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Preparing for medical school

The OSU pre-medicine program provides extensive resources to support pre-med students through all aspects of their preparation and application, and this is reflected in the high success rate of our students who are admitted to medical schools.

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.

"It is an extraordinary time to be a doctor. You will be entering medicine at a time when the country needs your services most."  
Darrell Kirch, MD President and CEO, Association of American Medical Colleges  

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.