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Temple/St. Luke’s Becomes Only 4-Year Medical School in the Lehigh Valley

BETHLEHEM, PA. _ The partnership between Temple University’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine (LKSOM) and St. Luke’s University Health Network has expanded so that incoming students will now complete all four years in Bethlehem. The expansion makes Temple/St. Luke’s Medical School the only four-year medical school regional campus in the Lehigh Valley.
 
Temple’s LKSOM and St. Luke’s have a long history together, said Joel Rosenfeld, MD, MEd, Chief Academic Officer and Senior Associate Dean. “Medical students have been coming to Bethlehem for their clinical rotations for more than 60 years,” he said.
 
In 2006, Temple and St. Luke’s opened a clinical campus on its Bethlehem campus where students could complete their third and fourth years. More recently, students have been in Bethlehem for their second, third and fourth years as part of the medical school regional campus. As of this fall, they will complete all four years on the Bethlehem campus.
 
Class size also has increased. The freshman class that began studying in August and will graduate in May 2024 is the largest yet at 40. The inaugural class of 30 students graduated in May 2015.
 
“We wanted to expand and be able to do more because of the physician shortage that is widely projected,” Dr. Rosenfeld said. Also, Dr. Rosenfeld said, the partnership has proved beneficial to students and the Lehigh Valley community. Each year, many of the graduates continue with residencies in the St. Luke’s Network and join St. Luke’s staff as attendings when they complete their studies.
 
Attached photo caption: Class of 2020.
 
 
Media Contact:
Sam Kennedy, Corporate Communications Director, 484-526-4134, samuel.kennedy@sluhn.org
 
About St. Luke’s
Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a fully integrated, regional, non-profit network of more than 16,000 employees providing services at 12 hospitals and 300+ outpatient sites.  With annual net revenue greater than $2 billion, the Network’s service area includes 11 counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Montgomery, Monroe, Schuylkill and Luzerne counties in Pennsylvania and Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey.  Dedicated to advancing medical education, St. Luke’s is the preeminent teaching hospital in central-eastern Pennsylvania.  In partnership with Temple University, St. Luke’s created the Lehigh Valley’s first and only regional medical school campus.  It also operates the nation’s longest continuously operating School of Nursing, established in 1884, and 38 fully accredited graduate medical educational programs with 347 residents and fellows.  St. Luke’s is the only Lehigh Valley-based health care system to earn Medicare’s five- and four-star ratings (the highest) for quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction.  St. Luke’s is both a Leapfrog Group and Healthgrades Top Hospital and a Newsweek World’s Best Hospital.  U.S. News & World Report ranked St. Luke’s #1 in the Lehigh Valley and #6 in the state.  Two of IBM Watson Health’s 100 Top Hospitals are St. Luke’s hospitals.  St. Luke’s University Hospital has earned the 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital designation from IBM Watson Health eight times total and six years in a row. St. Luke’s has also been cited by IBM Watson Health as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Program.  Utilizing the Epic electronic medical record (EMR) system for both inpatient and outpatient services, the Network is a multi-year recipient of the Most Wired award recognizing the breadth of the SLUHN’s information technology applications such as telehealth, online scheduling and online pricing information.  St. Luke’s is also recognized as one of the state’s lowest cost providers

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