Allopathic Physician, MD and Osteopathic Medican, DO Programs

Doctor. MD. Physician. Medical Practitioner. Surgeon or specialist. Regardless of the title, with a thorough understanding of the science of medicine, doctors help restore and maintain the health of their patients. Their work involves the study, diagnosis, and treatment of injury or disease.

To achieve the necessary level of knowledge and expertise, doctors complete medical school, practice under supervision during a residency, and pass licensing exams—a lengthy endeavor.

In order to be admitted to medical school, prospective students without the required sciences below can take advantage of UVM’s Post Baccalaureate Premedical Program to meet the premedical requirements.

Those seeking to enhance their prior science courses can enroll in courses through UVM Continuing and Distance Education and receive premedical advising without an application.

A Note from Your Advisor:

It is important to realize that the vast majority of applicants to the highly competitive medical schools in the US apply with more than the minimum course requirements.

Further, direct patient care experience is critical to the process, ensuring that the student knows what medicine is all about. Research experience, readily available at UVM, is strongly encouraged.

Twenty percent of medical schools require college calculus and English. The “Medical School Admissions Requirements” reference, available at major bookstores, is a good starting point to compare requirements for schools of interest. The AAMC website also has important information.

UVM Med Linkage: 

We enjoy a close affiliation with the UVM College of Medicine, located on our main campus. Students do research with medical school faculty, study at the Dana Medical Library, and can access the Guaranteed Interview Linkage via the Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program.

Sample Curriculum:

2 semesters General Chemistry with labs, 8 credits
2 semesters Organic Chemistry with labs, 8 credits
2 semesters General Biology with labs, 8 credits
2 semesters Physics with labs, 8 credits

Highly Recommended:

Biochemistry (lab not required), 3 credits
Microbiology with lab, 4 credits

Recommended:

Genetics
Cell Biology
Medical Ethics
Nutrition
Biomedical Statistics

Osteopathic Physician, DO

Fully licensed medical practitioners, Doctors of Osteopathy (DOs) focus on the health of the whole patient. Just like MDs (allopathic doctors). they are licensed to perform surgery and prescribe medication. With additional training in osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT), a DO adds the use of his or her hands for diagnosis. DOs complete osteopathic medical school, practice under supervision during a residency, and pass licensing exams just as MDs do. One in 10 practicing physicians in the US currently is a DO, and they are also certified through their national professional association. In order to be admitted to an osteopathic program, prospective students without the required undergraduate science courses can take advantage of the premedical path in UVM’s Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program.

A Note from Your Advisor:

Osteopathy mirrors allopathic doctors, and osteopaths (DOs) do residencies in the same hospitals, receive insurance reimbursements, compete for specialties, and practice much the same as MDs with the addition of a holistic philosophy and diagnosis with the aid of manipulation. The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine guarantees an interview for all UVM Post-Baccalaureate Premedical student applicants who have successfully completed Post-Baccalaureate studies and meet the requirements of this linkage agreement for regular application or the option to apply early, before completing the MCAT, and thereby skipping the glide year.

Sample Curriculum:

2 semesters General Chemistry with labs, 8 credits
2 semesters Organic Chemistry with labs, 8 credits
2 semesters Biology with labs, 8 credits
2 semesters Physics with labs, 8 credits
1 semester Biochemistry (lab not required), 3 credits

Recommended Courses:

Anatomy & Physiology
Microbiology
Cell Biology
Genetics
Nutrition