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Accelerated MD Programs

Accelerating the advancement of medical education

Penn State College of Medicine is undergoing exciting curriculum redesign to better align medical training with the healthcare needs of the nation.  One of the goals is to meet the needs of students by offering individualization of learning.

Starting in 2017, Penn State College of Medicine will offer accelerated programs in five specialties on the Hershey campus. The students in the 3-year accelerated programs will complete medical school in three years, followed by conditional acceptance into the residency program of the corresponding specialties. The benefits of these innovative programs include reduction in the length and cost of medical school, mentorship by faculty and earlier entry into their career of choice.

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

The 3+3 Family Medicine Accelerated Program 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 program 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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  • Longitudinally integrated curriculum
  • Excellent mentors in family medicine
  • Ability to enter practice a year sooner
  • Conditional acceptance to a Penn State residency

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Orthopaedic Accelerated Program at Penn State (O-APPS)

The 3+5 Orthopaedic Accelerated Program allows students to complete medical school in 3 years, followed by 5 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 Program at Penn State (EM-APPS)

The 3+3 Emergency Medicine Accelerated Program 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 Program at Penn State (IM-APPS)

The 3+3 Internal Medicine Accelerated Program allows students to complete medical school in 3 years, followed by 3 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 program 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 Program at Penn State (NS-APPS)

The 3+7 Neurosurgery Accelerated Program allows students to complete medical school in 3 years, followed by 7 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 an innovative 7-year program, 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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