Getting an M.D. degree requires years of preparation -- here's the path.
Step 1: Earn a bachelor's degree Earn a bachelor's degree from a four-year college. Your particular major doesn't matter, but you should have completed pre-med coursework and earned a high GPA.
Step 2: Take part in extracurricular activities Take part in extracurricular and volunteer activities. Medical school admissions committees look for volunteer experience, exposure to a clinical setting, and extracurricular activities in applicants.
Step 3: Take the MCAT Take the Medical College Admission Test, or MCAT, and obtain the highest score you can.
TIP: The MCAT consists of four sections: physical sciences, biological sciences, reading comprehension, and writing.
Step 4: Apply to medical school Apply to medical school. If your GPA and MCAT scores are high enough, you'll get accepted.
Step 5: Complete medical school Complete the four-year medical school program. The M.D. degree is awarded upon completion of a traditional program that includes two years of basic sciences and two years of clinical education. When you've earned the degree, you can answer yes to the question, "Is there a doctor in the house?"
FACT: There are 125 medical schools in the United States.