Special Study & Research
The School of Medicine offers a nontraditional hands-on approach to global and community health:
- Field experience in low-income areas, where students work closely with residents, patients and health care workers
- Research and clinical experiences that last from one month to a year, available in every region of the world
- International partnerships in Botswana, Guatemala, India and the Dominican Republic
- Summer community health internships with the Bridging the Gaps program at community sites in under-resourced areas of Philadelphia
Students can choose to incorporate these experiences within the four-year MD program or in addition to it.
For students who wish to delve more deeply into a subject, the School of Medicine offers a “year-out” option—a student sabbatical for scholarly pursuit—with a wide range of available funding:
- Society fellowship and grants
- Howard Hughes Medical Institute
- Anatomic Pathology Fellowship at Penn
- Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Orthopaedics Clinical Research
- FOCUS on Health and Leadership for Women Fellowship
- Year-out research funding (through grants)
Please see Research & Fellowship Opportunities for Penn Med Students for complete information on how to pursue elective short-term and year-out projects and funding opportunities.