Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Pipeline Programs

Pipeline and outreach programs are designed to prepare and inspire students to pursue careers in medicine and medical research. Sidney Kimmel Medical College is committed to providing experiences and education to middle school, high school, college, and post-graduate students from groups underrepresented in the health care fields to increase the pool of qualified candidates applying to careers related to medicine and medical research.

JeffSTEP-UP brochure will soon be available for more information. Download the JeffSTEP-UP application. Click images below for more information.

Step-Up pipeline

STEP-UP Medicine and the Pipeline

The STEP-UP Medicine program engages a wide variety of groups both in and out of SKMC. This engagement provides the student with the most comprehensive experience possible as we aim to increase the supply of qualified underrepresented minority candidates for medical school. Click the graphic above to see a larger version.

Jefferson Pipeline from Youth to Health Care Professional

Jefferson Pipeline from Youth to Health Care Professional

Thomas Jefferson University has developed a pipeline program meant to educate people at a young age and provide age-appropriate career counseling and experiences. Along the continuum, the pipeline program has established collaborations to give the student the most comprehensive experience possible as we aim to increase the supply of qualified underrepresented minority candidates for the health care fields. Click the graphic above to see a larger version.


Jefferson Summer Training &
Enrichment Program for Underrepresented Persons in Medicine​

The Jefferson Summer Training and Enrichment Program for Underrepresented Persons (JeffSTEP-UP) in medicine is an intensive program aimed at pre-medical college students who are underrepresented in medicine and from economically disadvantaged backgrounds intending to apply to medical College. 

The objective of the program is to provide those who are about to apply to medical school with a comprehensive and concentrated experience aimed at enhancing their qualifications to successfully apply. It is an eight-week, full time, Monday - Saturday program held in the summer with a curriculum that includes:

  • Formal Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) preparation through the Princeton Review Course
  • Comprehensive workshops focusing American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application preparation, personal statement writing, and medical College interview preparation. 
  • Educational sessions on health policy, health disparities and health equity
  • Clinical shadowing experiences in fields such as Emergency Medicine, Family and Community Medicine, General Surgery, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
  • Medical skills workshops such as suturing and venipuncture

Future Health Professionals Program

The objective of the Future Health Professionals High School Program is to provide high school juniors and seniors with information and experiences to expose them to potential career choices in the health care fields.

The Future Docs High school Program is a sixteen-week educational and experiential program for underrepresented minority high school juniors and seniors interested in careers in the health professions. Students attend sessions for two hours a week. The program begins in November and ends in April.

Through interaction with faculty and students, participants have the opportunity to explore careers in medicine, nursing, the health professions, pharmacy, population health and the biomedical sciences. During the program, participants interact with Jefferson faculty and students and learn about career opportunities and student life. These sessions are designed to encourage students to prepare themselves adequately for future health care careers. 

Sessions include:

  • Visit to the anatomy lab
  • Interactive medical simulation session in the Clinical Skills Laboratory
  • Panel session on life as a student in the various health care colleges
  • Medical, nursing, graduate and health professions admissions requirements
  • Financial aid and scholarship opportunities
  • Careers in nursing, pharmacy, occupational therapy and allied health technologies
  • Careers in medicine (with exposure to Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Surgery, Family Medicine, and Internal Medicine)

Students are also given hands-on experiences through the use of our Anatomy Lab and Clinical Skills Center. They will also tour the hospital and TJU campus.