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College Research Medical schools prepare students to treat, diagnose, and prevent illnesses, diseases, and injuries.  If you have a scientific mind, like to help people, enjoy the study of the human body, and don't mind putting in some serious time, then medical school may be a good choice for you.

Those who want to go to medical school can expect many years of education.  Entry into medical school is highly competitive, and a bachelor's degree with a good grade-point average is the minimum that applicants need.  While you can major in any undergraduate subject before applying to medical school, many individuals plan ahead of time and major in "pre med," and also do medicine-related internships and summer jobs.

Medical school is four years, followed by three to eight years of residency and internship, depending upon the specialty.  Areas of specialization include emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, radiology, and surgery.

Medical students can expect to study subjects like general biology, human anatomy and physiology, genetics, biochemistry, pathology, pharmacology, patient examination and evaluation, ethics in healthcare, and geriatrics, to name just a few.

Upon graduating from medical school, many doctors choose to open their own practices or join another practice, while still others work as salaried employees of group practices of HMOs.  Still other graduates of medical school go into research and don't practice at all.

The best opportunities for new doctors tend to be in rural and low-income areas.  On average, entry level doctors can expect to make about $140,000 per year.

To learn more about medical school training and internships, explore the following list of leading Medical Schools in the United States.

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  • Baylor College of Medicine
    Founded in 1900 and located in Houston, Texas, Baylor College of Medicine is the only private medical school in the Southwest and is a respected medical and research institution known for its excellence in education, research, and patient care.
    www.bcm.edu/
  • Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science
    Founded in 1968 in Los Angeles, California, the mission of the University is to conduct education and research in the context of community service, in order to train physicians and allied health professionals to provide care with excellence and compassion, especially to underserved populations.
    www.cdrewu.edu/
  • Columbia University
    The College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University Medical Center is guided by the principle that medical education is university education.
    cpmcnet.columbia.edu/dept/ps/
  • Duke University School of Medicine
    Located in Durham, North Carolina, the Medical Center at Duke University is one of the world's foremost research and patient care institutions with a School of Medicine consistently ranked one of the best.
    dukemed.duke.edu/
  • Harvard Medicine
    Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the Harvard Medical School strives to create and nurture a community of the best people committed to leadership in alleviating human suffering caused by disease.
    hms.harvard.edu/
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine
    Located in the Baltimore, Maryland area, Johns Hopkins Medicine has provided international leadership in educating physicians and medical scientists, in biomedical research, and in applying medical knowledge to sustain health since the Johns Hopkins Hospital opened in 1889.
    www.hopkinsmedicine.org/
  • Stanford University School of Medicine
    The School of Medicine at Stanford University strives to be a premier research-intensive medical school that improves health through leadership and a collaborative approach to discovery and innovation in patient care, education and research.
    www.med.stanford.edu/
  • UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
    Founded shortly after World War II, the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles has joined the ranks of the nation's elite medical schools.
    dgsom.healthsciences.ucla.edu/
  • UCSF School of Medicine
    The School of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco is distinguished as a leading biomedical research and health science education center.  The School is dedicated to excellence in education, research, and patient care.
    medschool.ucsf.edu/
  • University of Michigan Medical School
    The Medical School, based in Ann Arbor, has been recognized as a premier site for state-of-the-art research activities, innovative medical education, and pioneering clinical care since its inception in 1848.
    www.med.umich.edu/medschool/
  • University of Pennsylvania - School of Medicine
    Established in 1765, the School of Medicine and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania are located in West Philadelphia.  Penn Medicine is committed to remain a world-leading institution in three equally valued and inter-related missions of patient care, education, and research.
    www.med.upenn.edu/
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    The School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh features a curriculum which teaches and trains doctors to be better prepared for the realities of a new era in medicine.
    www.medschool.pitt.edu/
  • University of Washington School of Medicine
    Founded in 1946 and located in Seattle, the UW Medical School is a regional resource for Washington state, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho.  The school is recognized for its excellence in training primary-care physicians and for advancing medical knowledge through scientific research.
    uwmedicine.washington.edu/
  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
    Since 1875, the School of Medicine at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee has made education its highest priority. The School strives to provide its students with a foundation in the basic and clinical sciences that enables them to become leaders and scholars.
    www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/medschool/
  • Washington University in St. Louis - School of Medicine
    Founded in 1891, the School of Medicine at Washington University in St.Louis, Missouri has a rich history of success in research, education and patient care.
    medschool.wustl.edu/
  • Weill Medical College at Cornell University
    Founded in 1898 and affiliated with the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the Weill Medical College is located in New York City and is among the top-ranked clinical and medical research centers in the country.
    www.med.cornell.edu/
  • Yale University School of Medicine
    Founded in 1810, the School of Medicine at Yale University is located in New Haven, Connecticut and is known throughout the world as one of the leading centers for biomedical research, education and advanced health care.
    info.med.yale.edu/ysm/

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