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Penn State's Accelerated
Premedical-Medical Program
in cooperation with

JEFFERSON MEDICAL COLLEGE

The Penn State-Jefferson Premedical-Medical (P M M) Program began in 1963 as a five-year program, with students having one year (plus four summers) of undergraduate study at Penn State along with four years of study at the College of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. In 1980, the Program became a six-year program, with students spending two years (including two summers) at Penn State and then four years at the medical school. Currently, students have the option of selecting either the six-year or a seven-year program, which has students spending three years (no summers) at Penn State, followed by four years at the medical school. The Penn State B.S. degree is awarded after either the first or second year of medical school, depending on whether the student selects the six-or seven-year option, and the Jefferson M.D. degree is awarded after year four of medical school. Over 800 students have earned their B.S./M.D. degrees through this cooperative Premed-Med Program.

This program does not replace the regular premedicine major at Penn State. Students in that program generally complete four years of study at the University and earn the bachelor's degree before starting medical school.

Admission Requirements:
Students entering the cooperative program will be confronted with a rigorous academic program. Therefore, applicants with the following credentials will be considered for the initial applicant review process for admission to the Accelerated Premedical-Medical Program:

  • A total score of 1440 or higher on the SAT I or a composite score of 31 or higher on the ACT, from a single test date no later than October 2004.
  • A rank in the highest tenth of their high school class.
Secondary school units must include four units of English, one and one-half units of algebra, one unit of plane geometry, one-half unit of trigonometry, three units of science, and five units from social studies, humanities and/or the arts. Students who have already graduated from high school are not eligible for this program. On rare occasion, applicants with exceptionally distinguished high school records, but whose credentials are slightly below the criteria stated above, may be given consideration. For this program, complete application information must be received by Penn State no later than November 30, 2004.

Admission decisions are made by the Penn State Undergraduate Admissions Office and the Penn State-Jefferson Joint Admissions Committee. Decisions are arrived at by means of a three-part review process. First, applicants must meet the criteria listed above for inclusion in the initial application review. Then, from the initial application review, a limited number of top candidates are selected to continue in the process. These finalists will be invited for an interview at Jefferson Medical College during January-March. Accepted applicants are given an opportunity to spend a day at Penn State in April with current students in the program. About 25 students enter the program each year.

All students selected for the Six-Year option must begin their studies at the University Park Campus in the summer session. Students selecting the Seven-Year option begin their studies at the University Park campus in the fall semester.

Applying to the Program:
Students interested in this program should apply by completing the regular admissions application available through the Undergraduate Admissions Office, 201 Shields Building, Box 3000, University Park, PA 16804-3000; tel. (814) 865-5471. This application may also be found on the Penn State Web site: http://www.psu.edu/dept/admissions/apply/. Applications will be available in August 2003. Requests received prior to that date will be placed on a mailing list.

Applications for this special program must be received with complete credentials by the Undergraduate Admissions Office no later than November 30, 2004. Applications after this date, or applications that are incomplete after this date, cannot be considered for this program. Complete credentials to support the application include the following:

  • Official secondary school record showing grades received for all courses completed since the start of ninth grade;
  • Rank in class at the end of the junior year (exact rank is preferable);
  • Schedule of senior courses;
  • Official SAT I or ACT test scores;
  • A one-page resume listing the applicant's most meaningful accomplishments and extracurricular activities during the high school years;
  • One letter of evaluation from the applicant's guidance counselor or high school teacher; and
  • Required application fee.

Academic Performance:
Students in the accelerated P M M program take essentially the same courses as, and have similar schedules to, premedical students in a traditional four-year program. They are also expected to perform at an A/B level in all courses, much as four-year students are expected to do if they hope to gain admission to medical school. Satisfactory performance on MCAT exams is also required for matriculation to Jefferson Medical College. If students in the accelerated program are not performing at a 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) level, particularly in the sciences, they could be asked to withdraw from the program. Typically, such a student would be eligible to remain at Penn State in another program of study.

Cost:
Students in the cooperative program study at two separate institutions. While attending Penn State, students are charged at the regular University rate. While attending Jefferson Medical College, students are charged at the regular Jefferson Medical College rate. Because students enrolled in the cooperative program only complete two years of undergraduate study at Penn State, they are not eligible for tiution scholarships from the Schreyer Honors College or Braddock Scholarships from the Eberly College of Science.

Six-Year PMM option, Penn State component, 80-81 credits

YEAR ONE: PENN STATE 

Summer Fall Spring
Gen Chemistry I (3) Gen Chemistry II (3) Chem Lab II (1)
English I (3) Chem Lab I (1) Speech (3)
AHSBS (3) Calculus I (4) Calculus II (4)
    Gen Biology I (4) Gen Biology II (4)
    AHSBS (3) AHSBS (3)
        ESACT (1.5)
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 9
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15
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16.5

YEAR TWO: PENN STATE

Summer Fall Spring
Physics I (4) Physics II (4) Physics III (4)
English II (3) Org Chem I (3) Org Chem II (3)
AHSBS (3) Org Chem Lab (2) Biol Elective (3-4)
    Electives (3) AHSBS (3)
    AHSBS (3) ESACT (1.5)
  ---
10
  ---
15
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14.5-15.5

