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Application Procedure

Sidney Kimmel Medical College participates in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Application to the MD/PhD program must be submitted to AMCAS no later than October 15. The AMCAS application is available online only via the AMCAS web site.

On receipt of the verified AMCAS application, Jefferson will send, via email, notification of receipt. Also included will be instructions for completing the Sidney Kimmel Medical College online secondary application with online payment capability.

Questions should be
directed to:

1015 Walnut Street, Suite 110
Philadelphia, PA 19107

The Committee on Admissions will begin reviewing the application when all supplementary materials have been received including:

  1. The Sidney Kimmel Medical College Secondary Application Form
  2. The nonrefundable $80 application fee
  3. MCAT scores
  4. The required letters of recommendation are to be sent directly to AMCAS

We prefer to receive a recommendation from a preprofessional committee. If there is no such committee, letters should be provided by individual faculty members (one letter each from Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Humanities, if possible). Applicants who have been involved in graduate programs are encouraged to provide additional letters from their graduate schools. The deadline for the receipt of letters of recommendation is January 1.

We offer invited applicants the opportunity to experience Jefferson with a full day of activities starting at 10:00 AM. During the Wednesday program, invited applicants have the opportunity to meet with the Dean of Admissions, the Director of Admissions, current students, and faculty. The faculty interview is on-on-one and open file with a member of of the Committee on Admissions.

Students invited to interview are notified via email.

The Early Decision Program

Sidney Kimmel Medical College participates in the Early Decision Program (EDP). Students participating in this program must submit application and all credentials no later than August 1 of the application year to AMCAS. A decision will be made concerning each application by October 1 so that candidates who are not offered places in the class have adequate time to seek acceptance to other medical schools.

Requirements for Admission

The medical profession is a career for those prepared for a lifetime of service to the ill regardless of diagnosis. It has as its objective the development of professional men and women prepared to adhere to the highest standards of conduct and behavior asked of few others in our society.

Sidney Kimmel Medical College concurs with the concept that certain minimum academic and technical standards are essential for the successful completion of a medical education and for the granting of the degree of Doctor of Medicine.

Applicants should read, understand and be able to meet the requirements for admission. If there are any questions regarding these standards, contact the Office of Admissions for clarification.

Among the requirements for admission to Sidney Kimmel Medical College are:

  • The ability to observe demonstrations and experiments in the basic sciences;
  • The ability to analyze, synthesize and solve problems and reach diagnostic and therapeutic judgments;
  • Sufficient use of the senses of vision and hearing and somatic sensation necessary to perform a physical examination using observation, palpation, auscultation and percussion and the ability to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide both general patient care and emergency treatment;
  • The ability to relate to patients and to establish sensitive, professional relationships with patients;
  • The ability to work as an effective member of the health care team;
  • The ability to communicate in writing and verbally with patients and medical colleagues with accuracy, clarity and efficiency in both routine and emergency conditions;
  • The ability to learn and perform certain laboratory and diagnostic procedures;
  • The ability to use good judgment in the assessment and treatment of patients;
  • The ability to accept criticism and to respond by appropriate modification of behavior;
  • No infectious disease which would prevent the performance of essential clinical activities required to complete the curriculum; and
  • The perseverance, diligence and consistency to complete the medical school curriculum and to enter the independent practice of medicine.

Degree Criteria

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada are required. Credit for degrees granted by foreign institutions and for foreign course work must be validated and/or accepted by an accredited U.S. college or university. It is preferable to have courses graded by the traditional grading system rather than by pass/fail grades.

Accepted applicants requiring special accommodations should contact the admissions office as early as possible. Credit for degrees granted by foreign coursework must be validated and/or accepted by an accredited U.S. college or university. It is preferable to have courses graded by the traditional grading system rather than by pass/fail grades.

Course Requirements

A strong preparation in the sciences basic to medical school studies is advised. All prerequisites should be completed within five years of the application year. A variety of college course formats and combinations, including biology, general and organic chemistry and physics are a minimum. Courses taken to meet the basic requirements should be, in general, comparable to courses accepted for concentration in these disciplines. Courses taken should be supplemented by laboratory experiences.

Students may take upper level science courses out of educational interest or to fulfill the requirements of their major. Taking additional science courses that cover material taught within the medical school curriculum is not useful to gain admission. If advanced placement credits in required subjects are submitted, additional courses in similar subjects are encouraged.

Breadth of education is expected. The pursuit of some discipline in depth is encouraged. A successful medical student must effectively acquire, synthesize, apply and communicate information. These are skills which can be developed through a great variety of academic disciplines. Studies in the humanities, the social and behavioral sciences and the development of effective writing skills are strongly suggested.

Honors courses and independent study or research are encouraged to explore, in depth, an area of knowledge and to provide scholarly experience which will facilitate a lifelong habit of self-education. All academic requirements should be completed prior to matriculation.

Medical College Admission Test

The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is required for ALL applicants. The test should be taken no more than three years prior to the time of application. The best time to take the test is in the Spring prior to applying. All applicants must request that their MCAT scores be sent to the Admissions Office. For registration materials, contact your premedical advisor or the MCAT Program Office at:

MCAT Program Office
P.O. Box 4056
Iowa City, IA 52243-4056
(319) 337-1357
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Deferred Admission

A deferred admission option is available to all students who are accepted. Students wishing to apply for deferral should write to the Director for Admissions stating the reasons for deferral and their plans for the subsequent year(s). The Committee on Admissions encourages students to take advantage of intellectually and personally rewarding opportunities. Requests for deferred admission must be received no later than June 1.

