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The doctorate of medicine, M.D., is awarded at 125 allopathic medical schools in the United States (as opposed to osteopathic medical schools, which offer D.O.). In addition, several foreign medical schools take U.S. citizens as students.    
Click on any of the links below to find out more information on course requirements, the application process, various medical organizations/associations and medical schools.    

Application Information
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Application Process
Deciding to Be A Doctor
Important Deadlines      
Medical Organizations/Associations      
Preparing for Medical School      
Student Resources      
Summer Programs      
Undergraduate course requirements      
Medical Schools in the U.S.      

application Information/Application Process    

AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service) is the official application service for medical schools. 115 /125 medical schools in the U.S. require applicants to apply through AMCAS. AMCAS is a member of AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges). 

For questions about AMCAS applications:
First contact your local pre-health advisor
At the University of South Alabama, this is Dr. Cindy Stanfield
5721 USA Dr. N.
HAHN 4004
Mobile, AL 36688
251-445-9280
You may also contact AMCAS
Phone: (202) 828-0600
E-mail: amcas@aamc.org

The AMCAS application is on-line
The site is open for applications starting May 6.
Deadlines:
For early decision programs - August 1
For regular MD programs - Oct. 15, Nov. 1, Nov. 15, Dec. 1, and Dec. 15
Others - Special programs have their own deadlines

For medical schools that do not use AMCAS, you must obtain the school's specific application and follow their procedures.

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Deciding to be A Doctor    

Making a career choice is an important and difficult decision. Making the decision to become a doctor requires a commitment of time and money. It is important that you evaluate what the career entails. You should answer the following and other questions on becoming and being a physician:
What is it like to be a physician?
What are your plans for your family life and how will being a physician affect it?
Do you have the perseverance to complete 4 years of undergraduate training, 4 years medical school,
and then several years of residency before becoming an independent physician?
Are you confident that you can handle emotionally-straining situations, such as the death of a patient?

One thing to keep in mind is that the decision to become a doctor must be YOUR choice. You must want it, and you should know why you want it. It is not easy to become a physician, and once you become one, the job is a demanding one with lots of pressure.

Once you decide you want to go to medical school, you have more decisions to make on how to get there. You will enroll in an undergraduate program (which can be any major, it does not have to be a science). In addition to satisfying your degree requirements, you will also have to take the required premedical school curriculum. You must decide to take your coursework seriously, from the first semester of your freshman year. You must participate in other activities that make you a better candidate for medical school, such as shadowing a physician, philanthropic activities, holding office in clubs/organizations, or working in health-related areas. You will be competing with many outstanding students, and you must stand out among the crowd to be accepted.

If and when you decide to go to medical school, find a good resource for information on the requirements and deadlines. Be organized! Start thinking about how you can finance your medical education. Many medical school have programs for financial planning. Decide on which medical schools you will apply. Decision-making factors include geographical location, tuition, requirements for admission, curriculum, and faculty.

What if you want to go to medical school, but you are not making the grades? You must decide if being a doctor is right for you. Maybe another health career will suit you. Maybe you can change your academic standards, and with improvements, achieve your goal of medical school. This is a personal choice, just as the choice to be a doctor is. Make it wisely.

There is help available. Speak with your pre-health advisor and other faculty members. Speak with physicians.

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Important deadlines    

AMCAS Application, 2007
The web site is open for applications starting May 2. Submission of applications will be accepted starting June 5.
Deadlines:
For early decision programs - August 1
For regular MD programs - Oct. 15, Nov. 1, Nov. 15, Dec. 1, and Dec. 15
Others - Special programs have their own deadlines

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Medical Organizations/Associations    

American Academy of Family Physicians
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Medical Association
American Medical Student Association

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Preparing for Medical School    

Summer Medical and Dental Education Program
Research Fellowship Program for Minority College Students
Yale Summer Medical and Dental Education Program
Student Doctor Network

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Student Resources   

American Medical Student Association
Medical Student JAMA
MedWorld
Military Medical Student Association
Writing for Medical School Admissions

