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.
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 Biology||Two, w/lab||BIO203 and BIO204|
|Biochemistry||One, w/lab||BIO311/312 or BIO411/412L|
|General Chemistry||Two, w/lab||CHE140/141L and CHE142/143L|
|Organic Chemistry||Two, w/lab||CHE305 and CHE306|
|General Physics||Two, w/lab||PHY110 and PHY111|
|Psychology||One||PSY101 or PSY220|
|English||Two||ENG112 and one other (may be in major)|
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:
"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."
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