Degrees

Depending on your interests, there are a number of medical school programs you can apply for. Some options are as follows:

M.D. ~ Allopathic Medicine

The M.D. is a four-year degree administered by medical schools, culminating with the USMLE, the medical licensing exam. After medical school, most doctors continue on in a residency program where they receive more specialized training.

D.O. ~ Osteopathic Medicine

Like the M.D. the D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) is a four-year degree administered by osteopathic medicine schools. Training for an M.D. and D.O. are quite similar and degree recipients are licensed to practice medicine. Osteopathic medicine includes additional training in the musculoskeletal system and focuses more on the whole person. D.O.s must take the COMLEX licensing exam, and can also choose to take the USMLE.

M.D. / Ph.D.

Combining a Ph.D. with an M.D. or D.O. degree prepares students for careers in academic medicine, such as a med school professor or biomedical researcher. Adding a Ph.D. generally adds three to four years to a student’s medical school program; thus, you finish after seven or eight years rather than four. You can then choose to go on to complete a medical specialty or not, just like other M.D. or D.O. grads.