Two medical students from central Pennsylvania are using more efficient and less expensive methods to assist their rural communities.
Seth Martin stands out among Penn State College of Medicine students because he is a Mennonite.
He’s also part of a small group of students who are on track to graduate from medical school in three years rather than the usual four.
“The short answer is yes, it’s difficult,” the Lancaster County native, 25, said.
“I’m not sure if it’s harder than I anticipated, because I expected medical school to be difficult in general.”
… We do have a little less spare time.”
Penn State College of Medicine in Dauphin County is also unique, as it is one of only 30 medical schools in the United States that offers the “accelerated path.”
Its goal is to produce more doctors faster in order to help address a projected shortage.
Furthermore, students can save tens of thousands of dollars on medical school.
As a result, it’s seen as a way to make it easier for people from all walks of life to become doctors.
Shannon Brumbaugh grew up in a small town about 90 miles northwest of Harrisburg in Huntingdon County.
With the help of her mother, her late father ran a logging company.
She is the first member of her family to attend college.
“In terms of going to college and medical school, it was definitely not a path the family was familiar with.
“It’s also not something a lot of the students at the high school where I went did,” she added.
Family medicine is one of the specialties offered by Penn State’s program, which began in 2014.
There are now a dozen specialties available, including internal medicine, psychiatry, orthopedics, and neurosurgery.
The three-year programs are extremely competitive, with only one or two students per specialty being accepted each year.
You might think that compressing four years of medical school into three necessitates students who are exceptionally bright and capable.
According to Dr., this is partially true.
Associate Vice Chair of Education at Penn State College of Medicine, Shou Ling Leong
However, she believes that knowing one’s future specialty when starting medical school is critical to the accelerated path.
Typically, medical students spend the majority of their fourth year learning about different specialties and making decisions.
Administrators look for activities and life experiences that relate to the three-year path when considering applications.
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