Temple University School of Medicine

Temple University School of Medicine
Type State-related
Established 1901
Dean Larry R. Kaiser, MD, FACS
Academic staff
Students 750 MD
Location Philadelphia, PA, USA
Campus Urban
Website www.temple.edu/medicine

The Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM), located on the Health Science Campus of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, is one of 7 schools of medicine in Pennsylvania conferring the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree. It also confers the Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) and M.S. (Masters of Science) degrees in biomedical sciences.

The 2015 U.S. News & World Report medical school research ranking places Temple University School of Medicine 55th best in the U.S.[1] TUSM had the second-highest ranking of all medical schools in Philadelphia and the third-highest in the state. TUSM is reported to be one of the top 10 most applied to medical schools in the United States.[2] In July 2014, Temple University School of Medicine's scientists became the first to remove HIV from human cells.[3][4][5] Temple University's Fox Chase Cancer Center is ranked 19th best Hospital for Adult Cancer by U.S. News & World Report.[6] TUSM reported 9,624 applications in 2010 (class of 2014) for a class size of 210 students; 540 of the total 9,624 applications received acceptance, translating to a 5.61% acceptance rate.


Founded in 1901 as Pennsylvania’s first co-educational medical school, the institution has attained a national reputation for training humanistic and dedicated clinicians. The school was founded with the central principle that quality education should be afforded to everyone regardless of their ability to pay. In addition, the school has emphasized the development of humanitarianism; a value highlighted by Sir William Osler's quote, "The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease." This quote is inscribed on one of the walls in the Medical Education and Research Building.

Notable alumni and pioneers

The school has been home to a number of renowned alumni and faculty, including:

Medical education

The education of medical students at Temple University School of Medicine includes a solid foundation in the fundamentals of basic and clinical science. The first two years are taught in an integrated approach, closely tying basic science concepts to clinical medicine, professionalism and medical ethics. The clinical years are marked by extensive hands-on experience in caring for patients. The William Maul Measey Institute for Clinical Simulation and Patient Safety allows students to learn basic clinical skills and teamwork in a safe learning environment throughout the curriculum. Thus, graduates are exceptionally well prepared to pursue residency training.

Year 1

The major goal of Year 1 is normal structure, function and development. The year is divided into six blocks:

A doctoring course running throughout the curriculum enables students to learn the basics of history-taking, physical exam skills and professionalism. The course uses clinical cases to integrate the teaching and evaluation of clinical skills with the basic science concepts in each of the blocks, and utilizes the William Maul Measey Institute for Clinical Simulation and Patient Safety to aid learning through interactive clinical scenarios. Faculty preceptors provide individualized mentoring and career advising.

Year 2

Year 2 focuses on the causes, mechanisms, identification and treatment of major human diseases. The second year is divided into 5 blocks:

The Doctoring 2 course enables students to practice and improve their clinical skills and professionalism through closely supervised rotations in both ambulatory and hospital settings.

Year 3

During Year 3, beginning in mid-May of the second year, students rotate through core clerkships in:

The third year Doctoring course emphasizes career advising, evidence-based medicine, professionalism and clinical decision-making.

Year 4

In Year 4, beginning in May of the third year, students can focus on areas of interest through a large variety of electives. They are required to do a sub-internship in either pediatrics, surgery, or medicine, as well as rotations in an intensive-care unit, the emergency department, and radiology. The balance of the fourth year is given over to electives, research, and residency interviews. Available electives include multiple medical and surgical sub-specialties. Students interested in specialties like obstetrics or neurology may also elect to do a second sub-internship in these specialties.

Clinical campuses

Temple offers the unique opportunity to perform third and fourth year clerkship rotations at a wide array of Pennsylvania-based clinical campuses.

Branch campuses

In response to the increasing demand for dedicated U.S. and Pennsylvania physicians, Temple University School of Medicine has begun establishment of branch campuses in varying Pennsylvania locations. These regional campuses will provide the same basic science courses offered at the main Philadelphia campus, however will be based in separate cities.

Revitalization and reconstruction

Under the leadership of Dean John Daly, M.D., alumnus of the class of 1973, TUSM underwent revitalization. The institution hired 262 new professors in 4 years; added clinical and basic science departments; and completely revamped the medical curriculum to meet changing educational paradigms.

Additionally, on November 1, 2007, TUSM broke ground on a new home. At a projected cost of $160 million, the project is the largest capital improvement project in the history of Temple University. The new building, an 11-story, glass and brick structure designed by Philadelphia-based architecture and engineering firm Ballinger, opened in May 2009. Notable features include: a modern anatomy laboratory with computers and high definition LCD screens on articulating arms; a fully interactive patient simulation center with simulated doctor offices, emergency medicine department, and surgical apparatuses as well as a staff of simulated patient actors, simulated patient mannequins, and full-time instructing physicians; and a 24-hour, 50,000 sq. foot library with individualized study rooms containing high definition televisions with multimedia and wireless accessibility.

The new medical education building also features a wide array of attributes designed to lower stress of its faculty, staff, and students. Examples include: a classical grand piano on the third floor; a medical student lounge with cable, high definition television; and a three story atrium/commons area containing armchairs and medical art.

Temple University Hospital

Temple University Hospital (TUH), in Philadelphia, is a premier academic medical center in the United States. It is the chief clinical training site for the Temple University School of Medicine. The hospital has a 746-bed capacity that offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services to the surrounding community, and highly specialized tertiary services in the Delaware Valley.[8]

In August 2011, Becker's Hospital Review listed Temple University Hospital as number 10 on the 100 Top Grossing Hospitals in America with $5.9 billion in gross revenue.[9]

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