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Continuing Our Legacy of Diversity Conference

September 28, 2013


Temple University School of Medicine (TUSM) has had a long standing commitment to diversity. On September 28, 2013, the second annual conference, Continuing Our Legacy of Diversity, will be held to highlight the efforts at TUSM to recruit and produce a diverse workforce. The first annual conference had 265 registered participants, 65 who attended virtually.


Commitment to Excellence and Diversity


The School of Medicine established its nationally recognized Recruitment, Admissions and Retention (RAR) Program in 1971. The primary purpose of this program continues to be the production of greater numbers of physicians from diverse backgrounds. In the 42 year history of the RAR Program, the School of Medicine has enrolled over one thousand medical students underrepresented in medicine (URM) and graduated them at a 93% rate within 4 years. As a result of this commitment to excellence and diversity, Temple has held "top 10" status among all U.S. medical schools—along with Howard, Meharry and Morehouse—throughout the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and during the current millennium—for total number of African-American medical students. According to the AAMC Diversity in the Physician Workforce, Facts and Figures 2010, from 1978 - 2008, Temple was ranked 6th in the nation in graduating African American physicians, thus demonstrating its determination and commitment to recruit, to admit and to graduate students underrepresented in medicine.



Keynote: Strategies for Becoming a Leader in Medicine that Really Work!

Lynne Holden, MD, TUSM '91

Associate Professor, Clinical Emergency Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Co-Founder and President, Mentoring in Medicine®


Speaker biography



Preparing the Next Generation to Serve, Learn, Lead

Raul A. DeLa Cadena, MD

Assistant Dean, Recruitment, Admissions, and Retention (RAR) Program

Professor of Physiology


Speaker biography



Clinical Education: The Strong Suit at Temple

Lawrence Kaplan, MD, FACP, TUSM '86

Associate Dean for Clinical Education

Professor of Medicine


Speaker biography



Understanding the Keys to a Successful Medical School Application

Audrey B. Uknis, MD, TUSM '87

Senior Associate Dean, Admissions and Strategy

Professor of Medicine


Speaker biography



TUSM Center for Bioethics, Urban Health, and Policy: Being a Patient-Centered Urban Physician

Kathleen A. Reeves, MD

Associate Dean, Student Affairs

Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Co-Director, Center for Bioethics, Urban Health, and Policy


Speaker biography



Temple's Translational Research Agenda: Bringing Research to the Community

Crystal A. Gadegbeku, MD, FAHA

Section Chief, Nephrology and Kidney Transplantation

Associate Professor of Medicine

Co-Director, Center for Bioethics, Urban Health, and Policy


Speaker biography



Mentoring at Temple

Alliric I. Willis, MD

Assistant Professor, Surgery

Assistant Professor, Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology


Speaker biography



Fostering Your Desire to Serve Others: Global Health Opportunities at TUSM

Patricia Green, MS3

Tomi Sodeke, MS3



Imagine Yourself a Member of the Student Body: A View from Current Students

Medical Student Panel



Temple and Beyond: A View from TUSM Alumni

TUSM Alumni Panel




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