The Intensive Medical Sciences curriculum requires a full-time commitment to academic studies. Considered a "special master's" program, the Intensive Medical Sciences program affords students the opportunity to take first-year medical school equivalent courses.
These major courses include the following:
- Medical Biochemistry
- Medical Microanatomy
- Medical Physiology
- Medical Nutrition
- Medical Immunology
- Medical Neuroanatomy
The program was designed for individuals who have already fulfilled their undergraduate premedical requirements and wish to demonstrate their preparation, performance and motivation for medical school through the completion of highly selective medical school equivalent basic science coursework; the science courses in the IMS program constitute approximately 70% of the basic science component of our standard first-year MD program curriculum. The medical school equivalent coursework is taught and directed by the same faculty members who teach the University's medical school curriculum, and it is based on the content, pace and assessments used by our matriculated first-year medical school class.
The lectures are digitally recorded and are accessible via streaming video on the web. Additionally, course conferences and laboratory components for Intensive Medical Sciences students are conducted at the Center City Campus by the medical school faculty.
A benefit of the Intensive Medical Sciences program is that it begins in August and ends in early June. This allows students time to apply to medical schools while in the program and matriculate into medical school following completion of the program. The tuition associated with the Intensive Medical Sciences program is less than the tuition for a typical one-year special master's program. Since many students are accepted into medical school after only one year of the program, financing one year of tuition is another significant benefit.
Please know that it is not prudent for every student admitted into the Intensive Medical Sciences program to apply while attending the program. Some students need two years of strong academic performance, beyond their incoming coursework, prior to applying to become a competitive applicant to medical schools. During the admissions process, admission officers will counsel applicants regarding the benefits of enrolling in the one-year preparatory program or the two-year special master's program.
Program Level Outcomes
Graduates of the Intensive Medical Sciences program will achieve seven program level outcomes that describe the skills, competencies and knowledge gained through completion of the program curriculum.
- Demonstrate an understanding for effective leadership and professionalism for future training in the health professions
- Demonstrate medical science competencies comparable to the first year medical school curriculum
- Demonstrate critical thinking and analyses skills
- Demonstrate a knowledge base and skill set necessary for success in health professional programs
- Demonstrate knowledge and awareness of multiple areas of potential synergy and/or conflict between medicine and society
- Communicate effectively
- Develop a competitive application for training in the health professions