The Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania

Medical School Admissions

Admissions Policies and Procedures

Details on the policies, preferences, criteria, factors, and procedures used in the admission process. Data appear as originally submitted by this school.

Selection factors include academic excellence, out of class activities & life experience. Community service, research, letters of recommendation & leadership are valued. Personal qualities of maturity, integrity, ability to work with others, & humanitarian concerns are sought. Diversity is a part of the school mission. Further information can be obtained at the website: www.med.upenn.edu/admiss

Admissions Information

Director of admissions Gaye W. Sheffler
Application fee $80
AMCAS application accepted Yes
Applications accepted June 1 (Begins)
October 15 Application deadline
Secondary application required Yes
Personal interview required Yes
Regular application acceptance notification March 15 (Begins)
August 6 (Ends)
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks) 8
Deferred entrance available Yes
Deposit to hold place in class due by 05/15
Early decision plan offered Yes
Early decision application period June 1 (Begins)
August 1 (Ends)
Early decision plan notification date October 1
Starting month (class of 2013-2014) August

Admissions & Enrollment

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Coursework Requirements

Average undergraduate GPA 3.82
Oldest MCAT considered 2009
Average MCAT scores 12.3 MCAT composite score
12.8 biological
12.7 physical sciences
11.3 verbal reasoning
Q writing
Required undergraduate coursework
biology physics
English mathematics
organic chemistry general chemistry
inorganic (general) chemistry

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs offered M.D./Ph.D., M.D./M.B.A., M.D./M.P.H., M.D./J.D., M.D./M.S.
Combined college/M.D. program offered No
Number of years to complete combined college/M.D. program N/A
Combined college/M.D. program URL N/A

Medical School Academics

Program Offerings

AIDS internal medicine
drugs/alcohol abuse pediatrics
family medicine rural medicine
geriatrics women’s health

Student/Patient Interaction

How often do first-year students come into contact with patients through the school curriculum? Frequently
Are there opportunities for first- or second-year students to work in community health clinics? Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during the course that teaches basic clinical skills (e.g., history taking/physical diagnosis)? No
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during an introductory course aimed at introducing students to medical practice? No

Stress Relief Services Offered

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Services
peer counseling
professional counseling
support groups

Faculty

Full-time faculty-student ratio 3.9:1 – High
Full-time faculty 2,490
Part-time faculty 1,212
Full-time faculty in basic sciences 233
Part-time faculty in basic sciences 61
Full-time faculty in clinical program 2,257
Part-time faculty in clinical program 1,151

2011 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $533.6
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals 1,157
Principal investigators (PIs) 721
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants 1,100

Teaching Hospitals

Primary teaching hospitals affiliated with this medical school where clinical teaching or training is carried out.

Hospitals
Chester County Hospital Pennsylvania Hospital
Chestnut Hill Hospital Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Med Center
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Reading Hospital
Englewood Hospital Spectrum Health Service Inc.
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania St. Luke’s Hospital
Penn-Presbyterian Medical Center Underwood Memorial Hospital

Curricula Descriptions

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Four-year program curriculum
Curriculum 2000,
www.med.upenn.edu/admiss/curriculum.html
Module 1 Core Principles, Aug, Yr1-Dec, Yr1
Module 2 Integrative Systems & Diseases-Jan, Yr1-Dec, Yr2
Module 3 Technology & Practice of Medicine-Aug, Yr1-Dec, Yr2
Module 4 Required clinical clerkships-Jan, Yr2-Dec, Yr3
Module 5 Electives & scholarly pursuit-Jan,Yr3-May, Yr4
Module 6 Professionalism & Humanism-Aug, Yr1-May, Yr4

Medical School Ranking

#2 Best Research
#11 Best Primary Care

(6) Ranking by Specialties

#9 in AIDS
#5 in Drug and alcohol abuse
#12 in Geriatrics
#5 in Internal medicine
#2 in Pediatrics
#4 in Women’s Health

Research Ranking Scores

Score 84
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 4.7
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 4.5
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $533.6
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands) $214.29

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score 76
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 3.3
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 3.9
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 38.0% – Medium

Ranking Admission Statistics

Average undergraduate GPA 3.82
MCAT composite score 12.3
Acceptance rate 5.1% – Low
Full-time faculty-student ratio 3.9:1 – High
Total medical school enrollment 636

Medical School Student Body

Student Body

Total medical school enrollment 636
In-state students 31.6%
Minority students 39.2%
Underrepresented minority students 21.4%
International students 0.6%
Non-traditional students 60.0%

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Gaye W. Sheffler
Financial aid phone (215) 573-3423

Expenses

Tuition
Full-time: $45,498
Required fees $3,378
Room and board $18,796
Average indebtedness of 2010 graduates who incurred medical school debt $125,389

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid 87%
Students receiving loans 57%
Students receiving grants/scholarships 65%
Students receiving work study 2%

Medical School Residency

Residency Program Admissions (Class of 2011)

Graduates admitted to their first-choice residency program N/A
Graduates admitted to one of their top three choices of residency programs N/A
Most popular residency and specialty programs (2010 and 2011 classes)
anesthesiology orthopaedic surgery
dermatology pediatrics
emergency medicine radiology – diagnostic
internal medicine radiation oncology
ophthalmology surgery – general

Primary Care and In-State Residencies

Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 38.0% – Medium
Graduates accepting in-state residencies (2010 and 2011 average) 42.0%