Jefferson Medical College was established in 1824,
almost 150 years before Thomas Jefferson University
was founded. Located in Philadelphia, it is the second-largest private medical
school in the United States. A Postgraduate College of
Graduate Studies is affiliated with the university. The
Medical College is located on a 13-acre urban campus
in Philadelphia. In recent years there has been a significant expansion in research programs at the school.
The aim of the curriculum is to acquire basic knowledge and skills and to develop appropriate professional behavior. The first year focuses on the function of the human organism in its physical and psychosocial context. Clinical coursework emphasizes the importance of the physician-patient relationship, medical interviewing and history taking, human development, behavioral science, and principles, as well as core clinical skills and reasoning. The second year shifts its focus to pathophysiology and disease.
Small-group sessions focus on problem-solving, evidence-based medicine and service-based learning. The third year is made
up of a 42-week period that covers the required clerkships, advanced basic science courses, and rehabilitation
medicine. Finally the fourth year consists of medical and surgical subspecialties and in-and-out patient subinternship in
medicine or surgery. This is a rigorous four year program, but students come out of it feeling prepared and ready to handle their chosen profession.
Selected students can earn BS and MD degrees in 6 to 7 calendar years from Jefferson
Medical College in cooperation with Pennsylvania State University. There is a combined MD-PhD program with the College of Graduate Studies, Thomas Jefferson University, a joint 5-year MD-MBA (and
MHA) program with Widener University, and an MPH program with Johns Hopkins.
Students who are interested in attending JMC, must fill out the admissions application. Along with the application, it is also required that students submit the following: a non-refundable application fee, MCAT scores and letters of recommendation.
A select number of invited applicants will be able to spend a day at JMC. During their day at the school, applicants will have the opportunity to experience a one on one interview either the Dean of Admissions, Director of Admissions, a faculty member or a current student.
Students are encouraged to live on campus in order to enhance their educational experience. This school is equipped with three residence halls that are centrally located on the JMC campus. Two of the residence halls offer apartment style living and one offers community style living. These residence halls are also located near many restaurants, landmarks and other attractions. All residence halls are safe and secure. They offer security cameras, a 24/7 front desk staffed area and swipe card entrance access.
In addition to comfortable living situations, this school also affiliated with 19 hospitals. This gives its students many opportunities for hands on learning and growth. Along with hands on learning experience, this college has the Scott Library for student use which contains 170,000 volumes and receives 2300 periodicals.
Carrie Petersen earned her Bachelors of Science in Education and a Masters of School leadership at Northern Illinois University. Carrie likes to travel with her husband and two sons.