Programs and Initiatives

Get involved with the programs below to help the next generation of medical leaders.

Alumni Shadow Week

How can you say no to one day of service?

The Alumni Shadow Week is a unique opportunity for you to connect with our current medical students while providing them with an insight into a career in medicine. You will be paired with a current medical student for an afternoon and are encouraged to answer questions about your practice environment, practice model, clinic management, and your provider team. Our students hope to be able to get a feel for what your typical work day looks like and to learn first-hand about your lifestyle as a physician.

If you would like to participate or have questions, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at ksomalum@usc.edu.

 

Introduction to Clinical Medicine Program

The Keck School of Medicine of USC’s Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM) program, which was cited by the AAMC as a core curriculum strength, is a two-year continuum course for the first and second year medical students, in which they learn their basic clinical skills.  The students meet in small groups of six with a single instructor for a ½ morning session day, every Tuesday, for the entire academic year.

In addition to the weekly morning sessions, students also have afternoon workshops every Thursday.  Afternoon workshops are also taught in small groups of six students and focus on a particular interviewing or physical exam skill.   More than 70 volunteer faculty physicians and their students meet on the Keck campus in addition to seeing patients at LAC+USC or the Keck Hospital.  Volunteer faculty members receive a small stipend, complimentary parking, textbook materials, and a voluntary faculty appointment that includes access to Keck’s online library resources.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer faculty member at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, please email Greg Harlan, ICM Program Director, at gharlan@usc.edu or call 323-442-2438.

 

Professionalism and the Practice of Medicine Program

Professionalism and the Practice of Medicine (PPM) is designed to create a community and a social context that provides, identifies and facilitates learning for students with professional role models.  Through PPM, students gain skills and competence in the areas of communication, social and community contexts of health care, ethical judgment, self-awareness and reflection, self-care and personal growth, professionalism, cultural competence, and lifelong learning. Students are introduced to the nature of professionalism and ethics and the ways they are manifested in their own lives.  Finally, PPM increases sensitivity and skills in medical professionalism to better prepare students for their transition into the clinical years of the medical curriculum.

PPM is delivered throughout the first two years of the medical curriculum, meeting on Monday afternoons for two hours per session. The students meet in groups of 24-30 with two faculty members, who serve as their mentors throughout the two years of their pre-clinical education; at least one mentor is a clinician. The clinical faculty mentors are from multiple disciplines within the Keck Medical School and the local community who evaluate the students’ written portfolios, written and verbal self-reflections and responses to faculty and peer feedback and evaluations over the course of a two-year longitudinal curriculum.

Volunteer clinical faculty members receive a small stipend, complimentary parking, textbook materials, and a voluntary faculty appointment that includes access to Keck’s online library resources.  If you are interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer faculty member at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, please email Greg Harlan, ICM Program Director, at gharlan@usc.edu or call 323-442-2438.

 

Alumni Programs

Below are other ways alumni can get involved.

Reunion Committee Member

  • Help boost turnout for your reunion

Class Liaison

  • Help with communications to your class

Award Nominations

  • Nominate class members, faculty and staff for University awards

Board Membership

  • Take a leadership role by becoming an SCAA Board Member