MD Admissions

Dual Degrees & Areas of Concentration

The flexibility of the curriculum allows students at the Perelman School of Medicine to earn combined degrees:

Areas of Concentration

In addition to formal dual degrees, students may earn certificates in specialized concentrations with little additional cost. All but the research certificate can be earned within the four-year medical school program. Certificate completion is reflected on the medical school transcript. All certificate programs involve attendance at seminars/courses, an internship or capstone experience and scholarly activity/research.

Academic Surgery

This certificate option familiarizes medical students with basic surgical concepts, techniques and terminologies to augment learning in the operating room.

Clinical Neuroscience

The goal of this certificate program is to train specialists who will participate at the forefront of clinical and academic practice and disease-oriented research. The program combines curricular enrichment in the neurosciences, mentoring, special extracurricular activities and research opportunities. For more information, visit

Community Health

Bridging the Gaps Clinical Scholar

This program links the training of health and social service professionals with the provision of health-related services to underserved communities. Visit Bridging the Gaps for more information.


This program focuses on underserved patients with low socioeconomic status. IMPaCT emphasizes the challenges of health care, the difficulty of getting needed care and services and teaches physician advocacy for this constituency.

Global Health

This program provides students with an in-depth exploration of global health issues through international experiences, coursework and research. Visit Global Heath Programs for more information.

Healthcare Management, Entrepreneurship and Technology (H-MET)

This certificate provides health care professionals with a broader perspective to navigate an evolving health care system, to incorporate quality and patient safety measures at the population level, and to implement the meaningful use of health care technologies. Visit PennHealthX for more information.


The law certificate program gives medical students the opportunity to immerse themselves in legal issues related to their areas of academic interest, to gain a better understanding of legal approaches and perspectives, and to engage in legal research. Visit Penn Law for more information.

Measey Primary Care Pathways Program

The Measey Primary Care Pathway Program is designed to prepare Perelman School of Medicine students for careers in: family medicine, general internal medicine, outpatient pediatrics, and geriatrics. This program offers opportunity for mentoring, clinical experience, research & scholarship, courses & workshops, and community engagement.

Medical Education

This certificate prepares students to become leaders in medical education through training in the science of medical education, theoretical frameworks and principles; by developing skills in scholarship via medical education research or curriculum development; and by developing effective teaching skills with the help of mentoring faculty.

Public Health Medicine

This certificate recognizes students who have made an effort to expand their public health knowledge during medical school by completing required public-health-related scholarly activities.


For this certificate, students spend an additional year researching a subject through basic research, clinical medicine or both.

Spirituality and Health

This certificate focuses on the importance of incorporating spiritual care into the healthcare system and integrating patients' spiritual issues and resources into treatment.