About the Program
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) has continued its history of excellence in medical education to deliver a Physician Assistant (PA) training program which will lead to a Master of Medical Science degree (MMS). Predictions of physician workforce shortages have led to innovation in medical practice design and the call for expert physician extenders. This need is most pressing in our historically underserved urban community. When coupled with the School of Medicine’s call for patient-centered, interprofessional education and care, we see an intuitive link between the education of the trainees who will practice in these teams and the eventual practice setting.
The PA training program housed in our School of Medicine, with a reputation for excellence in medical science, clinical education and unparalleled commitment to the urban, underserved community, is a unique, highly desirable option for PA program candidates. This Masters in Medical Science program serves to: train outstanding PAs who will enhance patient care in our North Philadelphia community and beyond; facilitate innovative curriculum with the use of interprofessional exercises; and utilize existing School of Medicine faculty, clinical training and physical plant resources. The details provided on our website frame the rationale and mission for this program, as well as provide an overview of the innovation in the curricular design that brings physician assistant students and medical students together to learn side-by-side, just as they will practice.
The Master of Medical Science degree (MMS) is designed to be completed in approximately 26 months. It is divided into two major phases: the Pre-clinical Curriculum (14 months) and the Clinical Curriculum (12 months).
For more information about the Physician Assistant Program's accreditation status, please view the Accreditation Statement.