Career Development


Cognitive Skills Program

Penn State College of Medicine’s Cognitive Skills Program (CSP) provides comprehensive cognitive skills development and learning support to our medical, graduate, and physician assistant students.

The CSP offers workshops, interactive learning sessions, and individual support for exploring content, processes, and thinking skills to maximize our students’ success. The CSP serves all students in the College of Medicine by providing programs to help promote effective and efficient life-long learning. The CSP also provides remediation services for students who are struggling academically.


Disability Services

The College of Medicine Disability Services work with graduate and medical students with documented disabilities. In order to provide students with disabilities every educational opportunity, disability services will make reasonable accommodations in accordance with Section 504 Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure full academic involvement while attending Penn State College of Medicine.


Harrell Health Sciences Library

All faculty, staff, and students at the Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (including medical, graduate, physician assistant, and nursing students) have free unlimited access to the Harrell Health Sciences Library: Research and Learning Commons resources. Library collections and services support the informational needs of PSHMC users engaged in patient care, research, and education, including interlibrary loan, search services, and instruction.

The Library is part of Penn State University Libraries, ranked 9th on the Association of Research Libraries' Investment Index of North American research libraries. Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center members have access to more than 6.9 million books, almost 400,000 E-books, 110,000 online full-text journals and 706 databases. (2014/2015 data) The Libraries are increasingly electronic, allowing 24 hour access from anywhere.

The Library hosts 21 public computer workstations, a 24 hour computer lab, a 24 hour study room and several small group study rooms.  Printers, scanners and copiers are available for use.


Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine address diversity and inclusion from a measurable, strategic perspective that includes, as a foundation, equal employment regulatory compliance.

Our commitment is communicated in the University's diversity statement, which provides the foundation for our initiatives, as well as in our campus' mission and vision statements on diversity, equity and inclusion.

Our goal is to be “best in class” in increasing the diversity of our students and workforce, advancing our commitment to a respectful and inclusive workforce, providing culturally excellent care for our patients and education to our students, and making discoveries that create a greater well-being for all populations, regardless of background.


Office for a Respectful Learning Environment

Our mission is to foster an educational community at Penn State College of Medicine in which all learners and educators feel supported, challenged, valued, and respected. This is a community endeavor; everyone can help, and anyone can hurt. We want every student to have a positive experience at the College of Medicine. Mistreatment arises when behavior shows disrespect for the dignity of others and interferes with the learning process.

The LCME mandates “that the learning environment of its educational programs is conducive to the ongoing development of explicit and appropriate professional behaviors in its [learners], faculty, and staff at all locations and is one in which all individuals are treated with respect” (LCME Functions and Structure of a Medical School). Our goal is to exceed that mandate.


Simulation Center

The mission of the Clinical Simulation Center is to improve patient outcomes with effective programs that promote and enhance practitioner skills, clinical competence, teamwork, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

To advance the field of healthcare simulation, the Center conducts innovative research into simulation theory, practice, and technology.

The Clinical Simulation Center maintains an active research program in simulation-based education and has more than 9,500 square feet of dedicated simulation space with state-of-the-art simulators.


Student Health

Healthcare is provided to all medical, graduate, physician assistant and nursing students in the College of Medicine and their spouses and children. Student Health is a division of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine.

Student Health provides comprehensive primary-care services. These include acute and chronic care for medical problems, preventive healthcare including gynecology, family planning services and well-child visits. Referrals to specialists are provided as necessary by the Student Health providers.


Student Mental Health and Counseling

The Office of Student Mental Health and Counseling (OSMHC) is designed to meet the needs of Penn State College of Medicine students with compassion, honesty, and confidentiality. All issues are taken seriously – no problem is “too small” to talk about.

The years of graduate school and medical training can be among of the most exciting and gratifying of a person’s life. However, being a student can also cause significant amounts of stress and uncertainty. During these times, students may find it helpful to have additional support and encouragement. The OSMHC is available to provide assistance and guidance students need to achieve personal and academic success.