A diverse student body, faculty and staff are an essential foundation for fulfilling the College of Medicine's mission and goals. We believe that diversity enhances the academic experience beyond the classroom, creating better doctors and health care professionals.
Studies show that minority physicians are more likely to treat minority patients and indigent patients, and practice in underserved communities.
Support and Services
The College of Medicine is firmly committed to producing a diverse population of physicians and researchers. All units within the Office of Student Affairs for the MD Program and the Graduate School provide personal and academic support and a positive learning environment to help minority students realize their professional goals. Through these efforts, the College of Medicine has become an historical leader in the number of minority students it trains.
The Office of Diversity provides services and programs for students at all levels of undergraduate medical education. We work very closely as a team in
Student Affairs, interacting with the career development center and other units, to counsel students on many issues that may affect them during their medical education. In addition to an open door policy, we have a number of activities and clubs to support students from diverse backgrounds.
The Office of Diversity actively organizes study groups, assists with obtaining study resources, assists with the tutorial program, arranges for special assistance for exams, and provides mentoring. Through the Office of Diversity, students can find many opportunities for social fellowship.
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Many Drexel University College of Medicine students have formed student groups to support their own unique histories, to foster academic advances within their own groups, as well as for personal and social support.
The Office of Diversity supports other affinity groups and assists in the creation, management and logistics involved in student organizations.
Learn more about student groups at the College of Medicine
Drexel Mentoring and Pipeline Program (DMAPP)
Drexel Mentoring and Pipeline Program (DMAPP) recognizes the need for mentors, volunteering at local high schools in the Mt. Airy and North Philadelphia section of the city of Philadelphia.
The purpose of the program is to foster the development of future leaders through academic excellence, professionalism, community service and integrity. DMAPP offers free tutoring and mentor-mentee relationships with Drexel University College of Medicine students. The high school students participate in monthly professional development workshops that include topics such as personal essay writing and interviewing etiquette.
The ultimate goal is to expose the high school students to careers in health and medicine, while assisting them in developing the critical skills needed for the professional world and community involvement.
Together the high schools and College of Medicine students engage civic and volunteer events including feeding the homeless at Chosen 300, distributing food and clothing to families in need during the holidays, fundraising efforts, reading to children at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, and interactive role play at The Independence Blue Cross Medical Simulation Center at Drexel University College of Medicine in a realistic patient care environment.
DMAPP is fostering development of future diversity leaders through academic excellence, professionalism, community service and integrity.
Drexel Black Doctors Network
Two second-year medical students at the College of Medicine, Dexter Graves and Bisola Egbe, noticed a lack of opportunity for students to interact with African-American physicians in the Philadelphia area. Recognizing that shadowing and research opportunities can be very difficult for underrepresented minority students to obtain, they proposed a new program specifically designed to connect the African-American students at Drexel with local African-American physicians. Their ultimate goal is to pair each student with a physician to provide mentoring and support through the medical school process.
Learn more about Drexel Black Doctors Network
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Events and Programs
The Student National Medical Association hosts a Bigs/Littles BBQ for Drexel's Graduate Studies students in the Drexel Pathway to Medical School Program (DPMS) annually at the Queen Lane campus SGA Garden. Over 50 medical and post-bac students attend and have a great time playing, eating and socializing.
Diversity Welcome Breakfast for Underrepresented in Medicine Students
Students attend the annual Diversity Welcome Breakfast for the incoming underrepresented in medicine students during orientation week.
The breakfast allows URiM students from the upper classes to welcome first-year students who self-identify as underrepresented in medicine. With the breakfast taking place during orientation week, the event serves as a nice icebreaker for the new students, letting them know that, while they may identify as underrepresented, they are not alone at Drexel.
During the hectic week of orientation, it is a nice chance to relax, have some bagels and coffee, and recognize and appreciate the diversity at Drexel University College of Medicine.
Diversity Welcome Picnic
At the start of the academic year, the Office of Diversity hosts a welcome picnic for all students who have self-identified as underrepresented in medicine.
Each year, there is a holiday event where students from diverse backgrounds come and socialize together in a relaxed atmosphere.
Each year during the spring, a dinner is held for all the underrepresented graduating seniors, alumni, and faculty in honor of Dr. James Batts, who was the first African-American physician at the Medical College of Pennsylvania.
Drexel University College of Medicine faculty, staff and students participate in a number of service events throughout the city for 2015 MLK Day of Service. Some students visit neighborhood schools where they paint classrooms. Some students participate in the MLK Dare Coalition for Power, Resistance and Empowerment Walk in Center City, distributing information helping organize marchers and then marching themselves. Philadelphia prominently hosts the MLK Day of Service each year, and the College of Medicine participates each year in this and other civic engagements.
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