Dwight Davis, MD, Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs at Penn State College of Medicine, speaks with medical students at orientation for the Class of 2020 in July 2016. Davis is pictured in focus at left, looking up at a projection screen, with students in the lecture hall out of focus also looking at the screen from behind him.

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Changing the Future of Health

The Penn State College of Medicine Crescent is a familiar sight in the Hershey, Pennsylvania, area.

At Penn State College of Medicine, we are committed to the education of medical and nursing students, basic science graduate students, medical residents and fellows, other students in healthcare-related professions, and practicing health professionals.

We seek to enroll students of exceptional quality, and their education is based on the present and future health needs of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the nation.

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Why Penn State College of Medicine?

Health Systems Science

In 2013, Penn State College of Medicine was one of 11 U.S. medical schools to receive a five-year, $1 million Accelerating Change in Medical Education grant from the American Medical Association to fund a Systems Navigation Curriculum.

In this new program, students learn health systems science while also serving as patient navigators in the health system.

Read more about health systems science at Penn State College of Medicine.

Integrated Research

Research is a key part of what students do at Penn State College of Medicine.

Master's and PhD students work on research projects alongside faculty, and MD students complete a research project as part of their curriculum.

Read more about Research at Penn State College of Medicine.

Humanities & Ethics

Our College of Medicine produces students who are well-rounded, critical thinkers with a critical understanding of their own capabilities.

Our students learn an appreciation for ethical issues in medicine, as well as empathy for patients and their experiences in a complex health care system.

Learn more about the Department of Humanities.

Educational Opportunities

Medical & Health Professional Education

Medical and health professional education is a key component of the College of Medicine's mission. Penn State College of Medicine opportunities include a medical degree, a physician assistant degree, as well as many combined program opportunities.

Graduate Education

Graduate studies at Penn State College of Medicine offer a variety of PhD and master's degree options in diverse areas such as biomedical sciences, anatomy, neuroscience, public health, biostatistics, laboratory animal medicine and more.

Other Opportunities

In addition to the various degrees offered by Penn State College of Medicine, students and professionals can expand their education in a variety of other ways, including graduate certificates, undergraduate programs, residencies and fellowships, and continuing education.

Innovative Initiatives

Simulation Center

Students in the Physician Assistant program practice using a surgical simulator in the Penn State College of Medicine Simulation Center in July 2016. The female and male students are seen looking into a white box, with their hands operating controls whose responses are simulated on the on-screen display.
A surgery simulator is one of many tools available in the Sim Center.

The Clinical Simulation Center at Penn State College of Medicine is designed to improve patient outcomes through simulation programs that enhance practitioner skills, clinical competence, teamwork, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Read more about the Simulation Center.

University Park Regional Campus

A male and female student participating in the University Park Regional Campus Student Design Partner program look at a laptop as a professor and a doctor in a white coat (chewing on his glasses) look on from the background.
Student Design Partners are collaborating with professional educators to build an entirely new, modern medical curriculum.

At the University Park Regional Campus of Penn State College of Medicine, Student Design Partners are working with faculty and staff to create an immersive new model for MD student training.

Read more about the Regional Campus.

Global Health Center

Students in the Penn State College of Medicine Global Health Scholars Program traveled to Ghana in 2016. A student is pictured here speaking with a Ghanaian woman and her child.
Students in the Penn State College of Medicine Global Health Scholars Program traveled to Ghana in 2016.

The Global Health Center at Penn State College of Medicine provides immersive worldwide educational opportunities for students interested in international health, including challenges that commonly present a greater burden to disadvantaged populations.

Read more about the Global Health Center.

Harrell Health Sciences Library

Students are seen studying in summer 2016 in the newly renovated Harrell Health Sciences Library at Penn State College of Medicine. The new study booths pictured are set up like restaurant booths, with padded seats. In the foreground, a woman studies with her laptop while talking to a woman across from her who is not visible in the picture. In the background, other students are seen studying.
The Harrell Health Sciences Library was renovated in summer 2016 and includes new study booths.

The Harrell Health Sciences Library offers a variety of individual and group study spaces for College of Medicine students, as well as information resources in a variety of formats.

Read more about the Harrell Health Sciences Library.

Student Resources

Students sit in the recently remodeled Harrell Health Sciences Library at Penn State College of Medicine in July 2016.

Penn State College of Medicine strives to create the best culture of respect and inclusion for our students. A number of programs, services and facilities are available.

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Campus Life

Student Housing

Housing is available to Penn State College of Medicine students, residents and postdocs in University Manor East and West apartment complexes. One of the complexes is pictured as seen from a higher floor of a nearby building, with a road and trees framing it in the background.
Housing in University Manor apartments is available to Penn State College of Medicine students.

Penn State College of Medicine offers housing in its University Manor East or University Manor West apartments to full-time students, residents, postdocs and visiting scholars.

Read more about on-campus housing.

Life in Hershey, PA

Penn State College of Medicine is in Hershey, PA, a town known as the home of the HersheyPark amusement park and the Hershey Chocolate Factory. Two banners depicting cartoon candy characters are seen on a light pole in downtown Hershey, PA, in summer 2016, with a brick building with large glass windows in the background.
Hershey, PA, is known as "The Sweetest Place on Earth."

Penn State College of Medicine is in Hershey, PA, a town known as the home of the HersheyPark amusement park and the Hershey Chocolate Factory.

Read more about life in Hershey.

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