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
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.
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.
View details regarding the Pre-Med application process.
Learn more about the MCAT and how to prepare.
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.
- University of Kentucky College of Medicine
- University of Louisville School of Medicine
- East Tennessee State University - Quillen College of Medicine
- Meharry Medical College School of Medicine
- University of Tennessee (Memphis) College of Medicine
- Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
- Belmont University - Thomas F. Frist, Jr. College of Medicine
- Indiana University School of Medicine
- University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
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