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Association of American Medical Colleges


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Medical Career Fairs

medical career fairs

Meet representatives from medical and health professions schools.


MCAT Exam Policies for U.S. and Canadian Medical Schools

MCAT Exam Policies for U.S. and Canadian Medical Schools

View MCAT® Exam policies to see which exam(s) medical schools will accept for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 application cycles.


Pre-Med Event Request

Premed Speaker

Request a speaker or materials from AAMC Pre-Med.

Admission Requirements

Medical school admission requirements vary from school to school. In general, most medical schools will expect applicants to have taken the Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®), and to have completed the following types of courses:

  • One year of biology
  • One year of physics
  • One year of English
  • Two years of chemistry (through organic chemistry)

To find school-specific requirements for each U.S. and Canadian medical school, see the Medical School Admission Requirement website.

Applicants should consider volunteering at a local hospital or clinic to gain practical experience in the health professions. A well-rounded sampling of extra-curricular activities or work experiences, both related and unrelated to medicine, will help broaden an applicant's knowledge and development.

Students interested in medicine are encouraged to research the wide variety of jobs available in the health professions, to discuss the nature and demands of medicine with a pre-medical advisor or health professional, and to ask a lot of questions before embarking on the application process.

Chapter 7 of the Official Guide to Medical School Admissions, “The Admissions Decision,” describes the evaluation process in to further detail.

Each school's specific prerequisites, detailed annually in the Medical School Admission Requirements website, is highly recommended to all prospective applicants and is available at most school libraries, premedical advising offices, and can be purchased from AAMC Publications.

Need to take more science courses?

If you've already graduated from college, but need to take science courses to meet medical school admissions requirements.


Thinking About Applying?

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"The Official Guide to Medical School Admissions" can help you get ready to apply to medical school.

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Contact Medical School Admissions Offices

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Use the Medical School Admission Requirements website to get contact information for the admissions offices at participating U.S. and Canadian medical schools and undergraduate/M.D. programs.