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The Drexel Pathway to Medical School (DPMS) program is a master of science degree designed for talented, underserved students who have interest in attending Drexel's MD program and have completed traditional pre-med coursework as well as the MCAT prior to applying. DPMS accepts individuals who are socioeconomically disadvantaged and/or belong to groups underrepresented in the medical profession.

Students who successfully complete the one-year DPMS program, including achievement of academic and professional benchmarks, are accepted into Drexel's MD program.

Conveniently located in Center City Philadelphia, this one-year program offers a unique opportunity for dedicated students to further enhance their academic backgrounds by completing rigorous coursework that builds skills for clinical problem-solving.

The DPMS program furthers Drexel University College of Medicine's commitment to diversity.

Meet Our Students & Alums

Noe Cabello and Cassandra Mitchell, Drexel Med Students

Meet Noe Cabello and Cassandra Mitchell, Class of 2021

Students who met during the Drexel Pathway to Medical School prepare for couples match, residency. Read more.

Andrew Joseph III, MS Drexel Pathway to Medical School ’20, was highlighted in an article in the Clarion Herald, the local New Orleans Archdiocese’s newspaper. Joseph is an alumnus of The Good Shepherd School, an elementary school serving underprivileged children in New Orleans that opened in 2001. Now a member of the Drexel MD program Class of 2024, he is the first alumnus of Good Shepard to attend medical school, an accomplishment he hopes will inspire young people in his hometown and across the country. (Pulse Winter 2021)

Rita Guevara, MD: Pediatrics

Meet Rita Guevara, MD, Pediatric Faculty and DPMS Alum

"I've been a part of the faculty since 2016, but only recently became the assistant dean, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in August 2020. As a College of Medicine alum, I have always enjoyed the collegial environment and sense of community at Drexel, and feel fortunate to now be able to give back as a faculty member and support current students." Read more.

Raidizon Mercedes: MD Program Class of 2023, Drexel Pathway to Medical School Class of 2019

Get to Know Raidizon Mercedes, 2020 Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Winner

For Raidizon Mercedes, MD Program Class of 2023 (DPMS Class of 2019), being named a 2020 Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship winner was something of a full-circle moment. “What the selection committee was looking for the most was for applicants to highlight how we plan to impact the Hispanic community through our work in health care,” Mercedes said. “And that’s part of what drew me to medicine in the first place, what made me want to become a doctor.” Read more.

Is Drexel Pathway to Medical School for Me?

The Drexel Pathway to Medical School program is designed for students who want to attend Drexel's MD program and have taken traditional pre-med coursework (one year of biology, chemistry, organic chemistry and physics with a lab) and the MCAT before applying.

Applicants who are usually accepted into the program include:

  • Students from socially or economically disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Students who are underrepresented minorities in the health professions
  • Students who have MCAT scores from the 25th percentile or better in each section or overall
  • Students who have an undergraduate science or overall GPA of 2.9 or better.

For specific admission requirements please visit our how to apply to the Drexel Pathway to Medical School program page.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at or 215.762.4692.

Program News

Drexel Pathway to Medical School Paves the Way to Success

At the start of the academic year, the class of 2023 came together to celebrate their initiation to medical school during the White Coat Ceremony. Among them stood 27 students who are alumni of the DPMS program. This was the largest group from the program so far to be accepted into the College of Medicine's MD program. Read more.

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