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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 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:
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:
Six-Year PMM option, Penn State component, 80-81 credits
YEAR TWO: PENN STATE
Seven-Year PMM option, Penn State component, 90 credits
Years three and four at Jefferson
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.
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
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.