Studying medicine in the USA

By Edvoy• Last updated: Nov 15, 2023
Studying medicine in the USA
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Thinking about studying medicine in the US? A lot of international students who express an interest in studying in the US have medicine at the top of their list of subjects they’re keen to study. A lot of the world’s most renowned universities and colleges that offer medical courses are based in the US.

If you are one of those students thinking about taking a medical degree, here’s a quick overview of studying medicine in the US.

Also read: Top 10 best medical colleges in the world


Before you apply to your chosen universities it’s so important to ensure you meet the entry requirements. For international students who do not have English as a first language there are often requirements to prove English language skills. Each university in the US will have different entry requirements too. It’s important to take a look at each of the requirements separately. Because applying can be quite stressful, we help all of our students with their applications to ensure they have the very best chance of being accepted. When applying to study in the US as an international student you will also have to apply for a visa and may be required to take some entry acceptance tests.

Medical schools in the US will only accept students who have already completed a four-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Prospective medical students must also complete the Medical College Admissions Test.

Studying medicine in the US can be tough for international students but here at IEC we have connections with US partner universities which can make it much easier and smoother.

Also read: Which exams do I need to take to study in the USA?

Medical Schools

According to QS University Rankings these are the best 5 medical schools in the US.

  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Stanford University
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Yale University

These are notoriously difficult to get into and apart from the University of California, the above are all private universities which means they have exceptionally high entry requirements and have increased tuition fees. The public university on the list will have cheaper tuition fees but is required by US law to accept a certain percentage of local US students. So there are pros and cons of each.

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Obviously, each course will be slightly different to the next but all medicine courses in the US follow a similar format.

1st year: basic and clinical science courses: biology, chemistry and anatomy etc.
2nd year: building upon first year basic science courses combined with clinical clerkships, one practical course, clinical skills course, a health policy or global health course
3rd year: strong focus on clinical clerkships/rotations and you will become a member of a medical team. During this year you will work in different departments such as pediatrics, neurology, oncology and radiology to help you choose your speciality.
4th year: choose the medicine specialty you want to study further and complete a residency in this area of expertise.

To get help with applying to learn & study in the USA, contact us at Edvoy today.

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