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!
- Undergraduate degree – Earn your bachelor's degree at an accredited university, which typically takes four years.
- Medical school – Attend medical school for another four years.
- 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.
- There is no one best major. Pre-medical students can choose to major in any subject.
- 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.
- 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.
- Consider a university with an Early Admission Program agreement with OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.
- Build a solid foundation in science by taking advantage of classes offered at your high school.
- Shadow a local physician to learn more about the profession.
- Obtain clinical experience, like volunteering at a local hospital or completing a training program such as Certified Nurse Assistant or Emergency Medical Technician.
- Visit our medical school in Tulsa.
Take a tour with a medical student
The best way to see if medical school is right for you is to take a campus tour. OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine offers tours year-round for high school students. A medical student ambassador will show you around campus and let you know what you should do now to help prepare for applying to medical school.
If you have questions about how to prepare for medical school, admission requirements or other programs at OSU-COM, prior to your tour you can schedule a meeting with an admissions counselor. They can offer you guidance on what college courses to take and help you with Early Admissions requirements.
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A field trip is an exciting opportunity for high school clubs to learn about the programs at OSU Center for Health Sciences. You can take a tour of campus, meet with students and faculty and participate in hands-on activities in forensics, biomedical sciences and anatomy.
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Med-Xtravaganza for High School Students
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
President Kayse Shrum, Joshua Priddle, D.O., and Baylee Brown, an OSU-COM early admissions student, discuss how FFA provides a foundation for medical school during the organization's 2014 state convention in Oklahoma City.
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