Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

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.

Welcome message from the Lillian H. Brent Dean of Students and Admissions

Matriculation Requirements

Campus Key & E-mail

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.

Self-Register for Wireless Network

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

More information on JeffWireless and other Technology Services

Final Transcript

Please have an official final transcript sent to: 

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

Updated Mailing Address

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

Health Insurance

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.  

If you are currently covered under an existing plan through a parent or spouse, you may qualify for a waiver.

2019 – 2020 Rates

Matriculating students 7/23/19-7/31/20 $4,923.00
Coverage 8/1/19 - 7/31/20  
Student $4, 818.00
Spouse $4,818.00
One child $4,818.00
Two or More Children $9,636.00
Spouse + Two or More Children $14,454.00

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 at 215-503-6988 or

Pre-Matriculation Health Requirements

Please read the 2019 Welcome Letter from the Medical Director of University Health Services.

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

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.

Orientation Program

Students are required to attend First Year Orientation the week of July 22, 2019.  Registration takes place July 22, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Jefferson Alumni Hall at 1020 Locust Street. 

White Coat Ceremony

The White Coat Ceremony will take place on Friday, July 26, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building, 100 East Penn Square, 9th floor.  Parking is available at The Wanamaker Building with the entrance to the garage located at 99-51 South Juniper Street at a cost of $16 for an hour, $20 for up to 2 hours and a max rate of $28.00. There are also various other parking garages located in the vicinity. Plan to arrive early if you are going to park in a garage.

A White Coat Luncheon will follow from 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Lubert Plaza on the Jefferson Campus located at 1001 Locust Street. 

ALL students will receive (3) three tickets for their invited guests. Students may request additional tickets to the White Coat Ceremony by filling out the form at the ticket request link.

White coats will be presented along with name tags on Registration Day, July 22, 2019.

Bookstore employees will be on-site at Registration Day to fit students for white coats. If you have any questions about white coats or would like to be sized in advance, contact the Bookstore or visit during regular business hours.

Attendance at Orientation Events

Event Date Start Time Location
First Year Registration July 22, 2019 9:00 a.m. Jefferson Alumni Hall, 1020 Locust Street
Orientation Day 1 July 22, 2019 1:00 p.m. Connelly Auditorium, Hamilton Building, 1001 Locust Street
Orientation Day 2 July 23, 2019 9:00 a.m. Connelly Auditorium, Hamilton Building, 1001 Locust Street
Orientation Day 3 July 24, 2019 9:00 a.m. Connelly Auditorium, Hamilton Building, 1001 Locust Street
Orientation Day 4 July 25, 2019 8:30 a.m. Connelly Auditorium, Hamilton Building, 1001 Locust Street
White Coat Ceremony July 26, 2019 8:30 a.m. The Wanamaker Building, Crystal Tea Room, 100 East Penn Square, 9th floor

Medical Instruments & Required Supplies


  • 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. Students may purchase their own dissection equipment or rent equipment from the dissection facility.  Rented equipment is restricted to two sets per table due to supply limits. Please Note: Purchased kits should have a Number 4 scalpel handle.

For Clinical Sessions

All instruments and most supplies are available for purchase at: 

Jefferson Medical & Health Science Bookstore
1009 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 955-7922

Bookstore staff will be available during orientation week to accept your orders and payment via cash or major credit card.

Readings & Readiness Assessment

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 pre-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.

You will only be able to login after May 17, 2019. Instructions on how to access the Readiness Assessment and recommended readings:

  1. Log in to Blackboard  using your campus key and password.
  2. Go to the Courses tab, and click on “JeffMD-RA-2019: JeffMD: Readiness Assessment.”
  3. Go to the content area and follow the instructions.

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

JeffMD Phase One: Assessment Weeks 2019 - 2020

Block 1 8/26/19 – 8/30/19
Block 2 10/21/19 – 10/25/19
Block 3A
12/16/19 – 12/20/19
Block 3B 2/17/20 – 2/21/20
Block 4A 3/30/20 – 4/3/20
Block 4B 5/11/20 – 5/15/20

Academic Calendar

The first-year academic calendar for the Class of 2023 is below. Calendars for all SKMC class years can be found on the Registrar's site.

Monday July 22, 2019 Registration 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Monday July 22, 2019 First Payment comprehensive fee due at registration
Monday - Friday July 22 - 26, 2019
Orientation Week
Friday July 26, 2019 White Coat Ceremony
Fall Semester (Intro to the Study of Medicine, Host Defense - Blood, & Cardio/Pulmonary) July 29 - December 20, 2019
Monday July 29, 2019
Classes begin 8:00 a.m.
Monday September 2, 2019
Labor Day Holiday
Wednesday November 27, 2019 Thanksgiving Holiday begins 12:00 p.m.
Monday December 2, 2019
Classes resume 8:00 a.m.
Friday December 20, 2019
Winter Recess begins 5:00 p.m.
Spring Semester (Cardio/Pulmonary & GI/Liver/Renal) January 6 - May 15, 2020
Monday January 6, 2020 Second Payment & Fees Due
Monday January 6, 2020 Classes resume 8:00 a.m.
Monday January 20, 2020 Martin Luther King Holiday
March 9 - 13, 2020 Spring Break
Monday March 16, 2020
Classes resume 8:00 a.m.
Friday May 15, 2020
Summer Recess begins 5:00 p.m.
Monday July 27, 2020 Summer Recess ends 8:00 a.m.

Request for Accommodations

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.

Compliance with the SKMC Honor Code/Shared Code of Values

The students of SKMC are proud of the Honor Code (PDF) they have written and are committed to its values. To review the Jefferson Enterprise Code of Conduct, click here.

SKMC Class of 2023 Facebook Page

Join the SKMC (Jefferson) Class of 2023 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.