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Honors Program in Medical Education

If you’re seeking a career in medicine or medical research and are prepared for the challenge of accelerated, intensive study, consider the Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME).

  • Participation in the HPME can reduce by one year the amount of time necessary to complete the formal academic requirements for a BS and MD.
  • Students receive their bachelor’s degree in medical engineering from McCormick at the end of their second year of medical school.
  • Students then receive an MD from the Feinberg School of Medicine (FSM) after successful completion of four years of medical school.

Get additional information about the Honors Program in Medical Education through the Feinberg School of Medicine.

How to Apply

HPME first-year students are admitted simultaneously to McCormick and Feinberg. If you successfully complete the first three years of undergraduate study, you may be qualified to matriculate to Feinberg to begin four years of medical study.

You must apply to this program when you apply to Northwestern. There is a place on the undergraduate admission application to note that you are applying to this program.

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Northwestern Undergraduate Premedical Scholars Program (NUPSP)

For high-achieving Northwestern undergraduates in pursuit of a career as a physician, Feinberg School of Medicine offers this early MD acceptance program.

Application Process

Only five students are admitted into the program each year.

Students are accepted during their third undergraduate year for matriculation into the Feinberg School after their fourth or senior year.

For those selected, NUPSP offers:

  • Submission of only one medical school application (to the Feinberg School)
  • Exemption from taking the MCAT examination
  • A path to one of three combined degree programs offered by the Feinberg School.

Learn how to apply to the premedical scholars program