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Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Beyond at Temple ID

Temple University was founded by Russell Conwell to educate and train scholars irrespective of their background or their station in life.  Temple University Hospital--founded as Samaritan Hospital—was to provide care to all members of the community irrespective of wealth and status.  The original medical school of Temple University was a night school to permit people without the means to forgo employment to study to become a physician.  Temple is proud of its history and has frequently addressed inequities in society and stepped forward to correct them.

Currently, our hospital physician training programs welcome MDs and DOs from around the US and Canada as well as many other nations to advance their medical skills and knowledge.  We have strong language protecting our faculty, staff, trainees and patients from discrimination. For 4 years in a row, Temple Hospital has been awarded LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader status by the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index.  In 2019, Temple University Health System was given the inaugural “Employer of Choice” award by the City of Philadelphia in recognition of its fairness to workers.  The Lewis Katz School of Medicine’s Center for Urban Bioethics specifically provides scholarly support for research in health equity and offers a Master of Arts in Urban Bioethics, the only program of its kind in the country.  This Center works closely with the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the medical school to support and mentor physicians of color.

Within the Section of Infectious Diseases, we have always been proud of supporting a diverse and talented group of fellows and faculty.  Our faculty have all participated in the unconscious bias training program offered by the AAMC called:  The Science of Unconscious Bias and What To Do About it in the Search and Recruitment Process.  This program has initiated several honest, in depth conversations about racism in medicine and what we can do--both as individuals and collectively--to be actively antiracist in our work and in our lives.  Temple ID is strongly committed to this mission, and we strive for continuous improvement and evolution. 

Temple University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all in every aspect of its operations, including employment, service, and educational programs.  The University has pledged not to discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, marital status, national origin or ethnic origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or veteran status.

Temple University Hospital does not exclude participation in, and no one is denied the benefits of, the delivery of quality medical care on the basis of race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, age, ancestry, color, national origin, physical ability, or source of payment.

We hope that all of you feel that Temple Infectious Diseases could be your learning home for the next two years.

Lewis Katz School of Medicine Diversity Statement