Experience the study and practice of medicine in a whole new way:

  • Explore medicine as a profession from medical ethics to the biology of disease
  • Study gross anatomy, histology, physiology, and microbiology in the virtual laboratory
  • Visit the human anatomy lab for an up close view of the brain, lungs, liver, and other anatomical structures,  and see how disease impacts these organs
  • Preview the steps to earning your medical degree and medical license
  • Learn about the ins and outs of medical residency
  • Assess and care for the medical needs of  your own virtual patients
  • Participate in a medical shadowing experience in a site of your choice. Spend valuable time with a doctor in a hospital, clinic, or office setting.
  • Learn about medical specialties from top doctors in their respective fields and the many options for practice across the field of medicine
  • Assess your career options with online faculty and fellow students

Build your skills and prepare for success:

  • Sharpen the study skills you need to succeed in medical school
  • Learn strategies for a successful medical school application
  • Discover options for financing a medical education
  • Evaluate your talents. Are they a match for the demands of a career in medicine?
  • Explore the wide boundaries of medicine, including the humanities, social and behavioral sciences as well as the natural sciences.

Is a career in medicine right for you? Brown University’s popular pre college course “So you want to be a doctor?” is designed to help high school students like you answer that question. In this online pre college course you will experience the practice of medicine firsthand and get a taste of what medical school would be like.

The field of medicine demands dedication to the pursuit of excellence and a commitment to the best interests of patients. This online course demands the same from its students – like medical school, it will be challenging, but the rewards will be great.

It is recommended that applicants successfully complete a basic course in high school biology prior to enrolling in this course.

The majority of your course time will be spent completing interactive self-study programs, participating in virtual activities with your student group, or in communication with your classmates, medical student teaching assistants, and your professor.

In addition to self-study activities, you will interact with your professor, teacher assistants, and classmates in forums where you will discuss topics ranging from ethics in healthcare delivery to diagnosing your virtual patients. You will also receive regular feedback from your instructors on your assignments and diagnoses.

Course duration and weekly assignments: Fall and Spring pre college programs are 10 weeks long, and require approximately 5 hours per week to complete coursework and assignments. The Brown Summer course is an intensive 5-week long program and requires approximately 10 hours per week.

Prerequisites: One year of high school Biology is recommended

Additional Course Books and Supplies: Approximately $50

Technical requirements for this online course:

  • Computer with an internet connection
  • Internet access
  • Internet browser
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Headphones or speakers
  • Microphone
  • Valid and active Brown ID (you will receive these credentials upon registering for the course)

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