Family and Community Medicine Accelerated students are seated in the College of Medicine lobby in October 2017. The eight students are seen seated on tan and blue modern chairs. An oblong coffee table is in front of the middle group of students, and the campus exterior, including plants, is visible through a large window at left.

Accelerated MD Pathways

Accelerating the advancement of medical education

Penn State College of Medicine has launched a set of "3+" pathways that allow students to select a concentration of study that will enhance/accelerate their professional development.

Option 1: Three-Year MD Accelerated Pathways

Students will complete the medical degree in three years followed by residency training at Penn State in their chosen specialties, which currently include family medicine, emergency medicine, internal medicine, neurosurgery and orthopaedics. The benefits of the accelerated option include reduction of the cost of medical education and earlier career entry. The linkage of undergraduate and graduate medical education optimizes opportunities for continuity of patient care, mentoring and advising.

Option 2: Clinician Scientist and Clinician Educator Pathways

These pathways allows students to achieve school-wide competencies and complete the core graduation requirements in three years while devoting the fourth year of medical school to either research (Clinician Scientist Pathway) or a Master of Education degree (Clinician Educator Pathway).

Family Medicine Accelerated Pathway at Penn State (FM-APPS)

The 3+3 Family Medicine Accelerated Pathway allows students to complete medical school in three years, followed by three years of family medicine residency. Students will have the opportunity to save one year of tuition and enter practice one year earlier.

By blending a three-year pathway with the longitudinally integrated curriculum approach, graduates are poised to become patient-centered, empathetic physicians who are well prepared to practice family medicine in the new healthcare environment.

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Orthopaedic Accelerated Pathway at Penn State (O-APPS)

The 3+5 Orthopaedic Accelerated Pathway allows students to complete medical school in three years, followed by five years of orthopaedics residency training at Penn State. Students will have the opportunity to save one year of tuition and enter practice one year earlier.

With curricular innovation, early mentoring, and extensive exposure to the clinical and didactic experiences of orthopaedics, we will prepare graduates to be well-rounded physicians who also have the competencies necessary to enter this highly competitive surgical specialty.

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Emergency Medicine Accelerated Pathway at Penn State (EM-APPS)

The 3+3 Emergency Medicine Accelerated Pathway sees students completing their medical school education in three years, followed by three years of emergency medicine residency training at Penn State. Students will have the opportunity to save one year of tuition and enter practice one year earlier.

Graduates will be skilled emergency physicians who will be well trained to practice in a field noted for its flexible schedule, diagnostic challenges and variety of cases encountered.

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Internal Medicine Accelerated Pathway at Penn State (IM-APPS)

The 3+3 Internal Medicine Accelerated Pathway allows students to complete medical school in three years, followed by three years of internal medicine residency training at Penn State. Students will have the opportunity to save one year of tuition and enter practice one year earlier.

By blending a three-year pathway with the longitudinally integrated curriculum approach, graduates will emerge as skilled internists, ready to integrate seamlessly into the ever-changing field of primary care delivery. Opportunities also exist for additional fellowship training in the Division of General Internal Medicine following residency.

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Neurosurgery Accelerated Pathway at Penn State (NS-APPS)

The 3+7 Neurosurgery Accelerated Pathway allows students to complete medical school in three years, followed by seven years of neurosurgery residency training at Penn State. Students will have the opportunity to save one year of tuition and enter practice one year earlier.

During the innovative training, graduates will learn from 23 dedicated Neurosurgery faculty, each of whom is either board-certified or internationally recognized in their subspecialty within neurosurgery. Penn State Neurosurgery is a leader in neurosurgical research, presently ranked among the top 12 programs in the country for federal grant money.

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Clinician Scientist Pathway at Penn State

The Clinician Scientist Pathway allows students to complete medical school in three years, followed by a year of research designed to develop strong physician-scientists.

Students will have the opportunity to work with have nationally recognized investigators advancing the understanding of health sciences across a continuum of research types - basic science, clinical, translational and health services.

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Clinician Educator Pathway at Penn State

The Clinician Educator Pathway allows students to complete medical school in three years, followed by a year of work leading to a Master of Education (MEd) degree.

Students will have the opportunity to work with leaders in educational research and theory in health systems science.

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