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Continuing Our Legacy of Diversity Conference

September 8, 2012


The AAMC Committee on Diversity Affairs designated September as National Medical School Outreach Initiative to promote medicine as a career. Temple University School of Medicine (TUSM) has had a long standing commitment to diversity. On September 8, 2012, the first annual conference, Continuing Our Legacy of Diversity, was held to highlight the efforts at TUSM to recruit and produce a diverse workforce. The event had 265 registered participants, 65 who attended virtually. Faculty speakers were joined by a student panel.


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 41 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.



The Role of Mentoring in Academic Success

Selwyn O. Rogers, Jr., MD, MPH, FACS

Professor and Chair, Surgery

Surgeon-in-Chief, Temple University Health System


Speaker biography   |    Video Presentation



Understanding the Keys to a Successful Medical School Application

Audrey B. Uknis, MD

Senior Associate Dean, Admissions and Strategy

Professor of Medicine


Speaker biography   |    Video Presentation



Acquiring the Tools for Your Career as a Physician: Medical Education at TUSM

Gerald H. Sterling, PhD

Senior Associate Dean, Education

Professor of Pharmacology


Speaker biography   |    Video Presentation



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


Marla Davis Bellamy, JD, MGA

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


Speaker biography    |    Video Presentation



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    |    Video Presentation



Preparing the Next Generation to Serve the Underserved: Medical School Pipeline Programs and Mentoring

Raul A. DeLa Cadena, MD

Assistant Dean, Recruitment, Admissions, Retention (RAR)


Speaker biography     |   Video Presentation



Fostering Your Desire to Serve Others: A Window into Student Service Opportunities at TUSM

Kenyalyn Makone-Anunda

Associate Director, Office of Academic Affiliates


Speaker biography   |     Video Presentation



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

Medical Student Panel


Video Presentation