Medicine (Physician/Pre-Med)

There are two main types of physicians: Medical Doctors (MDs) and Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs). Both diagnose and treat patients for a range of medical issues, although a DO might also specialize in preventive medicine and holistic patient care. Within these categories there are a host of specialties, including radiology, allergy, immunology, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency, dermatology, neurology, cardiology, pediatrics, geriatrics, primary care providers, oncologists, and many others.

The pre-med curriculum is based primarily on the prerequisite requirements of the University of South Dakota School of Medicine and other regional medical schools. Whether you intend to pursue allopathic (MD) or osteopathic (DO) medicine, successful completion of our pre-med curriculum and chosen electives will help you meet the expectations for admission. Add meaningful volunteer work, physician shadowing, internships, and strong scores on the MCAT to strengthen your application and reach your goal.

Student Resources

AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) Resources

AACOM (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine) Resources

MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) Resources

The MCAT is required for all students applying to both allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) medical schools.  The exam changed in 2015.  Read more to learn about the changes and the best ways to prepare for the exam.

Aspiring Docs

Lots of resources are available to help you understand and work through your undergraduate pre-med experience and the med school application process.

Sample Questions for Medical School Interviews

Selected Regional Medical Schools

Osteopathic Medicine Resources 

Important Note:

Consult the admissions/application web pages of the professional programs for information on required pre-requisite courses and admissions tests, application procedures, and application deadlines. Some professional/graduate programs will not accept AP or CLEP credits, online courses, or correspondence courses for the core science and math pre-requisite requirements. Many programs also require that all pre-requisite coursework be completed within a certain period of time, e.g., within 5 years prior to application. Policies vary by school and program. Be sure you know the requirements