Facts & Figures

Keck School of Medicine At a Glance | 2013-2014

  • Established in 1885 making Keck the oldest medical school in Southern California.
  • More than 1,500 full-time faculty, 2,000 staff and 1,200 students.
  • Home to 27 research-oriented basic and clinical academic programs.
  • More than 7,000 alumni.
  • More than 5,000 physician graduates who practice in Southern California.


  • Long tradition of educational innovation with the pioneering development of the first computer controlled patient simulator in 1966; the first academic Department of Emergency Medicine in 1970; the first to adopt Introduction to Clinical Medicine courses for first-year students, providing real-world experience in patient care from the start of medical school; and among the first to introduce Medical Ethics into the curriculum.
  • Led movement toward the use of the "standardized patient" for medical training, an idea that has taken root at schools across the nation. A "standardized patient" is a person carefully trained to portray all of the characteristics of a real patient and provide feedback to the students, especially with regard to communication and bedside skills.
  • Developed HTE@USC in 2010, an innovative educational program that enables cross-disciplinary education for medical and engineering students to find solutions to real-world health care problems.
  • One of the top three medical schools in graduating underrepresented minority students.

Medical Degree Programs

  • M.D.
  • Baccalaureate/M.D.
  • M.D./Ph.D.
  • M.D./Master of Science in Clinical and Biomedical Investigations
  • M.D./M.B.A.
  • M.D./Master of Public Health
  • M.D./D.D.S.
  • M.D./Master of Science in Global Medicine
  • M.D./Masters of Health Care Administration

Graduate Degree Programs
Masters and/or Ph.D. degrees are offered in these areas:

  • Biochemical & Molecular Biology
  • Biostatistics
  • Cell & Neurobiology
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetic, Molecular & Cellular Biology
  • Health Behavior Research
  • Medical Education
  • Molecular Microbiology & Immunology
  • Pathology
  • Physiology & Biophysics
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Systems Biology & Disease
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Physician Assistant Practice

Students & Residents

  • 2012-2013 total enrollment: 700 medical students, 289 Ph.D. students, 716 master's students
  • Average GPA of incoming class (2012): 3.64
  • Average MCAT score of incoming class (2012): 34.1
  • U.S. Medical Licensing Exam, Step 1, percent passing for first-time takers (2012): 99%
  • More than 900 medical residents in 56 specialty or subspecialty programs


  • More than 1.5 million patients visits fulfilled annually by Keck School physicians.
  • 273 USC physicians on Pasadena Magazine's 2012 "Top Doctors" list.
  • 134 USC physicians on 2011-12 U.S. News & World Report magazine's rankings of "Top Doctors."
  • More than 70 medical specialties.

Keck Medical Center of USC

  • An integrated academic medical center comprised of Keck Hospital of USC, USC Norris Cancer Hospital and more than 500 Keck faculty physicians.
  • Together the staff and clinicians work persistently toward personalized, innovative, compassionate care for their patients and community.
  • Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital placed among the best hospitals in the nation in the 2012-13 U.S. News & World Report magazine's rankings of "America's Best Hospitals."


  • Keck Hospital of USC
  • USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital
  • Healthcare Consultation Centers I & II
  • Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center
  • Children's Hospital Los Angeles
  • USC Verdugo Hills Hospital
  • Keck Medical Center of USC satellite offices in Beverly Hills, Downtown Los Angeles, La Canada Flintridge, and Pasadena
  • Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center
  • 11 other affiliated hospitals throughout Southern California

Keck Faculty Physicians

  • More than 500 physicians who are faculty members of the Keck School of Medicine.
  • A wide range of patient services offered - from the most complex therapies to primary care for the entire family.
  • Practice at numerous locations throughout Los Angeles and Southern California.


  • More than $235 million in total grant awards, of which 67 percent (more than $157 million) were comprised of NIH awards.
  • Research strengths and priorities include cancer, genomics and personalized medicine, neuroscience, stem cell/regenerative medicine, emerging and global pathogens, obesity/diabetes and metabolic disease, and community, environmental and global health.

Research Facilities

  • Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research
  • Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute
  • USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Harlyne J. Norris Cancer Research Tower
  • Departmental laboratories

Research Institutes

  • Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC
  • Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute
  • USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • USC Cardiac and Vascular Institute
  • Institute for Emerging Pathogens and Immune Diseases
  • Institute for Genetic Medicine
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Institute for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research
  • Saban Research Institute at Children's Hospital Los Angeles
  • Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Keck Medicine Initiative

  • Among the most critical priorities of the Campaign for USC, the Keck Medicine Initiative aims to raise $1.5 billion- 25 percent of the $6 billion campaign goal.
  • Focuses on four priorities within USC's academic medical center: advancing research, enriching medical education, enhancing patient care, and strengthening infrastructure.
  • To make a donation, please visit: keckmedicineofusc.org
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