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.
About the Program
We’re revolutionizing the way the tomorrow’s doctors are trained.
With a five-year, $1 million grant from the American Medical Association — one of only 11 awarded in the country — 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.
3+3 Accelerated Program
To address the growing need for family medicine physicians, we’ve created the Family Medicine Accelerated Program.
Students complete medical school in three years, followed by a three-year family medicine residency at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
A longitudinal integrated clerkship replaces the traditional block clerkship, preparing students to become patient-centered, empathetic physicians in the new healthcare environment. Up to four students per year are offered admission to the 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 Program
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
More About Penn State College of Medicine
What's New in the MD Program
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
- Culture of Respect in Education Initiative
- Disability Services
- Harrell Health Sciences Library
- Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- Simulation Center
- Student Health
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.