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Medical physicians or medical doctors (MDs), also known as those who practice allopathic medicine, are health professionals who diagnose illness, prescribe and administer treatment, and advise patients on disease prevention and medication.
MD programs require four years of medical education followed by residency training of three to eight years depending on the specialty area. Pre-medical students typically obtain a Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree while completing the requirements for admission to medical school.
Medical schools do not require or prefer a particular undergraduate major.
Students intersted in pursuing medical school are required to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).
It is important for students to check each school's requirements carefully as some schools will require courses not listed above. For more information about a specific program, please contact the school directly.
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science - Chicago Medical School
University of Illinois - College of Medicine at Chicago
Northwestern University - Feinberg School of Medicine
Loyola University - Stritch School of Medicine
University of Chicago - Pritzker School of Medicine
National Average Cumulative GPA: 3.8National Average Science GPA: 3.7
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