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Penn State Brandywine offers a pathway for future physicians

7/13/2012 —

Thanks to a new linkage agreement between Penn State Brandywine and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), up to five graduates of Brandywine’s Accelerated Undergraduate Postbaccalaureate Medical Sciences Certificate (Postbacc) program will continue their medical studies at PCOM each year. Qualified students will complete the Postbacc program in December, and be eligible to begin their osteopathic medicine studies the following August. 

“We are very excited about the new linkage agreement,” said Associate Professor of Biology Elizabeth Dudkin, who serves as the program coordinator at Brandywine. “PCOM historically has welcomed non-traditional students, which makes it a terrific fit for our non-traditional, career changing students in the Postbacc program.”

PCOM President Matthew Schure reiterated Dudkin’s sentiments. "Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is very pleased to sign this affiliation agreement with Penn State Brandywine,” he said.

The Postbacc program is an intensive one-year accelerated curriculum that prepares career changers for graduate work in the health professions. It consists of four quarters of coursework in biology, chemistry, organic chemistry and physics. Delivered in a blended format combining weekday online courses with weekend laboratory sessions, the program is structured to accommodate the needs of working professionals.

The next information session will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 15 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Penn State Brandywine. Prospective students can attend in person or participate online via the live webcast. For more information, visit http://brandywine.psu.edu/CE/program.htm or call the Penn State Brandywine Office of Continuing Education at 610-892-1300.

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