MD and DO: Both equal "Doctor"

Many students are familiar with the MD designation. Did you know that there is another medical school path that leads to becoming a physician?

Students interested in medical school are encouraged to consider both allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) medicine. Both degrees lead to the path of physician and both MD's and DO's may specialize in any field. More information about Osteopathic Medicine may be found at the American Osteopathic Association and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.

Getting Off of the Pre-Health Track

Many students decide at some point in their Brandeis career to discontinue premedical studies. This is common not just at Brandeis University but at every other college or university that has premedical students. Most students leave the premedical track either because their science grades are disappointing or because they decide that their interests lie elsewhere. If you are thinking of leaving the premed track the following considerations might be of help in making your decision:

  1. You can always get on the track at a later time.
    There are post-baccalaureate programs specifically tailored to "career changers" -- students who may have studied something outside of the sciences, or pursued another career path, and have now chosen to pursue a career in the health professions. Many individuals accepted to medical school have taken their pre-requisite science courses through one of these programs, or through some other continuing education programs. These students might have had weaker grades in college but do much better after taking some time to improve their study habits and gain more experience in school and through work, or may have simply been interested in pursuing other interests in college before focusing on their sciences.
  2. There are a number of ways to be involved in medicine and health without becoming a physician.
    The healthcare system in the United States is complex and multi-faceted. It is possible that you could find your niche in a place you have not even thought of. For more advice on health careers attend an info session or make an appointment with a pre-health advisor.
  3. You can be called "Doctor" without becoming a physician.
    Many students who have enjoyed their science curriculum should also consider graduate study.  Consult with your major advisor about graduate school possibilities.