Path to Medicine

Choosing your Medical School

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

that is the different types of medical schools. I will make the information as simple as possible and be straight forward with you. This website is not intended to have bias towards one specific kind of school.

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There are many different kinds of medical schools that you can attend, these include:

Click on the choice below to see more information regarding that specific discipline.
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

Osteopathic (DO) schools:

  • 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

Caribbean Medical Schools (MD mostly)

  • 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

Podiatry Schools (DPM)

  • 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