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.


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, the University of Pennsylvania, Howard University, Morehouse College, Oakwood University, Spelman College, and Xavier University. This program is a selective program 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.