Career Information: Allopathic Medicine
Nature of Work
"Few fields offer a wider variety of opportunities. Most doctors' professional lives are filled with caring for people and continuously learning more about the human body. Every day in communities around the country, doctors work in neighborhood clinics, hospitals, offices, even homeless shelters and schools to care for people in need. But physicians also do many other things. Physician researchers are at work today developing exciting new treatments for cancer, genetic disorders, and infectious diseases like AIDS. Academic physicians share their skills and wisdom by teaching medical students and residents. Others work with health maintenance organizations, pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, health insurance companies, or in corporations directing health and safety programs. People with medical skills are in demand everywhere."
-Association of American Medical Colleges
- Health Professions Program: Dartmouth's official Pre-Health Advising program and professional advisors help individualize pre-health course selection and timeline, personalize your D-Plan, and assist you with learning and study strategies for your science courses.
- Nathan Smith Society (NSS): Dartmouth's largest student organization that caters to students interested in the health professions. NSS is a component of the Health Professions Program (HPP) and occasionally works with HPP to create wonderful events and opportunities for all pre-health students. NSS also oversees the Shadowing Program and "Dinner with a Doc" series. NSS is lead by Dr. Lee Witters and the NSS student executive committee.
- Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC): The AAMC represents the 125 accredited U.S. medical schools; the 16 accredited Canadian medical schools; some 400 major teaching hospitals, including more than 70 Veterans Affairs medical centers; more than 105,000 faculty in 96 academic and scientific societies.
- AAMC's Career in Medicine: Addresses questions like "How do I know if a career in medicine might be for me?" and "What is a doctor’s career like?"
Education & Training
Medical School Directories
- Post-Baccalaureate Program Listings - Prepared by the Health Professions Advisory Program at Syracuse University and includes comprehensive information on post-bac opportunities for those who need to complete pre-requisite courses or who need to improve their academic credentials.
- Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Programs - Offered by the Association of American Medical College and contains searchable information on each program's length, size, purpose, structure, cost, admission requirements, and other characteristics.
The Application Process
Resources for Medical School Applicants
- Application Procedures for Dartmouth Candidates for Medical School – comprehensive guide detailing procedures for preparing your applications to allopathic medical schools.
- Interfolio - Dartmouth students and alumni should establish a credentials account with Interfolio. You may use Interfolio to store confidential letters of recommendation, transcripts, resumes and more. You can mail documents directly from Interfolio to AMCAS and other medical schools.
- Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) – The MCAT is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess problem solving, critical thinking, and writing skills in addition to the examinee's knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine. Scores are reported in each of the following areas: Verbal Reasoning, Physical Sciences, Writing Sample, and Biological Sciences. Medical college admission committees consider MCAT scores as part of their admission decision process.
- The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) – centralized application processing service for applicants to the first-year entering classes at participating U.S. medical schools. Most U.S. medical schools use AMCAS as the primary application.
- The Texas Medical and Dental School Application Service (TMDSAS) – a centralized application processing service for applicants to the first-year entering classes at participating Texas medical, dental and veterinary medical schools.
- The Ontario Medical School Application Service (OMSAS) – a centralized application service for applicants to the six Ontario medical schools: McMaster University, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Queen's University, University of Toronto and The University of Western Ontario.
- Financing Your Medical Education – provides informative details regarding financial aid including: required forms, loan programs, grants & scholarships, and service obligation opportunities.
- Student Doctor Network offers information important to medical school applicants, including interview feedback and more.