Penn Medical School Programs for High School Students | Ages 16-18


Penn Medicine Summer Medical Camps





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Are you a high school student thinking about a career in medicine or medical research?

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is offering a 4-week summer medical program for highly motivated high school juniors and seniors. Students are guided and taught by Penn Medicine faculty and staff and are immersed into the world of medicine as they explore the career possibilities available to medical students.

This is one of the top medical school programs for high school students and features lectures, demonstrations, discussions, hands-on sessions, and field excursions designed to expose students to the fascinating world of modern medicine.

Students experience several different medical careers and get an in depth perspective on what it takes to become a doctor. Students enjoy a unique variety of learning opportunities in order to help them understand the demands and stresses of pursuing a career in medicine. This is an opportunity for high school students to experience what medical school is really like and evaluate if it is the right choice for them.

Penn Medicine High School Students will:

  • Visit an Emergency Room, an ICU, and the proton therapy division of the hospital
  • Become certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Learn to suture, tie surgical knots, biopsy, and even perform virtual surgery at the state-of-the-art Penn Clinical Simulation Center
  • Attend daily “Grand Rounds” lectures from Penn clinicians, on topics such as cancer, surgery, transplantation, emergency medicine and resuscitation science
  • Observe actual surgery via live feed in our “76ers” training theater
  • Listen to lung sounds and heart sounds
  • Visit the world-renowned Mütter Museum, America’s finest museum of medical history, to see its collection of anatomical specimens

This pre college summer medical ‘camp’ program is for dedicated and determined high school students who are serious about a career in medicine; it gives each student the opportunity to discover their passions and interests and discern which career path is best for them.

Class Structure and Specialized Courses

Penn Med’s program for high school students is a summer medical camp and is modeled after first year Penn Medicine classes. Each morning students learn from Penn clinicians on the day’s featured topics such as cancer, surgery, emergency medicine and sports medicine. Penn Medicine faculty and staff use a variety of teaching styles to display the materials in an engaging and exciting way. After the morning sessions, students will be prepared to participate in real life opportunities in the hospital setting. Afternoons will be devoted to both virtual and real patient encounters and hands-on experiences in Penn’s hospitals and Clinical Simulation Center.

At the end of the first week each student will select a track in research, surgery, medicine, pediatrics or emergency medicine. They will be assigned a mentor with whom they will discuss career opportunities. The mentor will also oversee a required project to be completed by the end of the program.

Check out a Sample Week and take a look at the weekly schedule for a student on the Surgery Track.

Core Topics

  • Careers in Medicine; what’s it like to be a doctor?
  • Everything you always wanted to know about Big Pharma
  • Global Health and Non-government organizations (NGO)
  • Public Health and the Community
  • Emergency Medicine and Trauma
  • Robotic and Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Radiologic Imaging with Proton Therapy
  • Immunotherapy for Cancer
  • Bioethics
  • Neuroscience, Neurology and Brain Surgery
  • Translational medicine and its impact on human suffering

Elective Courses

  • Surgical activities
  • Pathology and autopsy
  • Hospice and end of life care
  • Rehabilitative and Preventive medicine
  • Orthopedic activities such as learning how to cast a limb
  • Hyperbaric medicine and its uses in complementary and alternative medicine


Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is the nation’s oldest medical school and is also one of the finest. 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, research, and education.

You will be part of what only the best medical students and teachers in the country have access to. Students use many of the labs, classrooms, and learning resources the school has to offer.

Live in Penn’s famous Quad with students from across the country and around the world. Experience the University City District and its dozens of restaurants, shops, recreational facilities and entertainment venues. After class, enjoy your choice of on- and off-campus activities and trips organized by our staff. Check out our weekend trips!

Penn Medicine Summer Program Faculty

Gail Morrison, MD

Dr. Morrison is Professor of Medicine, the Senior Vice Dean for Education and Director of the Office of Academic Programs at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. For over 30 years, she has been actively involved in directing educational programs in the Renal Division, Department of Medicine, the Perelman School of Medicine and nationally, in the Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine (CDIM) organization. Her longstanding and continuing contributions as an outstanding medical educator, medical curricula designer, and medical education administrator, both at the Perelman School of Medicine and nationally, have earned her a well-deserved national and local reputation, including the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Daniel C. Tosteson Award for Leadership in Medical Education.

