Preparing the Doctors of Tomorrow
The mission of the MD Program is to enhance the quality of life through improved health, the professional preparation of those who will serve the health needs of others, and the discovery of knowledge that will benefit all.
Our faculty is engaged in the education of superior physicians, and our program emphasizes the scientific disciplines and humanistic concerns necessary to achieve this goal.
In addition to our outstanding MD programs outlined below, we also offer a number of options for students seeking more personalized instruction. Find out more about our combined programs, including MD/PhD and MD/MBA programs, or explore our accelerated MD programs for Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine and more.
The MD Program at Hershey is revolutionizing the way the tomorrow’s doctors are trained. We’ve created a systems-based curriculum designed to give students a global perspective of the healthcare system.
Beginning your first year, you’ll serve as a patient navigator, guiding patients through the often-complicated process of getting the care they need.Learn more about the Hershey Program
The University Park Program is a four-year medical curriculum that integrates basic science education and clinical study to prepare students for the ongoing practice of evidence-based medicine in a rapidly changing healthcare environment.
In conjunction with Mount Nittany Health, students will have real-world clinical experience early and often.Learn more about the University Park Program
Why Choose Penn State?
You’ll have the unique opportunity to improve health around the world. Students in the Global Health Scholars Program travel to partner sites and provide essential care, from treating water-borne diseases in Peru to providing malaria and HIV care in Zambia.
College of Medicine students also have direct involvement in the betterment of the central Pennsylvania community. The LionCare student-run medical clinics provide community health outreach in Hershey and beyond.
You’ll belong to a supportive community that will help you learn, make social connections, and grow as a physician. All incoming medical students are placed in one of four learning communities, called Societies. Learn more about societies and other student organizations.
Applying to the MD Programs
We look for students with a strong undergraduate record in both the sciences and humanities — but we consider more than just academics. The admissions committee is particularly interested in applicants from diverse backgrounds who have clear potential for leadership and service in wide areas of patient care, research, medical education, administration, and service.
International students are welcome to apply to the MD Program. Applicants must have completed all academic requirements for admissions in an accredited United States or Canadian college or university. Additionally, they must:
- Follow the same application procedures
- Adhere to the same timeline as domestic applicants
Apply NowImportant Dates
- AMCAS deadline is November 15
- Applications must be completed by January 15
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What's New in the MD Programs
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.
- Cognitive Skills Program
- Disability Services
- Harrell Health Sciences Library
- Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- Office for a Respectful Learning Environment
- Simulation Center
- Student Health
- Student Mental Health and Counseling
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.
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.