SKMC Office of Admissions

Information for Admitted Applicants

Congratulations on your acceptance to Sidney Kimmel Medical College. The information on this page will be updated periodically in the weeks preceding Orientation Week. Please check this page regularly for updates.

Failure to comply with the requirements will result in your inability to access BANNER, the SKMC student information system.

Special Notice

April 30, 2020

Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA
President, Thomas Jefferson University
CEO, Jefferson Health

Mark L. Tykocinski, MD
Provost and EVP for Academic Affairs
Dean, Sidney Kimmel Medical College


As a follow-up to our email outlining our plans for the fall semester that we released on Tuesday, we are providing you with another important update: To assist all of our students during this challenging time, we have made the decision to freeze tuition, room/board and fees for the 2020-2021 academic year. In the coming weeks, as we learn more, you will also receive information about opportunities for financial assistance through the CARES Act Stimulus Package.

If you have any questions about tuition or need further assistance with financial aid, please do not hesitate to contact Financial Aid at or 215-951-2940 in East Falls or or 215-955-2867 in Center City.  Calls and emails will be answered within 24 business hours. 

Jefferson remains committed to providing you, our students, with the high quality education you deserve to serve you during this difficult time.

Thank you and be well.

Tuition rates will remain in effect for all instructional modalities for the 2020-2021 academic year. 

Matriculation Requirements

Your Campus Key is your personal identifier, which gives you access to all information resources on campus. Jefferson's IS&T department will be sending an email to all accepted students in the next few weeks confirming enrollment with instructions for receiving a Campus Key.

All students need to self-register the computer(s) they use to access our JeffWireless network once per semester.

Please have an official final transcript sent to: 

Office of Admissions
Sidney Kimmel Medical College
1015 Walnut Street, Suite 110
Philadelphia, PA 19107

We require that you update your address on file to provide both your Home/Permanent address and your Local (Philadelphia area) address.

You may enter this information on-line via Banner Web by following the steps:

  1. Log in to Banner, using your Campus Key and Password to log in
  2. If you haven't already, change your PIN number (the system will prompt you on first log in). Enter your original PIN and new choice of PIN. PINs must be six numeric characters
  3. If this is your first log in, the next screen will ask you to provide a hint question and answer in the event you forget your PIN and need to have it sent to you. Enter a question and answer that only you know the answer to, but do not make it overly difficult. If needed, your response must exactly match the answer you provide
  4. Read and accept the Terms of Usage
  5. Follow the "Personal Information" link
  6. Find the option "Update Addresses and Phones"
  7. Select "Home/Permanent" from the address selection drop-down box and enter all requested information
  8. Once you submit this information, you will be taken back to the address change screen. Select "Local" from the address selection drop-down box and enter all requested information

As an academic health center, Jefferson requires all matriculated students to have health insurance, and to complete the enrollment/waiver process for each academic year.* If you have health insurance through another provider, it must meet the stated minimum requirements to qualify for a waiver. If you do not have coverage through another provider that meets the minimum requirements, then you must enroll in the College-sponsored student health insurance plan. Once enrolled, the plan will be in effect for the entire academic year. You may only terminate the insurance coverage if you have a qualifying life change event.

*Dates may vary by academic program.

2020 – 2021 Rates

Matriculating Student Coverage 7/20/20 - 7/31/21

Student $5, 009.00
Spouse $5, 009.00
One child $5,009.00
Two or More Children $10,018.00
Spouse + Two or More Children $15,027.00

Dental Insurance

Optional dental insurance is available for matriculated students at Thomas Jefferson University, Center City Campus and Abington Campus. The insurance is offered through United Health Care Insurance through (available soon) with two coverage levels available.

Dental Rates    
Basic Plan Enhanced Plan  
$180.49 $375.24  
$626.29 $1,302.09  

Questions:  Please contact Ms. Joyce Muwwakkil or at 215-503-6988.

All matriculating Thomas Jefferson University students must complete and submit the pre-matriculation health requirements no later than 30 days prior to the first day of class.

