Students and Adults Aspiring to Medical Careers

Students and Adults Aspiring to Medical Careers

Mini-Medical School lecture at the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

If you’re considering a career in medicine - whether in clinical practice, scientific research, or both - we offer a range of programs to help you explore your options and achieve your goals.

An undergraduate student participates in the Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program at Penn State College of Medicine.

Contact the Office of Academic Placements

Learn more about career exploration opportunities in allied health and the biomedical sciences. Call 717-531-7579, extension 1, or visit the Office of Academic Placements website.

Undergraduate research programs

Our 10-week summer research programs give undergraduates the chance to conduct research alongside experienced faculty. View opportunities.

Additional programs

Observation and career shadowing

In this program, high school and college students explore career options within the life sciences by observing doctors and researchers at the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine. Learn more about observation and career shadowing.

Mini-medical school

In this free lecture series, high school students and adults learn about the latest topics in medical science. Lectures are taught by Penn State College of Medicine faculty, and participants have the opportunity to ask questions afterward. Learn more about Mini-Medical School.

Pulse

Pulse is a semester-long academic course that introduces high school students to medical topics through lectures, facilitated small group learning experiences, and supplemental activities. Penn State students act as mentors and case facilitators throughout the course. Learn more about Pulse.

Early Prep and Inspiration for Careers in Biomedical Sciences

The Early Preparation and Inspiration for Careers in the Biomedical Sciences (EPIC) helps high school students prepare for life after graduation, whether they go on to college, technical school, or the work force. Learn more about EPIC.