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Professional School Linkage Agreements

While all of our students enter the program with the goal of entering a medical, veterinary, dental or nursing program, the path into their next school may vary based on their background, goals, interests and other opportunities.

Linkage agreements

For students who wish to accelerate their enrollment in professional school, the Pre-Health Programs team has partnered with some of the best medical schools in the country to provide linkage arrangements.  Through these linkages, highly qualified students have the opportunity to eliminate the year between Pre-Health coursework completion and entrance into medical or dental school.

The Pre-Health Programs currently participates in nine linkage agreements, including:

  • Drexel University College of Medicine
  • George Washington University School of Medicine
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
  • Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine
  • The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine

In addition to our formal linkage agreements, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine gives special consideration to our pre-vet students.

These admissions are very selective, and each school determines the eligibility criteria and timeline of the nomination process.

To learn more about the opportunities available through our linkage partnerships, please contact us.

Glide year

Many students wish to take advantage of opportunities in the year between completion of the Pre-Health Program and entrance into professional school. This year is referred to as the “glide year,” “gap year” or “application year.” Many of our students use the year to enrich their academic and professional experiences to make themselves even more compelling applicants. The advising team will work with you to determine how you can use the year productively to enhance your preparation for professional school, whether it be through employment, additional coursework, volunteer work, research or graduate studies.

The following positions are a sampling of what our Pre-Health students have completed during their glide year:

  • Clinical Research Assistant at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
  • Research Assistant at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, completing breast cancer research
  • Research Assistant at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, working on vascular surgery research
  • Research Assistant at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, working in the cardiac surgery lab studying the implantation of stem cells in the heart
  • Research Assistant at Penn’s School of Medicine in the Anesthesiology Department, working on clinical research on disparities in hip fracture care and perceptions of surgery
  • Research Assistant at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, completing orthopedic surgery research
  • Family Health Advocate at University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice
  • A few students are completing upper-level biology courses such as Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Genetics

Experience Is Essential

Health Professions Experience

Penn has numerous opportunities for volunteering, community service, shadowing and research experiences in healthcare.

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Your Personal Advisor

Program Team Bios

A member of the Pre-Health Programs team will assist in your personal and career development, through course selection, application preparation and interviewing.

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Pre-Health Programs Information Session

Program Resources

Meet the program team as they discuss the programs and admissions process, as well as clinical, volunteer and research opportunities.

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