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Doctor of Medicine, M.D.

A system in which medical doctors and other healthcare professionals (such as nurses, pharmacists, and therapists) treat symptoms and diseases using drugs, radiation, or surgery.

For descriptions of this profession, see: Aspiring Docs at the Association of American Medical Colleges or Explore Health Careers


Medical School: 4 years

Residency: 3-7 years

Fellowships: 1-3 years

Course Requirements

Schools may require English, cell biology, genetics, math, and/or other courses. Check directly with those schools. 

SUGGESTED COURSES *Check the Medical School Admission Requirements
1 Year of General Biology Biology 101
Molecules, Genes and Cells
Biology 102
Evolution, Organisms & Ecology
1 Year of General Chemistry Chemistry 130
Structure & Properties of Inorganic Compounds w/ Lab
Chemistry 170
Stoichiometric Calculations
Chemistry 260
Thermodynamics, Equilibrium & Kinetics w/ Lab
1 Year Organic Chemistry Chemistry 120
Structure & Properties of Organic Molecules w/ Lab
Chemistry 310
Enzyme Mechanics
1 Year Physics Physics 120
Principles of Physics I w/ Lab
Physics 130
Principles of Physics II w/ Lab
1 Semester Biochemistry Chemistry 240
Structure & Function of Biomolecules w/ Lab
Introductory Psychology & Sociology Psychology 100
Introductory Psychology
Any social science course 100 Level  

Application Timeline

For admittance directly after DePauw: Prerequisite courses completed by end of junior year; Apply summer before senior year.

For Gap Year: Prerequisite courses completed by end of senior year; Apply summer after senior year.

Application Service

American Medical College Application Service

  • Available in early May
  • Submission date opens beginning of June
  • Early decision deadline including transcript deadline August 1
  • Regular MD programs range from August through December

Standardized Test

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT): Take after biology, all chemistry, physics, psychology, sociology and biochemistry courses are completed.

The MCAT has four sections (Scale 118-132): Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems, Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems; Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior, and Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills. The test takes approximately 7.5 hours to complete and is offered about 25 times throughout the year. See the website for the schedule and registration dates. Fee assistance my be available, so check with the Hubbard Center. You receive your scores 30-35 days after the test.

Free and low-cost preparation materials:

Admissions Criteria

  • Overall and science GPA- Check MSAR for numbers.
  • MCAT scores- Check MSAR for numbers
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Medically-related experience
  • Research experience
  • Community service
  • Leadership experiences
  • Letters of recommendation- Often including one from the Health Professions Adviser
  • Interview
  • Personal statement

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