Medicine is a highly respected career which brings many rewards. Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses. Physicians examine patients, take medical histories, prescribe medications, and order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests. They counsel patients on diet, hygiene, and preventive healthcare. Surgeons operate on patients to treat injuries (such as broken bones) and disease (such as cancerous tumors and deformities, e.g., as cleft palates). Career outlook is strong. Employment is expected to grow by 13% from the period of 2016–2026, faster than the average for all occupations.
Our students are well-regarded and well-prepared.
Generally about 60–70% of our applicants are admitted compared to 33–40% nationally to medical schools all across the United States. Our students have been admitted to Harvard, Yale, OHSU, University of Chicago, UCLA, Western University, Campbell University and others.
Post-bacc students with successful first degrees looking to change careers are welcome at OSU. We have an informal program where students take the courses they need along with the regular students, and take advantage of all the extensive support services available in the pre-med program.
Navigating your pre-medical journey
As a pre-medical student, you will chart your course to medical school with academic advising and rigorous courses as well as opportunities to explore laboratory, field and clinical training to acquire a solid foundation in science. You will have access to outstanding research, volunteer and internship opportunities on or off-campus and through international study programs to broaden your experiences and knowledge.