Medicine

The US Doctor of Medicine (MD) is one of the most competitive programmes in the world. It is only studied at the postgraduate level. International students account for roughly 1.5% of all medical students in the USA.

Some medical schools have an international admissions rate of 0%.

Domestic applicants will often have completed:

  • Competitive undergraduate pre-medicine degree programmes
  • Extensive work experience and extracurricular activities
  • High Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores

There are a few reasons why the MD is not recommended for British students without permanent residency in the USA:

  1. It does not necessarily qualify you to practise medicine in the UK
  2. There is little non-loaned MD funding for international students (it can cost over $250,000 to attend medical school in the USA)
  3. After you complete the MD, there is no guarantee of a job and/or visa sponsorship

For these reasons, many British students prefer to study medicine in the UK and then apply for a postdoctoral fellowship or a PhD in an appropriate area of medicine in the USA. Medical schools will often have details of these online.