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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.

Upcoming Events

Jun 15

PCDC Annual Health Expo

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Crane Community Center, 1001 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Jun 15

16th District & HOPE PHI Promise Village Community Day

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
3900 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

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Jun 16

Drexel Juneteenth Parade & Festival

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Malcom X Park (5100 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143)

Jun 21

Lancaster Ave Outreach Screenings

2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
41st Street & Lancaster Avenue

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Jul 19

7th Annual 16th District Promise Village Community Day

4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Olive Street Playground (700 N. 39th Street, Philadelphia, PA)

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Jul 27

Christian Union Church Health & Wellness Fair

Noon – 4 p.m.
Christian Union Church (5535 Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19143)

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The OCHHE Newsletter: Year in Review Edition
See what we have been up to in 2023 and how YOU can get involved in 2024!

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.

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