Drexel University

Research Pathway

Drexel University College of Medicine

Pathway will no longer be offered after the Class of 2019. Research will continue to be supported through the Special Electives application process.

FOR PATHWAY 2018-2019: Please contact Dr. Clifford directly by email jc79@drexel.edu


The goal of this Pathway is to provide all medical students an opportunity to devote part of their time at Drexel University College of Medicine to exploring a research topic in sufficient detail and dedication both to hold promise for achieving tangible results and to enable the student to determine if research is an attractive career option.

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Sites and Personnel

Pathway Director:

Jane Clifford, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Biochemistry
Drexel University College of Medicine
245 N. 15th Street, M.S. 497
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1192
Phone: 215-762-4446
Fax: 215-762-4452
Email: jcliffor@drexelmed.edu

Contact: Lucia Boyer, Executive Assistant
email: lboyer@drexelmed.edu

Pathway Advisory Committee:

All Basic Science Chairs
All School of Medicine Center Directors
Chairs, Departments of Medicine

Teaching Site for Didactic Courses:

Queen Lane

Teaching Sites for Research:

At the laboratories and research centers of the faculty

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Goals and Objectives

The pathway will enable the straight medical student who is, or might be, interested in research: 

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Description of Pathway

Click here for a table summary of the Research Pathway.

Pathway-specific Courses

To be determined with Pathway Director's advising and approval.

A minimum of 4 months of Research will need to be completed. This project will be determined by the student and Pathway Director and must be approved through the Special Electives process prior to beginning.

Suggested Electives

To be determined with Pathway Director's advising and approval.  Clinical electives cannot overlap with research area.

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Textbooks and Learning Resources

It is crucial that the medical student entering the Research Pathway spend the 4 months consecutively and totally immersed in the mentor's research activities, be it the clinic, the computer or the laboratory. It is expected the student will participate in all of the academic activities of the research environment--journal clubs, research seminars, rounds, etc.

Each of the required or suggested electives will develop its own set of learning resources.


Evaluation of the Student

The student's performance will be judged primarily on the basis of:

Student Evaluation of the Rotations

At the conclusion of the research experience, the student will be strongly encouraged to complete an evaluation form to assess:

  1. the quality and quantity of the didactic experiences;
  2. the quality of the research mentor;
  3. whether and how the student's plans for a career have been altered by the research experience; and,
  4. how the research experience could be improved.

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The provisions of The Student Handbook of Drexel University College of Medicine are not to be regarded as a contract between any student and the College of Medicine. The School of Medicine may, at any time, change any provisions, curriculum requirements, teaching facilities, affiliated teaching sites and/or their amenities, bylaws, rules, regulations and policies as may be necessary in the interest of the University, College of Medicine, and its students.

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