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The Medical School of Temple University/St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network is announced

BETHLEHEM, PA – St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network and Temple University
School of Medicine are taking immediate steps to address the looming
physician shortage-steps that will benefit all Pennsylvanians and,
importantly, people living in the Greater Lehigh Valley.

Aspiring doctors soon will have the opportunity to earn a medical degree
at the newly established Medical School of Temple University/St. Luke’s
Hospital & Health Network based in Bethlehem. This initiative directly
addresses the recommendation by The Association of American Medical
Colleges to increase the number of graduate medical students and medical
schools in response to the physician shortage.

Thirty students will be accepted into the inaugural class beginning August
2011. Special consideration for enrollment will be given to pre-med
students from Lehigh University, Moravian College and Muhlenberg College
who have achieved academic excellence and are currently enrolled in the
“Early Assurance” program through St. Luke’s and Temple. It is anticipated
that other area colleges and universities also will participate.

“I am proud to represent my colleagues serving on the Board of Trustees of
St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network, a group of visionary and dedicated
leaders who took historic action last week as they unanimously and
enthusiastically approved the establishment of The Medical School of
Temple University/St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network,” says David
Lobach, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, St. Luke’s Hospital & Health
Network. “I also want to commend everyone involved in the planning and
execution of this momentous next chapter in the history of both our
organizations.”

Significantly, 50 percent of students who train at Temple University
School of Medicine in Philadelphia stay in the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania to train and later to practice, according to John M. Daly, MD, Dean and Professor of Surgery,
Temple University School of Medicine

“We expect The Medical School of Temple University/St. Luke’s Hospital &
Health Network to do just as well or better in keeping qualified
well-trained physicians in the Greater Lehigh Valley,” he says. “This has
become more of a necessity as the population not only grows, but grows
older. There is a clear need for more physicians in growing areas like the
Lehigh Valley.”

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