Since 2004, Dr. Morrison, has been the PI or Co/PI on educational grants/contracts totaling over $4 million. Her nutrition textbook, Medical Nutrition & Disease: A Case-Based Approach, innovative for its case-based approach, was the result of grants from the Heinz Endowment and National Cancer Institute and is being used by more than 50 medical schools in the U.S. to teach their nutrition curriculum and is now in its 4th edition. Dr. Morrison was also funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), to develop the handbook: Core Competencies and Training Problems for the Internal Medicine Clerkship. Completed in 1995, over 100 departments of medicine use the resulting manual for their core medicine clerkship curriculum. She was the PI for a five year NHLBI Cultural Competence Health Disparities Training Program grant (2004-2009) and is currently Co-PI for the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation Geriatric Training Grant (2009-2013) for geriatric edcuation.

The changes in medical education she led at the University of Pennsylvania over the past 17 years – creating the vision for and implementing Curriculum 2000® and, perhaps more importantly, Virtual Curriculum 2000™ – have had a profound effect on the University of Pennsylvania. The emphasis on integration of basic science and clinical medicine has allowed for the shortening of required curriculum with pedagogy shifting from lectures to small group learning focused on problem solving and teamwork. Simulation, standardized patient experiences and team training are integrated for both teaching and training specific competencies. Over half of all PSOM graduates now receive either a dual degree (PhD or Masters), complete a certificate program, or complete an additional year of research before leaving medical school for residency training as a result of the flexibility of Curriculum 2000®. Moreover, her work at Penn set the stage for major changes in medical education in the United States for the 21st century, which she has worked diligently to bring about at the national level. Dr. Morrison also serves as a peer reviewer for five prominent journals and has 80 papers and abstracts, 50 editorials, chapters, and reviews and 9 books and manuals.

Gregg Lipschik, MD

Gregg Lipschik, M.D. 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, and 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, and he directs the second year medical students’ Pulmonary Course at Penn and teaches in several other courses and venues.



Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I receive correspondence from Julian Krinsky Camps & Programs?

Julian Krinsky Camps & Programs (JKCP) is a residential program service provider. JKCP provides administrative support, student life programming, and residential services for several University of Pennsylvania pre-college programs, including Penn Medicine Summer Program. Penn Medicine is wholly responsible for admissions and provides all academic content for the program, including faculty members and guest speakers.

Is there a specific form for the teacher recommendation?

Applicants will receive a link to an online form. If your teacher is having difficulty with the online letter of recommendation form, please email for a PDF copy. We want to hear from the teacher about their knowledge of the applicant’s abilities and why they believe the applicant would be a good candidate for the program. If the recommendation is sent through email or the online form, teachers should use their school email address. If sent by mail, the recommendation should be sent on official school letterhead to:

Penn Medicine Summer Program

610 S. Henderson Road

King of Prussia, PA 19406

May I send a copy of my score reports?

Yes, you may send a copy of your College Board score reports for any standardized tests you have taken, but it is not required.

Does my transcript have to be official?

No, but it is preferred that you have your high school send a transcript and school profile directly to:

Penn Medicine Summer Program

610 S. Henderson Road

King of Prussia, PA 19406

Can I save my application information and come back to finish it?

Once you create your account, you may use your username and password to log in and work on your application at your own pace. Please remember all materials must be completed by March 15.

How do I know that you have received my application?

You will receive an email from JKCP once all of your application materials have been received (including your transcript, recommendations, and score reports.) If you do not hear from JKCP within several weeks after you have submitted your application, please contact them at 610-265-9401.

When is my application considered complete?

In order to be considered for admission to the Penn Medicine High School Summer Program your application must be complete including application fee, transcript, school profile, score reports, and recommendations.

When will I be notified of my admission decision?

All applicants will receive an email notification with admission decisions on April 4, 2014.

Do I get any free time during the program?

Yes. While the week is filled with classes and students take trips on Saturdays, nightly activities are offered but optional. Students also have free time between and after classes, and Sundays are generally free.

If I have a friend who will also be participating in another Penn Summer Program, can I request him/her as a roommate?

Our goal is to have students develop new relationships and become part of a broader learning community, and we strongly encourage students to room with the student(s) we pair them with.

2014 Dates & Tuition

$6950 Four Week Program

July 6 - August 2, 2014

Apply Now - Application Closed for 2014