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A closeup of the Penn State College of Medicine logo is seen on the jacket of a white coat, draped over the arm of a medical student who is also holding a White Coat Ceremony program. The student was part of the July 2016 White Coat Ceremony, in which incoming medical students at the College receive their short white coats signifying their status as future doctors.

MD Program

Hershey Curriculum

The central campus of Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pa., adjacent to Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, is focused on creating humanistic physicians who are adaptive, critical-thinking, collaborative, and scholarly.

As a student in Hershey, you will develop:

  • A commitment to evidence-based medicine
  • An appreciation of the patient experience of illness
  • A well-grounded connection between basic science and patient care
  • A commitment to humanistic patient care
  • Advocacy for access to all and reduction in healthcare inequities
Curriculum Features
  • Based on the "four pillars" of medicine
  • Focus on global and community health
  • Innovative Patient Navigator program
  • Learner-centered approach to education

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Accelerated MD Pathways

The College of Medicine offers accelerated MD pathways, where students will complete medical school in three years, followed by entry into their corresponding specialty's residency program.

The benefits of these innovative pathways include reduction in the length and cost of medical school, mentorship by faculty and earlier entry into your career of choice.

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopaedics

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University Park Curriculum

As part of the Penn State College of Medicine University Park MD curriculum, students will complete a four-year degree in State College, PA, working in collaboration with Mount Nittany Health.

This innovative curriculum integrates basic science education and clinical study to prepare students for the ongoing practice of evidence-based medicine in a rapidly changing healthcare environment.

  • Patient-based experiences
  • Individualized mentoring
  • Community engagement
  • Culture of respect and humanistic care
  • Asynchronous learning

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Integrated clinical and research training prepares students for careers as clinicians and translational biomedical researchers.

Students in our MD/PhD Program can pursue graduate studies in anthropology; bioinformatics and genomics; biomedical sciences; engineering sciences and mechanics; molecular, cellular and integrated biosciences; or neuroscience.

Common Careers
  • Investigator in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry
  • Academic medical school faculty
  • Academic leadership
  • Investigator at a research institute

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