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Diversity Visiting Clerkship Program

Program Description

The Lewis Katz School of Medicine (LKSOM) at Temple University is committed to inclusive excellence and diversity in its educational, healthcare, research and service missions.  Diversity promotes innovation and thoughtfulness.  We also recognize that building a diverse workforce in medicine is essential to addressing issues of inequity and health disparities.  The purpose of the LKSOM Visiting Clerkship Grant is to increase diversity within our residency programs to better reflect the community we serve, to increase cultural competency in the health care workforce and to promote interest in academic medicine.  The Grant is designed to offset the cost for traditionally underrepresented in medicine (URiM) medical students to complete clinical rotations at Temple University Hospital.  Students will be assigned a faculty advisor/mentor, and be offered opportunities to network with Temple students and physicians.

Temple University was founded in 1884 by the Reverend Russell H. Conwell, clergyman, educator, and author of the famed oration, "Acres of Diamonds".  It was Pastor Conwell's purpose to make quality education available to all intellectually capable people, regardless of ability to pay.  This has remained one of Temple's major goals over the years.  Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University opened its doors to students on September 16, 1901.  The first coeducational medical college in Pennsylvania, it began as a night and weekend teaching venture to accommodate working-class citizens who sought to improve their lives — and the lives of others — through medical education.  Temple University Hospital (TUH) is one of the region's most respected academic medical centers and the chief clinical training site for LKSOM.  Established in 1892 as Samaritan Hospital, TUH continues to provide high-quality care for those unable to afford payment, regardless of race, nationality or creed.

Who Should Apply

Priority in consideration will be given to LKSOM mission-critical URiM students who are interested in working in an urban, underserved area.  Our mission-critical groups include African Americans, Blacks, Hispanics and Latinos.  Funding includes a stipend to cover travel costs.  The grant is available to eligible, full-time medical students in good standing at Liaison Committee on Medical Education-accredited Unites States medical schools and who are United States citizens.  Applicants must be on track to complete all required clerkships through their home medical school prior to beginning the rotation at LKSOM.  Applicants will be selected, space permitting, based on review of their applications by clerkship directors.


All clerkships are four weeks in length.

Courses Offered

Currently rotations are available in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Surgery and Urology.


The program provides housing for participating students, subject to availability.

Financial Assistance

  • Reimbursement of up to $500 toward travel costs
  • Reimbursement of the VSAS application processing fee ($300)

How to Apply

Applicants must provide the following:

  • Completed VSAS application (see for VSAS application information)
  • Personal statement (350-500 words) discussing their career goals
  • One letter of recommendation from faculty
  • Finalists may be invited to conduct a brief (30 minute) telephone- or video-based interview

Application Deadline

May 31

Please contact for further information (215) 707-3116.

Office of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
3500 North Broad Street
Medical Education and Research Building Suite 324
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19140
Telephone: 215-707-3116
Fax: 215-707-4725