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Biomedical Studies Students & Alumni

Caroline Illuzzi, Drexel Biomedical Studies Program Alum

Caroline Illuzzi

"The unique aspect of the MBS program is that it does not focus solely on improving one aspect of one’s medical school application, such as grades. The program is comprehensive and designed to improve all aspects of one’s application, and it also provides application support." Read Caroline's Story

Brian Leonard, Drexel Biomedical Studies Program Alum

Brian Leonard

"I don't think I would be in medical school if it weren't for the MBS program. It not only helped me with my GPA, but I significantly increased my MCAT score too. Additionally, the faculty helped me with figuring out where to apply, gave me advice on my essay and prepared me for interviews." Read Brian's Story

Drexel Biomedical Studies program graduate Marc Hem Lee

Marc Hem Lee

"I believe that the lesson remains—that we, with our similar stories of the adversities of our past, stories shaped by the words of yesterday, each have the capacity to choose differently for ourselves. Choosing these programs here at Drexel is proof of our empowerment and gives new meaning and perspective to the degree we will receive in a few days." Read Marc's Speech

Mariah Elly, Drexel Biomedical Studies Program Alum

Mariah Elly

"I strongly believe this program is what got me into medical school, and not just one but several. Through the program I became a competitive applicant and was sufficiently prepared for medical school. The graduate school preparation also helped me fine-tune my study strategies, so now I'm a more effective learner, and I know exactly what to focus on." Read Mariah's Story

Saba Bakhtiari, Drexel Biomedical Studies Program Alum

Saba Bakhtiari

"The Biomedical Studies program is a place where you have to work really hard, but it also teaches you how to work hard and be more efficient. It's a great program for anyone who wants to take some time between their undergraduate degree and medical school, and it provides an opportunity to get involved with research." Read Saba's Story

James Mantas, Drexel Biomedical Studies Program Alum

James Mantas

"Once I made the decision to pursue a medical education, I knew that I needed to improve my candidacy and began looking for programs to that end. I found the MBS program online and felt that its blend of undergraduate, graduate and medical school work coupled with MCAT training was perfectly tailored to my needs. I could not have made a better decision as the program was integral to my ultimate acceptance to medical schools." Read James's Story

Mercy Babatope, Drexel Biomedical Studies Program Alum

Mercy Babatope

"The Biomedical Studies program equipped me with the tools to succeed in my first year classes. The classes I am currently taking are a review of the concepts I learned while at Drexel. I am yet to experience the overwhelming feeling of 'drinking from a fire hose' that the majority of first year medical students describe." Read Mercy's Story

Biomedical Studies Alum Renee De La Parra

Renee De La Parra

"Now that I am halfway through my first year of medical school, I can say that I was less stressed than I imagined because I had seen the material once during graduate school. Thanks to the Drexel faculty's support and rigorous yet rewarding program, the medical knowledge I acquired during those two years helped pave the way for a smooth transition into medical school." Read Renee's Story

Evans Amoah, Biomedical Studies, Masters Program

Evans Amoah

My family lives in New York City, so one of the first things I looked for was location. I didn't want to be too far from family. With Philadelphia being less than two hours away, it was an ideal place for me. I had spoken to my mentor at Dartmouth and he pointed out Drexel's post-baccalaureate programs. I did some research and found that the Biomedical Studies program fit my needs. Read Evans' Story

Shelby Brown, Biomedical Studies, Masters Program

Shelby Brown

As a senior in college, I recognized that my academic records did not reflect my potential as a medical school applicant, so I decided to look into post-baccalaureate programs. Out of the many programs that I was accepted to, Drexel was clearly the best option for me. The school offered the unique opportunity to experience medical school courses while enhancing my scientific knowledge in courses that I had struggled with previously. Read Shelby's Story

Alex Kragie, Biomedical Studies, Masters Program

Alex Kragie

The coursework, in general, really prepared me for my first year of medical school. I noticed that several of my classmates who didn’t do a program like this struggled during that first year. I’d already seen immunology, for example, and done well in it, so I was able to help other students in the labs and in the classes. Read Alex's Story

Kelsey Lau, Biomedical Studies, Masters Program

Kelsey Lau

I chose Drexel because of its reputation and the connections that it has with certain medical schools. Obtaining a certain GPA and MCAT score could potentially qualify you to interview at their specified schools. Other schools did not provide that type of networking for pre-med students. Read Kelsey's Story

Biomedical Studies program graduate students in the classroom at Drexel University College of Medicine.

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