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Message from the Dean of Education

Gerald H. Sterling, PhD

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 use a patient-centered approach in meeting the complex needs of a diverse patient population and a changing healthcare environment. Our educational programs include: MD degree, MS and PhD degrees in the Biomedical Sciences, an MA degree in Urban Bioethics, two Post-baccalaureate programs (BCMS and ACMS), an MS degree in Physician Assistant Studies 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 well-prepared for the next phase of their education in residency and fellowships. We also have a caring, dedicated faculty who strive to guide students to achieve the essential milestones and graduation competencies in a supportive, caring learning environment. Our student body is dedicated to supporting each other and serving their patients and the communities of our North Philadelphia and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania campuses.  Our dual degree programs provide medical students with myriad opportunities to broaden their education and best meet their career goals.

We also offer 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 of the core sciences before entering 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 rewarding academic careers. Our MA degree program in Urban Bioethics trains students in the ethics and values of health, health care delivery, and health law and policy in diverse, urban populations. The integrative curriculum of our Physician Assistant program provides excellent clinical training to students who will care for patients in our North Philadelphia community and beyond. 

Our leadership and faculty 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 conduct medical research with the utmost professionalism.


Gerald Sterling, PhD