My ancestor was a doctor in the 1700s or 1800s. How is it possible he did not attend Penn’s Medical School?
Standards of the time did not dictate that those seeking to be physicians had to attend medical school. Many young men apprenticed under local doctors, while others were able to afford a formal medical education. Others traveled to Philadelphia to study under a private physician, attend lectures at local hospitals or anatomy schools. Therefore it is possible that your ancestor did come to Philadelphia to study medicine, but did not attend the University of Pennsylvania.