Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

College within the College

A national trend in medical education is the development of programmatic tracks providing interested students with academic and research opportunities outside of the traditional medical curriculum. We are in the first phase of a multi-year plan to reform our clinical curriculum, starting with changes that will instantly distinguish us among medical colleges.

Students have the option to select among areas of concentration as part of the College within the College (CwiC) Program at SKMC. New tracks may still be added. Currently we offer tracks in:

Through workshops, seminars and active research experience, buoyed by close relationships with faculty research advisors and mentors, students will gain insights and skills in cross-cutting domains that will enrich their clinical medicine training. Yet they will not have to stay an additional year for a formal Master's degree. Students choosing the CwiC-Population Health track can transfer up to 15 credits toward an MPH Degree in the Jefferson College of Population Health.

The experience for each student will culminate in a scholarly capstone project. For example, students in the Population Health track, this could be tied to direct exposure to healthcare delivery and the social determinants of health in a developing country or in an underserved area right in our backyard.

In CwiC, the student benefits from longitudinal mentorship and enhanced learning experience, and can attain qualifications of importance in residency training and practice, notation of completion in the students' transcript, a certificate and recognition from the SKMC Office of the Dean.