Welcome to Biomedical Graduate and Postgraduate Studies at Drexel University College of Medicine, formerly MCP Hahnemann University. Located in the vibrant City of Philadelphia, the College of Medicine has an enrollment of more than 1,000 medical students and 900 graduate students. We have been educating scholars in the biomedical sciences for over 150 years and are committed to continued excellence in basic, clinical, and translational research. Your training to become an outstanding science professional is our top priority.
Our current training programs promote a broad-based understanding of the biomedical sciences as a backdrop for in-depth, discipline-specific knowledge. Our graduates will have an impressive resume of research accomplishments, service-related accomplishments, and the skills needed to give seminars, write grants, and discuss science in a fluid and intelligent manner. Our graduates think on their feet and respond spontaneously to technical questions or challenges.
To achieve this goal, our students engage in a core curriculum presented in the first year of study for both the M.S. and Ph.D. programs. Consisting of modules in biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, genetics, cell signaling and integrative biology, the core curriculum ensures that all students have a broad, fundamental base of scientific knowledge, irrespective of their discipline. An alternative core is available for students pursuing training in systems neuroscience. In the second year, students move on to take courses in advanced topics and participate in journal clubs within their chosen scientific discipline. Laboratory rotations are also completed during the first two years to gain a breadth of research experience and identify topics for doctoral or master's research. This multidisciplinary approach, prepares our students to think about problems in a global scientific context and appreciate the flexibility, creativity, and teamwork needed to resolve complex research problems in today's environment.
Our students graduate as well-rounded professionals by participating in workshops designed to promote career development including:
- Laboratory management skills
- Counseling on career paths
- Instruction in grant writing and grant winning
- Tips for successful networking
- Balancing professional and personal responsibilities
- Personal financial planning
Our training programs span traditional disciplines in biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics, microbiology and immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology and physiology, as well as unique, recently developed programs in molecular medicine, infectious disease, neuroengineering, biotechnology, and cancer biology. Combined, these programs take full advantage of Drexel's strengths in engineering, medicine, and biology, and are complemented by affiliations with research laboratories at Allegheny General Hospital, Lankenau Hospital, and Fox Chase Cancer Center. Our diverse and prolific research environment serves as an exciting backdrop for a multitude of opportunities in graduate education and research training at Drexel University College of Medicine.
Barry Waterhouse, Ph.D.
Vice Dean of Biomedical Graduate and Postgraduate Studies
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