The Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania, or Penn Med, is the oldest medical school in the United States. Founded in 1765, it also operated the first school hospital in the nation. Affiliated hospitals include Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Hospital. They give students the chance to get hands-on experience at leading institutes in the fields of AIDS, geriatrics and women’s health.
The Perelman School of Medicine’s curriculum for a traditional MD degree consists of six modules focusing on three themes: Science of Medicine, Art and Practice of Medicine, and Professionalism and Humanism. The six modules contain various courses that take four years to complete. The first three semesters are divided evenly between lectures and group and problem-based learning. The six sections are broken down into: Core Principles; Integrative Systems and Disease; Technology and Practice of Medicine; Required Clinical Clerkships; Electives, Selectives, and Scholarly Pursuit; and Professionalism and Humanism. The curriculum ranges from basic sciences and clinical decision making to communication and bioethics.
The school also offers combined degrees, including options for a PhD, JD, MBA, MBE, MSCE, MTR, MPH, and MSHP. Penn Med also has a separate Biomedical Graduate Studies program. This program includes seven graduate programs, including ones that focus on cancer biology, gene therapy, and immunology. This degree usually takes about five years to complete, and all students receive a stipend and full fellowship.
The Perelman School of Medicine has many opportunities for students to explore outside of the classroom. There are more than 50 institutes and research programs on campus. Individuals can participate in any of the over 70 student organizations (ranging from the Prison Health Interest Group to a Spanish language immersion program in Mexico). Many Penn Med students also take part in running free health clinics or AIDS awareness groups. The school offers a comprehensive curriculum and multiple chances for students to get hands-on training in nearby hospitals.