana University (MD) and Marian University (DO) are the only two medical schools in the state of Indiana.

Pre-Requisite Courses

The following table includes the most common pre-requisite courses for medical schools in the US. However, required or recommended courses may vary by program, so students should work with their advisor to ensure all required courses are completed for specific programs in a timely fashion.

Introductory BiologyTwo, w/labBIO203 and BIO204
BiochemistryOne, w/labBIO311/312 or BIO411/412L
General ChemistryTwo, w/labCHE140/141L and CHE142/143L
Organic ChemistryTwo, w/labCHE305 and CHE306
General PhysicsTwo, w/labPHY110 and PHY111
Behavioral Sciences
PsychologyOnePSY101 or PSY220
EnglishTwoENG112 and one other (may be in major)

Preparing a Competitive Application

Admission to medical schools is highly competitive. To be a distinguish yourself as a candidate, students should thoroughly explore the mission and requirements of all programs to which they hope to apply. At Marian, meet early and often with your advisor to stay on track for a successful application.

A competitive candidate will generally:

  • Demonstrate strong academic performance in all courses, with particular focus on science courses (GPA 3.5 or higher strongly recommended)
  • Score well on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
  • Demonstrate extensive familiarity with the field of medicine to gain an understanding of the expectations of the profession by
    • Shadowing several physicians, including a primary care physician and physicians in several different specialties
    • Gaining extensive direct patient care experience through volunteering or a paid position
    • Getting involved in community service, volunteerism, and co-curricular activities
    • Seeking leadership opportunities in clubs, organizations, church, or sports
    • Conducting independent research to better understand the scientific literature
  • Exhibit strong interpersonal skills, the ability to work with a diverse group of people, and a desire to help others

Recent Medical Schools attended by Marian Graduates

  • Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Penn State College of Medicine 
  • Rocky Vista College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • University of Florida College of Medicine

Student Success Stories

Morgan Stricker, class of 2018

"I learned about socialized medicine, which is different than what we have here, so it was completely different than what I was used to. I got to learn about that while I was abroad, and I got to get that firsthand experience of it, where I wasn’t just learning it in a textbook."

Morgan Stricker '18

Read Morgan's Story

Want to Know More?

Trisha Staab, Ph.D.
Director of Pre-Medicine and Pre-Health Professions
(317) 955-6544

Office of Undergraduate Admission
(317) 955-6300
(800) 772-7264

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