Stepping into the forefront of medical education

Innovative instructional methods and technologies prepare Keck students for a lifetime of collaborative learning and practice and enable them to establish careers as outstanding physician-citizen-scientists, and as forward-thinking leaders able to improve the health of patients and communities.”

Ron Ben-Ari, MD
Associate Dean for Curriculum

About the Curriculum

Our MD curriculum has been designed over time to give students the best foundation for their future specialty choices. Students not only study medical science, but they also work closely with faculty mentors to learn how to form relationships with patients, build a practice, and serve diverse communities. The curriculum:

  • Is designed to enhance the students’ understanding of the basic and behavioral sciences and their relevance to clinical medicine
  • Uses a methodology to improve students’ problem-solving and independent study skills
  • Is delivered in a case-centered format with the integration of small-group learning sessions, directed independent study and newer instructional technologies


Ron Ben-Ari, MD, Associate Dean, Curriculum

Contact Us

Contact the Office of Curriculum
Email or call (323) 442-1763

Our Staff

Christine Crispen, MS, Director
Cynthia Hyun, MBA, Associate Director
Christine Kaneshige, Program Specialist, Year I-II
Jay Hendershott, Program Specialist, Case-based Education
Stephen Stephenson, Program Specialist, Examinations
Jasmine Serrano, Curriculum Program Assistant

Affiliated Medical Centers

Students interact with actual patients from the first weeks in medical school at partnering hospitals such as Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and Keck Hospital of USC. This hands-on clinical experience gives them the advantage of the public/private diversity of a community-based experience.


Keck Hospital of USC


LAC+USC Medical Center

Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles