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Meet MD Program Student Daniel Benito

Originally from Miami, Florida, Daniel Benito says he’s always been interested in medicine. After earning a bachelor’s degree in biology, he enrolled in Drexel University College of Medicine’s post-baccalaureate program. As the only child of Hispanic parents, Daniel appreciated Drexel’s diverse and supportive environment. He says it was the school’s culture and proximity to Philadelphia that made Drexel his first choice for medical school. Outside of medicine, he enjoys playing guitar, dog training, exercising, and trips to the Philadelphia Art Museum. Daniel graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine in May 2017. He was the president of his class. He is now completing his residency in otolaryngology—head and neck surgery at George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences.

 So I grew up in Miami. Went to high school down there. College, I came up to Philadelphia to Drexel and decided I wanted to be a doctor, I would say, kind of early college, and did the typical track that people take.

 I chose Drexel because I thought that the atmosphere was really collaborative. I really enjoyed the people I was working with and studying under. The faculty, I thought, were amazing. I first got to kind of try it out through the post-bacc, so after doing that, there was really no other place I wanted to go. I think one aspect is that the school, the administration really involves students in just about everything, so we feel like there's no decision that's made here where the student input isn't really valued. I think the collaborative aspect of our nature of Drexel is kind of second-to-none.

 What's nice about our campus is that we're in Philadelphia, but we're about fifteen minutes outside of Center City—outside of downtown—so it's kind of the nice mix of a little bit of suburban living but yet it's only a ten or fifteen minute drive to the city. So within Drexel you have this microcosm of many different cultures from around the world, so it's a really great place to go to school. I've made friends here that I think are going to be my best friends for life, and really are really fantastic people—people you want to be your doctor. There is really no end, I think, in the opportunities to get involved at Drexel. 

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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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