Allopathic Medicine

Also known as modern medicine, evidence-based medicine, or Western medicine, allopathic medicine as it is known today began to take shape between the 19th and mid-20th century with the rise of new technologies in chemistry, genetics and treatments of infectious diseases. This practice of medicine aims to treat diseases or disorders using drugs or surgery to eradicate the symptoms of the illness and its health effects on the patient. Those who pursue a profession in allopathic medicine earn a degree as an MD (Doctor of Medicine). Within allopathic medicine there are 24 board-certified specialties such as anesthesiology, internal medicine, neurology, and surgery, with sub-specialties within the major categories.

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Obtaining an M.D. degree requires four years of undergraduate study, extensive experience shadowing physicians, clinical experience, and demonstrated devotion to serving the community. The Medical College Admissions Test must be completed. The medical school licensing exam, USMLE for allopathic doctors, must be completed to practice medicine in the U.S. After graduation, doctors will complete one year of internship and 3-8 years of residency (the practice of medicine by a senior attending physician).

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General Information


Allopathic medical schools are accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).


  • Medical School – 4 years
  • Residency Program – 3 to 7 years depending on the specialty


Most medical school applications can be submitted through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Consideration to schools usually requires the following:

  • Completion of the following courses:
    • 1 year Biology, 1 year of Physics, 1 year of English, 2 years of Chemistry including Organic Chemistry
  • MCAT
  • Letters of Evaluation – submitted through the AMCAS Letter Service. [Depending on the school, a premedical committee evaluation may be required.]
  • Shadowing Experience
  • Volunteer Experience with an underserved population

Standardized Tests

Pre-med students must take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) before applying to medical school.

Content provided by PPHS students Becca Gorrie and Emma Honeyman