In the United States, students wishing to become doctors’ study first for four years, generally in programs referred to as “pre-medical study”. At the end of the four years, they receive the Bachelor degree which allows them to apply to medical school
The medical school program lasts four years: the two first years are committed to the basic medical sciences and the last two years concentrate on clinical training including practical training in hospitals While the majority of universities providing pre-medical education (for the first four-year cycle), there are only few medical schools (for the second four-year cycle).
Applications should be made directly to the undergraduate colleges that customarily prepare students for medical school.
It is strongly recommended that applicants from other countries who wish to study medicine in the United States complete their pre-medical college work in the United States.
To be considered for admission to a medical school, an applicant must usually have a baccalaureate degree. This “premedical” curriculum normally consists of: psychology, 2 years of biology, 1 year each of organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and physics, as well as English, calculus and mathematics.
The Association of American Medical College’s publication Medical School Admission Requirements, which lists admission requirements of each school and provides statistics on admissions, out-of-state admissions and foreign student admissions, may be obtained from A.A.M.C., 1 Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C. 20036, or may be consulted in the Commission’s Advising Center.
The Medical College Admission Test is a multiple-choice type examination designed to measure the applicant’s verbal ability, quantitative ability, general information, and scientific knowledge. Completion of this standardized test is required for admission to all medical schools in the United States. The examination is given twice a yearly in April and September, at designed centers throughout the world. For further information concerning the MCAT Registration.
The American College Testing Program, P.O. Box 414, Iowa City, IA 52243. A limited supply of registration form is also available in the Advising Centre of the Commission. Applicants are advised to take the MCAT in April, 18 months prior to anticipate registration in a medical school.
Application is made either to individual schools directly or, where required, through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). At present, 105 medical schools participate in AMCAS. Information on AMCAS can be found at: www.aamc.org
Students of foreign medical schools need to get a ECFMG Certification to be eligible to study and practice in the US.