Penn Med is one of the premier academic medical centers in the country. The school has over 1300 faculty members, 500 of whom engage in laboratory research. Penn currently ranks number 2 in NIH research funding and number 1 in NIH research training funding. Beyond the School of Medicine, Penn has enormous research strengths in the schools of Engineering and Applied Science, the Wharton School, and the school of Arts and Sciences.
Collaboration and free interchange of ideas is a tradition at Penn and is encouraged by multidisciplinary programs, institutes, centers and graduate programs that cross administrative boundaries. All of the Schools of the University are located on a single campus, further facilitating interdisciplinary study.
Research space at the school of Medicine occupies more than 900,000 square feet, most of which was built within the last 10 years or recently renovated. The newest research towers form part of a quadrangle that includes the research facilities of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Continued expansion is proceeding with the just-completed addition of a new wing to the Abramson research building and with plans for expansion across Civic Center Boulevard to the former site of the Philadelphia Convention Center.
Penn faculty come with a variety of educational backgrounds and disciplines, but one of the hallmarks of the Penn Medical Center is the large number of physician-investigators with MD and MD-PhD training. These men and women do the whole range of research: basic, disease-oriented, patient-oriented and translational. All of them help to create an environment that is especially friendly for the training of future physician-investigators.