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Study Medicine In Usa

Jeanette Said:

How can I study Medicine in the USA?

We Answered:

Unlike medical education in the UK, the study of medicine in the U.S. generally begins AFTER completion of four years of undergraduate study which includes meeting the pre-medical school course requirements along with obtaining a bachelor's (B.A.) degree in any subject. Medical school itself usually lasts four years and is followed by 3-7 years of graduate medical education (internship/residency). A few medical schools provide limited programs beginning after high school that combine undergraduate college study with medical education. Students are admitted provisionally to these programs based upon their high school credentials and, if their performance is satisfactory, are permitted to progress to the M.D. degree. This program generally takes six or seven years and admission to it is extremely competitive for foreign students.

There are very few opportunities for foreign students to obtain the Doctor of Medicine degree in the United States. American medical schools receive twice as many applications from qualified U.S. citizens as can be accommodated and many of the publicly-supported medical schools are required by law to admit only state residents.

Most institutions require foreign students to have completed at least the last two years of their undergraduate study in a U.S. college or university. An increasing number of medical schools require a bachelor's degree from a U.S. school. Even with a U.S. bachelor's degree, medical schools admit few foreign students since space is so limited. In 2001, of the 34,859 submitted applications, there were 17,456 accepted of which 230 were foreign students.

All applicants to medical schools are also required to take the Medical College Admission Test. The MCAT examines understanding of the basic concepts in Biology, Chemistry and Physics as well as verbal reasoning skills and it includes two writing samples. The test should be taken 18 months prior to the intended date of enrollment. The deadlines for registration at overseas centers are two months in advance.


The majority of American students who intend to apply to medical schools take their bachelor's degree in Biology, Chemistry or another science-related subject, although this is not mandatory (or even encouraged). The nature of the American liberal arts degree allows students to obtain a strong foundation in the natural sciences and humanities. All medical schools advocate the importance of such an education.

A "pre-medical curriculum" is a particular sequence of subjects including Calculus, Psychology, Biology, Organic/Inorganic Chemistry, Physics and English. Note that a "pre-med" degree does not guarantee entry into a medical school and may not be the best curriculum for all students, depending upon your individual interests. It is also possible to take this sequence of subjects while majoring in an unrelated subject.

Annual tuition and fees at public medical schools in 2005-2006 averaged $19,961 for state residents and $38,865 for non-residents. At private schools, tuition and fees averaged $36,271 for residents and $37,872 for nonresidents. These figures do not include housing or living expenses.

Foreign students seeking admission must be prepared to cover the entire cost of their medical training, as there are no scholarships announced for international students.

Applications is made either to individual schools directly or, where required, through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS).

Ricky Said:

what is the best path to study medicine in usa?

We Answered:

you can get a bachelor degree in almost anything and apply to medical school.
any of the sciences. math, physics, engineering

Marvin Said:

How can I study medicine in USA?

We Answered:

Our son, a Canadian, is currently studying at a medical school on Saba, which is part of the Netherlands Antilles. When he is done, he will do his rotations in the US, Canada or possibly Europe, and he will write the US Board exams. He has an undergrad degree in Biochemistry - not sure what the equivalent would be in Europe. There are MANY foreign students studying there and even some from the US.

Check with the Ministry of Education where you live and on the websites or with the admissions departments of the Medical schools you are considering.

It is prohibitively expensive to study medicine as a 'registered alien' in the US, that was one of the reasons our son chose Saba.

Gertrude Said:

how do i get to study medicine in USA as I am already a student in UK?

We Answered:

You don't say what kind of student you are. Are you in high school or are you already in college in the UK. The typical route for a student in the US is this:

Graduate high school with the highest GPA possible.
A lot of high schools offer dual credit classes (high school courses that give a student college credit)
Gain entry into a four year university
-counselors will guide you through enrolling as a pre med student
Then four years of medical school
-much like nursing, you will have to "visit" all services and specialties
-your last year it may be possible to begin to concentrate on your specialty
Then you will do a fellowship concentrating on your specific specialty (surgery, family practice etc..)

Not sure what types of classes that you have taken. Beef up on the math and sciences. You can request a catalog from the schools that you are considering. They will be sent to you. The catalog (and even online) will have all the information you need with regard to the protocol. Get ready! It's rigorous and competitive. The programs are what we call "closed". There are strict deadlines to meet with regard to applications and documentation.

Sheila Said:

How can I apply to study medicine in USA as a foreign student?

We Answered:

I would stay in Australia as places are largely state funded. It's going to cost you a RIDICULOUS amount to study in the US. For most courses, you're looking at $40,000 a year just for tuition, and probably more for a Medical course, and that's without living expenses, which, as you're visa regulations won't allow you to work much, you're going to have to get used to living on a shoestring budget.

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kokon said:

I am studying medicine in Egypt and I've got an immigrant visa to USA... and I want to continue studying medicine in USA.... is this possible by any way?

kokon said:

I am studying medicine in Egypt and I've got an immigrant visa to USA... and I want to continue studying medicine in USA.... is this possible by any way?