Medical Doctor


Medical doctors (MDs) examine, diagnose and treat patients. MDs obtain a bachelors degree and then continue on to medical school. After medical school they continue their training in a residency. MDs specialize in a particular area of medicine. Common specialties include general practice, cardiology, obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine, pediatrics and radiology.

Suggested Major*:


*Note: no particular major is required for this program. Recommendation is based on major courses in common with program requirements.

Required Courses**:

  • 4 semesters of social sciences or humanities
    • Recommended RMC courses: SOC101 or SOC262, PSY101, PSY205/206 or PSY305
  • 6 semesters of chemistry and biology (general chemistry, general biology, biochemistry, molecular genetics, cell biology)

    • Recommended RMC courses: CHEM101/102, BIO120, BIO203, BIO312, BIO452
  • 2 semesters of physics

    • Recommended RMC courses: PHS101/102 or PHS201/202
  • 1 semester of calculus
    • Recommended RMC course: MAT175
  • Recommended: ethics, anatomy & physiology, embryology
    • Recommended RMC course: BIO321/322

**Note: course requirements differ slightly by institution (pay particular attention to math and organic chemistry requirements). Be sure to check the requirements of the schools you are interested in applying to.

Additional requirements:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree (which has additional requirements to those listed above)
  • Completion of the MCAT
  • Application materials: for help with the application process, consider enrolling in the Medical Careers Pipeline of courses and contacting Lisa Wallace ( our Director of Career Services.
    • Personal statement
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Resume with extracurricular activities that include shadowing experiences.

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