A medical field immersion


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PENN MEDICINE Summer Program
for High School Students

Spend four weeks at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine intensive summer program designed for rising high school juniors and seniors interested in the medical field. Modeled after actual first year Penn Med classes, you’ll gain exposure to the basics of medical training including practical experiences, simulations and live demonstrations. Plus, you’ll live the life of a college student on Penn’s campus, located in University City in Philadelphia, PA.  Experience dorm life, campus living, attend incredible hands-on sessions, lectures and classes, and make life-long friends!

The high-tech, jaw-dropping learning spaces at Penn Medicine are every medical student’s dream. You’ll learn from highly accredited doctors and faculty at Penn Medicine who are involved throughout the program. Students may even get to observe a live surgery. This is a highlight, but cannot be guaranteed. If the live surgery is not possible, a doctor will walk the students through a recorded surgery step by step, explaining exactly what is being done at every interval. As the doctors share their stories, the paths they took to settle into their field, and highlight the many diverse opportunities in medicine, this program will certainly highlight just how rewarding it is when you chase your dream, follow after your passion, and do what you love.

You must be entering Grade 11 or 12 in September 2024.
You must have completed a High School Level Biology class prior to start date.


  • Extracurricular Activities (Provide descriptions of two extracurricular activities)
  • Honors or Awards (Highlight one to three honors or awards you have received if applicable)
  • Essay (Write an essay of 300-350 words. Essay prompt: ‘Aside from an assumed interest in medicine, why are you interested in the Penn Medicine Summer Program for High School Students?’)
  • School Information (Include name of school, address, phone, type of school, guidance counselor information)
  • Academic Transcript with Fall 2023 Grades. Biology must be reflected on either the Transcript or the fall grade sheet.
    Upload the Transcript and Fall grades at the same time. Unofficial  transcripts are also acceptable.
  • Contact Information for two Recommenders. (these are the teachers/counselors/others who YOU will ask to write your Letters of Recommendation for the program, using the instructions in the application)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (The first letter must be from a STEM Subject Instructor. Instructions to give your recommender will be in your online account after you submit your application. The recommenders will complete your recommendation via a survey link that you will provide to them. Letters must be received directly from the recommenders.
  • Financial assistance paperwork if applicable.


The Admissions process follows a fixed timeline.

Application opens: November 20, 2023

Application closes: February 29, 2024
(email if you have any questions)

Decisions announced by email on or before April 2, 2024

Experience Your Summer

At the Penn Med Program, you may:

  • Learn CPR techniques, first aid and emergency care
  • Learn to suture & tie surgical knots
  • Learn to identify lung and heart sounds
  • Learn to perform skin biopsies
  • Learn to draw blood, start an IV, and perform a spinal tap
  • Learn minimally invasive surgical techniques
  • Attend labs in gross anatomy, pathology, microbiology and urine analysis
  • Watch either a live or simulated surgery
  • Learn from over 20 doctors and clinicians in multiple specialties

Typical Day at the PENN Medicine Summer Program


7:45 AM – Rise and Shine

8:15 AM – RA check-in and Walk to Breakfast

9:00 AM – Walk to Penn Med

9:30 AM – Morning Classes begin

12:00 PM – Break

Each morning, you will participate in interactive lectures and teaching sessions delivered by Penn doctors and clinicians on the day’s featured topics, including surgery, emergency medicine, cancer, resuscitation science, kidney disease and sports medicine.


12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Enjoy your lunch hour selecting from over 15 dining options around the Perelman Center and on Penn’s campus. Select from restaurants, cafes, healthy take-out options or the incredible line up of food trucks that park on the main streets


1:30 PM Classes, Labs or Simulations Begin

4:00 PM End of Afternoon sessions

Whether it’s intubations or blood draws in the simulation center, dissections or pathology exercises in the labs, this is when Penn Med really becomes hands-on. Learn from doctors, medical students and other professionals as they give you a deep dive into first year medical school.


4:00 PM – Classes are out and it’s time to relax and have fun before dinner. It’s your choice: shower, do your laundry, listen to music, get coffee, visit the campus bookstore, play frisbee, join a pick up soccer game, – it’s your choice!

5:30 PM – Look out for group announcements regarding packages, team games, signing up for the movies or the line up for the evening!

6:15 PM – Dinner

7:30 PM – Evening Activities, local Trips or Social Time with friends (examples: Competitions, Fashion Show, Dance, Karaoke, Talent Show, Photo Scavenger Hunt, Bowling, Dave and Busters)

Campus Life at PENN Medicine

From meeting your new roommate, walking to class on the beautiful campus, eating in the dining halls, and taking classes in the historic buildings, you’ll get a taste of what life as a college student is really like. You’ll love the modern amenities, air-conditioned dorms, snack shops, WiFi and state-of-the-art academic buildings.



Many students come from around the world to join us each summer. Every year we hear how much students enjoy meeting people from so many different places and how it opened their eyes to different traditions, cultures, countries and more.


Trips are offered every Saturday to regional destinations such as New York City, The Jersey Shore, Washington, DC, Hershey Park or Six Flags. Sundays are for relaxing and exploring the Philadelphia area. Our trip schedules are somewhat flexible and will be adjusted based on weather and current events in each location.


Bowling, dances, casino night, talent shows, competitions, sports and more – most evenings there is a planned event offered.
Sometimes we stay on campus and on other nights we’ll travel to a local venue for an off-campus activity.

The Penn Med Hospital, Doctors, and Faculty

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania was the nation’s first medical school! The high-tech, jaw-dropping learning spaces at Penn Medicine are every student’s dream.

You’ll learn from the highly accredited Penn Medicine doctors and faculty, who are involved throughout the program. Current medical students support small groups during the practical learning sessions to ensure correct techniques with one-on-one assistance.

The Penn Summer Program was everything I could have imagined. From captivating lectures and awe-inspiring labs, to forging friendships that will remain forever.