Students interested in the pre-medicine advising track must obtain a bachelor’s degree and complete the necessary prerequisites for medical school. All prerequisites should be completed or on track to be complete prior to medical school matriculation. Best results occur when all prerequisite courses have been taken and grades are available at the time of application. Students interested in medical school should consult with a pre-professional health adviser to learn about requirements that are specific to the schools of medicine to which they hope to apply.
Declaration of a pre-medical advising track through the Office of Pre-Professional Health Advising does not constitute admission to the VCU School of Medicine. Students must apply separately to the medical school of their choice at the appropriate time.
Students with an interest in preparing for medical school must declare an academic major and should declare and maintain their pre-medical advising track. Students do not earn a pre-medical degree. Students unsure of their academic majors initially should clarify their academic interests through regular conversations with their primary/major academic adviser. Pre-medical students are encouraged to major in fields of greatest interest to them. To declare a pre-medicine advising track, please see the pre-professional health advising blog.
Physician (M.D.) - Allopathic Medicine, Physician (D.O,) - Osteopathic Medicine, Both types of physicians must select a speciality in which they will practice patient care - i.e. pediatrics, cardiology, dermatology, surgery. Additional career opportunities for physicians include research, teaching, healthcare administration, public health and advocacy, to name a few.
As a student interested in a pre-professional health program, you must complete curriculum and professional development requirements listed on the Pre-Professional Health Advising Blog.
Students interested in declaring a pre-medicine advising track must attend an “Interest in Medicine” workshop. For workshop dates, times, and to RSVP, click here.
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