Physicians are either trained in Allopathic Medical Schools to become Medical Doctors, or Osteopathic Medical Schools to become Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine.

Students interested in applying to medical schools are not required to have any specific major of study, though are required to complete specific coursework or prerequisites to apply. After completing their bachelor’s degree, students complete four years of medical school, followed by a two-to-seven-year residency program. After residency, students then have the opportunity to complete a fellowship program in their chosen specialty for an additional two years or more.

MD-Allopathic Medicine

Allopathic Medicine (also referred to as Western medicine, biomedicine, or conventional medicine) refers to the system in which medical doctors and other professionals in health care treat symptoms and diseases using methods such as medical drugs, radiation, and surgery. Medical Doctors attend Allopathic medical schools.

UMKC School of Medicine MD Program


DO-Osteopathic Medicine

Osteopathic Medicine refers to the practice of helping each person achieve a high level of wellness and health through a focus on the promotion of health and the prevention of disease. Osteopathic doctors attend Osteopathic medical programs, and while also using similar practices to treat injury and illness, Osteopathic medical programs also include curriculum intended to train the individual to provide a hands-on approach known as Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.