The Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health is taking shape in Wyomissing, with completion set for July.
“The hope would be that as students come out here and train out here, they will fall in love with the area and will hopefully stay in residencies,” said Dr. Karen Restifo, the college’s regional vice dean.
The project is the newest addition to the redevelopment of the former VF Outlet Center in Wyomissing.
The medical school is the result of a partnership between Drexel University and Tower Health’s Reading Hospital. It is a smaller, independent, four-year campus. Students who choose to attend will do their learning in Berks County.
The state-of-the-art building includes a large anatomy lab, many small group rooms, and a simulation lab.
The hiring of faculty and staff will start in January.
Once the campus is complete, Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health will begin educating first-year medical students, who will study at the largest hospital between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. This immersive learning experience includes the same outstanding curriculum as the Philadelphia campus, expert faculty, and opportunities for students to pursue their passions through exposure to a diverse and underserved community. The first years in the class of 2025 will accompany the 3rd and 4th year College of Medicine students undertaking their clinical rotations at Reading Hospital.