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

Learn more about Sidney Kimmel Medical College & JeffDesign

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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 GPA of 3.4 (cumulative and BCPM) prior to the beginning of medical school

Princeton Application Procedure

All applicants must submit:

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

Application is due on January 29, 2024.

More details on the IDeA Program website.

IDeA Timeline

Date Event
Sophomore year: January Application due
February 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, December Complete AMCAS aplication
Summer before matriculation Two-week virtual mini-course to prepare for medical school.
July Accepted students matriculate at SKMC