The College of Medicine partners with many community organizations to help improve the health and well-being of people in the Philadelphia area and beyond. Our civic-minded approach to learning and our emphasis on real-life problem solving is at the core of a Drexel education. Our students and faculty volunteer countless hours to address health issues by working at local clinics, managing educational programs and running outreach projects, while leveraging university technology and resources. Students also demonstrate service leadership and collaborate with local agencies to support and augment their outreach and success.
From free, student-run health clinics to volunteer opportunities at Philadelphia public schools, our faculty and students take an active role in several community outreach projects. Learn more.
The College of Medicine offers several educational programs for high school students, returning physicians and women in academic medicine. Learn more.
Our work in the community extends beyond the city of Philadelphia. Each year, several medical students participate in international rotations designed to address global health issues. Learn more.
The Institute for Women's Health and Leadership carries forward the College of Medicine's historic commitment to women's health and women's leadership in medicine and science. Learn more.
4th Annual Black Health Conference – “State of Health in Pennsylvania Forum”
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Health Sciences Building 2E02
"The State of Health Policy in Pennsylvania" forum is a cornerstone component of the annual Pennsylvania Black Health Matters Conference, which is now in its fourth year. This forum serves as a vital platform for stakeholders across Pennsylvania to engage in robust discussions on contemporary issues, policies and practices shaping health care delivery.
Health care professionals, policymakers and advocates passionate about improving health care outcomes participate in this forum by contributing from their unique perspectives and experiences. The forum addresses critical topics such as health care access, affordability, quality, equity, innovation and regulation, with a specific emphasis on addressing disparities within the African American community.
Panelists and attendees collectively join in this annual endeavor with the collective goal of fostering a healthier, more equitable future for all Pennsylvanians.
Further details will follow.
SLAMS Program Brings Together Health Professions Community and West Philly Neighbors
Middle school students can be a tough crowd to impress, but Drexel University College of Medicine community members leading educational courses at Science Leadership Academy Middle School (SLAMS) said the students are excited and engaged. Read more.
10th Annual Reach Out and Read Tournament
A recent Philadelphia Tribune story covered the 10th annual Reach Out and Read Tournament, which benefits pediatric literacy programming at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. Numerous College of Medicine community members participated in the fundraiser, which this year raised over $150,000. Medical students and faculty members from Drexel collaborated with local medical residents to offer health screenings and information during the event. The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion also sponsored the College of Medicine’s student basketball team, which competed in the tournament. Read more.
Fighting Addiction Stigma
Students at the College of Medicine are destigmatizing opioid use disorder to improve overdose reversal training and advocate for new treatments. Exel - Drexel University Research Magazine (2023)
HOP Broadens Reach in Berks County
While the Health Outreach Project (HOP) has been part of the College of Medicine’s culture for more than 25 years, the programming only expanded to Berks County, Pennsylvania, in 2021, when the College of Medicine at Tower Health opened in West Reading. HOP faculty advisor Eugene York, MD, is impressed with the work students have done to grow HOP programming around the campus. “It has been amazing, in a little over a year, to see what they have started and what they’ve accomplished so far,” York says. Read more.
Students Bring Halloween to St. Chris Patients
On October 31, 2022, volunteers at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children brought Halloween celebrations to young inpatients and their families who would have otherwise missed trick-or-treating due to their hospital stays. The Child Life Department at St. Chris organized the event and recruited the volunteers, including Drexel MD students, to deliver and assist with costumes for any children who wanted to wear them. Read more.
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