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Becoming a doctor

Being a doctor is one of the most rewarding professions. Some people choose to become a doctor in high school while others wait until university.

Below is a roadmap to navigate when considering becoming a doctor.

During high school

  • Take courses necessary for acceptance at a university. An undergraduate degree is needed to apply to medical school
  • Apply to several universities

During university

  • Study what you’re interested in, not something you think medical schools want to see

First-year university

  • Treat studying like a part-time job
  • Establish supports and ask for help when needed

Use time wisely

  • Know prerequisites for courses
  • Volunteer with groups that interest you
  • Manage time effectively

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

The MCAT must be taken in order to apply for medical school.

The exam is normally taken after completing university level chemistry (organic and inorganic), biology and physics.

Applying to medical school

A student’s MCAT score, university transcripts and written application affect the success of the application.

After the paperwork is submitted a few select individuals will be contacted for an interview. This is the final stage of the application process.

Medical school

The medical school program is four years; the first two years are spent in classrooms and lectures and the final two years are spent learning in a hospital setting.

Two to seven years of residency or specialization will follow.

Under-represented applicants

Dalhousie Medical School uses affirmative action to increase the admission of and number of graduates from under-represented groups.

This specifically applies to both African Nova Scotians and aboriginal people in the Maritimes.

Admission prerequisites are required for all applicants. Applicants who apply under the affirmative action policy are considered on the basis of their qualifications for the study of medicine rather than in relation to other candidates.

Applicants must self-identify in section 4 of the application form that they wish to be considered for admission under the affirmative action policy.