Premed

<p>Are there any premed students currently at drexel with whom i can ask a couple of questions? I was trying to find stats on the percentage of students accepted to medical school. Also, is Drexel a good school for premed? Are there lots of weeding out and how is the course intensity? Can I do a business major along with premed or not?</p>

<p>Great questions! I am also very interested in the same things. Hopefully someone replies.</p>

<p>I'm a pre-med (well actually, soon-to-be med student) graduating from Drexel this year. Feel free to post general questions here or PM me with specific ones. </p>

<p>The statistic of % of students accepted to medical school is BS imo. Schools skew this statistic by refusing to write LORs for students that don't have a chance so that they keep their percentage high. Also, you can't tell how many were accepted to allopathic vs. osteopathic schools. </p>

<p>I never had problems with "weed out" courses - orgo at Drexel is relatively easy, and so is general chemistry if you just read the book. Physics is the worst sequence, but it's curved pretty nicely.</p>

<p>Overall, if you're intelligent, determined, and enthusiastic, you will have no problem getting into medical school from Drexel. I've done very well for myself here and have interviewed at many med schools, including a few in the top 20.</p>

<p>hi sarahjudith- a couple more questions for you:</p>

<p>1- did you do the 4 year coop or 5 year coop program? What types of coops did you get as a pre-med major, and were they paid?</p>

<p>2-do you know much about the quality of the psychology program at Drexel?</p>

<p>I'm on the four year program. I switched out of the 5-year program because once I decided that I wanted to go to some type of professional school, I did not want to extend my education any longer. Also, I'm not the best person to ask about co-ops; I dropped my co-ops in favor of a permanent research position. Since many co-ops for bio majors are research related, I preferred to stay in one lab rather than bounce back and forth. I was paid so it worked out well for me. Most bio co-ops are paid. There's one caveat though - you won't be able to find a clinical job in a hospital unless you're a nursing major.</p>

<p>I don't know much about psych, sorry. I presume that it's easier than biology since a fair number of people tend to switch from bio to psych during their first year. It's more writing-intensive but less memorization.</p>

<p>Thanks for all the information. You mentioned about profs. refusing to write LOR's if chances of acceptance are slim, is that the case at Drexel? How is Drexel in terms of competition? Also, the intro to biology and general chemistry courses, is it one lab per semester (ex: 1st semester: Intro Bio I, Gen Chem I, Bio Lab 2nd semester: Intro Bio 2, Gen Chem 2, Chem Lab) or do they make you take 2 labs each semester? Also, when applying, should i pick my major in business and once I get accepted, talk to advisor about getting placed in per-requisites as well?</p>

<p>It's not the professors that refuse to write letters at schools; it's the pre-health advising committee. Drexel does some screening (mostly to encourage applicants that have little-to-no-chance of acceptance due to sub-3 GPAs or the like to take a year off before applying), but it's nowhere near as bad as is rumored at other schools. The pre-med advisor works closely with you and is transparent about what he thinks you need to do to improve your own application. You begin meeting with him freshman year. There is somewhat of a ranking system at Drexel that is not told to the applicants but is placed on the committee letter (ex: outstanding, excellent, great, etc.). This is commonplace at many schools, though, and helps adcoms distinguish between students from the same school. </p>

<p>You'll end up taking multiple labs per semester. They aren't hard, just time consuming for the most part. </p>

<p>You should talk to your advisor ASAP to arrange placement into pre-requisite classes.</p>

<p>Do you by any chance happen to have the numbers of people accepted to medical school (ex: x/240; % doesn't mean much to me) and the initial number of premeds vs the amount that actually apply to med schools? Also, you mentioned people with sub 3 gpa being refused LORs; what is sub 3 (3.2 or below)? Also, are the dining options good? Are sophomores allowed to keep cars? How are the dorms? Gratz on your med school process; if you don't mind sharing, may i know your gpa/mcat scores. Also how much time of studying did you put?</p>

<p>I have no idea how many people applied to medical school from Drexel this year, nor do I know how many are accepted. For that information, you would need to ask the pre-med office. I really don't think it matters though, because you're dependent on your own application. </p>

<p>I'm also not sure what the cut-off is. I don't think it's a specific number; rather they look at your application as a whole. I know a friend of mine was denied a committee letter, but for the exact reason(s) I am not sure. I did not want to pry. Everyone else I talked to though got one, so maybe it was an isolated case. </p>

<p>Dining options improve every year. Check out the website to find out the slew of restaurant options on campus, including Currito, Chick-Fil-A, Subway, etc.</p>

<p>Anyone can have a car. I used street parking (free) rather than the garage ($$$). You sometimes have trouble finding a spot, though.</p>

<p>The dorms are cramped right now but they're building new ones.</p>

<p>I prefer not to share my exact GPA and MCAT prior to the conclusion of the application cycle. I have >3.9 GPA and >30 MCAT. I studied a lot in college, not so much for the MCAT.</p>