For Current Students

Students are invited by the faculty to become colleagues in a productive learning experience. Effort is made to maintain an informal atmosphere and an open-door policy to promote student–faculty interchange. The curriculum is under the continuous scrutiny of a committee in which students and faculty participate.

The faculty aims to familiarize the student with the basic knowledge, scientific principles, and clinical skills that provide a foundation for the practice of medicine. The student must be motivated to keep pace with the rapidly advancing body of medical knowledge by embarking on a lifelong program of scholarly, intellectual inquiry.

Learning techniques emphasize problem solving. Many opportunities for individual clinical and basic research are readily available. Such experiences are intended to train the student in the methods for gathering and evaluating valid information to find the solution of each patient's problems.

Learning is interdisciplinary in nature, insofar as is practical. In clinical conferences, emphasis may be placed on the scientific foundation from which understanding of disease processes and their management necessarily derives. Preparation in the basic sciences is integrated with clinical training so that the student may have a sound scientific basis for development of clinical interests. Electives as well as research opportunities enable each student to find expression for his or her unique interests in medicine.

It is the goal of the faculty to help the student achieve professional competence with a sound grasp of the principles of human behavior and humanistic values. Students interact with patients and physicians in a variety of settings. Students are expected to strive to develop, along with the unique professional skills of the physician, a thorough commitment to those who come under their care, whether the student's future vocation will be medical practice, research, or administration.

The College of Medicine is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education of the American Medical Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Media Requests

Penn State Hershey Marketing and Communications provides a comprehensive strategy to market and promote the excellence in patient care, education of the next generation of scientific leaders, and cutting-edge biomedical research that sets us apart. We also provide graphics and print resources in support of campus initiatives.

Because education is a key mission for Penn State Hershey, we support the needs of our students. We can help with publication needs, such as posters promoting upcoming lectures, and in developing overall communication strategies for student-related events. Working with our office is an easy way for your publication or plans to meet University style and format requirements, ensuring consistency in our image.

Our office also communicates information about our students, upon their request, to their local hometown newspapers. If you are interested, please email Jewell Laughman, Education Communications Specialist.

Because we receive media requests to interview College of Medicine students for various stories related to medical school or research issues, you will notice a question asking you to indicate your level of interest in being contacted occasionally by our office to talk with a member of the media. No matter your answer on this, you are always free to decline an interview at any time. This is for us to have on file so we don’t bother those who are not interested or unnecessarily take up the time of medical education administrators in tracking down potential interviewees.