MD Program Overview

As the nation's first medical school and home to the first teaching hospital, the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM) enjoys a long tradition of academic excellence and scientific discovery.  




The PSOM IMPaCT curriculum is a four-year, multidisciplinary curriculum comprising three cores organized around three themes: the science of medicine, the technology and practice of medicine, and professionalism and humanism.

IM: Integrating Medicine
PaC: Patient Care
T: Transitions

Integrated: Integration of basic, translational, social, clinical, and health systems sciences throughout the continuum of medical education, led by outstanding faculty committed to the privilege of teaching tomorrow’s healthcare leaders.

Innovative: Our training is designed to enable students to learn and work in teams throughout medical school. Our massive university campus provides unparalleled proximity and access to opportunities for educational enrichment at any of our leading graduate schools, innovative research centers, and renowned clinical facilities.

Individualized: Numerous and diverse opportunities allow for customization of the medical education journey and pursuit of unique professional experiences so that all specific interests and career goals can be attained.

The  curriculum emphasizes self-directed lifelong learning and small-group instruction. The Henry A. Jordan Medical Education Center itself plays a prominent role in the training of future physicians and scientists; it is among the first medical education spaces in the nation physically integrated into active clinical and research facilities. 

PSOM students can choose from approximately 150 electives and have one and a half years to explore the possibilities. PSOM also offers extensive MD+ options, including eight master's degrees and 11 areas of concentration available through its various schools. Penn’s 12 schools share a single contiguous campus, providing exceptional opportunities for student to engage interprofessionally.

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