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 Programs

Preparing the Doctors of Tomorrow

Penn State College of Medicine offers a complete medical education program leading to the MD degree. Its central campus is located in Hershey, PA at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, which is a part of Penn State Health's multi-hospital health system.

In addition to the program's central curriculum on the Hershey campus, there are two parallel curricula within the overall medical education program. Our 3+ Curriculum is located on the central campus in Hershey, and our University Park Curriculum is located in University Park, PA.

Our faculty is focused on creating humanistic physicians who are adaptive, critical-thinking, collaborative, and scholarly.

All students will be expected to meet our list of competencies and minimum essential standards before graduating with an MD degree.

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Our Four-Pillar Model

Traditionally, medical education has focused on two pillars: medical science and clinical care. Today — as healthcare delivery rapidly shifts from physician-centric to patient-centric, from care of the individual to care of populations — a more comprehensive model is needed.

At Penn State College of Medicine, the two pillars have transformed to four:

  • Humanities
  • Medical science
  • Clinical science
  • Systems science

As an MD student, you will learn health, healing, and humanity through:

  • Early patient experiences
  • Small-group learning teams
  • Longitudinal care in a team-based medical home
  • Peers helping each other
  • Quality improvement
  • Supportive environment

Educational Options

Our curriculum options are open to all enrolled MD students. Once you're accepted for admission to Penn State College of Medicine, you will be able to apply for the specific curriculum option you want. For combined degrees, you will need to meet the requirements and gain acceptance into the other program independent of the MD program.

Hershey Curriculum

The Hershey Curriculum 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.

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the Hershey Curriculum 

Hershey 3+ Curriculum

Penn State College of Medicine has launched a number of pathways that offer accelerated educational experiences, including Family and Community Medicine, Emergency Medicine and others. 

These pathways allow students who know their concentration of study to finish medical school in early and get started on their residencies, helping to accelerate their professional development.

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Hershey 3+ Curriculum

University Park Curriculum

The University Park Curriculum 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.

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the University Park Curriculum

Combined Degrees

Pursuing a combined degree is an exciting and challenging to push the boundaries of your education. Earn a PhD, MBA or an MPH from Penn State while you earn your MD to gain vital experience in research, business or public health.

Our combined programs can help expand your career opportunities beyond what you thought possible.

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our Combined Degrees

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 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.

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.

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