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Summer Programs    
Summer Medical and Dental Education Program
Georgetown Summer Medical Institute University of Virginia Summer Medical and Dental Program
University of South Alabama Undergraduate Research

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Undergraduate course requirements    

Major- Choose a major in an area that interests you. You do not have to be a science major to go to medical school. However, you must complete certain course requirements. Most medical schools require the courses  listed below:

1 year of physics with lab
1 year of general chemistry with lab
1 year of organic chemistry with lab
1 year of biology with lab
1 year of english

Some schools have additional requirements. Some may require calculus, statistics, or biochemistry. Resources are available to determine requirements of individual medical school. Most medical schools have a web site (below). There are also book references that compare medical school requirements, such as "Medical School Admission Requirements, United States and Canada", put out by the AAMC.

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Medical Schools in the U.S.    

ALABAMA
University of Alabama School of Medicine
University of South Alabama College of Medicine

ARIZONA
University of Arizona College of Medicine

ARKANSAS
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

CALIFORNIA
University of California, Berkeley , Joint Medical School with UCSF
University of California, Davis School of Medicine
University of California, Irvine College of Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles UCLA School of Medicine University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
Stanford University School of Medicine

COLORADO
University of Colorado School of Medicine

CONNECTICUT
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Yale University School of Medicine

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Howard University College of Medicine

FLORIDA

Florida State University College of Medicine   University of Florida College of Medicine
University of Miami School of Medicine
University of South Florida College of Medicine

GEORGIA

Emory University School of Medicine
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
Mercer University School of Medicine
Morehouse School of Medicine

HAWAII

University of Hawaii at Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine

ILLINOIS

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Northwestern University Medical School
Rush Medical College of Rush University
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine

INDIANA
Indiana University School of Medicine

IOWA
University of Iowa College of Medicine

KANSAS
University of Kansas School of Medicine

KENTUCKY
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
University of Louisville School of Medicine

LOUISIANA
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport
Tulane University School of Medicine

MARYLAND
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston University School of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Tufts University School of Medicine

MICHIGAN
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
University of Michigan Medical School
Wayne State University School of Medicine

MINNESOTA
Mayo Medical School
University of Minnesota, Duluth School of Medicine
University of Minnesota Medical School-Minneapolis

MISSISSIPPI
University of Mississippi School of Medicine

MISSOURI
Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Washington University School of Medicine

NEBRASKA
Creighton University School of Medicine
University of Nebraska College of Medicine

NEVADA
University of Nevada School of Medicine

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Dartmouth Medical School

NEW JERSEY
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

NEW MEXICO
New Mexico School of Medicine

NEW YORK
Albany Medical School
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons
Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University
New York Medical College
New York University School of Medicine
State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
State University of New York Upstate Medical University College of Medicine
SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Weill Medical College of Cornell University

NORTH CAROLINA
The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
Duke University School of Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Wake Forest University School of Medicine

NORTH DAKOTA
University of North Dakota School of Medicine

OHIO
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Medical College of Ohio
Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
Ohio State University College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Wright State University School of Medicine

OKLAHOMA
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

OREGON
Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine

PENNSYLVANIA
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
Drexel University College of Medicine
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Temple University School of Medicine

PUERTO RICO
Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine
Ponce School of Medicine
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

RHODE ISLAND
Brown University School of Medicine

SOUTH CAROLINA
Medical University of South Carolina
University of South Carolina School of Medicine

SOUTH DAKOTA
University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine

TENNESSEE
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
Meharry Medical College
University of Tennessee, Memphis, College of Medicine
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

TEXAS
Baylor College of Medicine
Texas A&M University Health Science Center College of Medicine
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
University of Texas, Houston Medical School
University of Texas Medical School at Galveston
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Southwestern Medical School

UTAH
University of Utah School of Medicine

VERMONT
University of Vermont College of Medicine

VIRGINIA
Eastern Virginia Medical School of the Medical College of Hampton Roads
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
University of Virginia School of Medicine

WASHINGTON
University of Washington School of Medicine

WEST VIRGINIA
Marshall University School of Medicine
West Virginia University School of Medicine

WISCONSIN
Medical College of Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin Medical School

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