Medical School

Becoming a Physician

Resource at a Glance to Becoming a Medical Doctor

Undergraduate Curriculum

Most medical schools require a Bachelor’s degree with coursework in these areas:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • English
  • Math
  • Psychology/Sociology

University of Akron students who are preparing for medical school most often pursue a Biology, Biochemistry or Chemistry degree.  Students pursuing a medical degree (M.D. or D.O.) will complete four years of coursework at the undergraduate level (bachelor’s degree), four years of coursework at the medical school level (doctor of medicine degree or doctor of osteopathic medicine), and a minimum of three years of residency training

Being a Competitive Applicant

In addition to strong academic credentials, medical schools strongly encourage that you shadow physicians, volunteer, participate in community service work and research.  Learn about research opportunities by talking with faculty. Shadow a physician by contacting your own physician or a local hospital.  Getting involved in student organizations on campus is a great way to become involved in community service experiences. 

Entrance Exam

Curriculum at The University of Akron prepares you well to sit for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).  The MCAT is typically taken during the spring of your junior year of college, and it is important to have taken the MCAT before applying to medical school as most medical schools will not consider students who have not received their MCAT score. 

Application Process

Although each medical school has different application deadlines, admissions applications tend to be available in June.  It is imperative that you check the application deadlines for the medical schools in which you are interested.  Most allopathic medical schools (offer M.D. degree) require applicants to apply through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) while most osteopathic medical schools (D.O.) require applicants to apply through the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS), and some medical schools will have a secondary application.  As part of the application, you will be required to submit recommendation letters.  Therefore, it is important that you develop professional relationships with natural science faculty and physicians.  You will also submit a personal essay.  You are encouraged to schedule a meeting with a BCAS career liaison by calling 330-972-7880 to receive feedback on your essay.

Medical schools will invite applicants to an on-campus interview with their teaching and clinical faculty.  It is important to do several mock medical school interviews.  To assist with preparing for this interview, schedule a meeting with a BCAS career liaison by calling 330-972-7880.  

If accepted medical school, most medical schools conduct a criminal background check.  

For additional information about pre-medicine advising, contact your academic adviser and faculty mentor.  Also, please carefully review the websites of the medical schools in which you are interested.

Other Resources

Timeline

In order to prepare for the medical school and application process, timelines have been developed by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.  M.D. Timeline     D.O. Timeline

Statistics on Applicants and Matriculants

Each year over 45,000 applicants apply to medical school for approximately 19,000 seats.  View statistics compiled by the Association of American Medical Schools on both applicants and matriculants.  Keep in mind, you should compare yourself to the matriculants as these are applicants who were actually admitted to medical school.  

Ohio Medical Schools

The medical schools in Ohio are:

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Northeast Ohio Medical University
Ohio State University College of Medicine Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences
Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

For a complete listing of U.S. and Canadian Allopathic Medical Schools (M.D.), click here and for a complete listing of Osteopathic Medical Schools (D.O.), click here.

Paying for Medical School

The Association of American Medical Colleges has many resources to assist students through the financial aid process.  Visit their websites Aspiring Docs and Financial Aid Fact Sheets.  Students who are considering a career in primary care may want to consider the scholarship and loan repayment options offered through the National Health Service Corps.