Drury University has excellent programs for students interested in allopathic (M.D.) and osteopathic (D.O.) medicine. Both types of medical schools require applicants to take the MCAT. The time required to graduate from medical school is the same. Both types of medical students are eligible for the same internships and residencies. Unlike a traditional allopathic doctor, osteopathic doctors are trained in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment and have a holistic approach to training.
The MCAT is a standardized test designed to assess problem solving, critical thinking and writing skills along with general science concepts. The test is broken down into four sections:
Most Drury students will take the test in May or June of their junior year. It is highly recommended that pre-med students take a prep course. The MCAT provides medical schools with a quick way to compare students from schools all across the nation. Almost all medical schools require your MCAT scores to be submitted along with your application.
Osteopathic vs. Allopathic
When choosing a medical school, undergraduates have many choices to make including what type of medical school to attend. There are traditional medical schools offering graduates an M.D. degree (allopathic) and medical schools offering a D.O. degree (osteopathic). The curriculum at both types of schools have much in common. State licensing agencies and residency programs recognize either degree.