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Message from the Chair

Message from Thomas Fekete, MD, MACP
Interim Chair, Department of Medicine

Welcome to the Department of Medicine. I am tremendously proud of the faculty, residents, fellows and staff of the Department for their valuable contributions to our tripartite mission of patient care, education and research. As the Department with the largest number of residents and fellows, in addition to our substantial involvement and commitment in teaching medical students, educating the next generation of physicians has been and will always remain our top priority. With respect to our Internal Medicine Residency, Temple has the well-deserved National reputation that our clinical training milieu affords a broad clinical experience, fosters active learning, promotes graded responsibility, and provides a nurturing and collegial environment for our trainees. Our Program Director, the Associate Program Directors and Core Faculty Members are dedicated to the education and career development of our residents. 

General Medicine inpatient care is provided by academic hospitalists while outpatient care is provided by forward-looking general internists with emphasis on population health and preventive medicine. We continue to innovate in medical education: from the Ambulatory Immersion 4+1 System to the re-structured inpatient team structure to emphasize continuity of patient care for our internal medicine residents. The Department of Medicine has recruited prominent faculty physicians who provide state-of-the-art care to a wide variety of patients with complex medical problems. For example, we offer pioneering treatments such as Pulmonary Hypertension/Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy Program (Cardiology): only four institutions in the US have this capability. Our residents are exposed to the most advanced and up-to-date medical advances and participate in the care of patients with very complex medical problems, thus ensuring they have a well-rounded clinical training experience.

Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University is a research-intensive medical school and the Department of Medicine prides itself on its nationally prominent physician-scientists, and provides a stimulating and collaborative environment for performing clinical, basic and translational research. Residents are encouraged to perform research during their residency. The Department of Medicine offers Research Awards to support residents in their research endeavors. The Department runs a year-round research curriculum consisting of series of lectures by successful investigators covering a wide range of topics such as basic statistics and power calculation, clinical trial design, basic science techniques in clinical research, etc. Our residents publish their research in National journals and present their findings in National meetings. 

I hope you will sense the excitement, dynamism and pride in our Department. Our Internal Medicine Residency will provide excellent clinical training in General Internal Medicine and position you well for advanced training in the subspecialties. Thank you for visiting with us. 

Sincerely, 

Thomas Fekete, MD, MACP
Interim Chair, Department of Medicine
Section Chief, Infectious Diseases
Professor, Clinical Medicine
Professor, Microbiology and Immunology