Pre-Med Pages

So you want to be a doctor? Here is some information about the profession, the curriculum that you will need to take here at Pitt-Bradford, and the application process for applying to medical school. Be sure to check out the links below for further information!

Pitt-Bradford Contacts:
Dr. Lauren Yaich (yaich@pitt.edu)
Dr. Carol Baker (cab8@pitt.edu)

Dr. Dessie Severson (severson@pitt.edu)

The Undergraduate Curriculum:

In order to apply to Medical School, you must first complete several prerequisite courses AND graduate with a bachelor's degree. A bachelor's degree in what, you say? Well, pretty much any major is OK with the medical schools (there is no such thing as a "pre-med" major), but we usually recommend Biology or Chemistry, as extensive coursework in these areas will help you best prepare for the MCAT exam (see below) and for the medical curriculum itself. The prerequisite courses required by most medical schools are listed here, but you should always check the requirements of the schools that you are applying to, as some schools may require or recommend certain additional courses.

Pitt-Bradford Pre-Med Curriculum:

Introduction to Organismal and Population Biology (BIOL 101)
Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (BIOL 102)
General Chemistry I and II (CHEM 101 and 102)
Organic Chemistry I and II (CHEM 202 and 203)
Physics I and II (PHYS 101/102 OR PHYS 201/202/203/204)
Calculus I (MATH 140) (*Calculus II is required for some, but not all, med schools)
English Composition I and II (ENG 101 and 102)

Applying to Medical Schools

So, you think you have the grades and classes needed to get into med school? What next? Well, for starters you will need to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and meet with the Pitt-Bradford Pre-Health Professions Committee. And that's before you even begin to send out applications! Applying to medical school is a job in itself and will require a significant input of time (and money!). Check out the links below for more information about this process.

Centralized Medical School Application Services

There are two primary medical school application services, one for medical schools (AMCAS) and one for osteopathic medical schools (AACOM ). Click on the appropriate link below to get more information and application forms.

AMCAS (Medical Schools)

AACOM (Osteopathic Medical Schools)



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