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Health Professional Education: Students and Medical Training

Health Professional Education: Students and Medical Training

A closeup of the Penn State College of Medicine logo is seen on the jacket of a white coat, draped over the arm of a medical student who is also holding a White Coat Ceremony program. The student was part of the July 2016 White Coat Ceremony, in which incoming medical students at the College receive their short white coats signifying their status as future doctors.

Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center are committed to establishing and maintaining high-quality medical education training programs.

Our institution provides the diverse patient population, dedicated faculty, excellent clinical and basic science departments, and nationally recognized research programs required to create an environment optimal for learning and for the development of future leaders in the art and science of medicine.

Details on the residencies, fellowships and clerkships offered by various departments across the institution are available below. Information on our MD and Physician Assistant (PA) degree programs is also provided.

See details about our continuing education for health care professionals here.

See details on programs for undergraduate students here.

Residencies and Fellowships

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine offer residency and fellowship training in more than 60 ACGME-accredited specialties and subspecialties, and numerous other specialized training programs are available.

Learn more about residency and fellowship programs

Physician-Scientist Training Program

The Physician-Scientist Training Program is tailored for residents and fellows who are interested in making research a significant part of their career, and also includes MD students, MD/PhD students, research staff and junior faculty. Its mission is to break down departmental/divisional silos and create an institution-wide program for physician-scientists that starts at the trainee level.

The program is part of State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center's commitment to becoming a destination for physician-scientists at all career stages by creating a nurturing community and infrastructure that fosters collaborations across all disciplines, prepares our trainees for a sustainable research career, and forges a sustainable physician-scientist career development pipeline.

Learn more about the Physician-Scientist Training Program


Medical students from Penn State College of Medicine and other medical schools participate in departmental clerkships throughout their program of study.

Clerkships are available in the following areas:

Read more about medical student clerkships.

MD Program

The mission of the Penn State College of Medicine MD program is to enhance the quality of life through improved health, the professional preparation of those who will serve the health needs of others, and the discovery of knowledge that will benefit all.

The innovative systems-based curriculum is designed to give students a global perspective of the healthcare system, and beginning in the first year, students serve as patient navigators, guiding patients through the often-complicated process of getting the care they need.

Penn State College of Medicine also offers an accelerated "3+3" program in family medicine, a regional campus program in State College, PA, and dual degrees such as MD-PhD, MD-MBA and MD-MPH.

Read more about the MD program offerings.

Physician Assistant (PA) Program

The physician assistant program at Penn State College of Medicine is a 24-month, 101-credit full-time graduate program that enrolls 30 students each May.

Students graduating from the PA Program will be awarded a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree. Our first class graduated in May 2016.

The mission of the Penn State College of Medicine physician assistant (PA) program is to develop students who will:

  • be academically, clinically, professionally, and culturally prepared to deliver health care services;
  • develop critical thinking and application skills; and
  • be ready to provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients.

Our graduates will improve the health of their patients and the populations they serve in an efficient and cost-conscious manner.

Read more about the PA program.

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