Patient-Centered, Systems-Focused Medical Education
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 Penn State Health 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 options within the overall medical education program. Our Accelerated Pathways are located on the central campus in Hershey, and our University Park Curriculum is located in University Park, PA.
Our goal is train humanistic, systems-ready physicians who are adaptive, critical thinking, collaborative and scholarly.
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:
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.
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.Learn more about
the Hershey Curriculum
Hershey Accelerated Pathways
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.Learn more about the
Hershey Accelerated Pathways
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.
Through the MD/PhD Medical Scientist Training Program at Penn State College of Medicine, you’ll gain the tools and training you need to become a successful physician-scientist.
The program, typically completed in eight years, will prepare you for a successful career in medical research, academic medicine, or a related field.Learn more about
our MD/PhD Program
Why Choose Penn State?
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.
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.
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.
Applying to the MD Program
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.
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
Apply NowImportant Dates
- AMCAS deadline is November 15
- Applications must be completed by January 15
More About Penn State College of Medicine
What's New in the MD Program
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.
- Cognitive Skills Program
- Disability Services
- Harrell Health Sciences Library
- Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- Office for a Respectful Learning Environment
- Simulation Center
- Student Health
- Student Mental Health and Counseling
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.
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.