Drexel adds pre-med program in Sacramento
April 21, 2010
• Courses will start in August
• ‘Will meet the needs that prospective medical school applicants have’
A post-baccalaureate program to better prepare students for medical school is to be offered by Drexel University at its Sacramento campus beginning in August.
“Our program will meet the needs that prospective medical school applicants have to improve their credentials for admission,” says Gerald Soslau, senior associate dean of the Drexel University College of Medicine. “Our success rate in Philadelphia has been well over 90 percent for all students who achieve a grade of B or better in all of the courses we teach in this program.”
The Interdepartmental Medical Science program offers an intensive, full-time, 10-month, interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates first-year medical school basic science courses and presents them through clinical system-based modules.
Drexel has offered the program at its Philadelphia medical campus for nearly 30 years. The program is designed for college graduates who wish to enhance their academic credentials for entry into U.S. medical school programs. The IMS program can also assist students interested in applying to dental, optometry, podiatry, chiropractic or other health-related professional schools.
The new IMS Program will be directed by Mr. Soslau, who oversees the IMS program in Philadelphia as well.
The classes will be taught by members of the faculty of Drexel’s medical school in Philadelphia, using the university’s high-definition video-conferencing system and streaming video. The faculty will be supplemented by graduate assistants from the UC Davis School of Graduate Studies who will serve as tutors and advisors, as well as provide a review program. In addition, every student in the IMS program will have a faculty advisor.
The program will be taught at Drexel’s high-tech Graduate Center, located at One Capitol Mall in Sacramento, where Drexel is currently offering six master’s degree programs and one doctorate.
“This region’s demand for health-care professionals is already large, and it is projected to expand at a dramatic rate in the next decade,” says Carl “Tobey” Oxholm III, senior vice president of Drexel University and dean of its Graduate Center in Sacramento.