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Biomedical Studies Meet Alum Mercy Babatope

Mercy Babatope, Drexel Biomedical Studies Program Alum


Hometown: Lanham, Maryland
Undergraduate: University of Maryland, College Park, BS in Biochemistry and Microbiology
Graduate: Drexel University College of Medicine, MS in Biomedical Studies
Accepted Medical School: Marshall University John C. Edwards School of Medicine


Can you tell me a little about yourself before you came to Drexel?

After graduating from undergrad, I knew my application profile was not the best representation of my academic capabilities, so I decided to take the year off to work on my medical school application. Along with working on my application, I volunteered at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center's radiology and imaging department where I catered to patients registered in different research studies. I completed a year of volunteering at the NIH before I moved to Philadelphia to complete my Master's at Drexel University.

When did you decide that you wanted to go into medicine?

I became determined to pursue medicine when I was younger and living in Nigeria. A visiting UNICEF medical doctor vaccinated me in an effort to eradicate polio in the country. I was enamored by his ability to make the hurt of an injection needle so trivial. This experience inspired me because I wanted that same magical power.

What made you apply to Drexel's Biomedical Studies (MBS) program?

My best friend introduced me to the Biomedical Studies program because he was familiar with my journey to medicine. He pushed me to apply because he believed that the program would both prepare and challenge me, and he was absolutely right.

Mercy Babatope, Drexel Biomedical Studies Program Alum at White Coat Ceremony

Are you in medical school now?

Yes. I'm in my first year at Marshall University John C. Edwards School of Medicine.

How did the Biomedical Studies program help prepare you for medical school?

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.

What was your relationship like with the faculty and your fellow classmates?

My classmates were phenomenal, and I still keep in touch with a lot of them. They provided a safe environment that facilitated learning. Their work ethic, encouraging words and willingness to help is unparalleled. I know they will all succeed wherever they are. I love the faculty. It felt as if every professor that taught me was rooting for me, and I am eternally grateful for their attentiveness to my grades, my application to medical schools and my mental health.

Did you participate in any community service or summer research while you were at Drexel?

Yes, I participated in multiple community service opportunities and conducted summer research. My time volunteering at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center's recovery room was an incredible experience where I attended to veterans post-surgery. This opportunity was dear to my heart and gave me the chance to give back to a group in my community that works tirelessly to give me a sense of security.

Do you know what area of medicine you want to go into?

I am currently exploring different options but I would love to perform surgical procedures.

What advice would you give to someone who is considering applying to the Biomedical Studies program?

As you are already aware, getting into medical school is exhausting. The Biomedical Studies program provides a path and a leading edge when you get there. All you have to do is give it your all.

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

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