College of Medicine: School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies

Overview

Renowned for its innovative, student-centered educational programs, Drexel University College of Medicine School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies is the consolidation of two venerable medical schools with rich and intertwined histories: Hahnemann Medical College and Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. Established in 1848 and 1850, respectively, they were two of the earliest medical colleges in the United States, and Woman’s was the very first medical school for women in the nation.

Today, there are more than 165 students  pursuing doctoral or master's degrees in biomedical graduate studies, and more than 700 students enrolled in professional studies in the health sciences. There are some 625 residents, 700 clinical and basic science faculty, and more than 2,000 affiliate and other non-compensated faculty.

Mission Statement

Drexel University College of Medicine excels and innovates in education, research, and delivery of compassionate care in our culture of diversity, spirited inquiry, collaboration, and opportunity.

About the College

The College of Medicine's main campus, Queen Lane, is in a suburban-like setting in the East Falls section of Philadelphia. Additional facilities are located at the Center City campus, next to Hahnemann University Hospital. Our Pediatrics Department is at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and the Psychiatry Department is based at Friends Hospital. Students can receive clinical education at more than 20 affiliated hospitals and ambulatory sites chosen for their commitment to teaching as well as medical excellence. The College of Medicine is renowned for its innovative educational programs, enhanced by the use of technology that permeates all components of the curriculum.

The College’s medical practice, Drexel Medicine®, is a patient-focused practice emphasizing quality, innovation and community service, and enhanced by physician involvement in the research and educational programs.

Collaborative projects leveraging Drexel University’s technological expertise continue to push the frontiers of nanomedicine and neuroengineering. The College of Medicine is a major regional center for spinal cord research, and has developed one of the leading centers for malaria study in the nation. Additionally, the College is home to a memory disorders center dedicated to ground-breaking research in Alzheimer's and related dementias.

Drexel University College of Medicine houses one of eight National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Centers of Excellence for Physician Information, one of 21 National Centers of Excellence in Women’s Health designated by the Department of Health & Human Services, the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program, and the Archives and Special Collections on Women in Medicine. It has developed the largest HIV/AIDS primary care practice in the Mid-Atlantic region, with extensive NIH-funded research in prevention and therapeutic intervention. Faculty clinicians are highly respected in numerous other specialties, including cardiology and pain management.

Facilities

Drexel University College of Medicine is a living laboratory, giving students a broad variety of hands-on experience, enhanced by clinical rotations in hospitals, practicums, and external research opportunities, depending on their program of study. Students in all programs benefit from the College’s physical plant, which offers some of the most advanced facilities in biomedical, health sciences, and healthcare education. The Queen Lane campus is designed for the purpose of teaching basic sciences and clinical skills in lecture halls, classrooms, small group rooms and a variety of laboratories. The College of Medicine provides wireless Internet access to curricular resources from anywhere on campus. Computers, multimedia technology, and the Internet augment the information and skills students learn from classes, print materials, and on clinical rotations. College of Medicine faculty members have been leaders in developing interactive computer-based learning tools, ranging from biochemical exercises to simulated patients presenting ethical dilemmas. Comprehensive curriculum websites, streaming videos of lectures, and online slide atlases for histology and pathology are all available.

Some of the College’s key facilities and their features include:

Queen Lane Student Activities Center
A 17,700-square-foot student activity center was completed in 2006 at the Queen Lane Campus. The Student Activities Center occupies 2 floors and houses a full line of exercise equipment, a bookstore, student government offices and flexible space for events and lectures. The facility is available to students, staff and groups.

Queen Lane Medical Simulation Center
The College opened a state-of-the-art simulation center for medical education in 2010. Part of a new 25,000-square-foot addition, the center allows students to learn in simulated operating room and patient room settings.   

Clinical Education Assessment Center
Ten examination rooms with digital capture that simulate physicians’ offices are linked to control and observation rooms for faculty. Students work with standardized patients to enhance their abilities in medical interviewing, physical examination skills, and patient counseling.

Multidisciplinary Laboratories
  • Forty-two tables with microscopes for teaching neuroanatomy, microbiology, and pathology are available.
  • Microscopes are equipped with a networked video system so that all students in a class can look at a single slide under the microscope through monitors on their lab tables or on a projection screen and can retrieve microscopic images via computer.

New College Building
The New College Building at the Center City Hahnemann campus is designed for the purpose of teaching basic and clinical sciences, with auditoriums, classrooms, laboratories and offices. The lecture halls are designed to accommodate a variety of educational methodologies, spanning from the basic lecture format to the enriched laboratory setting where courses such as Anatomy, Pathology, Microbiology, Histology and Applied Anatomic Pathology can be taught.

Libraries

Drexel University has four libraries to serve the needs of students, faculty and staff. The collections of two libraries – one at Queen Lane and one at Center City – emphasize subjects relevant to the health sciences, with print resources distributed to meet the needs of the programs and departments at each campus, and free document delivery service between the locations.
 
Computers in the reference areas of each library, and the Microcomputer Centers, provide access to the Libraries’ online catalog; to databases (indexes) including MEDLINE, CINAHL, and PsycINFO; to more than 2000 full-text electronic journals, and to online reference resources such as MD Consult and Harrison’s Online. Full Internet access is provided for reference and research purposes.

All online resources (databases, electronic journals, etc.) are available to students, staff and faculty who are registered Library users, and can be accessed from off-campus locations. In addition to Internet access, computers in the Microcomputer Centers also provide a broad range of software including word processing, spreadsheet, communications, graphics, and statistics. Computer-assisted instruction and tutorials are available for many curricula-related topics. A plotter and scanner are also available at some locations.

The Library staff is dedicated to providing assistance to students and other library users through on-the-spot reference help, mediated literature searches, and instructional sessions. Guides are available online to help with the use of Library services and resources.
 
Videoconferencing
Drexel University College of Medicine makes extensive use of videoconferencing between Philadelphia campuses and clinical teaching sites, and the Sacramento campus. There are videoconferencing classrooms with split screen to allow for speakers in different locations.  

Web-Based Instruction

Uses of web-based instruction range from providing a supplement to classroom instruction to teaching a whole course remotely. Many instructors post their syllabi on the web, distribute supplementary readings via the web, and set up electronic discussion lists for their students. Having students submit assignments electronically is common practice.
Unique faculty-developed tools, including doc.com, a web-based set of video encounters between physician and patient, help medical students improve their communication skills. DxR, a web-based patient simulation program, trains students in clinical reasoning; and MedEthEx provides an online series of exercises in medical ethics and communication. The recently implemented Web-OSCE, closely linked to doc.com, allows medical trainees to interview standardized patients remotely and receive performance feedback.
 

 

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