Drexel Medical School Admissions


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This page serves as a high-yield resource for Drexel Medical School Admissions. The information from this page is a GOLDEN resource. We’ve compiled it from Drexel Medical School acceptance rate data, the Drexel College of Medicine website, and most importantly, from Drexel medical school students themselves! You will have facts such as admissions statistics, but you’ll get an insider perspective about the curriculum.

Drexel is near the heart of Philadelphia. Medical students have several opportunities to engage with the community and to do research.

Whether you’re comparing medical schools that you have been accepted to, preparing for an interview, or wanting to learn more about Drexel Medical School admissions, keep reading!

Drexel Medical School Admissions
Drexel Medical School Secondary Application:

Drexel University College of Medicine has two optional secondary essays. If you can answer one or both of them, the Cracking Med School Admissions team highly recommends that you answer them!

Drexel Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts:

Essay 1) If you are a recent graduate, please tell us what you have been doing since graduation. (no word limit)

Essay 2) What else do you feel is important for us to know about you? Please use this space to highlight something not addressed in your application, including new experiences not in your AMCAS application. (200 words)


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Drexel Medical School Admissions – Interview Style:

Drexel Medical School’s interview format is traditional one-on-one interview.

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Drexel Medical School Acceptance Rate







Admit Rate


Drexel University College of Medicine Median GPA: 3.69

Drexel University College of Medicine New MCAT: 516 (128 chemical & physical / 127 critical analysis / 128 biological & biochemical / 128 psychological, social)


Your Drexel Medical School  Admissions Advisers
Rachel Rizal, MD

Rachel Rizal, M.D.

Changing the trajectory of people’s lives

Undergraduate: Princeton University
Medical School: Stanford School of Medicine
Residency: Harvard, Emergency Medicine
What I did After College:
• Improved vaccine distribution in developing countries
• Worked with the World Health Organization in the Philippines
• Launched a national HIV Awareness Campaign in the Philippines
• Produced an HIV awareness commercial for MTV
• Worked full-time at a healthcare consulting firm, advising pharmaceutical companies
• Created a public health program in Stanford’s Emergency Department
Rishi Mediratta, MD, MSc, MA

Rishi Mediratta, M.D., M.P.H., M.A.

Advising students to attend their dream schools

Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University
Medical School: Stanford School of Medicine
Residency: Pediatrics, Stanford
Masters: Masters in Medical Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies; Masters of Science in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
What I did after I graduated:
• Interned with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland
• Founded and launched an NGO to improve the health and education of Ethiopian
• World Bank consultant who helped implement Ethiopia’s national nutrition program
• Partnered with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health to study child health practices in communities

The Insider’s View on Drexel Medical School Admissions

How to Get Into Drexel Medical School – Know the Curriculum:



Drexel has a pre-clinical curriculum the first two years of medical school. Then, you take your USMLE Step 1 and then do 2 years of clinical rotations.

Additionally, the student body is split up into 6 learning communities. Together with your “Society,” you participate in small group learning, community service projects, and other social activities.

Pre-Clinical Years:

The first two years at Drexel Medical School focuses on basic biology and physiology. Additionally, you have case-based learning throughout your pre-clinical curriculum. The summer in between your first and second year, you can apply for research funding. Read more about Drexel University College of Medicine’s formal research opportunities here.

Clinical Years:

During your 3rd year of medical school, you do your core clinical rotations. During your fourth year, you are required 6 courses and can use the rest of the time doing other clinical electives, interviews, or studying for a graduate certificate. Some students take advantage of global health electives to places like Uganda and Bangladesh.

The core clinical curriculum consists of:

  • Surgery
  • Internal Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Neurology
  • Ambulatory Medicine
  • OB/GYN

Fourth Year Requirements:

  • Sub-internship
  • Pathway-specific rotation
  • Emergency medicine or critical care
  • Transition to residency
  • Residency-immersion


Taking Time Off:

Some students at Drexel take additional time to graduate to pursue a joint degree or to do an additional year of research. The Drexel College of Medicine offers research stipends for an entire year. There are also joint degrees in the Public Health and Business schools.


Why choose Drexel Medical School?

The most common reasons we’ve heard:

  • Very community based
  • Many opportunities for research
  • Proxmity to Philadelphia

What students are saying about Drexel Medical School

I love how engaged students and faculty are with the community. I worked with the Philadelphia population and HIV treatment and prevention.

I came to Drexel because of the ample research opportunities. They gave me one summer PLUS one full year of a research stipend.

This is a very social medical school. Many people hang out in Philly during the evenings and weekends.

Some of my closest friends were part of my Society. My favorite part about the Society is the annual Dean's Cup competition.

Unique highlights about pre-clinical years:

  • Stipend to do research the summer after first year
  • Case-based learning
  • Small groups called “societies”

Unique highlights about clinical years:

  • Lots of flexibility during your fourth year
  • Community-based medicine and engagement with the community
  • Diverse patient population – you can do rotations in downtown Philadelphia or in the suburbs around Philadelphia
  • Global health rotations
  • Option to do a rotation at Kaiser in California

Unique Degree Programs Offered at Drexel Medical School:

  • MD/PhD
  • MD/MPH
  • MD/MBA

Clinical Rotation Sites:

  • Abington Memorial Hospital
  • Allegheny General Hospital
  • Wellspan York Hospital
  • Kaiser in Sacramento
  • Crozer-Chester Medical Center
  • Tower Health

What students are saying about clinical rotations at Drexel Medical School

I've been involved in improving the healthcare of the community through the Healthcare Outreach Project, which is an organization that provides care to the underserved areas of Philly.

I loved the diversity of the different hospitals and clinics I rotated trough.

As a medical student at Drexel, I learned a lot about urban health and the difficulties of access to care.


Where do students live?

Most students live in apartments or rent houses close to Drexel Medical School.


Getting around:

Most students can do their rotations without a car.


Financial Considerations:

  • Drexel Medical School Tuition: ~ $59,000 + room and board
  • Average indebtedness of graduates: ~$250,000

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