International Students in Sidney Kimmel Medical College have access to Thomas Jefferson University's Office of International Affairs (OIA).  OIA helps students with immigration matters, acculturation and related issues.

International Students who need a form I-20 or sponsorship to study full-time at SKMC should email the Office of International Affairs at after acceptance to begin the process of transferring from another U.S. university or obtaining initial immigration documents. The office can also be reached at 215-503-4335.

Students are required to attend First Year Orientation the week of July 20, 2020. Registration takes place the morning of July 20, 2020.

White Coat Ceremony

Due to the Covid-19 situation this year, the White Coat Ceremony is being postponed until late winter or early spring 2021. 

Attendance at Orientation Events

Orientation Week will begin July 20, 2020, and there are information sessions planned for that week. Some will take place virtually, while others will be in person. Location details and logistics will be announced here as they become available.

We believe that critical thinking and problem-solving are essential skills for physicians. Our curriculum is designed to engage students in active learning by delivering content in multiple modalities, such as small groups, team-based learning, labs, and selected lectures where appropriate. Faculty members act as the facilitators of the curriculum, and are available to answer questions and offer clarification. But the onus of learning is on YOU.

Consider this quote from Peter Brown's book, Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning:

"Many common study habits and practice routines turn out to be counterproductive. Underlining and highlighting, rereading, cramming, and single-minded repetition of new skills create the illusion of mastery, but gains fade quickly. More complex and durable learning comes from self­-testing, introducing certain difficulties in practice, waiting to re-study new material until a little forgetting has set in, and interleaving the practice of one skill or topic with another.”

For this reason, we strongly encourage you to take the readiness assessment and complete the suggested readings we've recommended. You will be able to see what we consider to be a baseline of knowledge for your first day of class, as well as get you started in identifying your own gaps of knowledge and address those areas if necessary before you arrive for medical school. If you do this before you arrive, you will have a smoother start once you get here.

The readiness assessment is primarily on content you’ve already been exposed to in your previous science courses, while the recommended readings are focused on immunology and anatomy which may be less familiar to some of you. We would like you to complete the assessment as soon as possible so that you can act on the result, if necessary.

Readiness Assessment Instructions

  1. Login to Canvas using your campus key and password.
  2. From your Dashboard click on "JeffMD: Readiness Assessment (2020)."
  3. Read the information on the home page and then click on Assignments to begin.

If you have any trouble logging into Canvas or technical issues, please contact

Recommended Summer Readings

Note all titles are linked to the eBook version of the publication.

  1. Sompayrac L. Lecture 1 An Overview. In: How the Immune System Works. 6th ed. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell; 2019.

    If you want to read more, Lectures 2-6 of this book are suggested
  2. Moore KL, Dalley II AF, Agur AMR. Chapter 1: Overview and basic concepts. In: Clinically Oriented Anatomy. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer; 2018. 
  3. Sadler TW. Chapter 1: Introduction to Molecular Regulation and Signaling. In: Langman’s Medical Embryology. 14th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer; 2015.
  4. Ross MH, Pawlina W. Chapter 1: Methods. In: Histology: A Text and Atlas with Correlated Cell and Molecular Biology. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer; 2020. 

    Note from Thread Director: Chapter 2: Cell Cytoplasm and Chapter 3: The Cell Nucleus are great reviews of cell structure and function and are highly recommended.

All SKMC students will be issued a 7th Generation 10.2" iPad free of charge upon matriculation. Plans for distribution will be forthcoming.


  • Percussion Hammer (Babinski, Dejerine, Queen's Square — do NOT purchase the triangular head or Buck hammer)
  • Stethoscope
  • Pen Light

Suggested but not Required

  • Otoscope/ophthalmoscope (very important for students considering careers in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, ophthalmology, ENT, neurology and neurosurgery)
  • Tuning Forks (128 Hertz)

For Anatomy Sessions

  1. A pair (or two) of scrubs to be worn in dissection lab sessions and during practical   examinations. Scrubs are mandatory at all times within the Dissection Facility.
  2. A pair of comfortable shoes that completely cover the foot and can get “messy”. This type of footwear is mandatory at all times within the Dissection Facility.
  3. A pair of safety glasses/goggles with shatterproof lenses and side shields. Wearing of Safety glasses/goggles is mandatory at all times within the Dissection Facility.
  4. A combination lock, if desired, for short term securing of personal items during your Dissection Sessions.
  5. Each dissection table is provided with two scalpel handles, two probes, two forceps and two scissors. Students may purchase their own dissection equipment, but purchased kits should have a Number 4 scalpel handle so the school provided blades will fit. Personal kits will remain in the lab and should be marked with Name, Class and Table number.