Selection Factors

From an applicant pool of approximately 10,000, the Committee on Admissions each year selects a class of 255 students. Given the numbers, the Medical College receives applications from more candidates meeting the basic requirements than it can possibly accept. The selection of students is made after careful consideration of many factors: college attended, academic record, letters of recommendation, scores on the Medical College Admission Test, performance in non-academic areas, and assessment by the Committee on Admissions, following a personal interview (by invitation), of motivation, maturity, compassion, dedication, integrity and commitment. Almost every applicant selected for interview had demonstrated a commitment to community service through volunteer work. Under most circumstances, admission will not be offered to an applicant with a felony conviction. The members of the 2009 entering class came from 109 different undergraduate schools, 22 states and six other countries. A profile of the matriculated students includes the following: overall GPA of 3.65; mean MCAT score 10.5 with means of 10.2 verbal, 10.6 physical science, and 10.8 biological science; mean age 23 (ranging from 19-32); 54% women; 14% of students from groups underrepresented in medicine; and 33% from non-white ethnic groups. This diversity in the student body is one of the many things which has continued to make Jefferson a special place.

The Committee on Admissions would like to interview every applicant; however, the volume of applications precludes this possibility. Each year approximately 800 applicants are interviewed at Jefferson. The interview serves several purposes:

  • Information can be verified and clarified.
  • The applicant can explain unique aspects of the application.
  • The applicant can become better acquainted with the medical school.
  • Appearance, intellect, ability to communicate, personal qualities and motivation can be assessed.

The interview also aids in deciding which applicants will most likely benefit from Jefferson's program and is a requirement for acceptance. A student who has previously attended another medical school and failed academically or been dismissed for unsatisfactory conduct will not be considered for admission.

Sidney Kimmel Medical College is committed to providing equal educational and employment opportunities for all persons, without regard to race, color, national and ethnic origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran's status. Jefferson receives a portion of its operating funds from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and in the past, preference has been given to Pennsylvania residents.

Special consideration may also be given to offspring of faculty and alumni, to minority applicants and to applicants for Jefferson's special programs.

All offers of acceptance for admission to Sidney Kimmel Medical College are conditional upon:

  1. Satisfactory completion of current enrollment,
  2. Meeting all entrance requirements (including all academic and technical standards of the College),
  3. Satisfactory health,
  4. Agreement to comply with the rules and regulations of the University and Code of Professional Conduct, and
  5. Agreement to accept curriculum changes as approved by the faculty and tuition changes as determined by the Board of Trustees.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania enacted a new Medical Practice Act in 1985 (Act 112 of 1985) which specifies the qualifications for a license to practice medicine from the Pennsylvania Board of Medical Education and Licensure. The Board will not issue a license to an applicant who has been convicted of a felony under the act of April 14, 1972 (P.L. 223, No. 64), known as The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act, or of an offense under the laws of another jurisdiction which, if committed in this Commonwealth, would be a felony under the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act.

Cooperative Programs

Sidney Kimmel Medical College and the Pennsylvania State University jointly select qualified high school seniors to earn both the BS and MD degrees in seven years. Students spend three years at the University Park campus and four years at Sidney Kimmel Medical College. The program is for high school seniors only.  For requirements and application procedure please visit the Penn State University Website.

Post Baccalaureate Linkage programs exists between Bryn Mawr College and Jefferson Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences. These programs are designed to meet the needs of college graduates who have decided to pursue careers in medicine.

Each year, Sidney Kimmel Medical College provides for up to 20 places for Delaware residents in Jefferson's first year class as part of a medical-education program involving the Delaware Institute of Medical Education and Research, The University of Delaware and The Delaware Medical Center.

The Physician Shortage Area Program (PSAP) admits students from rural areas and small towns who are committed to practicing in a similar area. Priority will be given to those planning to practice family medicine, although applicants planning other specialties, or unsure of their future specialty, will also be given consideration. Since the program began in 1974, Jefferson Medical College has trained more than 300 PSAP physicians, and the program has received national recognition in the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association. Special consideration for admission and financial aid is given to students who have grown up in, or have substantial ties to a rural area or small town, and are also committed to practicing in a similar location. Priority is given to Pennsylvania and Delaware residents, and to applicants enrolled at Allegheny College, Bucknell University, Franklin & Marshall College, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Delaware, and the University of Scranton.

All incoming PSAP students are provided with an advisor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the beginning of medical school. These advisors provide curricular and career guidance, and are available as mentors throughout all four years at Jefferson. PSAP students also take at least one of their required third-year clerkships in a smaller community outside the Philadelphia metropolitan area (currently the family medicine clerkship at Latrobe Area Hospital, or the family medicine, internal medicine, general surgery, or obstetrics/gynecology clerkships at York Hospital).  They are also encouraged to take at least one of their senior rotations or electives in a rural area or small town, and are given priority to take their senior-year outpatient subinternship in family medicine at a preceptorship in a rural location. Upon graduation, PSAP students take a residency of their choice, and are then expected to practice in a rural area or small town, preferably in Pennsylvania or Delaware.

The Medical Scholars Program (MSP), an educational collaboration between the University of Delaware and Sidney Kimmel Medical College, links college to medical school with an early admission process for qualified students. The first group of MSP students matriculated at JMC in 1994.