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What Do Physicians Do?

Physicians diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses and often advise patients on health and disease prevention. They examine patients, take medical histories, and prescribe medications along with ordering, performing, and interpreting diagnostic tests. They also counsel patients on diet, hygiene, and preventative healthcare. Physicians may work as a general practitioner or choose to specialize in one out of 120+ specialties and sub-specialties.

There are two types of fully licensed physicians that can practice anywhere in the U.S. as general practitioners or specialists. One is a M.D. (Doctor of Medicine) and the other is a D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine). Allopathic medical schools grant M.D. degrees while Osteopathic medical schools grant D.O. degrees.

About Allopathic Medicine       About Osteopathic Medicine



What Are Medical Schools Looking For?

For a better understanding of what medical schools are looking for from their applicants, view Admission Factors.



Start working towards your goal of medical school now - view a sample pre-medicine student timeline

Application Process

View details regarding the Pre-Med application process. 


Admissions Test

Learn more about the MCAT and how to prepare.



Get Involved! 

In addition to gaining patient care and shadowing hours, being involved on campus is a great way to preapre for medical school.  Consider joining Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED), National Health Preprofessional Honor Society, and view other pre-health student organizations.

Pre-Med Advisement Sheet

Notice: The listing or inclusion of any third-party resource or program on this webpage does not imply the endorsement of the author, pre-health advisors, or WKU.

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 Last Modified 11/21/23