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Additional Opportunities During Medical School

Medical education at Drexel University College of Medicine can be much more than the standard four-year curriculum. Although not a required part of the curriculum, medical students can become involved in research, complete a dual degree, or participate in our programs in Medical Humanities or Women's Health.


Because of the importance of research in medical education, a variety of opportunities are available to students who are interested in doing research while in medical school. Learn more about research at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Special Programs

Bridging the Gaps

Bridging the Gaps links the training of health and social service professionals with the provision of health-related service to underserved communities.Bridging the Gaps links the training of health and social service professionals with the provision of health-related service to underserved communities. Learn more about Bridging the Gaps.

Educational Development and Growth Experience (EDGE)

The Educational Development and Growth Experience (EDGE) provides the opportunity for a year of additional focused study, research, clinical, or service projects focused on enhancing a student's medical education and fostering personal growth. The project must be approved by the Office of Educational Affairs for a term of no more than one academic year. EDGE students are not charged tuition, but remain enrolled in order to qualify for student services and health insurance. EDGE students ARE NOT eligible for financial aid.

Global Health Education

Medical students may arrange international clinical rotations during year four as a special elective. In the past, students have traveled to Uganda, Guatemala, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Egypt, Honduras and many other countries to gain additional clinical exposure and to help patients in resource-limited communities. Many students find that this elective enriches their medical education by providing an understanding of health care on a global level. It’s an experience that students say they’ll remember for a lifetime. Learn more about Global Health Education.

Spanish for Medical Professionals

Spanish for Medical Professionals is an elective designed for students with intermediate-low level of Spanish with the extensive focus on medical vocabulary, linguistics and culture necessary to help them provide medical care to their Spanish-speaking patients more effectively. Students will review grammatical structures needed to interact with patients such as asking questions, giving commands and reporting in present and past tense. Learn more about Spanish for Medical Professionals.

Medical Humanities

Through the Medical Humanities program, students learn to frame issues in patient care within a cultural, social and historical perspective. Learn more about Medical Humanities.

Women's Health Education

Drexel University College of Medicine's Women's Health Education Program (WHEP), part of the Department of Medicine, is one of six original National Centers of Excellence in Women's Health awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health. Learn more about Women's Health Education.

Dual Degrees

Drexel University College of Medicine offers several programs that let students earn dual degrees at the graduate level, combining the MD with MPH, MBA, MA, or PhD. Learn more about the dual degree programs.

Contact Information

Drexel University College of Medicine
Office of Admissions
60 N. 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

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