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Medical School Overview


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.


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

  • Human Gross Anatomy
  • Elements of Bioscience
  • Body Systems 1, 2 and 3 (3 blocks)
  • Basic Principles of Immunology, Pathology and Pharmacology

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

  • Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
  • Diseases of the Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
  • Diseases of the Renal, Endocrine and Reproductive Systems
  • Diseases of the Central Nervous and Musculoskeletal Systems
  • Diseases of the Gastrointestinal System, Hematology and Oncology

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.


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

  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Surgery
  • Elective (clinical, research or academic)

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


In Year 4, beginning in May of the third year, students can focus on areas of interest through a large variety of electives, and enhance their clinical skills through a medicine sub-internships, emergency medicine, and radiology, and two of the following: surgical subspecialties, intensive care and second sub-internship. For a diagrammatic look at the curriculum, click HERE.


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