Flexible Options in Medical Education at Penn State College of Medicine
Option 1: Three-Year MD Accelerated Pathways
Penn State College of Medicine has a portfolio of 3+ pathways that allow students to select a concentration of study that will enhance/accelerate their professional development. Penn State College of Medicine is a member of the national Consortium of Accelerated Medical Pathway Programs (CAMPP), initially funded by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.
The three-year MD Accelerated Pathways provide students the opportunity to complete medical school in three years with direct progression into one of Penn State's residency programs, pending successful completion of their medical school training. Upon meeting the academic and professional standards for graduation from medical school, students are ranked to match into a Penn State Health residency program through the National Resident Matching Program®. Should students choose to rank Penn State, they would match into a position at Penn State College of Medicine for residency.
Penn State's accelerated MD Program is unique in that its pathways are designed to optimize the UME-GME continuum and allow students who already know their career path to directly progress into one of these specialties: family medicine, emergency medicine, internal medicine, neurology, psychiatry, radiology, neurosurgery, orthopaedics and pathology. There are also accelerated pathways that are designed to accommodate the timelines for MD/PhD students in dermatology, neurosurgery and otolaryngology.
The benefits of the accelerated options include reduction of medical education costs 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 allow students to achieve school-wide competencies and complete the core graduation requirements in approximately three years while devoting the majority of the fourth year of medical school to either research (Clinician Scientist Pathway) or a Master of Education degree (Clinician Educator Pathway).
Three-Year MD Accelerated Pathways