The Catholic University of America

Applying to Medical School

Note: Any CUA student interested in applying to medical school should contact the Premedical Advisor, Ms. Marion Ficke (202-319-5870 / ficke@cua.edu) early in your CUA academic career as possible. Applicants to CUA considering premedical studies are encouraged to contact Ms. Ficke as well.

Applying to Medical School

  • Medical Programs

    Medical:You've decided to dedicate your life to the practice of medicine. Now you need to: Find the medical school programs that are right for you. Take the MCAT® (Medical College Admission Test®) Apply to medical school through AMCAS® (American Medical College Application Service) or other service.

    Combined Degree Programs:This provides a list and description of the most popular degrees to pursue while earning an MD: the MS, MPH, MBA, JD and PhD.

    MD/PhD Programs:MD-PhD programs provide training in both medicine and research. They are specifically designed for those who want to become research physicians, also known as physician-investigators or physician-scientists.

    International Programs: the largest and most popular website for learning about the best known, top Foreign, International & Caribbean Medical Schools ..... from pre-med through residency and beyond.

    Osteopathy:AACOM sponsors or co-sponsors a variety of programs and initiatives for audiences at every level of osteopathic medical education, from students to senior administrators.

    Podiatry: Podiatric medicine is more important today than ever before. Advances in the treatment of sports injuries coupled with the active lifestyles of the aging baby boomer population have made podiatrists an important part of our health-care teams.

    Optometry:While concentrating primarily on structure, function, and disorders of the eye, students in a professional O.D. program will also take courses in human anatomy, biochemistry, and physiology, among others, to prepare for their role as primary-care doctors protecting patients’ overall health and wellness.

    Dentistry: A dental education opens up a world of professional opportunities. In addition to private practice, today's dental school graduates can choose to work in hospital emergency rooms, conduct advanced laboratory research, teach future dentists or even travel the world with international health and relief organizations.

    Veterinary: Embark on an exciting career path in veterinary medicine, where you can put your knowledge and compassion into practice. Preventing disease and healing animals is at the heart of what veterinarians do. But they also do so much more.

     

  • Applying to Medical School

    CUA Premedical Student's Guide:This guide contains information regarding how a student at The Catholic University of America can best prepare for an education and career in medicine and its associated professions (dentistry, veterinary science, optometry).

    How To Evaluate Medical Schools: This free report examines current physician supply, medical school enrollment, and graduate medical education in the United States.

    Admissions Statistics: Who Got In, Where, Why: This site hosts thousands of profiles detailing the qualifications and experiences of students from all backgrounds as they go through the most rigorous of professional applications.

     

  • Standardized Tests

    Medical College Admission Test (MCAT):The MCAT exam is a standardized test that has been a part of the medical school admissions process for more than 80 years.

    Dental Admission Test (DAT):The ADA Department of Testing Services administers the Dental Admission Test (DAT) as part of the application process for dental school. The DAT is a test designed to measure general academic ability, comprehension of scientific information and perceptual ability. 

    Optometry Admission Test (OAT): The Optometry Admission Test (OAT) is a standardized examination designed to measure general academic ability and comprehension of scientific information. The OAT is sponsored by the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) for applicants seeking admission to an optometry program.

     

  • Test Preparation Courses

  • Financial Aid

    AAMC: Financing Your Medical School Education:FIRST is designed to help members of the academic medicine community navigate the complexities of financial aid, student debt, and money management.

    FinAid: The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid:Several lenders offer student loans customized for the needs of medical students, in addition to Federal Stafford and PLUS loans.

     

  • The Personal Statement

    Writing Your Personal Statement

    Medical Personal Statement Secrets:Medical school admissions officers will often emphasize that they don't care what you choose to write about in your essay. They stress this because most writers try too hard to meet the expectations of their imagined readers, discarding all of their own personality in the process.

     

  • Interviewing for Medical School

    Interviewing: Basic Guidelines, What to Expect

    Medical School Interviews:Being asked to interview is a key step in your acceptance to medical school... the medical school in question is telling you that they are interested in you and that you look good enough on paper to go there.

    Student Doctor Network (SDN):A vibrant nonprofit organization of thousands of pre-health, health professional students and practicing doctors from across the United States and Canada.

     

  • The Medical Profession

    AMA: Medical Specialties: The Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America offers a first-rate legal education and a visionary approach to law as a way of serving others.  CUA Law students graduate with the knowledge, practical skills, and ethical foundation they need to succeed in the practice of law and in service to society.

    About Osteopathic Medicine:Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs) are fully licensed physicians. They provide a full range of services, from prescribing drugs to performing surgery, and they use the latest medical tools.

    Careers in Dentistry:Dental Practices often have difficulty in locating dental job candidates for Permanent, Short-Term, Temporary and Fill-In dental jobs.

    Careers in Optometry:Most optometrists work in stand-alone offices of optometry. A small number of optometrists work in doctors’ offices, retail stores, outpatient clinics, and hospitals. Most work full time, and some work evenings and weekends to suit patients’ needs.

    Careers in Ophthalmology:The practice of ophthalmology can be one of the most satisfying medical professions.

    Careers in Veterinary Medicine:This database allows you to search for multiple career avenues for the pursuance of a career track within Veterinary Medicine.

     

  • Research U.S. and Global Hospitals

    United States:Search for the best leading hospitals within the U.S in order to start your career today.

    Global:This comprehensive hospitals directory helps you quickly locate a hospital anywhere in the world. The database contains in excess of 14,000 hospitals, making it one of the best places to find information on the hospital you are searching for.