Meet Alum Tariq White, MS (Class of 2017)
"I originally came to Drexel University College of Medicine in Fall 2014 to attend the Master of Science in Biomedical Studies program, but I switched to the MS in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program. There I had the opportunity to hear Ms. Rader speak about the Master of Science in Histotechnology Program (MHP). The presentation she gave about the program resonated because I was looking for a change-of-career MS program that would provide greater job opportunities upon graduation. I was already in my second year of my ﬁrst MS degree, so I completed that degree in May 2016. I started the Histotechnology program in August 2016 and graduated the following year in August 2017.
"Drexel's Histotechnology program provided me with a wealth of knowledge in histology, which I knew nothing about prior to enrollment. It opened my eyes to so many jobs and careers in Allied Health that students are not exposed to or told about during their high school or even undergraduate college years. The Histotechnology program may seem to pass quickly, but the caliber of education you are receiving is premier. The curriculum provided both didactic coursework and laboratory experience in the ﬁeld of Histology, and was immensely enhanced by the dedicated professors imparting their years of knowledge upon us. Yes, I acquired new knowledge about tissue processing, embedding, microtomy, special staining and laboratory leadership/management, but the invaluable part of the Drexel's Histotechnology program is the network you are building.
"Before graduating, I was able to secure a job at the Hospitals of The University of Pennsylvania (HUP), based on my diligent work ethic and skills demonstrated during my onsite 6-week clinical rotation. I was actually oﬀered interviews with three diﬀerent departments at HUP as a Histotechnologist and was able to choose where I would begin my career. I chose the Dermatopathology department as a Histotechnologist II. Currently, I am studying to take the HT exam prior to my one-year mark at work.
"I would like to thank Co-Directors Mignogna and Rader for their assistance throughout my journey in Drexel's MHP program and afterwards. Without their guidance and references, I might have not had so many opportunities presented to me this early in my histology career. As year one of a potentially long and fruitful histology career approaches its end, I cannot wait to explore my full growth potential and see where the foundation provided by Drexel's Master of Science Histotechnology Program takes me."