Combined Degree and Physician Scholar Programs
At the University of Pennsylvania, medical students have from time to time created their own ad-hoc MD/JD program with Penn Law, seeing how there is no current formal joint degree. If a student applies to Penn Medical School and to Penn 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, 2 and 3 to medical school, most of years 4 and 5 to law school, and splitting year 6 between the two programs).
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
Combined Degree and Physician Scholar Programs Office
Jordan Medical Education Ctr, 6th Floor
3400 Civic Center Blvd, BLDG 421
Philadelphia, PA 19104-5162