The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects shortages across health care professions, including physicians. Some specialties, including primary care, will face severe shortages in the next five to twenty years. To practice medicine, further education and training are required, ranging from 4 to 8 years of additional schooling and training after college.

If you are considering medical school after college, UWM will provide you with an excellent foundation to help you reach your goal. Admission to medical school is a highly competitive process, and students must demonstrate very strong academic performance as well as provide evidence that they have engaged in health-related work experiences to meet the rigorous admission standards of medical school. UWM students have consistently been admitted to medical schools at a rate equal to or greater than the national average; many UWM pre-med students have gone on to attend top-ranked medical schools and have built promising careers in different medical specialties.

Medical schools do no require any specific major. What they do expect, however, is that students will have taken the necessary preparatory science classes to prepare for the demands of medical school. Because of the number of biology and chemistry classes that need to be taken, most students choose to major in biology, chemistry, or biochemistry, but that is not a requirement. As long as a student takes the required coursework, he/she can major in any subject area. The Pre-Med Fact Sheet at the right outlines the courses that medical school expects students to take during college.

Many individuals feel a calling to the medical profession after they have graduated and been working in another profession. Individuals in this situation who did not major in a science field while in college will find our Pre-Medical Studies Certificate useful. This structured curriculum helps students in this situation obtain all of the necessary coursework to become a viable applicant to medical school. Alternatively, you could return to college to add a second major from the sciences onto your existing non-science major.

The structured certificate is not recommended for former science majors who need to repeat science coursework in order to raise a GPA prior to applying to medical school. Those students are better served by repeating the specific classes that require an enhancement rather than completing all of the requirements for the certificate. A higher GPA carries more weight with a medical school admissions office than does a certificate. The certificate fact sheet at the right details the classes needed to obtain the certificate.

A significant number of volunteer or work hours is also often a requirement for application to medical school so it is important to work with the pre-med advisor beginning in freshman year or upon entry to the certificate program in order to plan all needed activities into your college career. A suggested timeline is also available to help you plan preparatory activities throughout your four years in college.

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