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Allopathic Medicine

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Think you have what it takes to be a doctor? While physicians are as varied as the communities they serve, they all share key attributes. Integrity, leadership, perseverance and humanitarian concern are just a few of the personality traits which, when combined with rigorous coursework, exposure to undergraduate research, and clinical experience during residency, make a great physician.

Whether you choose to become a general practitioner or specialist, teach at medical school, or conduct biomedical research, all physicians must complete a residency program, which takes a minimum of three years. With help from your pre-health professions advisor, UMass Lowell is a great place to get ready for medical school.


Program Length
4 years

Professional Schools’ Organization
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

Application Service
American Medical College Association Application Service (AMCAS)

Academic Admission Requirements
One year each: Biology, Inorganic Chemistry (Chem 1 & 2), Organic Chemistry, Physics, English. Some schools may also require Calculus.

Other courses may be required or recommended depending on the specific medical school. This information is in the Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR), a book published yearly by the AAMC.

Admission Exam
Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

Recommendation Letters
Letters of recommendation from a pre-health professions advisor are required, and may be kept confidential. Some schools may require additional letters of support.

Current Topics
AMCAS opens up on May 5, 2011 for your use. Get your transcript request forms out asap. The earliest date to submit your application is June 1, 2011. The cost is $160 for the first school and $33.00 for each additional school.