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The Interdepartmental Medical Science (IMS) program is a rigorous one-year graduate program designed to help committed full-time students develop strong academic portfolios and become attractive candidates for medical school.

Located on the Center City Campus of Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, this master’s program begins in August and ends in late May. This allows students time to apply to medical schools while in the program, and matriculate into medical school following its completion.

Applicants to the Interdepartmental Medical Science program include students who are:

  • Late in their decision to apply to medical school
  • Interested in improving their academic record before applying or reapplying to medical school
  • Interested in applying to dental, optometry, podiatry, chiropractic or other health professional schools

Focus on Academics

Students take courses equivalent to the first year of medical school, including: Medical Biochemistry, Physiology, Microanatomy, Immunology, Neuroanatomy, and Fundamentals of Nutrition & Diet. Medical school lectures are digitally recorded and accessible online via streaming video.

Additionally, students engage in course conferences and laboratory components conducted at the Center City Campus by the medical school faculty. Historically, the IMS program has proven successful in helping students gain entry into highly selective medical schools throughout the United States, including Drexel University College of Medicine.

Learn more about the curriculum

Focus on Options

Upon successful completion of the IMS program with attainment of GPA and MCAT benchmarks, each student is guaranteed an interview for the MD program at Drexel University College of Medicine.

In preparation for the application process, advisors offer assistance with developing personal statements and preparing for interviews. Some students require an additional year of strong academic performance before applying to medical schools. Other graduates of the IMS program choose to pursue alternative pathways within the Biomedical Science program, offered through Drexel’s School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems.


Meet An Alumnus – Franklin Burg

Franklin Burg - Master of Science in Interdepartmental Medical Science Program Alumnus

"Going through the [Interdepartmental Medical Science] program and getting above the threshold that they require for the guaranteed interview proved to myself and proved to other medical schools that I do have the academic strengths needed to be successful. Another nice thing about the program is getting to see what medical school is like before getting in. Drexel's master's program is different from other master's programs because here you are actually taking real medical school classes." Read Franklin's story.


Faculty Advisors

Students in the Interdepartmental Medical Science program are assigned a faculty advisor who will meet with the student regularly and eventually write a letter of evaluation for application to health professional schools. See a list of faculty advisors to the Interdepartmental Medical Science program.

An Interdepartmental Medical Science program graduate student working in the laboratory.

Interdepartmental Medical Science Admissions

Applicants to the Interdepartmental Medical Science program must have already fulfilled undergraduate premedical requirements and demonstrated mastery of the material at a minimum grade of C. These prerequisites include a year of biology, chemistry, physics and organic chemistry, including respective laboratory sections. Competitive applicants should have a 3.0 undergraduate science and cumulative GPA. Additional post-baccalaureate and graduate course work is taken into consideration. Official transcripts from all schools where coursework was attempted or taken must be released.

An MCAT score of 27 or higher, with no section less than 8 (under the old system), is required for admission. Specific standards are being developed for the new MCAT, but at this time, it is expected that students should have a composite score in the 75th percentile or better in order to be considered for admission to the program. We also accept competitive DAT scores (≥20) for dental applicants or competitive OAT score (≥330) for optometry applicants.

Letters of evaluation from your undergraduate committee or two science faculty and one additional letter are required for application.

Strong applicants would have experience in health care and demonstrated a commitment to medicine.

Applications are reviewed throughout the year, qualifying candidates are granted interviews, and admission is granted on a rolling basis.

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   I did the Interdepartmental Medical Science program; I was accepted into my first choice medical school with a month left of the year. I was very successful in medical school, receiving the highest research awards for medical students. I then was lucky enough to gain a spot into my top residency choice: emergency medicine at Cook County in Chicago.
 
I can not thank you enough for the opportunity that Drexel afforded me. That year was very hard, but if I had it over I would do it again because it opened so many doors. After that experience and going through the uncertainty of that time, everything after has been relatively easy.   
Dan McCabe, MD
Emergency Medicine PGY-1, Cook County Hospital (Stroger)