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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.
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
Students apply to medical school through a centralized application system called the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Similar to the common application for undergraduate programs, students can apply to any of the medical programs through a single application on the AMCAS. The AMCAS opens early May.
Students interested in pursuing medical school are required to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).
Some schools are also requiring the Altus Suite (a multi-part assessment that includes CASPer, Snapshot, and Duet) and the AAMC PREview Professional Readiness Exam.
Altus Suite Assessments
AAMC PREview Professional Readiness Exam
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
Accelerated 3+ medicine program with Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science is only available to Pathways Honors students with a declared health sciences major. Students should meet with their health sciences academic advisor and the pre-health advisor each quarter to make sure they are taking the correct courses for their major/professional interest. Below is a sample timeline for a health sciences major, and it should not be used to replace meeting with an academic advisor.
BS to MD 3+ Accelerated Flyer
Visit the Volunteering and Leadership Opportunities website for the full list.
Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)
Loyola Summer Enrichment Program (ASPIRE)
Student Life Volunteering Society
Advocate Pre-Health Volunteer Program
Northwestern Medicine - Lurie Comprehensive Cancer CenterCommunity HealthOld Irving Park Community ClinicHoward Area Community CenterInner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) Community Clinic
Port MinistriesWashington Park Clinic
Mobile Care Chicago
Shadowing Tips - Where to Begin:
1. Start by asking your personal doctors if they would be willing to be shadowed or could recommend another practitioner.
2. Ask your friends, classmates, parent's friends, or professors if they have a connection that might be willing to shadow.
3. Utilize the DePaul network and check to see if there are alumni on ASK (Alumni Sharing Knowledge) that you could potentially shadow.
4. Reach out to local medical clinics to see if they would be open to you shadowing a practitioner.
National Average Cumulative GPA: 3.74National Average Science GPA: 3.67
National Average MCAT: 512
Doctor of Allopathic Medicine Timeline and Checklist.pdfMedical Specialty Areas.pdf