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Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

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The Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) has been a Philadelphia institution for nearly 115 years and is widely recognized as an exceptional medical and educational institution with a diverse, socially-conscious student body, outstanding and prolific faculty and leading-edge research. Founded to provide access to professional education for persons of diverse backgrounds as well as health care to the surrounding, traditionally underserved communities, LKSOM continues to be a vibrant, dynamic leader in medical education, research and patient care.  Today, Temple Health's physician leadership is building on its rich history, and transforming one of Philadelphia's leading academic medical centers into a nationally renowned, top-tier medical institution.  Like Lewis Katz, the man for whom the school is named, LKSOM's students and faculty are legendary for their hard work, dedication and strong passion for making a difference.

There are 18 clinical departments in the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, comprised of over 499 full-time faculty, 44 part-time faculty and 814 volunteer faculty, and 869 staff. Each department is engaged in education, patient care and research. LKSOM takes pride in the excellence of its teaching, service and research programs. It remains fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. Each year it admits 210 medical students and approximately 24 graduate students. . It is the fourth most applied-to medical school in the country, a popular destination for residents and fellows looking to work in high impact specialties on the front lines of medicine, and with more than 13,000 alumni, represents a huge proportion of the physician base in the Delaware Valley. Reflecting the excellent quality of a Temple medical education, its M.D. graduates are highly regarded by competitive residency training programs, and have made significant career contributions to both medical practice and medical research. Many have become department chairpersons, deans and vice presidents of major academic medical centers.

LKSOM enjoys a close educational and working relationship with the Temple University Health System, now encompassing Temple University Hospital and its Episcopal campus, Jeanes Hospital, Fox Chase Cancer Center, and the Northeast Ambulatory Care Center. Major teaching affiliates include St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem; the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville; the West Penn Allegheny Health System in Pittsburgh; the Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Delaware County; Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington Township. Combined with office practices at Temple and its affiliates, and those of highly qualified primary care and specialty practitioners throughout the Commonwealth, Temple students become experienced in caring for individuals with simple to highly complex illnesses in a variety of settings.

The School of Medicine is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment wherein all faculty, staff and students from differing backgrounds can excel and achieve their goals.  We will work to continue to build an environment that is inclusive with regard to race, socioeconomic status, educational status, national origin, age, gender, faith, gender identity and expression and sexual orientation.   


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