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Pre-Health Advising
Pre-Health Advising

Pre-Medicine

Pre-medicine

While working at Butler to complete your undergraduate degree, you can also build in a pre-health curriculum designed to fulfill the prerequisite coursework and build experience to make you the best possible candidate for a career in the healthcare industry.

Establishing a career in the medical field is a noble and rewarding goal. However, if a medical school is going to spend the 4+ years training you, you will need to establish a record in your undergraduate education of academic excellence and compassionate citizenship. It is not enough to be super smart and ace all of your classes; you'll need to show that your compassion and concern for your fellow citizens is equally as strong. In addition, you'll need to demonstrate your ability to communicate effectively and in terms others can understand.

Academics

The courses needed to meet the prerequisites for most medical schools are very straight-forward. Because of this, it is not too difficult to pair the pre-med curriculum with many majors on campus. But you must be committed to academic excellence. A strong GPA (3.8 and higher) coupled with an outstanding MCAT score (508 or greater) is an important beginning to your medical school application. Building a strong academic record begins early in your undergraduate career with sustained performance in ALL classes, engaging and participating fully both inside and outside of the classroom. For every 1 hour in the class, you should be spending at least 2 hours outside the class learning on your own through reading and homework.

MD vs DO careers

In the US there are two major types of medical degrees: Doctor of Medicine (MD) and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO).  MD and DO degrees are very similar. They both require similar prerequisites for entry into professional school, require applicant to take the MCAT, medical school is four years, there are additional years of residency required, medical students must pass licensing exams, and both offer a variety of specializations. The major difference between the two is one of philosophy. DOs are trained in a more holistic approach to medicine where they consider the whole person in the diagnosis of a disease rather than focusing primarily on symptoms. More information on these two types of medical degrees.

For more information on MD careers visit the website for the American Medical Association and for DO careers visit the website for the American Osteopathic Association.