For Clinical Sessions

All instruments and most supplies are available for purchase at: 

Jefferson Bookstore
1009 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

The first-year academic calendar for the Class of 2024 is below. Calendars for all SKMC class years can be found on the Registrar's site. All dates listed are subject to revision.

Monday July 20, 2020 Registration 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Monday July 20, 2020 First Payment comprehensive fee due at registration
Monday - Friday July 20 - 24, 2020
Orientation Week
Friday July 24, 2020 White Coat Ceremony
Fall Semester (Foundations of Medicine, Scholarly Inquiry, Clinical Experience & Humanities Selectives)
Block 1 (Intro to the Study of Medicine)
Monday July 27, 2020
Classes begin 8:00 a.m.
Monday - Friday August 31 - September 4, 2020 Block 1 Assessment Week
Friday September 4, 2020 Block 1 ends 5:00 p.m.
Block 2 (Host Defense/Blood)  
Monday September 7, 2020
Labor Day Holiday
Tuesday September 8, 2020 Classes begin 8:00 a.m.
Monday - Friday October 19 - 23, 2020 Block 2 Assessment Week
Friday October 23, 2020 Block 2 ends 5:00 p.m.
Wellness Week (Mandatory sessions and attendance)
Monday - Friday October 26 - 30, 2020
Block 3A (Cardio/Pulmanary)  
Monday November 2, 2020 Classes begin 8:00 a.m.
Wednesday November 25, 2020 Thanksgiving Holiday begins 12:00 p.m.
Monday November 30, 2020
Classes resume 8:00 a.m.
Monday - Friday December 14 - 18, 2020 Block 3A Assessment Week
Friday December 18, 2020
Block 3A ends 5:00 p.m. Winter Recess begins.
Spring Semester (Foundations of Medicine II, Scholarly Inquiry, Clinical Experience & Humanities Selectives)
Block 3B (Cardio/Pulmonary continues)
Monday January 4, 2021 Second Payment & Fees Due
Monday January 4, 2021 Classes resume 8:00 a.m.
Monday January 18, 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Monday - Friday February 15 - 19, 2021 Block 3B Assessment Week
Monday February 19, 2021
Block 3B ends 5:00 p.m.
Block 4A (Renal/Liver/GI)
Monday February 22, 2021
Classes begin 8:00 a.m.
Monday - Friday March 8 - 12, 2021
Spring Break
Monday March 15, 2021 Classes resume 8:00 a.m.
Monday - Friday March 29 - April 2, 2021 Block 4A Assessment Week
Friday April 2, 2021 Block 4A ends 5:00 p.m.
Block 4B (Renal/Liver/GI continues)  
Monday April 5, 2021 Classes begin 8:00 a.m.
Monday - Friday May 10 - 14, 2021 Block 4B Assessment Week
Friday May 14, 2021 Block 4B ends 5:00 p.m. Summer Recess begins.

Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Jefferson University is committed to providing all students with opportunities to take full advantage of the educational and academic programs.  Our College of Medicine recognizes that students with documented disabilities may require reasonable accommodations in order to achieve this objective and/or to meet the technical standards.

If you require accommodations, please contact Jennifer Fogerty, MSEd, as early as possible at 215-503-6335. More information can be found at the accommodation page.

The students of SKMC are proud of the Honor Code (PDF) they have written and are committed to its values. 

Join the SKMC (Jefferson) Class of 2024 Accepted Students Facebook Group to meet fellow students and keep up with the latest news. You need to be logged into Facebook to access the group.