Educational Pipeline Program

The Health Sciences Educational Pipeline Program (Pipeline) is a partnership between the Perelman School of Medicine, the Netter Center, and local high schools. The mission of the Educational Pipeline Program is to provide mentorship and education at all levels: high school students are taught by undergraduates and graduate students; undergraduates learn from graduate students; and graduate students are guided by physicians.

Programming is integrated into the high school science curriculum and has focused on neurology, cardiology, and gastroenterology. Pipeline operates at the high school during the fall term, and students are brought to the medical school during the spring term. 

Background: In 1998, Karen Hamilton, PhD created the Educational Pipeline Program in the Perelman School of Medicine as part of Project 3000 by 2000, an ambitious program launched by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The goal of the AAMC’s campaign was to increase the matriculation of underrepresented minorities - Blacks, American Indians, Mexican Americans, and Mainland Puerto Ricans - in medical school to a total of 3000 by the year 2000. The Pipeline Program initially served high school students from African American, Hispanic, and financially disadvantaged backgrounds in Thomas A. Edison and Overbrook High Schools. In 2003, the Pipeline Program combined forces with the Netter Center for Community Partnerships to form a strong and enduring relationship with Sayre High School. And in 2014, the Netter Center also began to recruit West Philadelphia High School students to the program. Today, the Pipeline Program works with high school students from both Sayre and West Philadelphia High Schools.

The Educational Pipeline Program is an educational initiative operated by the Perelman School of Medicine and facilitated by the Netter Center for Community Partnerships. Pipeline works to provide mentorship and education for high school students while exposing them to a variety of careers in medicine and healthcare. With support and training, Penn students get the unique opportunity to teach lessons in Neurology, Cardiology, and Veterinary Medicine in high schools. Learn more at