Seven-Year PMM option, Penn State component, 90 credits

YEAR ONE

Fall Spring
Calculus I (4) Calculus II (4)
Gen Biol (4) Biol Elective (3)
Gen Chem I (3) Gen Chem II (3)
Chem Lab I (1) Chem Lab II (1)
AHSBS (3) English I (3)
    FYS (1)
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15
  ----
15

YEAR TWO

Fall Spring
Org Chem (3) Org Chem II (3)
Gen Biol II (4) Org Chem Lab (2)
Speech (3) Physics I (4)
AHSBS (3) AHSBS (3)
Elective (2) Elective (3)
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15
  ----
15

YEAR THREE

Fall Spring
Physics II (4) Physics III (4)
English II (3) AHSBS (3)
Nutrition (3) AHSBS (3)
AHSBS (3) Elective (5)
Elective (2)    
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15
  ----
15

YEAR ONE: JEFFERSON   YEAR TWO: JEFFERSON  
 
Anatomy and Histology   Microbiology/Immunology  
Biochemistry/Molecular Biology   Pathology
Physiology and Neuroscience   Pharmacology  
Biostatistics and Informatics   Physical Diagnosis  
Medical Genetics   Health of the Public  
Health Policy and Ethics   Intro to Clinical Medicine  
First Aid and Medical Emergencies   Law and Medicine  
Doctors in Health and Illness      
Physiologic Approach to Patient Care      

Years three and four at Jefferson

Clerkships and Speciality Tracks


AHSBS: Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences: credits should be distributed with 6 in each area for a total of 18.
ESACT: Exercise and Sport Activities
FYS: First-Year Seminar
Biology elective and free electives must be approved by program director; these credits can be used for Independent Study/Research Work.
Summer Sessions will run six to eight weeks and semesters fifteen weeks.
With advanced placement credits or credit overloads, it may be possible for Six-Year students to avoid the second summer session or for Seven-Year students to study abroad or do a cooperative education program at another institution.

THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Penn State, founded in 1855, is today one of the nation's leading public universities. With twenty-four locations, it is also one of the world's largest universities, enrolling over 80,000 students and employing about 5,000 full-time faculty members. The Penn State Alumni Association is the largest in the world with over 140,000 members.

Penn State is a comprehensive university with a mission of teaching, public service, and research. The University Park Campus, located near the center of Pennsylvania in State College, is the largest Penn State campus, with more than 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students studying here each spring and fall. The undergraduate colleges of the University offer more than 160 baccalaureate degree programs, and the Graduate School has more than 150 approved fields of study. With more than $400 million spent per year on research activities, Penn State is now recognized as one of the top research universities in the country.

Most premedical students at the University enroll in the Eberly College of Science. In addition to strong departments in mathematical, physical, and life science areas, the Eberly College of Science has a Biotechnology Research Center, a Center for Space Research, and participates in a super-computer consortium that allows faculty and students to access the fastest and most advanced computing facilities in the country. Undergraduate students in the Eberly College of Science at University Park Campus are some of the best in the University. The University ranks in the top five in the nation in the number of graduates who eventually earn doctoral degrees and in the top ten in the number of science graduates who win National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships.

In addition to academics, Penn State has a very successful intercollegiate athletic program and one of the largest intramural sports programs in the country. Also, the University Concert Committee and the Artist Series ensure that the University community has an abundance of top entertainment in the form of theater, dance, music, and art.

 

Jefferson Medical College
Of Thomas Jefferson University

Jefferson Medical College, founded in 1824, has conferred more M.D. degrees than any other medical college in the United States. The school is one of the most diverse in the country, with students accepted each year from about 100 different colleges and universities. About half of the class is female, and student ages ranges from 19 to mid-40s. There are many famous graduates of Jefferson, including Samuel Gross, the "Father of American Surgery;" John Gibbon, first to use the "heart-lung machine;" and Robert Gall, who identified the AIDS virus.

The Medical College is situated on a thirteen-acre urban campus in the heart of center city Philadelphia. Buildings in a six-square-block area include faculty and administrative offices, research laboratories, lecture rooms, the Scott Memorial Library, residence halls, one out-patient short procedure building, and three hospital buildings. The Gibbon Building is an innovative, nine-story hospital, housing four 100-bed mini-hospitals, each with its own diagnostic and therapeutic facilities. Included in the hospital is the Bodine Center for Radiation Therapy, one of the most modern radiation-therapy facilities in the world. The Bluemle Life Sciences Building, opened in July 1991, doubled the space available for research.

The goals of the curriculum at Jefferson Medical College are to provide learning experiences to students that will help enable them to acquire basic knowledge and skills, as well as to develop the proper habits and attitudes needed by physicians. The curriculum also allows students to pursue some of their special interests early in their medical training. The first two years of the program include basic science course work, introduction to clinical medicine, as well as Health Policy and Medical Informatics. The Doctor in Health and Illness course involves small group problem-based learning.

Thomas Jefferson University offers combined M.D./Ph.D. programs for students enrolled in the medical college who wish to prepare for a career in academic medicine and/or biomedical research. A joint five-year MD/MBA (HA) program exists with Widener University for medical students interested in preparing for leadership roles in the changing medical environment. The Medical College also has a special program designed to recruit and educate medical students who intend to enter family medicine and practice in physician-shortage areas.