The Drexel Pathway to Medical School program is an Early Assurance program with Drexel University College of Medicine. The Drexel Pathway to Medical School program gives the socially or economically disadvantaged applicant a unique opportunity to prove his or her ability to succeed in a medical school program by taking a rigorous program of courses in a medical school environment. Students accepted into the Drexel Pathway to Medical School program are given a provisional acceptance to enter Drexel University College of Medicine following successful completion of this one-year program.
A maximum of 30 students are accepted into the program each year. This allows for small group instruction during the summer enrichment portion of the program and individual counseling with an administrative advocate throughout the program. Drexel Pathway to Medical School students take medical school courses along with 140 Interdepartmental Medical Science program students and graduate level courses with 70-plus Medical Science Preparatory program students. Because the medical students are located at the Queen Lane Campus and the Drexel Pathway to Medical School program students are housed at the Health Sciences Campus in Center City, the medical school lectures are simulcast into the Center City campus lecture halls from the Queen Lane campus.
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Drexel Pathway to Medical School Admissions
Applicants to the program are required to have completed one year of biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics (each with laboratory), and one year of English literature and behavioral sciences (psychology, sociology and philosophy) courses. In addition, a 2.90 undergraduate math/science and overall GPA as well as a minimum MCAT score of 20 with no section below a 6 on the most recent exam set are also required. Applicants accepted into the Drexel Pathway to Medical School program who have minimum MCAT scores below a 7 Verbal Reasoning, 8 Biological Science, and 8 Physical Science enter Track 1 of the Drexel Pathway to Medical School program, where they are required to prepare and retake the MCAT. Applicants accepted into the Drexel Pathway to Medical School program already having achieved a minimum 7 Verbal Reasoning, 8 Biological Science, and 8 Physical Science enter Track 2 of the Drexel Pathway to Medical School program. Track 2 program students take an additional medical school course in lieu of the MCAT preparation and review course.
Successful Program Completion
Students who complete and pass all courses included in the Drexel Pathway to Medical School program curriculum, achieve a minimum 2.75 graduate GPA, and for Track 1 students, release new official MCAT scores to the program, will be granted a certificate of program completion. Track 1 program students achieving a 3.00 graduate GPA, a minimum score of 7 Verbal Reasoning, 8 Physical Science, M Writing Sample, and 8 Biological Science on a new MCAT will retain their acceptance to the College of Medicine and begin studies in the fall. Track 2 program students achieving a minimum 3.00 graduate GPA and passing the Medical Immunology course also retain their acceptance and matriculate into the College of Medicine in the fall.
Students who do not retain their acceptance to Drexel University College of Medicine may be considered for acceptance into the Drexel Pathway to Medical School II program, where they can earn a Master of Science degree with an additional year of coursework.
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