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Temple University School of Medicine

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West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) has a long tradition of excellence in both undergraduate and graduate medical education, including graduate training programs in almost every discipline.

For many years, the Health System has been affiliated with two medical schools, which together have annually provided education to hundreds of third-year and fourth-year medical students and about 450 residents and fellows (graduate medical education students).

Under the leadership of past WPAHS President and CEO Christopher T. Olivia, MD, the organization decided to sponsor a single four-year medical school. This school has been established in partnership with Temple University School of Medicine based in Philadelphia.

Temple University School of Medicine at WPAHS will focus on recruiting local students, students from the surrounding area and students from other parts of the state, with the goal of training and ultimately retaining practicing physicians for the Pittsburgh community and surrounding areas. In support of our mission to serve the healthcare needs of the people of Western Pennsylvania, WPAHS has already established affiliations with local colleges and universities, and more will be sought.

Temple University in Philadelphia opened its School of Medicine 110 years ago. The school typically draws more than half of its approximately 180 students per class from Pennsylvania. More than 1,000 Temple graduates are practicing in Western Pennsylvania, and more practicing physicians in the state graduated from Temple than from any of the other medical school in the Commonwealth.

The four-year Temple University School of Medicine at WPAHS will open in August 2013 with a maximum of 30 students in the freshman class and the goal of expanding to serve 50 students in each class by the fourth year, for a planned total enrollment of 200 students in this program.


Leadership Team

The Dean's Staff of Temple University School of Medicine at WPAHS is led by Elliot Goldberg, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Medicine. The Dean's Staff includes Daniel Benckart, MD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Professor of Surgery; Christopher Post, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Basic Sciences and Professor of Otolaryngology and Microbiology; Debra Caplan, Assistant Dean for Administration; Drew Keys, Vice President of Fund Development; and Student Affairs Managers Lori Slade and Jeff Reed, who work directly with the medical students.



The Temple University School of Medicine at WPAHS full-time faculty are faculty of Temple University School of Medicine, and all of the committees that govern the WPAHS campus parallel the committees of the school in Philadelphia.

Basic Science Faculty
On July 1, 2011, we will begin recruitment of Temple University School of Medicine at WPAHS basic science faculty, who teach in the first and second years of medical school. WPAHS already has 16 experienced full-time basic science faculty who have been conducting basic science research under the leadership of Christopher Post, MD, PhD, President of Allegheny-Singer Research Institute. 

Dr. Post will add an additional approximately 12 basic scientists to this group to complete our basic science faculty.

The basic science faculty will be in place by the end of 2012.



WPAHS clinical facilities include two academic medical centers in Pittsburgh (Allegheny General Hospital and The Western Pennsylvania Hospital) and three hospitals offering advanced inpatient care and a spectrum of outpatient services in the suburbs (Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights; Canonsburg General Hospital in Canonsburg; and Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville).

WPAHS also sponsors two diploma schools of nursing (with university partnerships), a school of respiratory care in partnership with Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and several pharmacy residency programs. In addition, WPAHS teaching hospitals serve as clinical sites for education of allied health professionals from numerous educational institutions in the region.

Additional educational facilities include the Simulation, Teaching and Academic Research (STAR) Center at WPAHS and librarian-staffed health sciences libraries at WPAHS teaching hospitals.

Temple University School of Medicine at WPAHS Non-clinical Facilities

Four Allegheny Center, a 10-story building on Pittsburgh’s North Side, has been selected to house the Temple University School of Medicine at WPAHS Basic Science Program and other non-clinical programs and offices.

This building is located approximately one block from Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), which currently houses the Temple University School of Medicine at WPAHS main administrative offices.

Graduate medical education programs at WPAHS are sponsored by the Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) – Western Pennsylvania Hospital (WPH) Medical Education Consortium. Program offices for the almost 50 established residency and fellowship programs are located at Allegheny General Hospital, The Western Pennsylvania Hospital or Forbes Regional Hospital.

Temple University School of Medicine at WPAHS Clinical Facilities

From their inception, West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) hospitals have been on the vanguard of patient care, medical and health sciences education, and research.

Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), just one block from the Temple University School of Medicine at WPAHS main building, is the main clinical facility for the medical school. AGH houses about 35 graduate medical education programs.

The Western Pennsylvania Hospital (WPH), approximately six miles from the Temple University School of Medicine at WPAHS building, is located in the Bloomfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh. WPH specializes in advanced care for women and infants, acute rehabilitation, burns and bone marrow transplant/ hematology/oncology. Several graduate medical education programs are located at WPH, including the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program, Foot and Ankle Surgery Residency Program, Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship Program, Pain Management Fellowship Program, and Hematology and Oncology Fellowship Program.

Forbes Regional Hospital (FRH) is approximately 17 miles from the Temple University School of Medicine at WPAHS building. FRH is a large community hospital providing advanced care in a variety of specialties. FRH houses the Family Practice Residency Program.

Medical students and medical residents and fellows may also have clinical experiences at Allegheny Valley Hospital or Canonsburg General Hospital, especially for outpatient experiences in family medicine, pediatrics or general internal medicine. 


Admissions Information

Since 2000, up to 32 Temple University School of Medicine students each year have been able to elect to complete their entire third and fourth years (their clinical years) at Temple’s Western Pennsylvania campus.

Beginning in July 2012, Temple University School of Medicine will begin to accept applications to complete all four years of medical school at Temple University School of Medicine at WPAHS.
Admission to the WPAHS campus will follow Temple’s established application process.

Students accepted to Temple University School of Medicine may elect to complete their medical school education at WPAHS as late as the opening of the WPAHS facilities in early August 2013.
View additional admissions information.



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