Pre-Health Professions

Pre-Medical Preparation

Medical doctors diagnose and treat patients for injuries and illness. They work with patients on preventative health measures. They examine patients, obtain medical histories, prescribe medications, and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. Surgeons are doctors who perform operations to treat injuries, diseases, and deformities.

Physicians and surgeons can choose from many different medical specialties. Some examples include family physician, psychiatrist, and cardiologist. Most physicians work full-time—often long, irregular, and overnight hours. They work in private offices or clinics or in group practices or hospitals.

Medical schools are highly competitive. Most applicants have a bachelor’s degree when applying. After four years of medical school, almost all medical school graduates enter into a residency program in their specialty of interest.

How to Apply

First, choose from the three different types of degrees a doctor can earn. Your decision dictates what schools you can apply to. The application process also varies.

Doctor of Medicine/Allopathic Medicine (MD)

The branch of medicine in which doctors and other health care professionals treat symptoms and diseases using drugs, radiation, or surgery. Also called conventional medicine or Western medicine.

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)

The branch of medicine in which doctors practice a whole-person approach and focus on looking beyond the symptoms to understand how lifestyle and environmental factors may impact a patient’s wellbeing.

Doctor of Naturopathic (ND)

The branch of medicine in which doctors practice prevention, treatment and optimal health through the use of alternative and therapeutic methods. Naturopathic doctors strive to find the cause of disease by understanding the body, mind, and spirit of the patient.

MSU Early Assurance Program (EAP)

MSU College of Human Medicine has partnered with Michigan Tech to provide early assurance of medical school admission for our selected students! This program is for undergraduate students interested in becoming a physician in an underserved region or students interested in working with the underserved population.

Juniors and Seniors are open to apply. Preference for EAP admission will be given to Michigan Tech students who are the first generation in their families to attend college, or graduated from a low-income high school, are eligible for need-based grants, and to those who express interest in a high-need medical specialty area. Students will be selected for interviews in March and can be accepted as early as July.