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Lewis Katz School of Medicine Today

Fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the Lewis Katz School of Medicine employs nearly 900 faculty, over  1100 volunteer faculty, and 1098 staff. Currently, 879 MD program students and 160 graduate students are enrolled, along with 555 physicians in 34 residency and fellowship programs. Each year the school admits 210 medical students and approximately 25 graduate students.                 

The School pursues three major interrelated missions: To provide an excellent student-centered education in medicine and the biomedical sciences to a diverse body of students, instilling in them an ethic of human service and lifelong learning, and preparing them for careers as clinicians, researchers and/or educators; to discover new knowledge that advances both medical science and clinical care; and to provide high quality health care to the people of our surrounding communities, our region and nation. 

The School’s degree programs are the: MD, MD/PhD, MD/MA in Urban Bioethics, MD/MPH, MD/MBA as well as PhD/MS in Biomedical Sciences, the MA in Urban Bioethics and MS Physician Assistant. The school also offers a Postbaccalaureate Program.

Our medical students become experienced in caring for individuals with simple to highly complex illnesses in a variety of settings. The school’s clinical training sites include the member hospitals and specialty centers of the Temple University Health System; St. Luke’s University Health Network (Bethlehem, PA); Geisinger Medical Center (Danville, PA); Allegheny Health System (Pittsburgh, PA); Lancaster General Hospital (Lancaster, PA); and, Main Line Health System (suburban Philadelphia, PA).

Temple University Hospital, the school’s chief clinical training site, provides care for patients from throughout the region seeking advanced tertiary- and quaternary-level care. In addition, the hospital serves one of the most vulnerable populations in the nation, providing more free and under-reimbursed care than any other hospital in Pennsylvania. Thus, with experience in a variety of urban, suburban, and rural inpatient and ambulatory settings, medical students learn to provide culturally competent, interprofessional care to a diverse population of patients with simple conditions as well as highly complex ones.

The Lewis Katz School of Medicine recognizes both technical excellence and diversity, equality and inclusion. It teaches the true art and science of “doctoring.” Moreover, its educational strategic plan, “Improving Health through Innovation in Medical Education,” keeps pace with new medical knowledge and emerging trends in care delivery. The School’s 11-story, 480,000 square-foot medical education and research building in Philadelphia features state-of-the-art facilities and technologies for medical education and research. With its specialized research centers focused on population health, metabolic disease, cancer, heart disease and other strategic priorities, the school conducts investigations to break new ground – and trains future generations of researchers to follow suit.

On October 13, 2015, Temple's medical school was officially dedicated as the Lewis Katz School of Medicine – a historic milestone in the school’s history. The Lewis Katz School of Medicine is part of Temple Health, a $1.6 billion enterprise. It is one of seven schools of medicine in Pennsylvania and, according to U.S. News & World Report, the fourth most-applied-to medical school in the United States. 

Over 12,000 graduates of the School practice medicine and work in education, industry, government and human service throughout the United States and in other parts of the world. Reflecting the excellent quality of a Temple medical education, its MD graduates are highly regarded by competitive residency training programs. The School’s residency match rate has outperformed the national average in recent years (98.5% for the Class of 2017; national average 94.3%). Its alumni have made significant career contributions to both medical practice and medical research. Many have become department chairpersons, deans and vice presidents of major academic medical centers.