Penn State Hershey Educational Affairs

Educational Affairs oversees the education and training of medical students at the Penn State College of Medicine and the residents at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. We strive to create a contemporary model of medical education with the goal to graduate the most compassionate and competent doctors possible.  More...

The Penn State College of Medicine’s upcoming accreditation visit will be held February 25 – 28, 2018. Learn more about our LCME process here.

LCME accreditation is a voluntary, peer-reviewed process of quality assurance that determines whether the medical education program meets established standards. This process also fosters institutional and programmatic improvement. To achieve and maintain accreditation, a medical education program leading to the MD degree in the United States and Canada must meet the LCME accreditation standards contained in the LCME document Functions and Structure of a Medical School. Programs are required to demonstrate that their graduates exhibit general professional competencies that are appropriate for entry to the next stage of their training and that serve as the foundation for lifelong learning and proficient medical care. While recognizing the existence and appropriateness of diverse institutional missions and educational objectives, the LCME subscribes to the proposition that local circumstances do not justify accreditation of a substandard program of medical education leading to the MD degree.

For medical education programs located in the United States, accreditation by the LCME establishes eligibility for selected federal grants and programs, including Title VII funding administered by the U.S. Public Health Service. Most state boards of licensure require that U.S. medical schools granting the MD degree be accredited by the LCME as a condition for licensure of their graduates. Eligibility of U.S. students in MD-granting schools to take the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) requires LCME accreditation of their school. Graduates of LCME-accredited schools are eligible for residency programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).



Academic Year 2016-17

White Coat Ceremony
Friday, July 29, 2016
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Great American Hall
The Hershey Lodge
Reception to follow

Deans’ Welcoming Picnic and Student Activities Fair
Thursday, August 25, 2016
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Picnic: University Conference Center Tent
Fair: University Conference Center

Convocation and Awards Ceremony
Friday, September 23, 2016
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Ted P. Junker Auditorium
Reception to follow in the College of Medicine courtyard 

Match Day 
Friday, March 17, 2017
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Student Clinician’s Ceremony
Monday, April 17, 2017
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Ted P. Junker Auditorium
Reception to follow 

Commencement Awards Ceremony
By invitation only
Saturday, May 20, 2017
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
University Conference Center Tent

Sunday, May 21, 2017
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Founders Hall, Milton Hershey School


Policies on Respectful Treatment of Students & Trainees and Mistreatment Reporting Form

Maintaining a culture of respect in our clinical learning environment is a core value of our institution with input from our trainees, as well as faculty, nursing staff, medical students, and others, we have developed the attached working document that describes the expected behaviors in our professional interactions. We also have provided examples of behaviors that we believe are not conducive to a productive educational experience.

As you interact with others, you may witness or experience behaviors that are suboptimal. If you believe that an encounter violates our core values for a respectful working environment or if you feel that you or others have been the object of mistreatment in the clinical or non-clinical settings, we would like you to help us to address these concerns in the appropriate fashion. There are many opportunities for you to do so, including; a discussion with the individual that you believe has been the source of disrespect or mistreatment your Program Director or others in your Program's administration, the Department Chair or Associate Chair responsible for education within the department, your mentor(s),  the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education/D.I.O. (Dr. Edward Bollard) or the Associate D.I.O. (Dr. Donald Flemming) – both in the Office of GME, or the GME ombudspersons (Dr. Kelly Leite and Dr. Rickhesvar Mahraj, who can also be found on this website).

In addition, if you would like to report your concerns in a more anonymous fashion, the link to do so is: Mistreatment Reporting Form. We ask that you provide as much detail of the incident or pattern of behavior as possible to assist us in investigating your concerns.

Whether you elect to identify yourself or not, please understand that we will investigate and follow up each report of mistreatment in a comprehensive fashion while maintaining your confidentiality.

We appreciate your time and effort in helping us achieve the highest degree of respect in our everyday interactions. We are firmly committed to providing a clinical learning environment that allows each learner to reach the milestones necessary in their training to become a competent, compassionate physician.