Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Combined Degree and
Physician Scholar Programs

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MD/Master of Science in Medical Ethics (MSME)

The MD/Master of Science in Medical Ethics (MD/MSME) program is designed to provide rigorous methodological and conceptual training in bioethics for medical students who aim to become academic bioethicists. Although there are many bioethics-related masters-level graduate programs in the United States, none of these programs is designed to train the physician-scientist or other scholars aspiring to bioethics faculty positions in academic medical centers and universities. There is a desperate need for a pipeline of outstanding junior faculty in the field of medical ethics. The Penn MSME is the only Masters program specifically designed for this purpose.

These guidelines offer prospective and current Perelman medical students specific information regarding components of the MD/MSME dual degree program. When students are accepted into the Master of Science in Medical Ethics program, they must take responsibility for following all regulations and policies of the Medical School and of the MSME Program.

Please note that policies concerning admissions, curriculum, funding and financial aid are subject to change. Additionally, though variations in the curriculum may be possible, any changes will need prior approval and may have financial implications. This website is meant to provide preliminary general overview information only. Students interested in or enrolled in the program should seek personal advising from relevant faculty and staff.