I am a graduate of the combined program between Penn State and Jefferson Medical College in Phila. The program- at my time, 5 years in length, more recently 6 - is extremely difficult to get into: minimum 1400 SATs, exhaustive interviews, psychological profiling, etc. Program worked by taking the typical "science" courses in the 1st 2 years of med school (eg, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, etc) and applying credits to both undergrad and med school programs. With this, we still had to go to 6 quarters of undergrad. Most of us also had significant Advanced Placement credits coming out of high school. Furthermore, in spite of the rigorous entrance criteria, nearly 25% of those who started the program did not finish it (finding the continuous, year-round grind to be too much).
In no way did the Penn State-Jefferson program resemble the curricula at the "Guad". In fact, the goal of the Penn State-Jefferson program was to attract students to both institutions who might otherwise find themselves at Ivy League schools for undergraduate and similar "star" quality medical schools. Additionally, there have been and continue to be several other colleges and medical schools around the country that have similar, high quality "combined" programs.
posted on 06/30/2003 6:13:49 PM PDT
Interesting. Thank you.
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson