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MD Program Application Process


MD Program Mission Statement

Drexel University College of Medicine delivers innovative biomedical education in an environment that embraces inquiry and collaboration, founded on excellence in patient care, and based on a culture of, and respect for diversity. These principles are built upon the College of Medicine's legacy of a firm commitment to meeting the health care needs of the communities in which we live and work.

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Our History and Commitment to Diversity

Drexel University College of Medicine is the descendant of Hahnemann Medical College, Woman's Medical College and the Medical College of Pennsylvania. The heritage institutions that evolved into Drexel University College of Medicine were founded to educate students who were traditionally excluded from entering the practice of medicine. Women, ethnic minorities, older and non-traditional applicants have historically composed significant numbers of students enrolled at the College of Medicine.

We recognize that a diverse student body enhances the educational experience for all students and leads to additional expertise in providing care to an increasingly diverse patient population. We encourage applications from women, ethnic and racial minorities, first generation college attendees, Pennsylvania and New Jersey residents, LGBT individuals, veterans, rural, educationally disadvantaged, economically disadvantaged, and individuals who have prior careers outside of medicine. We value leadership, community service, and clinical experience, as well as accomplishments in athletics, employment and research. Our goal is to recruit and educate a class which will serve the needs of a diverse patient population.

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AMCAS

The College of Medicine participates in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) of the Association of American Medical Colleges. The AMCAS application is through the AMCAS website. Applications are accepted by AMCAS starting June 1 for possible matriculation in the following year.

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Citizenship of Applicants

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. If the applicant is a permanent resident of the U.S., a copy of the applicant's green card is required when applying.

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Secondary Application

When the College of Medicine receives your materials from AMCAS, (after your application is verified), we will email you the link for our Secondary Application. Please note that it can take up to two weeks for you to receive your Drexel secondary application after your primary application has been verified by AMCAS. Please complete the application and pay the non-refundable application fee of $100 by credit card. Only those applicants receiving a fee waiver from AMCAS will have their application fee waived. The College of Medicine's deadline for receipt of your secondary application, fee and all supporting materials is January 1.

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The CASPer Test - Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics

Drexel University College of Medicine will require all Regular, Combined Medical Degree/PhD, and Combined Medical Degree/Graduate applicants to complete the CASPer test. Successful completion of CASPer is required to complete your application.

All applicants to the MD program at Drexel University College of Medicine are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer), to assist with our selection process for the 2019-2020 Admissions Cycle.

CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program, and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.

In order to take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. CASPer can be taken practically anywhere that you can satisfy the aforementioned requirements. No exceptions will be provided for applicants unable to take CASPer online due to being located at sites where internet is not dependable due to technical or political factors.

Please go to www.takeCASPer.com, and select 2019-2020 Admissions Cycle to sign up for the American Professional Health Sciences test (CSP10101 – please note that this is the only test we will accept) and reserve a test using your AMCAS ID # and a piece of government-issued photo ID. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test. There will be no additional tests scheduled. Please use an email address that you check regularly; there may be updates to the test schedule.

Please direct any inquiries on the test to support@takecasper.com. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the takecasper.com website.

The CASPer test is comprised of 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. The test typically takes between 75-90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at takeCASPer.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test.

CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.

Please note that Early Assurance and Combined Bachelors/Medical Degree applicants DO NOT complete the CASPer test.

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Letters of Recommendation

Applicants whose college or university has a pre-medical advisory committee should send a pre-professional committee letter or a composite letter of recommendation which should include science and non-science professors. If this isn't possible, we encourage applicants to send letters from up to four individuals who hold college-level academic appointments from two science and one non-science areas.

If applicants are no longer able to secure the above letters (such as the applicant has been out of school for a few years), we will also accept letters from individuals who can provide objective evaluations and with whom the applicant has had a recent professional relationship.

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MCAT

The MCAT is required. The College of Medicine will accept MCAT scores from two years prior to the application year. For 2020 applicants, we will review MCATs no older than 2017. We review all MCAT scores, but are especially interested in the most recent. We do not consider "best of" scores, but look at the scores from each exam.

Drexel University will accept scores through September 2019 for the 2020 admissions cycle. January scores are not considered for applicants applying for the 2020 entering class, unless the applicant has been interviewed and wait-listed.

Learn more about the MCAT

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Deadline for Supporting Materials

All supporting materials must be received by the College of Medicine by January 1.

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Early Decision Applicants

Competitive applicants interested only in Drexel University College of Medicine are encouraged to apply through the AMCAS Early Decision Program. The deadline for early decision is August 30.

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Timetable for Application and Acceptance

Standard Application Procedure

Filing of AMCAS application
June 1 to December 1

Receipt by medical school of applicant's supporting materials
January 1

Decision to applicants
October 15 until class is filled

Early Decision Program (EDP)

Filing of AMCAS application
June 1 to August 1

Receipt by medical school of applicant's supporting materials
August 30

Decision to EDP applicants
October 1

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Application Review

A complete application includes the AMCAS application, the completed Supplemental Application and $100 fee (or AMCAS waiver), letter(s) of recommendation, MCAT score, and a completed CASPer test. All completed applications are reviewed by a member of the admissions committee.

Applications are reviewed in their entirety. GPA, MCATs, recommendations, essays, personal characteristics, evidence of service and extracurricular activities, are all taken into consideration when choosing whom to interview.

Drexel University College of Medicine seeks highly qualified and motivated students who demonstrate the desire, intelligence, integrity, sound motivation and emotional maturity to become excellent physicians. Because of our school's unique background, we are committed to a diverse student body.

