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Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses. They examine patients, take medical histories, prescribe medications and interpret diagnostic tests. They counsel patients on diet, hygiene and preventive healthcare.

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Medical students choose from two degrees to pursue: The Doctor of Medicine or the Doctor of Osteopathy.

  • Allopathic (MD) Programs: The Doctor of Medicine is the predominant degree granted by medical schools in the United States.
  • Osteopathic (DO) Programs: The Doctor of Osteopathy is a widely recognized degree granted by medical schools in the United States. Admission requirements include a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, with a curriculum including introductory courses in chemistry, biology, physics and mathematics. Osteopathic physicians with a DO degree have identical privileges to allopathic (MD) physicians, including the opportunity to specialize, in Florida and most other states. The DO is not recognized in all foreign countries.

MD students apply to Allopathic Colleges of Medicine through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS), provided by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC)

DO students apply to Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine through the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS), a service provided by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM).