Dear Alumni and Colleagues,
We are in our 20th year since Drexel assumed management of the College of Medicine and subsequently incorporated it into the University. The medical school is doing wonderfully well. We graduate remarkable human beings with a myriad of skills and personal characteristics that will make them extremely successful and well regarded in their future careers.
We established the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies some six years ago, and it has been a source of great satisfaction to see its growth and to know that our outstanding master's and PhD graduates are making their mark in research laboratories, industry, and other health- and science-related activities.
I have interacted with many alumni, of our predecessor schools and Drexel College of Medicine, and I am constantly impressed by their accomplishments and by their continued commitment to serving the public, patients and families. They are the true heirs to the principles that started our heritage medical schools over 170 years ago.
One of the highlights of my tenure as dean is our new relationship with Tower Health, as we collaborate to establish the first four-year regional medical campus in the history of our school. This will extend our reach into Berks County and the surrounding area, helping to create opportunities for education and research, and in due time serving the public through graduates who settle there. We are elated by the reception from the community and by our cultural congruence with the health system's leaders.
I am grateful for the time that I have worked with my staff and the faculty. The students have been a source of inspiration all day long. And the support of alumni has been crucial — I am thankful for their input and encouragement; for how they help to relieve the burden of student debt by providing wonderful scholarship opportunities; for their mentoring of students; and for their sponsorship of many other activities within the school. I've also been gratified by the tremendous support that the leadership of the University, embodied in President Fry and his team, has given and continues to give to the medical school, which bodes tremendously well for the future.
Daniel V. Schidlow, MD
Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Dean
Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs
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