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THE LEWIS KATZ SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AT TEMPLE UNIVERSITY
Across Pennsylvania - and Beyond
In response to the increasing demand for physicians in
Pennsylvania and across the nation, the Lewis Katz School of
Medicine has opened innovative branch campuses and forged
academic partnerships in recent years with health systems across
St. Luke's University Hospital-Bethlehem Campus is a regional
campus with 30 students per class. Students spend their first year
at LKSOM taking basic science courses, and then spend the next
three years at St. Luke's. Similar programs are in place with the
Geisinger Health System in Danville, PA, and with Allegheny
Health Network in Pittsburgh.
LKSOM also uses a variety of clinical teaching sites throughout
Pennsylvania, providing students the opportunity to see a wide
range of patients who have varied social, economic and cultural
background - urban, suburban, and rural - and to learn the management of disorders and conditions in diverse ambulatory and
inpatient settings. Among others, these clinical education partners
include Lancaster General Hospital, St. Christopher's Hospital for
Children, and of course the hospitals of Temple Health - Temple
University Hospital, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Jeanes Hospital
and Temple University Hospital-Episcopal Campus. Affiliation
agreements with Fu Jen Catholic University School of Medicine in
Taiwan and Jiao Tong University School of Medicine in Shanghai
make overseas educational and research opportunities available to
LKSOM students (and their students and faculty) as well.
In addition to its MD degree program, the school offers several
other degrees, including the MS and PhD in Biomedical Sciences;
the MS in Clinical Research and Translational Medicine; the MDPhD; the MD-MPH; the MD-MBA; and the MS in Physician
Assistant Studies. LKSOM recently launched the nation's first
Master's degree in Urban Bioethics. Postgraduate programs include
residency and fellowship programs in 34 different specialties.
A Modern, 21st Century Home
LKSOM's home base in Philadelphia is a modern, 11-story
medical education and research building that features state-of-theart facilities and technologies for medical education and research.
The building, which opened in 2009, boasts open-air research
labs, smart classrooms, and a state-of-the-art anatomy laboratory.
Also located within the building is The William Maul Measey
Institute for Clinical Simulation and Patient Safety, which is a
12,000-square-foot clinical skills and robotic simulation center
where students practice doctoring and surgical skills on high-tech
mannequins, simulators and patient actors. Another notable feature
is a 50,000-square-foot Health Sciences Center library that brings
together medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, podiatry and related
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More than half of the space in the building is dedicated solely to
research. With specialized research centers focused on population
health, metabolic disease, cancer, heart disease and other strategic
priorities, LKSOM conducts investigations to break new ground,
and trains future generations of researchers to follow suit. It was here,
for example, where LKSOM researchers recently used gene-editing
technology to effectively and safely eliminate the HIV virus from
the DNA of human cells grown in culture, and then successfully
eliminate it from the genomes of living animals. It was here that
LKSOM researchers recently identified the protein at "death's door"
of cells - a finding which could aid in the development of novel
therapeutics for conditions ranging from heart failure and stroke to
cancer and neurodegeneration.
LKSOM is ranked the second best research-oriented medical
school in Philadelphia and the third best in Pennsylvania by U.S.
News & World Report. The school's clinical training partners, including
Temple University Hospital and Fox Chase Cancer Center, also rank
among the best, as do hundreds of faculty and alumni cited annually
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