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Medical Ethnobotany of the Amazon

Travel to the Ecuadorian Amazon and study the medicinal plants used by the Kichwa community. 

Your liberal arts education will allow you to study other fields in tandem with the pre-medicine track to understand their connections and better prepare you for your career.

What is a Physician?

A physician (DO or MD) is a licensed medical professional who treats patients. They may provide physical exams, diagnose and treat illness, write prescriptions, perform surgery, serve as a primary care provider, or make referrals to specialists. Specialties include areas such as pediatrics, surgery, internal medicine, radiology, neurology, etc. Physicians may sub-specialize as well, such as with pediatric surgery.

Why Alma?

Many schools encourage students, regardless of major, to consider strengths they could bring to the career. At Alma, students will develop strengths across different areas during their liberal arts education. Students will also have access to opportunities related to the medical field.

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Hands on experience with dissection in a human anatomy lab.
  • Experience administering EKG testing within the EKG, Stress Testing and Exercise Testing and Prescription courses.
  • Study of the chemistry of pharmaceuticals in Medicinal Chemistry.
  • Deeper dive into medically related topics in biology, such as Cancer Biology, Immunology, Human Embryology, and Genetics.
  • Courses outside of the sciences, such as Health Communication, Ethics and Medicine and Health Care Administration that build knowledge/skills directly applicable to physician assistant.
  • Alma College’s iGEM team, which uses synthetic biology to solve problems within the community (some of which are health related).

How do I become a physician?

Practicing as a physician requires a 4 year DO or MD degree from an accredited program, followed by a 3-7 year residency in the chosen specialty. In addition, some individuals may choose to complete a fellowship in a sub-specialty, lasting between 1-3 years. As such, the post-undergraduate medical education can last anywhere from 7-15 years.

Where will you go?

Your Alma education will prepare you to continue your path towards a career that focuses on your particular academic interest or specialty.

Some of the schools our alumni have chosen are:

  • A.T. Stills University
  • Central Michigan University
  • Michigan State University
  • Oakland University
  • University of Michigan
  • Wayne State University
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Early Assurance Program

MSUCHM reserves up to two spots in their program each year for Alma College students who meet their admissions criteria and demonstrate an interest in practicing medicine in an unserved area or for an underserved population.

Additional Resources

The American Medical Association is a professional organization for physicians and medical students