Drexel University College of Medicine’s approach to medical education is
consistent with the school’s two centuries of healthcare history. In 1848, the founders of Hahnemann University
(then named the Homeopathic Medical College of
Pennsylvania) thought that there were better ways to
treat patients than the harsh medical practices of the time.
Two years later, the founders of the Medical College of
Pennsylvania established the nation’s first medical
school for women. In 1993, the Medical College of
Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University consolidated
into a single institution — MCP Hahnemann University. Today, the
school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in
health professions, nursing, public health, medicine, and
biomedical graduate studies.
Recognizing that different students have different ways of learning, Drexel’ college of medicine offers
a choice between two innovative academic curricula for students’
first years of study. Interdisciplinary Foundations
of Medicine (IFM) integrates basic science courses and
presents them through clinical symptom-based modules.
IFM is faculty driven: students learn in lectures, labs,
and small groups. The Program for Integrated Learning
(PIL), a problem-based curriculum, is student driven,
supervised and facilitated by faculty. Students learn in
small groups, labs, and resource sessions by focusing on
case studies. Both options focus on professional medical
education, preparing students to pursue careers in either
a generalist or a specialist discipline. Both stress problem solving, lifelong learning skills, and the coordinated
teaching of basic science with clinical medicine. In the
third year, students take clinical clerkships, covering six
key medical and surgical subjects. Academic, clinical,
and professional skills are emphasized and integrated in
both inpatient and ambulatory clinical settings. In the
fourth year, the “pathway” program lets students gain
career experience in a general professional pathway or a
discipline-specific pathway of their choice.
The college operates on a pass/fail system.
The Educational and Research Building
includes state-of-the-art research labs, modern teaching
facilities, including two 175-seat auditoriums, a learning
resource center, a clinical learning lab, a computer center, and high-tech audiovisual linkages between various
locations. Clinical training hospitals include
Hahnemann Hospital, MCP Hospital, St. Christopher’s
Hospital for Children, and Graduate Hospital. Affiliate hospitals include Allegheny General Hospital
in Pittsburgh, Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown,
Monmouth Medical Center in Monmouth, and Pinnacle
Health Hospital in Harrisburg. On campus, the Florence A.
Moor Library of Medicine contains more than 37,000
volumes; over 1,050 serial publications are
The school has an active recruitment program to encourage minority admissions. Drexel offers a combined MD-MPH program, and an MDMBA program with the university’s Executive
MBA program, and an MD-PhD program with the
School of Biomedical Sciences. There is a BA-MD program in partnership with nearby Villanova University and a BA or BS-MD program with Drexel University.
In addition to the basic premedical science courses,
one year of English is required. Transfer and advanced standing applicants are considered for the second
and third years if openings are available.
The Office of Student Affairs assists students in finding local housing.
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