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Temple University School of Medicine

temple university school of medicine

Temple University School of Medicine (TUSM), located on the Health Science Campus of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, is one of seven schools of medicine in Pennsylvania conferring the doctor of medicine (MD) degree. It also confers the PhD (doctor of philosophy) and MS (master of science) degrees in biomedical sciences, the MA (master of arts) in Urban Bioethics, and dual degrees of MD/PhD, MD/MPH (master of public health), and MD/MBA (master of business administration).


Temple University School of Medicine Mission Statement


Temple University School of Medicine is dedicated to excellence in education, research and patient care, achieved by faculty, staff and learners who represent the diversity of society. It provides:

  • Education that is patient-centered, instilling in learners the School’s ethic of human service and lifelong learning;
  • Research that advances and integrates basic and clinical science; and
  • Patient care administered with compassion and understanding, utilizing contemporary knowledge and techniques.


About Temple University School of Medicine


TUSM takes pride in the excellence of its teaching, research and service programs. It remains fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. It employs 471 full-time faculty, 47 part-time faculty, 1,660 volunteer faculty, and 869 staff. Each year it admits 210 medical students and approximately 24 graduate students. Reflecting the excellent quality of a Temple medical education, its MD graduates are highly regarded by competitive residency training programs, and have made significant career contributions to both medical practice and medical research. Many have become department chairpersons, deans and vice presidents of major academic medical centers.

TUSM received 10,318 applications for the Class entering in 2011, one of the highest number of applicants of all U.S. medical schools. The mean grade point averages and MCA scores of Temple matriculants rank above the national mean. TUSM has increased scholarship funds by 18% over the past four years, which has further enhanced its ability to draw talented applicants. Of the 2011-12 total professional student enrollment, 47% are women, 35% are minorities, and 51% are in-state residents.

TUSM enjoys a close educational and working relationship with the Temple University Health System, now encompassing Temple University Hospital and its Episcopal campus, Jeanes Hospital, and Fox Chase Cancer Center. Major teaching affiliates include St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem; the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville; the West Penn Allegheny Health System in Pittsburgh; the Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Delaware County; and Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington Township. Combined with office practices at Temple and its affiliates, and those of highly qualified primary care and specialty practitioners throughout the Commonwealth, Temple students become experienced in caring for individuals with simple to highly complex illnesses in a variety of settings.

Under the prior leadership of John M. Daly, MD, alumnus of the Class of 1973 and Emeritus Dean of the School, TUSM underwent a revitalization which is being carried forward by his successor, Dr. Larry R. Kaiser, who also serves as the Senior Executive Vice President for Health Affairs and CEO of Temple University Health System. Under Dr. Kaiser and his leadership team, Temple is critically reviewing its current curriculum, further expanding its research and clinical enterprises, and enlarging the size of both its clinical and research faculty.

On November 1, 2007, TUSM broke ground on a new home. At a cost of $160 million, the project is the largest capital improvement project in the history of Temple University. The new building, an 11-story, 480,000 square feet glass and brick structure designed by Philadelphia-based architecture and engineering firm Ballinger, opened in May 2009 and has proven to be a highly functional site for both education and research.

In summary, a Temple medical education is highly sought after and tremendously valued, preparing physicians and scientists to meet successfully the challenges that lie ahead.