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Operation Orange

Spend a day in the life of a medical student at Operation Orange, OSU's summer camp for high school students interested in medicine. It's free and you'll get to meet OSU medical students, participate in hands-on demonstrations and learn about what it takes to get into medical school.

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High school is the perfect time to begin exploring your interests and discovering the path to achieve your goals. Students can start preparing for medical school before they even get to college. Keep reading to learn the steps to become a physician.

So, you want to be a physician? Start here!

Download a printable checklist of tips for high school students interested in a career in medicine.

  1. Undergraduate degree – Earn your bachelor's degree at an accredited university, which typically takes four years.
  2. Medical school – Attend medical school for another four years.
  3. Residency – After graduating from medical school, you are a physician. The next step in your training is to complete a residency program for a specific specialty of your choice, such as pediatrics or orthopedic surgery. The residency program you choose can range from three to five years depending on the specialty.
Students at Operation Orange in Ada learn about intubation.
  1. There is no one best major. Pre-medical students can choose to major in any subject.
  2. No matter which major you choose, you must take the pre-requisite courses required for medical school, including English, biology, chemistry, organic chemistry and physics. See a complete list of admissions requirements.
  3. Typically, you should apply to medical school the summer after your junior year of college. At this time you will also take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), which is similar to taking the ACT. You should plan to devote three to four months of study for the MCAT.
  4. Consider a university with an Early Admission Program agreement with OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Students at the 2013 Oklahoma State FFA Convention learn about anatomy.
  1. Build a solid foundation in science by taking advantage of classes offered at your high school.
  2. Shadow a local physician to learn more about the profession.
  3. Obtain clinical experience, like volunteering at a local hospital or completing a training program such as Certified Nurse Assistant or Emergency Medical Technician.
  4. Visit our medical school in Tulsa.

OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine provides an opportunity for high school students to visit our campus at OSU Center for Health Sciences. High school students can meet with an admissions counselor and take a tour of the school with a medical student.

To schedule a visit, contact:

Maghin Abernathy
Admissions Coordinator
918-561-8277 or
maghin.abernathy@okstate.edu

Med-Xtravaganza for High School Students

Luanne Vo, MS-II, shows a high school student how to insert a tube into the trachea at Operation Orange in Enid.

Med-Xtravaganza is an open house for high school students who are interested in medicine. This is an opportunity for prospective students, parents and counselors to meet with current OSU Medicine students, faculty and admissions staff. Med-Xtravaganza provides information on admissions criteria, hands-on demonstrations, a campus tour and a chance to interact with our current medical students.

Operation Orange

Spend a day in the life of a medical student at Operation Orange, a summer camp for high school students interested in a career in medicine. Operation Orange is held at various locations across the state of Oklahoma. Learn more about Operation Orange.

Spend a day in the life of a doctor!

Shadowing a doctor is a great way to learn more about the medical field and to gain medical experience. OSU-COM can help you locate a physician to shadow in your community. Contact Ashley Milton at ashley.milton@okstate.edu or 918-561-8292 to learn more.

Early Admission Programs are a way for students to get into medical school faster. They make going from an undergraduate univeristy to medical school easier; plus, they save you time. Early Admissions Programs allow students to complete the training it takes to earn their medical degree in seven years.

OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine is partnering with FFA to encourage its members to consider a career in medicine. With our state facing a shortage of primary care physicians, students who understand and love rural Oklahoma can make a major impact in our citizens' health.

Check out this video to see OSU medical students who participated in FFA talk about how their involvement in the organization prepared them for medical school and give advice to those considering becoming physicians.

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Contact

Ashley Milton
Special Projects Coordinator
OSU College of
Osteopathic Medicine
918-561-8292
ashley.milton@okstate.edu

OKStars Summer Research Program

The Oklahoma Science Training and Research Students program (OKStars) provides high school students with outstanding potential for a career in research the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research usually reserved for graduate students. Each intern works with a faculty mentor and research team on a project using state-of-the art equipment and facilities.

Students interested in the program can download the application in PDF format.
Application deadline:
May 26, 2014


Questions?

Email Nedra Wilson, Ph.D., OKStars faculty coordinator and associate professor of anatomy and cell biology.

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