Unlike studying Medicine in Europe, study in medicine in the U.S.A. generally begins after completion of four years of undergraduate study which includes meeting the pre-medical school course requirements along with obtaining a bachelor's (B.A.) degree in any subject. The requirements (prerequisites) to study medicine in U.S.A vary from school to school, but almost always include biology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry as main science courses. Some schools may also require that you have taken other humanities, English, math, and science classes as well, so make sure you look into medical schools while you are still an undergraduate so you can choose your classes appropriately. University medical study in U.S.A is a 4 year course divided into two roughly equal components: pre- clinical (consisting of didactic courses in the basic sciences) and clinical (clerkships consisting of rotations through different wards of a teaching hospital). This program leads to Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) or Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) depending on the medical school; both degrees allow the holder to practice medicine after completing an accredited residency program.The main prerequisite is to have a bachelor degree in biology, chemistry or other field relevant to medicine A few medical schools provide limited programs beginning after high school that combine undergraduate college study with medical education. Students are admitted provisionally to these programs based upon their high school credentials and, if their performance is satisfactory, are permitted to progress to the M.D. degree. This program generally takes six or seven years and admission to it is extremely competitive for foreign students.
* Undergraduate academic record (Bachelor
Scores on the MCAT,
* Letters of recommendation,
* Extracurricular activities,
* Personal qualities and
* Commitment to medicine.
Most medical schools allow international students to apply through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) if they are pursuing a Doctor of Medicine degree or the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS) if they are pursuing a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine degree. Using these services is highly recommended, as it will save you a lot of time. Not that some public medical schools do not accept international students.
Each of the specialties in medicine has established its own curriculum, which defines the length and content of residency training necessary to practice in that specialy. Programs range from three years after medical school for internal medicine to five years for surgery to seven to eight years for neurosurgery. This does not include research years that may last from one to four years if a Ph.D. degree is pursued. Each specialy training program either incorporates an internship year to satisfy the requirements of state licensure, or stipulates that an internship year be completed before starting the program at the second post graduate year. LISTED UNIVERSITY IN USA: