We are here to support the development and pursuit of your personalized goals in the field of medicine.  Your pathway to medical school can be unique.  No two applicants are the same as different experiences create nuanced perspectives.  From workshops to individual meetings, we look forward to partnering with you as you design your pathway towards medicine.

Obtain Your Penn Letter

Understand the Penn Letter Process to receive your letter and file your letters of recommendation with the Pre-Health Advising office.

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Schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor or sign up for Pre-Health Quick Questions.

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Browse resources for pre-medicine volunteering and the application process.

Pre-health Research: What, How and When?

Are you a pre-health student at Penn and wondering about what research you should engage in to be a competitive applicant to health profession schools? Review this resource to identify types of research experiences that you can pursue, how and where to look for opportunities, and when to seek out these roles.

By Doris Tabassum
Doris Tabassum Associate Director, Graduate School Advising
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Global Experiences for Pre-health Students

A global experience through Penn Abroad can strengthen and broaden your pre-professional preparation and enrich your academic experience. Check out Penn Abroad’s Global Opportunities: Pre-Health to learn about programs around the world that can develop your cultural competence, knowledge of …

By Carol Hagan
Carol Hagan Senior Associate Director, Graduate School Advising
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Chasing my Passions (And Discovering New Ones!)

Olivia Szewczyk, COL ’24, New Orleans, LA

Being someone that has grown up all my life going to dermatologists offices, I knew that one day, I wanted to be involved in dermatological medicine. Now, I am a rising senior in …

By Career Services
Career Services
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The Power of Structural Biology

Sagar Gupta, COL ’24, Bakersfield, CA

This summer, I continued working in the molecular immunology lab I joined in my freshman year. My experience working in Dr. Nikolaos Sgourakis’s lab at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has been incredibly fulfilling …

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Career Services
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On Leveraging Immortality, Splicing, and Erythroid Stem Cells

Annie Xia, COL ’25, Cincinnati, Ohio

This summer, I was glad to have the opportunity to continue my work at the Jurado Lab at Perelman’s Department of Microbiology. Coming into Penn as an aspiring physician-scientist, I’d always hoped to hone …

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Career Services
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