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Undergraduate Medical Education Opportunities

Undergraduate Medical Education Opportunities

Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University Clinical Campus at West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) offers accredited and well-recognized programs for undergraduate education, with strong programs in graduate medical education, health sciences education, and research. 

 The Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) Clinical Campus at West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) offers a full-time program for Temple students to complete their third and fourth years of medical school at WPAHS.  In addition, we offer rotations for medical students from Temple and other LCME- and AOA-approved medical schools.

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Full-Time Option

Up to 64 students (32 third-year students and 32 fourth-year students) may complete all of their third-year and fourth-year rotations at the West Penn Clinical Campus of TUSM. 

Students approved for this option will be admitted directly to the West Penn Campus upon admission to TUSM.

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The wide variety of primary / secondary and tertiary care referral programs at West Penn Allegheny Health System provides an unusually broad range of interesting and challenging experiences for medical students. 

Third-Year Clerkships

West Penn Allegheny Health System provides third-year clerkships to students enrolled in Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and Drexel University College of Medicine.

The following clerkships are provided at the following WPAHS sites:

Family Medicine: Forbes Regional Hospital
Medicine: Allegheny General Hospital
Obstetrics and Gynecology: West Penn Hospital
Pediatrics: Allegheny General Hospital and West Penn Hospital
Psychiatry: Forbes Regional Hospital
General Surgery: Allegheny General Hospital

During required clinical rotations, unique experiences are available to students that contribute to their understanding of didactic learning sessions.

Elective Rotations

Other third-year and fourth-year medical students may choose to complete elective courses at West Penn Allegheny Health System as space is available.

The Senior Electives offered at West Penn Allegheny Health System for the 2011-2012 school year include the following:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Practice
    • Primary Care/ Sports Medicine
  • Medicine
    • Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology/Arrhythmia, Coronary Care Unit
    • Critical Care
    • Endocrinology
    • Gastroenterology
    • General Medicine
    • Hematology/Oncology
    • HIV Medicine
    • Infectious Diseases
    • Medical Toxicology
    • Nephrology
    • Neurology
    • Pulmonary Medicine
    • Renal-Electrolyte Medicine
    • Rheumatology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • Obstetrics/ Ambulatory Care
    • Benign Gynecology
    • Gynecologic Oncology
    • Maternal-Fetal Medicine - High-Risk Obstetrics
    • Reproductive Genetics
  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
    • Anatomic Pathology
    • Clinical Pathology
    • Diagnostic Cytology
  • Pediatrics
    • Neonatology / Perinatal Medicine
  • Radiology
    • Diagnostic Radiology
    • Radiation Oncology
    • Radiology-Pathology Correlation
  • Surgery
    • Breast Surgery
    • Burn
    • Cardiothoracic Surgery
    • Colorectal Surgery
    • General Surgery
    • Neurosurgery
    • Ophthalmology
    • Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery
    • Orthopaedic Surgery
    • Otolaryngology
    • Plastic Surgery
    • Surgical Critical Care
    • Transplantation
    • Trauma
    • Urology
    • Vascular Surgery

During rotations, medical students benefit from the expert knowledge and broad experiences of faculty physicians and other healthcare team members and opportunities to participate in all aspects of the care of patients with complex health conditions.

The Learning Environment

In addition to undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education programs, WPAHS offers numerous health sciences education programs:

  • Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), the tertiary care flagship of WPAHS, sponsors several Pharmacy residency programs for graduate pharmacists.  

WPAHS has two NLNAC-accredited diploma schools of nursing:

  • The Western Pennsylvania Hospital (WPH) School of Nursing on the WPH campus offers a 22-month program articulated onsite with Clarion University of Pa., the only RN diploma program in the region with on-site housing, as well as on-site day care.
  • Allegheny Valley Hospital (AVH) in Natrona Heights sponsors Citizens School of Nursing in Tarentum, Pa., offering a 2-year program for the RN diploma with college courses completed before or with nursing courses.

WPH also sponsors, with Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), a School of Respiratory Care that is the fifth-oldest program in the nation to offer a bachelor of science degree in respiratory care.  WPH also sponsors clinical affiliations for Radiologic Technology students. 

To Apply for an Elective Rotation

Students attending an LCME-approved medical school can apply for an elective rotation at the TUSM West Penn Clinical Campus.  To apply, download and complete the application and send to the Senior Associate Dean's Office with the following information:

  • Immunization Record (second page of application)
  • Letter of Good Standing from the Medical School
  • Proof of Liability Insurance
  • Proof of Personal Health Insurance
  • Child Abuse and Criminal Background Report

When requesting more than one rotation, an individual application must be completed for each requested elective but if several rotation requests are sent at the same time, only one set of the additional information is needed.

Contact Information

Senior Associate Dean's Office, South Tower
Temple University School of Medicine
320 East North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15212

Telephone:  412.359.4335 or 412-578.5432