Pennsylvania State’s Milton S. Hershey Medical
Center opened its doors to the first class of medical students in 1967. It became the first medical school in the
nation to establish a Department of Humanity, introducing humanistic disciplines into the required medical
curriculum. The school was also the first to start an
independent Department of Family and Community
Medicine. From its beginning, medical education and
patient care have been guided by the institution’s commitment to be innovative in providing patient care.
4-year semimodern. First year: The curriculum combines elements of traditional medical teaching and
case-based, student-centered learning with strategic
lectures, laboratories, and small-group discussions.
Second year: More heavily oriented to case-based
learning in organ/system approach to human health,
pathophysiology, and disease. Third year: Includes a
sequence of required core clinical clerkships in internal medicine, general surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and
gynecology, psychiatry, family and community medicine, and primary care. These are supplemented by
available selectives, as well as week-long sessions in
Advanced Clinical Diagnostic and Therapeutics,
Communications and Professionalism, and Improving
Healthcare. Fourth year: The school offers a wide variety of both clinical and research electives. All students
participate in an individualized research program.
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Minority admissions: The school is strongly committed
to and actively involved in the recruitment of minority
applicants. Other degree programs: Combined MD-PhD
programs are available in a number of disciplines.
An overseas study program is available to selected
Three years of college and the basic premedical science courses plus 1 year of mathematics and 1
semester each of humanities and behavioral science
are required. Recommended courses include calculus,
statistics, genetics, and sociology. Additional courses
in the humanities and social sciences are also encouraged. Transfer and advanced standing: Transfer is
possible from LCME-accredited institutions.
Examinations may be written, oral, or practical. Grades
of Honors, High Pass, Pass or Fail are determined by
the faculty. The faculty is also responsible for recommendations for promotion and graduation. Students
must take Steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE and have a score
reported in order to graduate.
Teaching:The principal structure is the 9-story Medical
Sciences Building and Hospital, which contains basic
teaching facilities, clinical sciences facilities, the
teaching hospital, and research laboratories. Other:
The Animal Research Farm is used for both teaching
and research. The Central Animal Quarters, located in
the Medical Sciences Building, is designed for teaching and experimentation. A Biomedical Research
Building provides space for faculty and students.
Library: The Harrell Library serves the Medical
Sciences Building and the teaching hospital. Holdings
total more than 100,000 volumes. This includes more
than 3200 medical history, humanities, and rare books.
About 2000 journal titles are currently received. The
library also contains a Library Learning Center and
individual student study carrels. Housing: There are
1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom apartments.
Student Enrollment Demographics