Jefferson IDeA Program

Established in 2014, the Innovation and Design Application (IDeA) program at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Jefferson University is designed for creative thinkers who seek flexibility in their undergraduate education. Sophomores apply directly to Jefferson and finalists are invited to interview on campus.

Benefits of program include:

  • Admission to medical school as a sophomore
  • Reduced premedical prerequisites: IDeA students participate in a summer "science boot camp" before medical school so that they're ready for the medical school curriculum.
  • No MCAT required
  • Mentorship from Program Director Dr. Bon Ku and other Princeton alums
  • Acceptance into the design thinking college within a college track at SKMC

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    Eligibility Requirements

    • Sophomore (rising junior) at Princeton
    • Interest in design thinking and innovation in health care
    • Completion of specific prerequisites and cumulative GPA of 3.4 prior to the beginning of medical school

    Princeton Application Procedure

    All applicants must submit:

    • Complete application form
    • Two letters of reference (at least one must come from a Princeton faculty member)
    • College transcript
    • Resume
    • SAT scores

    Applicants can email their letters of reference, transcript and resume to [email protected].

    Application is due on February 15.

    More details on the IDeA Program website.

    IDeA Timeline

    Date Event
    Sophomore year, February Application due
    March On campus interviews at Sidney Kimmel Medical College for selected finalists
    April Students notified of acceptance
    Junior year Check-ins with Program Director
    Senior year, January Complete AMCAS aplication
    Summer before matriculation Three-week immersion program. Students will be invited to Thomas Jefferson University to take a mini-course preparing them for medical school and participate in shadowing physicians across multiple specialties.
    July Accepted students matriculate at SKMC