Clinical Training

Clinical Training at Temple/St. Luke's

St. Luke's University Health Network is one of Pennsylvania's largest integrated health care networks. The flagship campus, located in Bethlehem, is the site of the Temple/St. Luke's regional campus. A not-for-profit, tertiary care, teaching hospital, St. Luke's University Health Network - Bethlehem Campus offers 82 medical specialties as well as a Level I trauma center. More about St. Luke's.

With a large, diverse patient base, medical students are assured of seeing a full spectrum of diseases and clinical presentations. Students also gain valuable experience in providing culturally competent and cross-culturally sensitive health care since St. Luke's patients reflect the considerable racial, ethnic, and economic diversity of the surrounding communities.

As a teaching hospital, St. Luke's sponsors fully accredited residency programs in Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, General Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, and a Transitional Year, as well as in Dental Medicine, Pharmacy, and Podiatry. St. Luke's sponsors fully accredited fellowship programs in Cardiology, Geriatric Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Sports Medicine, and Podiatric Dermatology. Medical students find themselves in an atmosphere that is both patient-centered and educationally focused. Residents at St. Luke's are part of the teaching team and make special efforts to work with medical students.

Students enrolled in the Temple/St. Luke's program find it advantageous to do all their required third- and fourth-year rotations at the Bethlehem campus. They quickly become adept with the computer system, procedures, and layout of St. Luke's and then can focus all of their rotation time on learning didactics, patient care, and procedures.

Students who are interested in experiencing different hospital settings may take as many electives as they wish at any of the  hospitals within the Lewis Katz School of Medicine (LKSOM) system. In addition, fourth-year students may take two electives outside the LKSOM system and may also take an international elective

Patient Diversity
at St. Luke's

According to Andy
Goodbred, "I've been
amazed by the sheer
diversity of pathology
of cases that we see
as students, whether
it is different kinds
of trauma in the ER
or very complicated
medical cases."

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