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Combined Degree and Physician Scholar Programs

MD/JD Option

At the University of Pennsylvania, there is no formal MD/JD program. However, if a student applies to Medical School and to Law School and is accepted to both programs, the Medical and Law Schools will work together with that student to develop an integrated program. Through these efforts it may be possible to complete both degrees in a total of six years, rather than seven. (Possibly by devoting most of years 1 and 2 to medical school, most of years 3 and 4 to law school, splitting year 5 between the two programs, and spending most of year 6 completing the MD).

It is also possible for a Perelman medical student to request a 3 year leave of absence if he/she gains acceptance to Law school at another institution.

For more information on the MD and JD degrees:


Amy Nothelfer, MSW, LSW
Coordinator, Elective Research and Combined Degree Programs
Combined Degree and Physician Scholar Programs
Suite 100 Annex (Room 104) Stemmler Hall
Philadelphia , PA 19104-6087