A closeup of the Penn State College of Medicine logo is seen on the jacket of a white coat, draped over the arm of a medical student who is also holding a White Coat Ceremony program. The student was part of the July 2016 White Coat Ceremony, in which incoming medical students at the College receive their short white coats signifying their status as future doctors.

MD Program

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.

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About the Program

Curriculum

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.

Learn more about the MD curriculum.

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?

Globally Minded

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.

Community Engaged

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.

Society Strong

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.

Students in the Global Health Scholars Program are pictured in June 2016 conducting nutritional surveys in Yilo Krobo, a rural town in the eastern region of Ghana, with a translator from a regional hospital. Among those pictured are students Annyella Douglas and Lynnette Lacek, who are seen sitting under a large rooftop overhang over a dirt floor, surrounded by Ghanaian community members.
Students in the Global Health Scholars Program are pictured in June 2016 conducting nutritional surveys in Yilo Krobo, a rural town in the eastern region of Ghana, with a translator from a regional hospital.

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.

Learn about the application process for the MD Program here.

International Students

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

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Important Dates
  • AMCAS deadline is November 15
  • Applications must be completed by January 15
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Student Resources

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

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.

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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.