Thursday, June 17




No matter how many career options are going to arise promising wonderful opportunities in future, the profession of doctor would be still on the top of the list. It is one of the most pursued courses by the young aspirants. MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery) is an undergraduate degree required to be licensed as a physician. The noble and respectable profession gives a chance to serve mankind.

When it comes to studying medicine abroad, the USA is second to none. The US boasts of being at the forefront for being in the list of top 10 countries to study medicine abroad. It has dominated the globe for being the popular choice by international students. It homes some of the best ranked universities across the globe. No wonder why it attracts millions of international students on its land each year. Irrespective of the english courses provided by universities of other countries, the US is still preferred over them.

In the US, MBBS is known as MD (Doctor of Medicine). For an international student applying to an American University, it is mandatory to complete a pre-medical course BS (Bachelor Of Science) from a US University to apply for the MBBS. It takes 4 years to complete MD in the US. After the completion of medical study, students have to follow a residency program which has a tenure of 3 to 7 years. In this students will undergo highly supervised training in the field they will select. Thus it takes about 7 to 9 years of duration to complete your MBBS program in the US.


A student right after completing his 10+2 is not eligible for applying to the MBBS program in the US. Unlike other countries, MBBS is a postgraduate program in America. Before applying for that, it is important for the student to have completed their graduation i.e a BS degree with Physics, Chemistry and Biology with 60% marks.

International students are required to qualify MCAT (Medical College Admission Test). Qualifying the MCAT exam is the stepping stone for your admission to an American University. It is an important exam which analyses your overall knowledge. Higher your marks, higher your chance of securing a seat for yourself. It is a computer based exam which lasts about 3 to 4 hours. Admission to a medical program in any american university is a strict process both for national and international students.

IELTS/TOEFL are the english proficiency tests which are also important to qualify for applying to any university in the U.S. Since the study program is in English, it is necessary to check the candidate’s fluency in the language. Some of the top universities ask for a score of 7 in IELTS and 90 to 100 in TOEFL. After qualifying your BS degree, MCAT exam and IELTS/TOEFL you are all set to apply in the university you wish to study.

Once enrolled in the medical program, the 4 year course is divided into two phases: Pre-Clinical and Clinical. U.S Universities focus more on practical knowledge than on theoretical knowledge, which makes it a best choice. Before you own your medical degree, qualifying the USMLE test is important. The test ensures your credibility as a doctor derived from the U.S educational system.

Select universities which you wish to apply to and study. Go through their official websites and check the requirements and eligibility to be part of the institution. Most of the universities/colleges that accept international students are allowed to apply through AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service). AMCAS works to make your work easier. It sends the application form to the selected medical schools thereby, making your work easier. It is run by the Association of U.S Medical Colleges to meet the standard of U.S Medical Education by selecting the right candidate for medicine.

Doctors graduated from american universities are in great demand across the globe. Following are the top most renowned institutions/medical colleges in America offering MD programs:

  1. Harvard University
  2. Stanford University School of Medicine
  3. John Hopkins University
  4. University of California, San Francisco
  5. Yale University
  6. New York University School of Medicine
  7. Boston University School of Medicine
  8. Columbia University
  9. Duke University
  10. Washington University School of Medicine
  11. Baylor College of Medicine
  12. University of California, Los Angeles
  13. University of Pennsylvania
  14. Mayo Medical College
  15. American University of Saint Vincent

Although the expense of studying medicine in universities in the US is quite high, yet thousands of students apply for the medical program each year. Chance of getting admission in the public university of the U.S is very thin, most of the admission are in private universities which increase the cost of studying in the U.S. But there are special scholarships programmes by the universities to help students with their tuition fees.

U.S education system does not charge any capitation fees, which means students have to pay for their tuition fees only. They can also avail stipend during their MBBS course in USA and they can work too during their study. Although studying medicine requires lots of hard work and time to manage, it won’t be easier to handle any work. Along with scholarships there is the option of earning money during the residency program which can help in their fees.

Though it is expensive to afford education in the U.S, the medicine degree from a U.S university has a great reputation across the globe. In India, if you have completed your MD in the US, you are free to practice as a doctor without giving any exam. A professional MD earns a lucrative amount of money and a reputable career throughout the life. It’s a never ending job. Provided with excellent and top-notch programs, highly qualified faculties and their teaching methods makes it all a big yes to complete your MBBS from the U.S. At last it’s on you to work hard and complete your dreams of being a professional doctor.