MD Admissions

Special Programs

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania offers several special programs that allow students to become a part of our community through non-traditional channels or prepare to apply to a medical school in the future.


Post-Baccalaureate Linkage Program:

The post-baccalaureate programs of Bryn Mawr, Goucher, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Pennsylvania provides career changers the opportunity to complete science pre-requisites in preparation for admission to medical school. Students in these programs can elect to apply directly to the Perelman School of Medicine through a linkage program provided certain criteria are met. In selecting the linkage option the student can apply to only one school without the glide year.

For detailed information about the linkage program, please consult with the pre-health advisor and/or director of the post-baccalaureate program.


Penn Access Summer Scholars (PASS) Program:

The PASS program provides two summers of research (8 weeks each summer) for students enrolled at Haverford College, Princeton University or the University of Pennsylvania. This program is a selective program (typically 10 students for two summers) and is designed for students underrepresented in medicine.

The outcome of this program is to prepare students to matriculate in medical school. For students interested in matriculating at the Perelman School of Medicine, there is a linkage program for eligible students.


Johnson Scholars Program:

The Johnson Scholars program is a selective opportunity for a small number of Penn undergraduate students underrepresented in medicine to participate in a structured program to augment their coursework and have contact with clinical medicine and research. Program announcements are made annually during the summer and the application process begins in mid-August. Included in the program are academic support, community service opportunities, leadership activities, seminars, research and advising with faculty and medical students.

The tentative program schedule can be found here.

For access to the online application, please click here.