Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health 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.
Continuing Education at Penn State Health provides continuing professional education for physicians, nurses, and allied health personnel.
Residencies and Fellowships
Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine offer residency and fellowship training in more than 70 ACGME-accredited specialties and subspecialties, and numerous other specialized training programs are available.
- Emergency Medicine
- Family and Community Medicine
- Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Plastic Surgery
- Vascular Surgery
- Non-Physician 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.
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 accelerated “3+” programs in family medicine, orthopaedics, emergency medicine, internal medicine, neurology, neurosurgery and more. In addition, students have the option to study in Hershey, Pa., or in the parallel University Park Curriculum in State College, Pa., and can pursue a number of dual or joint degrees, such as MD/PhD, MD/MBA and MD/MPH.
Graduate Training Programs
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.
Undergraduate Student Programs
Penn State College of Medicine offers 10-week summer research programs for undergraduate college students interested in pursuing careers in biomedical sciences research.