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Message from the Dean of Education

Gerald Sterling, PhD
Senior Associate Dean, Education
Professor, Pharmacology

The Lewis Katz School of Medicine (LKSOM) offers the highest quality educational programs designed,to train the next generation of physicians, medical researchers and healthcare professionals. We take a patient-centered approach in meeting the complex needs of a diverse population and a changing healthcare environment. Our educational programs include: MD degree, MS and PhD degrees in the biomedical sciences, two post-baccalaureate programs, a newly created physician assistant graduate degree, a MA degree in urban bioethics, and several dual degree programs (MD-PhD, MD-MPH, MD-MBA, MD-MA). Students entering our programs have demonstrated both high academic achievement and a commitment to helping others through dedicated local, national and international service activities.

The Doctor of Medicine degree program, established in 1901, prepares students for careers in all specialties of medicine. LKSOM is well-known for excellence in clinical training, such that graduates are trained for the next phase of their education in residency and fellowships. We also have a caring, dedicated faculty who strive to guide students to meet the essential milestones and graduation competencies in a supportive, nurturing environment. Our student body truly care about each other, their patients and the communities in North Philadelphia and our campuses in Danville and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Every class of incoming students is mentored by the previous ones. Our dual degree programs provide medical students with myriad opportunities to broaden their education and best meet their career goals.

We run two post-baccalaureate premedical programs. The BCMS (basic core medical sciences) is for career changers who did not take the required science courses as undergraduates. The ACMS (advanced core medical sciences) is for students who want to deepen their understanding in the sciences before medical school. Students who complete either program and meet pre-determined criteria have direct admission into our MD degree program.

Our graduate degree programs in the biomedical sciences provide our students with the tools to become successful basic and translational research scientists in academia and industry, while our MD-PhD programs train clinician scientists for successful academic careers. Our newer Master of Arts degree program in urban bioethics, intended for students from all undergraduate and graduate programs, prepares students for the care of an urban population, and working to overcome the inequities in the healthcare system.

In June, we begin our newly developed Physician Assistant Program to train students for interprofessional patient care in an integrated curriculum.  

Our faculty and students are always striving to transform medical education to meet the changing face of medical science and healthcare delivery. Our commitment is to train students to provide outstanding quality patient care and medical research with the utmost in professionalism.


Gerald Sterling, PhD