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Student Niket Subhedar Follows a Different Path to Medicine

July 22, 2013

Drexel sophomore Niket Subhedar is forging a unique path to medical school in the Health Services Administration Program at the College of Nursing and Health Professions. While working toward his Bachelor’s degree in HSAD, Subhedar is also fulfilling his pre-requisite requirements to continue on to medical school. “I wanted a more useful degree than just a biology degree, which kind of limits what I want to do,” he said. “I thought I would take advantage of what Drexel had to offer and I switched into the HSAD Program where I am learning the management side of healthcare, not just the clinical side.”

Subhedar switched from Biology to the HSAD Program at the beginning of his second year as a Drexel student. After meeting doctors with administrative degrees, he realized that he needed to study something that was both useful and fulfilling. “You’re just getting the most out of your college experience by taking interesting classes as well as classes that you have a passion for,” he elaborated.

Fitting pre-medical requirements into the HSAD plan of study works out well for Subhedar because of Drexel’s quarter system. His academic terms consist of a blend of science, administrative, law and ethics classes.

“Although a student in a non-science major is under pressure to perform at a high level in every required science course because they do not take as many as a student who majors in biology or chemistry, an HSAD major who does well in the pre-medical courses is competitive,” said Thomas Coyne, a pre-medical advisor at Drexel University.

Subhedar said, “The HSAD Program shapes you well for medical school because you have to take all of these courses as well as learn good time management.” He recommends switching to the HSAD pre-med track no later than the beginning of sophomore year. “It was a great transition because I feel like I learned so much more material outside of just biology,” he finished.