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The Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) is dedicated to educating and training students to be outstanding physicians who are thoroughly prepared to meet the medical needs of a diverse patient population, including the local community, the State of Pennsylvania and beyond. The school places particular emphasis on attracting and graduating future physicians who will provide care to underserved and diverse patient populations. This tradition has been preserved and passed on by a faculty who are dedicated to the medical needs of North Philadelphia and surrounding communities.

LKSOM is dedicated to enrolling students who exemplify academic excellence, service to the community and who embody the passion, commitment and integrity to meet the highest standards in patient care and medical scholarship. Temple students represent the diversity of society; they are recent college graduates and those changing careers, and they come from a wide variety of cultural, socioeconomic, and geographic backgrounds. They also have demonstrated capacity for volunteerism, altruism, and a genuine desire to help those in need. An LKSOM education provides a solid foundation in the fundamentals of basic science and clinical medicine. The curriculum is structured to ensure that students acquire the knowledge, clinical and life-long learning skills and professional attributes essential to the practice of medicine. The program is marked by an extensive "hands-on" experience in caring for patients. Thus, graduates are exceptionally well prepared to pursue further training. Explore the MD Curriculum. Additionally, students have opportunities to engage in service learning, educational initiatives, and basic, clinical and translational research and discover if their aptitudes and interests lie in these areas.

The medical school graduation competencies are based on recommendations of the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), which formally established the use of educational outcomes as a tool for accrediting residency training programs, The Physician Competency Reference Set and the Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency. LKSOM has chosen to use the following defined areas of competency: medical knowledge, patient care, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, practice-based learning and improvement, systems-based practice, and interprofessional collaboration. For more information, read the MD Program Graduation Competencies section of LKSOM's website.

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