Alternate Options to Medical School

Applying to an MD program at the end of your junior year is not the only way to reach your goal of a fulfilling career. 

There are many pathways and timetables to becoming a physician or other health professional. Explore these other options:

Northwestern Undergraduate Premedical Scholars Program (NUPSP)

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)

HPA advisors are happy to discuss the similarities and differences between MD and DO programs to help you find the best career pathway fit.

What is an osteopathic physician?

Osteopathic physicians:

(Source: Association of American Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine)

To learn more about osteopathic medicine and D.O. medical schools, students can download the free Osteopathic Medical College Information book.

Postbaccalaureate premedical programs (a.k.a "post baccs")

Post bacc programs may strengthen a student's application to medical schools and other health profession programs. Post bacc programs are designed for those who have already earned their baccalaureate degree.

There are 3 main types of post bacc programs:

Students can search for post bacc programs by program type and other characteristics on the AAMC website.

MD-PhD programs

Pre-med students interested in research as well as medicine may want to consider the MD-PhD option. 

MD-PhD programs:

For more information on MD-PhD pathways and programs consult:

Other health professions or non-health career professions

While medicine is a wonderful career choice, you owe it to yourself to make sure that it's the best career fit for you: