So you want to be a doctor? Physicians are considered the leaders of the healthcare team. They must have a strong background in the sciences and a commitment to patient care. You must complete a bachelor’s degree, 4 years of medical school, and 3-6 years of residency training where you develop your specialty.
There are two kinds of medical school: allopathic (awarding the MD degree) and osteopathic (awarding the DO degree). Both medical degrees are eligible to pursue the full range of medical specialties during residency.
Resources for pre-med students:
- Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
- American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)
- Choose DO