Allopathic Medicine (M.D.)

Johns Hopkins University students have a plethora of resources and services available to help them become successful allopathic (MD) applicants.

Students interested in pursuing an MD degree should begin by reviewing Guide One: Pre-Med and Pre-Health Planning at JHU (PDF). Likewise, the best web resource for students interested in an MD career is the Association of American Medical Colleges’ student page.

As you consider a career in medicine, we suggest you reflect upon these questions:

  • Are you interested in science and how the body works?
  • Are you inquisitive, a critical thinker, and a problem solver?
  • Do you care deeply about other people, their problems, and their pain?
  • Do you enjoy using your skills and knowledge to help people better themselves?
  • Do you consider yourself an empathetic person?
  • Are you a good communicator and listener?
  • Do you enjoy learning, gaining new understanding?
  • Do you often dig deeper into a subject than is required of you?
  • Do you understand the value of learning beyond simply earning good grades?
  • Are you intrigued by the ways medicine can be used to improve life?

If you answered “Yes” to most of these questions, chances are you have the right kind of personality for a medical career.

Top Resources

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is the best resource for students interested in applying to MD schools. On their website, you’ll find information on:

  • Choosing a Medical Career
  • Applying to Medical School
  • Attending Medical School

The AAMC is also where you will find information about the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) as well as the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS).