The Charles R. Drew Pre-Med/Pre-Health Society exists to create a cohesive network amongst pre-health students, especially underrepresented minority populations, and to increase their preparedness for applying to professional school. The society achieves these goals by exposing members to experts from various health professions, providing information on pre-medical/allied health admission requirements, connecting with the community through local volunteer efforts, and most importantly, igniting excitement for the ever-changing field of modern medicine.



was a renowned surgeon, teacher, and researcher. He was responsible for founding two of the world’s largest blood banks. Because of his research into the storage and shipment of blood plasma—blood without cells—he is credited with saving the lives of hundreds of Britains during World War II. He was director of the first American Red Cross effort to collect and bank blood on a large scale. In 1942, a year after he was made a diplomat of surgery by the American Board of Surgery at Johns Hopkins University, he became the first African American surgeon to serve as an examiner on the board.

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