Physicians are involved in every subfield of the healthcare profession in both clinical and research areas. Students who are interested in the field of medicine should be prepared to work independently, as part of a healthcare team, or as a paid employee under the direction of the administrator of an HMO.
Those of you who follow healthcare issues in the newspapers know that students are choosing to go into M.D. programs, despite strong indications that their life in the field will by no means be as independent, affluent, or stable as were the careers of the earlier generation of physicians.
REQUIREMENTS: Students are most strongly encouraged to establish a track record of long-term commitment to the health professions through volunteer work over a sustained period of semesters and years. Students must also take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Since students must have a B.A. or B.S. to go on to medical school, they must not only take the prerequisite courses but also do very well in terms of grades both in the sciences and in non-sciences. Undergraduate premedical study requires at least the following courses:
- Biology with Labs (2 semesters)
- General Chemistry with Labs (2 semesters)
- Organic Chemistry with Labs (2 semesters)
- Physics with Labs (2 semesters)
- English and Writing (2 semesters)
Some schools may require one or two semesters of college math or a course in biochemistry. Please consult this website under the "prehealth courses" tab for a listing of all medical schools with math and/or biochemistry requirements. Also consult the Medical School Admissions Requirements ("MSAR") book, which is updated annually. A copy is available in Silver 901 for reference.
NYU School of Medicine
550 1st Avenue New York, NY 10016
Tel: (212) 263-7300
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Association of American Medical Colleges
2450 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037-1126
Tel: (202) 828-0400
American Medical Association
Division of Undergraduate Medical Education
515 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Tel: (312) 464-5000