Our Mission and Vision

"We are committed to enhancing 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."

The faculty of the Penn State College of Medicine is engaged in the education of superior physicians. The college has developed a program that emphasizes the scientific disciplines and humanistic concerns necessary to achieve this goal. The practice of medicine, both in the community and in an academic setting, is an art with a scientific base. Prime consideration is given to development in the student of a sense of responsibility; of an understanding of the patient's need for a compassionate, knowledgeable, and available physician; of a commitment to continuing inquiry and research, self-education, and the improvement of professional skills. 


SOCRATES is the College of Medicine's web portal. It can be accessed through this link.

If you are accessing SOCRATES for the first time, please follow the instructions in this document for initial setup.

For the best experience with the portal, Internet Explorer is the recommended browser.

Join Penn State Hershey Humanities from September through May in conjunction with the Drs. Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine present a noon hour brown bag discussion of a humanities-related topic. The sessions are free, open to all, and no pre-registration is required. For more information about these programs contact the Humanities Department at 717-531-8778.