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The Organization


Temple University (TU)

Temple University, a comprehensive state-related research university, is the 28th largest university in the United States. Founded in 1884 by Russell Conwell as an informal adult-education outgrowth of his Grace Baptist Church ministry, Temple College was chartered in 1888, and incorporated as Temple University in 1907. Since 1965, Temple has been one of three state-related research universities in Pennsylvania; the other two are the University of Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania State University. Four of Temple's seven Pennsylvania locations are in Philadelphia. In addition to the 115-acre Main Campus and 17-acre Health Sciences Campus, Temple has two locations in Center City Philadelphia: the School of Podiatric Medicine and Temple University Center City, which offers credit and noncredit education and is located across from City Hall. In Philadelphia's northern suburbs, there is the 186-acre campus in Ambler and a location in Fort Washington offering graduate and noncredit courses. A seventh location is in the state's capital, Harrisburg, where Temple offers graduate degree and certificate programs.

The university has several long-established locations abroad. Temple University Japan (TUJ), Temple's pioneering campus in Tokyo, celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2007. TUJ was the first foreign university recognized by Japan's Ministry of Education. Temple University Rome, located in Rome's Villa Caproni, was established in 1966. Temple also operates study abroad programs in Brazil, China, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Senegal, Spain, the United Kingdom and other locations worldwide.


A total of 39,000 students (32,207 full-time) enrolled at Temple in fall 2010 including 27,927 undergraduates and 5,408 graduate students. Temple is the nation's fifth largest provider of professional education with 3,209 first-professional students in the fields of dentistry, law, medicine, pharmacy and podiatric medicine.


Temple University School of Medicine (TUSM)

Temple University School of Medicine opened its doors to students on September 16, 1901. The first coeducational medical college in Pennsylvania, it began as a night and weekend teaching venture to accommodate working-class citizens who sought to improve their lives—and the lives of others—through medical education. Classes were held initially in College Hall, next to Conwell's Baptist Temple church. Clinical instruction was given at the Samaritan Hospital farther north on Broad Street. The original medical school faculty numbered 20 with 35 students enrolled during the first year.


There are 18 clinical departments in the School of Medicine, comprised of over 499 full-time faculty, 44 part-time faculty and 814 volunteer faculty, and 869 staff. Each department is engaged in education, patient care and research. TUSM takes pride in the excellence of its teaching, service and research programs. It remains fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. 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 enjoys a close educational and working relationship with the Temple University Health System, now encompassing Temple University Hospital and its Episcopal campus, Temple Fox Chase Cancer Center and Jeanes Hospital. 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.


Looking toward the future, Temple began expanding its research enterprise, enlarging the size of both its clinical and research faculty by building a new medical school building, which opened in time for the August Class of 2009. This new medical education and research building (11-story, 480,000 sq. ft. and $160M) is the first step for Temple University School of Medicine in realizing a bold new vision. While bricks and mortar do not define institutional character and quality, they are essential to an institution's vitality; the new facility symbolizes Temple's determination to be a leader in medical education and healthcare. It is the largest building project in the university's history and it visibly demonstrates a steadfast commitment to the surrounding neighborhood and to the City of Philadelphia. These investments will enable Temple to be faithful to its missions for many years to come.


Temple University Physicians (TUP)

Temple University Physicians is the faculty practice organization of TUSM. The practice plan has approximately 325 clinicians who provide clinical care across a broad range of specialties and subspecialties. TUP physicians, representing 18 clinical departments, see patients at 40 sites (combined resident and private practice clinics)—the majority of which are located on campus. These faculty physicians participate in the teaching of medical students, residents and fellows and are also actively involved with research and clinical trials.


Temple University Health System (TUHS)

Created in 1995 to manage Temple University's growing array of health care services, Temple University Health System (TUHS) is a $1.4 billion academic health system dedicated to providing access to quality patient care and supporting excellence in medical education and research.


The Health System consists of Temple University Hospital (TUH), ranked among the "Best Hospitals" in the region by U.S. News & World Report; TUH-Episcopal Campus; TUH-Northeastern Campus; Fox Chase Cancer Center, an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center; Jeanes Hospital; Temple Transport Team, a ground and air-ambulance company; and Temple Physicians, Inc., a network of community-based specialty and primary-care physician practices. TUHS is affiliated with Temple University School of Medicine


The health system maintains a vigorous and dynamic platform for teaching and education, while enhancing the health of the communities it serves. The non-profit network of hospitals and physicians provides a comprehensive array of inpatient and outpatient services and provides an environment for the highest quality patient care, teaching, and training. TUHS provides the chief clinical training sites for the Temple University School of Medicine.


Temple University Hospital (TUH)

The flagship hospital, Temple University Hospital (TUH), is a 721-bed tertiary- and quaternary-level acute care hospital in close proximity to the School of Medicine. TUH is a high volume urban center, with over 150,000 outpatient visits yearly, over 28,000 admissions, and over 2,700 births. A Level I Trauma Center, TUH has one of the busiest emergency departments in the region. The hospital provides patients with ready access to an exceptional group of physicians in every specialty and primary care field. These doctors include the nationally recognized faculty of TUSM, who are supported by the advanced resources of its major teaching hospital.


Jeanes Hospital

For almost 85 years, Jeanes Hospital has combined excellence in health care with a compassionate, personal touch. Today, as a member of the Temple University Health System, Jeanes offers state-of-the-art medical, surgical and emergency services, providing patients with the comfort and convenience of a community hospital along with the resources of a downtown academic medical center. The experienced doctors and dedicated staff are focused on offering patients access to the latest treatments and diagnostics, while never losing sight of the hospital's dedication to serving and caring for the surrounding community.


Temple Fox Chase Cancer Center

Fox Chase Cancer Center is one of only 40 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the country and the region's only hospital devoted solely to cancer treatment, research and prevention. Fox Chase physicians and researchers are frequently involved in setting new guidelines for breakthrough medicine and comprehensive care.


Temple at Oaks

Temple now offers nationally recognized medical care at a convenient new location in Oaks, PA. Our medical and surgical specialists provide innovative lung and orthopaedic services for a wide range of conditions. They are faculty at Temple University School of Medicine and members of the Temple Lung Center and Temple Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine—two state-of-the-art programs repeatedly recognized by U.S. News & World Report.