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Excellence in Education: A Message from the Senior Associate Dean for Education 

Dr. GusicNo matter what you envision for your career – a focus in clinical practice, research, population health or health professions education – you will receive what you need to succeed at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine. Our educational programs are designed to prepare you for the current and emerging needs of the patients and communities you will serve.

At the Katz School of Medicine, the MD, Physician Assistant, and Biomedical Sciences curricula are continually evolving to incorporate up-to-date biomedical science and clinical content and best practices in teaching and learning. Our commitment to serving and engaging with our community ensures that our competency-based curricula also address the expanding understanding about how systemic structures and social determinants impact health and influence health outcomes.  

Our educational programs provide practical and real-world learning. Students in clinical programs have experiences across a variety of urban, suburban, rural and in- and out-patient settings - - learning to provide culturally competent, interprofessional care to a diverse population of patients. Students care for patients with simple conditions as well as highly complex ones. In biomedical research programs, students learn that research is something done for and with patients. In addition to cutting-edge science, you can expect to develop the critical thinking and team-building skills that you will need throughout your career. The clinicians, researchers, and bioethicists we educate become communicators, connectors, and leaders in their fields.

Inclusive excellence is a core value at the Katz School of Medicine. We know that our community and the learning environment are enriched by a diversity of voices. We embrace our community of talented and broad-thinking teachers and learners of many affiliations, backgrounds, identities, and abilities – who bring a multitude of perspectives to their unified commitment to service to humanity.

Collaboration is another foundational tenet of the learning environment at Katz School of Medicine. Students partner with faculty to advance course content and service initiatives and to inform the design of co-curricular programming to support students’ wellness and academic success – elevating all aspects of what we do through their input. At Katz, we are united in the quest to build a positive, supportive community in which all members thrive. 

I am grateful to be part of the Temple family and welcome questions or comments that will advance the educational mission at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine. Please feel free to contact me at the phone number below.

Learn more about degree, dual degree, and degree-preparation programs at the Katz School of Medicine.

Maryellen E. Gusic, MD
Senior Associate Dean, Education
Professor, Biomedical Education and Data Science
Professor, Pediatrics