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Women and people of color were welcomed
by Temple's medical school from its earliest
days, as depicted in this photo, which includes
members of the Classes of 1913 and 1914
LKSOM Facts & Figures
* 926 full and part-time faculty
* 879 MD program students
* 11,346 applicants
* 82 graduate students
MD Program - Class of 2019
* Female: 48%
* Male: 52%
* Underrepresented in Medicine: 18%
* PA Residents: 47%
* Average GPA: 3.66
* Average MCAT Score: 31.77
Residency Match Rate
* 100% for the Class of 2016 (national
U.S. News & World Report Rankings
* 4th most-applied-to medical school
in the nation
* Top 1/3 of all 156 medical schools
in the U.S.
* 3rd highest ranked medical school
Residencies & Fellowships
* 34 programs enrolling 556 physicians
18 Philadelphia Medicine : Spring 2017
At LKSOM, students learn the true art and science of "doctoring." Its graduates
secure residencies at top programs across the country, embarking on careers that advance
academia, clinical practice and industry all across the globe. In addition, the school's
world-class faculty set the pace in key areas of investigation, pushing the boundaries of
science to advance patient care.
Attracting a Special Kind of Student
Ask students why they chose LKSOM for their medical education and most will give
you a variation on the same answer - "I wanted to make a difference and Temple gave me
that opportunity." Community service is not simply a "talking point." It is an integral
part of the culture and spirit of LKSOM.
Temple's philosophy on service is simple: if we expect community members to seek
help in our world, we must seek their help in learning how best to serve them. It is this
philosophy of working in collaborative partnership with patients that has led the school
to create numerous programs that benefit residents in the surrounding neighborhoods. Far
from being a "top down" mandate, students themselves are often the initiators of creative
service projects and programs. Students from around the world are specifically attracted
to LKSOM precisely because of Temple's unique patient population and the opportunity
to roll up their sleeves and work toward the betterment of people and communities.
This philosophy of mutual respect and partnership created a strong foundation for
true hands-on clinical education and for special initiatives, such as Temple's Institute for
Population Health, Center for Bioethics and Urban Health, and the school of medicine's
"Block by Block" program, which seeks the input and participation of North Philadelphia
residents in health studies from which they can benefit. This "bottom up" and "top down"
approach sets Temple apart from most schools - a distinction lauded by in the report of the
Liaison Committee on Medical Education in the school's most recent accreditation review.
LKSOM has woven itself into the fabric of North Philadelphia over the decades and, as a
result, is treated like a trusted neighbor by those who surround it. Because of its commitment
to community service, the school attracts practical-minded, socially-conscious students
and faculty members. Typically, more than half of Temple's medical students worked in
professional service capacities before enrolling in medical school - and virtually all come
with admirable track records of volunteer service, both in the United States and abroad.
"Temple isn't simply about producing great doctors; it's about developing great people who serve their communities," says Larry R. Kaiser, MD, FACS, dean of LKSOM,
president and CEO of the Temple University Health System and senior executive vice
president for Health Affairs at Temple University. "You see this from class to class, from
generation to generation. Temple people make a difference."