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University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

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
AACOMAS application accepted  No
Applications accepted  June 1 (Begins)
October 15 (Ends)
Secondary application required  Yes
Personal interview required  Yes
Regular application acceptance notification  March 15 (Begins)
August 4 (Ends)
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks)  8
Deferred entrance available  Yes
Deposit to hold place in class due  by May 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 2015-2016)  August

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Course Work Requirements

Median undergraduate GPA  3.86
Oldest MCAT considered  2011
Median MCAT Scores  37 MCAT total score
11 verbal reasoning
13 physical sciences
13 biological sciences
Q writing
Required undergraduate course work
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.W., 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 Admissions details based on 2013 data

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  4.0:1
Full-time faculty  2,657
Part-time faculty  1,264
Full-time faculty in basic sciences  267
Part-time faculty in basic sciences  69
Full-time faculty in clinical program  2,390
Part-time faculty in clinical program  1,195

2013 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions)  $516.0
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals  1,126
Principal investigators (PIs)  717
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants  1,192

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
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Underwood Memorial Hospital
Penn-Presbyterian Medical Center

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

United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE)

Step 1: Number of students examined  173
Step 1: Percent passing  99%
Step 1: Average score  243
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Number of students examined  143
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Percent passing  100%
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Average score  251

Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA)

Level 1: Number examined  N/A
Level 1: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 1: Mean 2-digit score  N/A
Level 2-CE: Number examined  N/A
Level 2-CE: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 2-CE: Mean 2-digit score  N/A
Level 3: Number examined  N/A
Level 3: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 3: Mean 2-digit score  N/A

* Medical School Academics details based on 2013 data

Medical School Ranking

Research Ranking Scores

Score  86
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  4.6
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  4.5
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions)  $516.0
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands)  $194.20

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score  68
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  3.1
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  4.2
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2011-2013 average)  36.0%

Ranking Admission Statistics

Median undergraduate GPA  3.86
MCAT total score  37
Acceptance rate  5.7%
Full-time faculty-student ratio  4.0:1
Total medical school enrollment  665

* Medical School Ranking details based on 2013 data

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

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

Expenses

Tuition

Full-time: $48,738

Required fees  $3,740
Room and board  $20,610
Average indebtedness of 2012 graduates who incurred medical school debt  $127,796

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid  87%
Students receiving loans  45%
Students receiving grants/scholarships  68%
Students receiving work study  2%
 

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6. University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
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