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A New Era Begins

The College of Medicine is ushering in a new era as Karen Kim, MD, assumes the role as dean. She is making and creating history as the College’s first woman dean and currently the only Korean American female dean nationally.

Meet Dr. Kim and learn more about her vision for the College of Medicine and our academic health system.

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Leading Pediatric Cancer Research

Internationally known physician scientist Giselle Saulnier Sholler, MD, and the Beach Childhood Cancer Research Consortium now call Penn State College of Medicine home. Our scientists create a powerhouse of leading-edge research and pioneering treatments in pediatric cancer.

Learn more about what makes us Penn State College of leading innovation Medicine.

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Lisa Ho smiles wide as she gets hooded by two faculty members in academic regalia during the 2023 Penn State College of Medicine commencement.

Life-changing Scholarship

A College of Medicine education equips you with the knowledge, character and leadership skills to be the change that’s needed in health and health care. Whether you’re a medical student seeking to learn more about compassionate caregiving and the social determinants of health, or a graduate student ready to be mentored by faculty conducting leading-edge research and pioneering advanced biomedical technologies, we prepare you to be catalysts in the field of health care, public health and biomedical research.

Explore your future at Penn State College of world-class education Medicine.

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Sam Hinkle and Eric Walker each hold a corded phone to their ear in a recreation of the $50 million phone call in the 1960s; text in the bottom right corner says 60 years since the phone call, 1963-2023.

60 Years of Innovation and Discovery

In 1963, a phone call between two central Pennsylvania leaders took place that set the wheels in motion to build a medical center and teaching hospital in Hershey. In the six decades since, Penn State College of Medicine has grown from one singular campus and a small class of medical students to a multi-campus academic, research and clinical care powerhouse and force for good. Inspired by our legacy of academic excellence, groundbreaking research and life-changing patient care, we continue to change lives for the better. We continue to show the world what medicine means.

Find out what makes us Penn State College of rich history Medicine.

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Our Impact

We know the power of teaching, discovering, training and innovating. We are breaking status quo by pushing the boundaries of inquiry and training the next generation in cutting edge delivery of clinical care.

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