Our admissions committee utilizes the process of Holistic Review in the consideration of applicants to the College of Medicine. Our committee values students who have demonstrated a commitment to community service and leadership and have experience and/or exposure to the field of medicine, students who have overcome personal, economic or educational hardship and students who are first generation college graduates. We seek students who have a firm grasp of the biological and physical sciences, as well as broad educational experiences in other areas, regardless of field of study.

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Interview

Your interview is an essential part of the admissions process. It gives the College of Medicine a chance to get to know you, and you a better opportunity to see all that Drexel has to offer.

Applicants selected for an interview will receive an email from the Office of Admissions. After uploading their photo and completing the competency grid, applicants may then schedule their interview through our online scheduling system. Interviews are conducted September through April. No students may be accepted without an interview. We only conduct in-person interviews.

Starting September 2019, applicants may interview at either the Queen Lane - Philadelphia campus, or the new Tower Health – Reading Hospital campus. Applicants select their interview day location when they schedule their interview. Please note that Tower Health – Reading Hospital interview days are limited. Campus location enrollment decisions are not influenced by the location of your interview.

Applicants through our Special Programs will receive an email from us with their scheduled interview date. These applicants may not schedule their own interviews as we try to keep everyone from the same school on the same days.

If you are feeling unwell, please do not attend your interview. Give us a call at 215.991.8204 and we'll do our best to reschedule your interview as close as possible to the original date.

If it is necessary to cancel your interview, please do so at least 72 hours prior to your interview date. There are many invited applicants who would like to reschedule to an earlier date, but need enough time to make a schedule change possible. Please cancel your interview online or contact our interview coordinator at kej28@drexel.edu.

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Essay

Essay

All applicants also complete an essay which addresses situational judgment and professional ethics. Essays are randomly assigned taking no more than 30 minutes to complete.

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Admissions Process

Logistics: Drexel's Admissions Process - 2018/19
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Applicants on the defer list will be reconsidered at each monthly decision meeting. Starting in mid-April, deferred applicants who have not been admitted or denied will be placed on the waitlist. Applicants considered after this time will be either admitted, waitlisted or denied.

All decisions are sent to applicants by the Office of Admissions via email. Deferred applicants will receive one email at the time they are first placed on the defer list. Accepted and deferred applicants may accept or refuse their position at any time. Deferred and waitlisted applicants may submit updates.

All Admissions Committee decisions are final and are not subject to appeal.

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Updates

Applicants may send a total of three updates through our application system. Go to our website for applicants at https://apply.drexelmed.edu/Security/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f and enter your login credentials. Select the "Status" tab and then the "Document Upload/Status" option on the left. You may upload one of each of the following items: transcripts, resume/CV and an update letter. Once these items are uploaded, they may not be updated. The file should be a pdf and under 8mb in size.

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Acceptance Protocols – New for 2019

Drexel University College of Medicine adheres to the AAMC Application and Acceptance Protocols and has established a new set of Drexel specific guidelines for the 2019 application cycle.

  • Starting on February 19, 2019, all accepted applicants should follow the new protocols as established by the AAMC and update their "Choose Your Medical School" tool in a timely manner.
  • At the same time, accepted applicants should also update Drexel's "Intend to Enroll" portal.
  • Applicants should continue to follow the AAMC's protocols for applicants.
  • On or before April 30, Drexel requires that you select one of the options on our "Intend to Enroll" portal.
  • By no later than July 15, 2019, all applicants who intend to matriculate at Drexel must update the AAMC's "Choose Your Medical School" portal with their decision to "Commit to Enroll" at Drexel and withdraw all other applications. Applicants must also update Drexel's "Intend to Enroll" portal with their final decision.

It is our hope that applicants will become familiar with and comply to the AAMC's new protocols and with Drexel's new guidelines. We hope that applicants will take into consideration the limited number of medical school seats available and will not hold onto acceptances from schools where the applicant does not intend to enroll.

Questions about this new process may be directed to the Office of Admissions at 215.991.8202.

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Background Checks

All students accepted into the College of Medicine are required to complete criminal history, child abuse background check, FBI fingerprinting and PATCH forms prior to enrollment. We also require that all student's background checks be updated before the student begins clinical rotations in the third year. Students should be aware that some state medical licensing boards may consider past convictions when reviewing an application to practice medicine in that state. In addition, some College of Medicine clinical training sites reserve the right to exclude a student with a criminal conviction from training.

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Office of Disability Services

The mission of the Office of Disability Services (ODS) is to advocate for people with disabilities and to provide equal opportunities and equal access to education, employment, programs and activities at Drexel University College of Medicine. In accordance with federal and state legislation and College of Medicine policy, no individual with a disability shall, on the basis of that disability alone, be excluded from participation in College of Medicine programs or activities. The College of Medicine will provide reasonable accommodation to a qualified individual with a disability.

In achieving this, ODS collaborates with and empowers individuals who have documented disabilities by working together proactively to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodative measures. In an effort to ensure compliance with current legislation and eliminate attitudinal barriers against people with disabilities, ODS also provides guidance and education to the campus community.

All members and guests of Drexel University College of Medicine who have a disability need to register with the Office of Disability Services if requesting auxiliary aids, accommodations and services in order to fully participate in the College's programs and activities. All requests are considered on a case-by-case basis and in a timely fashion.

Office of Disability Services
Drexel University
3201 Arch Street, Suite 210
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 215.895.1401
TTY: 215.895.2299
Fax: 215.895.1402
disability@drexel.edu
www.drexel.edu/disability


 
Contact Information

Drexel University College of Medicine
Office of Admissions
2900 W. Queen Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19129
   215.991.8202  |     215.843.1766 (Fax)

 
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