Medical Institute

The Medical Institute at Perkiomen School provides coursework and experiential learning for students interested in pursuing a career in medicine. Students will have the ability to tailor their programming based on their personal interests. The program consists of traditional coursework, external experiences, and a practicum.

Students who successfully complete a Medical Distinction Plan will be identified as Candidates for Medical Distinction. Annually, these candidates will be announced in the spring. Candidates who successfully complete the rigorous requirements will be awarded Medical Distinction upon graduation. During the launch year, 12th grade students who have interest in the Institute will have the opportunity to complete an accelerated program.

Melinda Irven
Director of The Medical Institute


Institute Enrollment:

Students who seek Medical Distinction will need to complete a Medical Distinction Plan that outlines how they will complete each of the program requirements (coursework, external experience, and practicum).

The Medical Distinction Plan should be completed no later than January 1 of the candidate’s junior year. Plans submitted after January 1 will be considered for acceptance based on prior work completed.

All students are encouraged to participate in all phases of the Medical Institute, including those not seeking Medical Distinction.

Dual Enrollment:

Students may enroll in both the Entrepreneur Institute and the Medical Institute. An individualized plan will be created to meet the required elements of each program.


Coursework (minimum of 3):

Foundations of Medical Science

Scientific Research and Design

AP Biology

AP Chemistry

AP Physics 1, 2, or C

Anatomy and Physiology

Engineering and Applied Science

AP Psychology

AP Statistics


Additive Manufacturing

AP Seminar (after school Winter & Spring terms)

Fluency in a second language

Pre-approved alternative course (Perkiomen or non-Perkiomen course)

External Experience

External Experience:

Minimum of 10 hours, may be completed during the school year or summer

This requirement may be satisfied through:

  • Perkiomen School Summer Veterinary Camp
  • Perkiomen School weekend workshops (offered October, April, and May)
  • Perkiomen School Winter term weekend class (example: EMT Training, First Aid/CPR, personal training, yoga instructor)
  • Pre-approved shadow programming



  • AP Research – offered as an after school activity Note: Completing AP Seminar and Research and two additional AP classes will qualify students to earn an AP diploma
  • Literature Review and Publication
  • Field work with mentor

Medical Institute Partners

Connect with Perkiomen students as a Medical Institute Partner. Become a mentor, panelist, or manage a field experience site. Contact Carol Dougherty or take our partner survey.