Allopathic Medicine

Also known as modern medicine, evidence-based medicine, or Western medicine, allopathic medicine began to take shape around 100 – 150 years ago 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 to restore a patient’s health. Those who pursue a profession in allopathic medicine earn an MD (Doctor of Medicine) degree. Within allopathic medicine there are 24 board-certified specialties such as anesthesiology, internal medicine, neurology, and surgery, with sub-specialties within the major categories.

Suggested undergraduate majors: Biochemistry, Physiology. Many medical schools also require coursework in Calculus, English, Ethics, Physics, and Psychology.

Graduate training: Four-year professional program plus 3–8 years of residency (practicing medicine under supervision).

The American Medical Association:

Directory of accredited medical colleges:

Association of American Medical College:

Information about applying to medical school from the AAMC:

  1. The AMCAS Applicant Guide:
  2. The Official Guide to Medical School Admissions:

Standardized test: Medical College Admission Test (MCAT):

Application website: American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS):

Other resources:

Please note: this page provides information for current SPU students and does not represent a program that SPU offers.