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.

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.

"My Michigan Tech education prepared me well for the practice of medicine. Rote memorization of fact will only get you so far, but the critical thinking skills built into the MTU curriculum, with its strong engineering background, fostered a problem-solving ability that I continue to use every day in the treatment of patients."Brad J. Uren, MD, FACEP Past President, Michigan College of Emergency Physicians

What's the Difference?

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.

How to Apply

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