Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Admitted Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to Sidney Kimmel Medical College. The information on this page will be updated periodically in the weeks preceding Orientation Week. Please check this page regularly for updates.

Orientation Week Schedule (PDF)

First-Year Welcome Letter (PDF)

Failure to comply with the requirements will result in your inability to access BANNER, the SKMC student information system.

Matriculation Requirements

Campus Key & E-mail

Your Campus Key is your personal identifier, which gives you access to all information resources on campus

Campus Key Lookup

Self-Register for Wireless Network

All students need to self-register the computer(s) they use to access our JeffWireless network once per semester.

More information on JeffWireless and other Technology Services

Final Transcript

Please have an official final transcript sent to: 

Office of Admissions
Sidney Kimmel Medical College
1015 Walnut Street, Suite 110
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Updated Mailing Address

We require that you update your address on file to provide both your Home/Permanent address and your Local (Philadelphia area) address.

You may enter this information on-line via Banner Web by following the steps:

  1. Log in to Banner, using your Campus Key and Password to log in
  2. If you haven't already, change your PIN number (the system will prompt you on first log in). Enter your original PIN and new choice of PIN. PINs must be six numeric characters
  3. If this is your first log in, the next screen will ask you to provide a hint question and answer in the event you forget your PIN and need to have it sent to you. Enter a question and answer that only you know the answer to, but do not make it overly difficult. If needed, your response must exactly match the answer you provide
  4. Read and accept the Terms of Usage
  5. Follow the "Personal Information" link
  6. Find the option "Update Addresses and Phones"
  7. Select "Home/Permanent" from the address selection drop-down box and enter all requested information
  8. Once you submit this information, you will be taken back to the address change screen. Select "Local" from the address selection drop-down box and enter all requested information

Health Insurance

Health insurance is required for all students at Sidney Kimmel Medical College. If you do not have coverage through another provider, you must enroll in the school-sponsored student health insurance plan.  Once enrolled, the plan will be in effect for the entire academic year.

If you are currently covered under an existing plan through a parent or spouse, you may qualify for a waiver.

Pre-Matriculation Health Requirements

All matriculating Thomas Jefferson University students must complete and submit the pre-matriculation health requirements no later than 30 days prior to the first day of class. 

International Students

Please contact Janice Bogen at the Office of International Affairs by e-mail or at 215-503-4335.

Orientation Program

Students are required to attend Orientation the week of July 24, 2017. Registration takes place July 24, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. until Noon in the Hamilton Building lobby at 1001 Locust Street. 

White Coat Ceremony

The White Coat Ceremony will take place on Friday, July 28, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Crystal Tea Room in the Wannamaker Building, 100 East Penn Square, 9th floor.  A White Coat Luncheon will follow from noon to 2:00 p.m. on Lubert Plaza on the Jefferson Campus located at 1001 Locust Street. 

White Coats and name tags have been generously donated by members of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College Alumni Association. White coats will be presented along with name tags on Registration Day, July 24, 2017.

Bookstore employees will be on-site at Registration Day to fit students for white coats. All students will have the opportunity to thank their alumni donors once they have matriculated at Thomas Jefferson University.

If you have any questions about white coats or would like to be sized in advance, contact the Bookstore or visit during regular business hours.

Attendance at Orientation Events

Event Date Start Time
First Year Registration July 24, 2017 9:00 a.m.
Orientation July 24 - 28, 2017 9:00 a.m.
White Coat Ceremony July 28, 2017 9:00 a.m.

Medical Instruments & Required Supplies


  • Stethoscope 
  • Percussion Hammer (Babinski, Dejerine, Queen's Square—do NOT purchase the triangular head or Buck hammer)
  • Tuning Forks (128 Hertz)
  • Pen Light

Suggested but not Required

  • Otoscope/ophthalmoscope (very important for students considering careers in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, ophthalmology, ENT, neurology and neurosurgery)

For Anatomy Sessions

  1. A pair (or two) of scrubs to be worn in dissection lab sessions and during practical   examinations. Scrubs are mandatory at all times within the Dissection Facility.
  2. A pair of comfortable shoes that completely cover the foot and can get “messy”. This type of footwear is mandatory at all times within the Dissection Facility.
  3. A pair of safety glasses/goggles with shatterproof lenses and side shields. Wearing of Safety glasses/goggles is mandatory at all times within the Dissection Facility.
  4. A combination lock, if desired, for short term securing of personal items during Dissection Weeks.
  5. Students may purchase their own dissection equipment or rent equipment from the dissection facility.  Rented equipment is restricted to two sets per table due to supply.

For Clinical Sessions

All instruments and most supplies are available for purchase at: 

Jefferson Medical & Health Science Bookstore
1009 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 955-7922

Bookstore staff will be available during orientation week to accept your orders and payment via cash or major credit card.

Readings & Readiness Assessment

We believe that critical thinking and problem-solving are essential skills for physicians. Our curriculum is designed to engage students in active learning by delivering content in multiple modalities, such as small groups, team-based learning, labs, and selected lectures where appropriate. Faculty members act as the facilitators of the curriculum, and are available to answer questions and offer clarification. But the onus of learning is on YOU.

Consider this quote from Peter Brown’s book, Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning. “Many common study habits and practice routines turn out to be counterproductive. Underlining and highlighting, rereading, cramming, and single-minded repetition of new skills create the illusion of mastery, but gains fade quickly. More complex and durable learning comes from self-testing, introducing certain difficulties in practice, waiting to re-study new material until a little forgetting has set in, and interleaving the practice of one skill or topic with another.”

For this reason, we strongly encourage you to take the readiness assessment and complete the pre-readings we’ve recommended. You will be able to see what we consider to be a baseline of knowledge for your first day of class, as well as get you started in identifying your own gaps of knowledge and address those areas if necessary before you arrive for medical school. If you do this before you arrive, you will have a smoother start once you get here.

Instructions on how to access the Readiness Assessment and recommended readings:

  1. Log in to Blackboard  using your campus key and password.
  2. Go to the Courses tab, and click on “JeffMD-RA-2017: JeffMD: Readiness Assessment.”
  3. Go to the link “Getting Ready for JeffMD” and follow the instructions.

If you have any trouble logging into Blackboard or technical issues, please contact Kathleen Kieser.

JeffMD Phase One: Assessment Weeks 2017 - 2018

Assessment weeks will include a variety of assessments including facilitator meetings, clinical skills assessments, and multiple choice exams.    

Block One     Introduction to the Study of Medicine  Week of August 28, 2017    
Block Two     Host Defense/Blood     Week of October 23, 2017    
Block Three     Cardio/Pulmonary – Assessment One
Cardio/Pulmonary – Assessment Two    
Week of December 18, 2017    
Week of February 19, 2018    
Block Four     GI/Liver/Renal - Assessment One
GI/Liver/Renal – Assessment Two    
Week of April 9, 2018    
Week of May 14, 2018    

Academic Calendar

Request for Accommodations

If you require accommodations, please contact Jennifer Fogerty, MSEd, as early as possible at 215-503-6335. More information can be found at the accommodation page.

Compliance with the SKMC Honor Code/Shared Code of Values

The students of SKMC are proud of the Honor Code (PDF) they have written and are committed to its values. To review the Jefferson Enterprise Code of Conduct, click here.

SKMC Class of 2021 Facebook Page (TBD)

Join the SKMC Class of 2021 Facebook Group to meet fellow students and keep up with the latest news. You need to be logged into Facebook to access the group. In addition, please join JeffsList on Facebook, where students can sell items and look for roommates and housing.