About Us

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Drexel University College of Medicine has a rich history of involvement with the community which includes formal service-learning programs as well as committed volunteerism on the part of faculty and students. The Office of Community Engagement (OCE) was officially established in the early 1990s through the visionary collaboration of Dr. Vincent Zarro, Dr. Suzanne Zarro, Dr. Bert Landau, and Ms. Mary-Ellen Bradley. Their efforts created a required, community service-learning curriculum and established a rich network of meaningful, community-campus partnerships. Dr. Zarro served as Director of the Office of Community Engagement until 2008.


OCE is fully dedicated to providing required, service-learning curricula for all students, and also to supporting the hundreds of students who further engage with community and social needs beyond academic requirements. It is staffed with three positions: a physician Academic Director, a social worker Program Director and a Program Coordinator. Our work also involves the participation of many faculty members throughout the institution, as well as preceptors from community sites. We are proud of the variety, scope and quality of OCE programming that includes: