Project Description

Penn Medicine Summer Program

Grades: Rising 11th & 12th


Spend four weeks at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine intensive program designed for high school juniors and seniors interested in medical careers. Modeled after actual Penn Medicine classes, you’ll gain exposure to the basics of medical training including suturing, drawing blood, IVs, dissections and minimally invasive surgical techniques.

The high–tech, jaw-dropping learning space is every student’s dream. You’ll learn from the highly accredited Penn faculty, who are extremely hands-on throughout the program. Students also have the rare opportunity to observe a live surgery in Penn’s surgical amphitheater. This program is a solid first step into pre-med education and careers.

Location: University of Pennsylvania
Grades: Rising 11th & 12th
Program Dates: June 28 – July 25
Session Length: 4 Weeks

The Application Deadline for summer 2020 has passed. 

Residential Tuition: $8,495


Anatomy & Pathology Labs
First Aid & Disaster/Wilderness Medicine Course
Clinical, Lab & Research Visits
Academic Field Trips

“Through medical-school like lectures and hands-on lab activities, Penn Med allowed me to learn tons of new information and bring my understanding of human biology to a new level.”

Leah H., Student


  • 8:15am Breakfast

  • 9:00am Morning Lectures and Labs

  • 12:00pm Lunch

  • 1:00pm Hands-on Labs and Skills Sessions

  • 4:00pm Afternoon Activity

  • 6:00pm Dinner

  • 7:00pm Evening Activities


The summer high school medical program curriculum is modeled on actual Penn Medicine first-year classes but redesigned to engage bright high school students who are serious about medical careers. The program exposes you to the basics of medical training while allowing you the opportunity to pursue or discover your passions and interests.

Each morning, you will participate in interactive lectures and labs by Penn clinicians on the day’s featured topics, including transplant surgery, emergency medicine, cancer, resuscitation science, kidney disease and sports medicine. Afternoons will be devoted to a variety of hands-on, virtual and simulated experiences at Penn’s Clinical Simulation Center and other sites.


Suzanne Rose, MD, MSEd, Senior Vice Dean for Medical Education is recognized for spearheading a highly successful curriculum reform effort at UConn that has received many accolades. In addition to her impressive track record of success in developing cutting-edge educational initiatives, Suzi is known as an inspirational leader who can build and lead diverse teams, producing transformative change with broad community engagement. Her collaborative style and commitment to inspiring trainees to deliver exceptional patient care have led her to be resoundingly successful in this as well as her prior leadership roles at Mount Sinai and the University of Pittsburgh.

Graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Russian Language and Literature and a Master of Science in Education, she received her Medical Degree from Case Western University followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in gastroenterology. Her scholarship has a sharp focus on medical education, crossing the intersecting domains of women’s issues in health, undergraduate and graduate medical education, evaluation of educators, and developing the next generation of health care leaders.

Gregg Lipschik, MD is an NIH-trained critical care specialist and pulmonologist. He is co-director of the Penn Medicine Clinical Simulation Center, director of the Patient Safety Fellowship at the Philadelphia VA Hospital, was previously director of the Medical ICU at the Philadelphia VA Hospital and a laboratory researcher studying Pneumocystis pneumonia in patients with AIDS. Dr. Lipschik has won numerous teaching awards, he directs the second year medical students’ Pulmonary Course at Penn and teaches in several other courses and venues.

Anna Delaney received her BS in Psychology from St. Joseph’s University in 1985 and her MBA from West Chester University in 2004. She has worked in the Academic Programs Office since she started as the senior secretary to the Vice Dean for Education in January 1994.

Anna has held her current positions as Chief Administrative Officer and Curriculum Office Director since 2002, currently under the direction of the Senior Vice Dean for Education, Dr. Suzi Rose. She supervises eleven staff members and provides supervisory support for another 35 staff members.

Her portfolio includes curriculum support, faculty promotions, financial and facilities management, and student affairs programming. Anna also directs many special projects for the school including the Penn Medicine summer camp, the annual Learning Team Retreat for Medical Students and the new EMT training program for medical students.



The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is the nation’s oldest medical school and is also one of the finest. In fact, Penn’s hospital itself was recently ranked #1 in the region and #7 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report! Penn Medicine is world renowned for its outstanding faculty and innovative medical education and research. As an Ivy League school, they offer the best resources available to educate the medical leaders of tomorrow in patient care and research. You will use many of the labs, classrooms, simulation centers and learning resources the school has to offer.


A historic Ivy League university. Located in the heart of Philadelphia. During the summer, the UPenn campus is filled with high school students, undergraduates, graduate students and professors; giving you the real collegiate experience.

International Experience. About 40% of students come from around the world to join us each summer. Every year we hear how much students enjoy meeting people from all over the country and the world and how it opened their eyes to different parts of the globe.

Trips & Activities. There is always something to do when class is over: movies, tours, events, going to the gym and more. Campus is surrounded by dozens of shops and restaurants that are fun to explore with friends. Trips are offered every Saturday to regional destinations of your choice. And Sundays are for exploring the Philadelphia region.


 June 28 – July 25


For information about financial aid, please visit our help center.

  • Academic instruction
  • Program activities and weekly off-campus trips
  • Rooming at Penn
  • All on-campus meals
  • Evening activities
  • Weekend trips
  • Course materials
  • Lab fees

  • Non-refundable application fee: $100
  • Meals during weekend trips and off-campus weekday dinners

Students arrive on Sunday, June 28, and depart on Saturday morning, July 25.

In order to complete an application for admission, students are required to submit the following:

  • Basic application information using our registration form
  • Application fee ($100, paid via credit card, this fee is nonrefundable)
  • Extracurricular activities (required, descriptions for three activities)
  • Honors and awards (optional, descriptions for up to three honors or awards)
  • Essay (required, Topic: “Aside from an assumed interest in medicine, why are you interested in the Penn Medicine Summer Program for High School Students? Do not exceed 300 – 400 words.”)
  • Academic Transcript including Fall grades (required, we accept unofficial and official transcripts). Student must have completed or be currently enrolled in a high school Biology course.
  • School profile (required unless unavailable)
  • Letters of recommendation (we require two letters, the first must be written by a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) teacher, and the second may be written by current or recent teachers, school administrators, employer or mentors, or directors of extracurricular activities)
  • Financial aid application (required, if applicable)
  • Application Deadline: March 4, 2020
  • Decision Date: April 10, 2020




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