There are times in the careers of established faculty when an individual needs the opportunity to refresh his or her career goals, to gain new experiences, learn new approaches, or embark on new ventures. A sabbatical is a privilege which may be granted to an individual who has demonstrated by publication, teaching, or performance an above average ability in scholarship, research, or other creative accomplishment.
The Penn State College of Medicine and Milton S. Hershey Medical Center provide three types of opportunities for career renewal. For more information use the links below each program or contact the Office of Faculty and Professional Development.
Tenured faculty members of the Penn State College of Medicine who have served for at least six years may apply for up to one year of leave for purposes of intensive study or research, usually at another location. Applications for sabbatical leave must be submitted to the Office of Faculty and Professional Development by October 1 each year.
- University Policy on Sabbatical Leave (HR17)
- Application Form for Sabbatical Leave (pdf)
- Sabbatical Leave Guidelines (pdf)
- Penn State Arrest/Conviction Self-Disclosure Form(pdf) (form is to be completed before returning from sabbatical)
HMC Sabbatical Leave Program
The HMC Sabbatical Leave Program will provide for a leave of absence with pay for faculty physicians employed by the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center for purposes of intensive study or research which has as its outcome increasing the quality of the individual's future contribution to the College of Medicine/Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and/or Penn State University. Applications need to be submitted to the Office of Faculty and Professional Development by December 31 each year.
Study Leave for Physicians (Focused Sabbatical Program)
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Corporation has developed the study leave or focused sabbatical program, a new category of leave of absence with pay for corporation employed faculty physicians. This program provides an opportunity for a focused period of clinical experience, study or research to foster individual physician career development, including the development of new clinical therapeutic and preventive options for patients, as well as new directions and depth in our research and education missions. Applications need to be submitted to the Office of Faculty and Professional Development by December 31 each year.