About Us

Founded in 1824, Jefferson Medical College, now the Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC), has awarded more than 31,000 medical degrees and has more living graduates than any other private medical school in the nation. It offers both undergraduate medical education programs and innovative joint degree programs to more than 1,000 students each year.

The Sidney Kimmel Medical College is recognized for its balanced approach to medical education, and approximately one out of four to one out of five applicants throughout the U.S. apply to Sidney Kimmel.

Mission Statement 

Sidney Kimmel Medical College is committed to: educating physicians who will form and lead the integrated healthcare delivery and research teams of tomorrow; discovering new knowledge that will define the future of clinical care through investigation from the laboratory to the bedside, and into the community; and setting the standard for quality, compassionate and efficient patient care for our community and for the nation. Jefferson recognizes that a diverse community is imperative to achieving excellence in patient care, education, and research. As we carry out our mission, we are committed to the highest standards of professionalism and aspire to be a community of discovery, learning, and inclusion.

The Core Values of Sidney Kimmel Medical College

At Jefferson, we are committed to the highest principles of professionalism. We aspire to be a community
that is not only academically and fiscally successful, but also a community of discovery, learning, caring,
and sharing. The core values of professionalism guide our actions. At Jefferson:

  • Our word is our bond (Integrity).
  • We respect each other and all with whom we come into contact (Respect).
  • We contribute to society’s intellectual, cultural, and spiritual well-being to the highest possible extent (Social Responsibility).
  • We recognize that diversity and excellence go hand-in-hand, enhancing our education and patient care and welcome our ability to interact with other people (Diversity).
  • We care about and attempt to ameliorate the suffering and pain of illness; we care about and attempt to ameliorate the trials and tribulations of the Jefferson family (Compassion).
  • We are committed to excellence and the life-long pursuit of new knowledge and personal and professional growth (Excellence).
  • We aspire to do the right thing, for the right reason, even if it involves pain or sacrifice (Altruism).
  • We are committed to each other and to those we serve. We work together to achieve our mission and goals (Collaboration).
  • We are committed to the prudent use of the resources made available to us by the hard work of the faculty, the tuition of our learners, the support of the public, and the philanthropic giving that sustains us and helps us grow (Stewardship).

Medical Departments of SKMC

  • Anesthesiology
  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Dermatology & Cutaneous Biology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family & Community Medicine
  • Integrative Medicine & Nutritional Sciences
  • Medical Oncology
  • Medicine
  • Microbiology & Immunology
  • Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
  • Neurological Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Neuroscience
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology / Head & Neck Surgery
  • Pathology, Anatomy & Cell Biology
  • Pediatrics
  • Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics
  • Psychology & Human Behavior
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiology
  • Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Urology

Programmatic Research Domains

  • Oncological Sciences, The Sidney Kimmel Medical Center
  • Neuroscience, The Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience
  • Fibrosis & Pulmonary Biology, Center for Translational Medicine
  • Mitochondria, Metabolism & Bioenergetics, MitrCare Center
  • Orthopedics, Departments of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Hematology & Vascular Biology, The Cardeza Center

 Academic Programs

  • MD: Our innovative curriculum prepares future doctors to learn actively and think critically as they develop core professional competencies to prepare them to make positive, impactful changes on healthcare.
  • MD/PHD: Our students provide patient care, lead research discovery, advocate for basic and translational research and assume leadership roles in biomedical research and the delivery of health care.
  • Post-baccalaureate/ Pre-Health: Programs for students who have a Baccalaureate degree but need to complete additional course work to meet the prerequisites for entry into medical school.
  • Physician Shortage Area Program: An admissions and educational program designed to increase the supply and retention of physicians in rural areas and small towns, especially in Pennsylvania and Delaware.
  • Penn State Accelerated BS/MD: A seven-year, cooperative BS/MD program, run by SMMC and Pennsylvania State University.
  • IDeA Program: The IDeA Program invites Princeton University sophomores pursuing non-traditional pre-med majors or concentrations, such as architecture, engineering and computer science, to apply for early admission to SKMC.
  • Delaware Institute of Medical Education & Research: The Delaware Institute of Medical Education and Research created the DIMER Program to provide an opportunity for Delaware residents to obtain a high-quality medical education.
  • University of Delaware Medical Scholars: An educational collaboration between the University of Delaware and Sidney Kimmel Medical College, which links college to medical school with an early admission process for qualified students.
  • Joint MD/MBA-MHA: A joint five-year MD/MBA (and MHA) program is offered in collaboration with Widener University. An additional MD/MBA opportunity is available through the University of Delaware at its main campus. These joint MD/MBA-MHA programs are under the direction of the Jefferson College of Population Health.
  • Dual MD/MPH: In conjunction with the Jefferson College of Population Health, medical students have the opportunity to earn the master of public health (MPH) degree as part of their SKMC education. 

University Accreditations