Please note: This is an informational page for current SPU students and does not represent a program that SPU offers.
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).
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
- 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
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