Within this section I will list and briefly discuss the many different ways you can become a physician, as well as give advice on how to select a program or school for your education. Please note that these are indeed very brief explanations to a extremely complex system
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There are many different kinds of medical schools that you can attend, these include:
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Allopathic (MD) schools:
- These are traditionally considered to be the hardest and most desired schools to attend
- These schools are what you think of when you think medical school, they graduate students with an Medical Doctor (MD) degree
- Typically have the highest MCAT and GPA averages, so this means they are traditionally more competitive
- Graduate students to qualify for allopathic residencies only
- Take the USMLE exam to become physician
- Slightly easier to get into then most MD schools. Although a trend is emerging where DO schools are becoming as hard or harder to get into then many MD schools
- Get a little bit of extra education regarding the musculoskeletal system when compared to MD counterparts
- Train under the osteopathic philosophy
- MCAT and GPA averages are slightly lower than MD schools
- Upon graduation students qualify for both allopathic and osteopathic residencies
- Take the COMLEX exam, but can also qualify for and register to take the USMLE
- Easiest to get into when compared to both DO and MD schools in the U.S.
- Seen as least prestigious, limited options as far as post graduate placement
- Can have trouble matching into a residency in the U.S.
- Sometimes they don’t have an MCAT requirement, most of the time the MCAT and GPA requirements are really low
- Same as medical school with a focus on solely the lower extremities
- Admissions is slightly easier than DO and MD schools
- MCAT requirements are considered low when compared to MD and DO schools
- Graduate with a DPM degree to practice podiatric medicine