"I’m honored to work with talented faculty and staff to nurture and support our medical students on their professional journey of becoming a physician."

Donna Elliott, MD, EdD, Vice Dean, Medical Education

Donna Elliott, MD, EdD
Vice Dean, Medical Education
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Welcome to the Keck School of Medicine of USC! I am delighted to introduce you to the exciting educational opportunities that await you. The Keck School is known for its innovative approach to teaching, which enhances the rich traditions and ethical foundation of medical practice.

We offer a rich educational program with an expansive and diverse curriculum, which stimulates students not only to become extraordinary physicians and physician scientists, but also, extraordinary individuals. Our curriculum has a holistic approach to learning that prepares our students to explore and experience medicine both in the classroom and in a real-world setting. We offer various combined degrees including MD-MPH, MD-MBA, and MD-PhD. I hope that as you explore this overview of our school, you will find a course of study that is exciting, rewarding and appealing to you.

About Our MD Program

Our innovative curriculum integrates clinical study with basic science and close work with faculty mentors. Students get an outstanding, well-rounded education in the domains of clinical, scientific and research to prepare them to be a leading physician/citizen/scientist, patient advocate, and dedicated to improving the overall health of society.

Service is an important part of your education and begins during the first weeks with critical real-world experience in patient care. Supervised by Keck School faculty, medical students see patients at more than a dozen affiliated hospitals, including Keck Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and LAC+USC Medical Center, one of the largest teaching hospitals in the nation. Training in the diverse LA community gives students an opportunity to experience a wide range of clinical cases and work with disadvantaged, underserved populations.

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New Physician-Citizen-Scholar Curriculum

Keck School Stories

Justin Trop

Justin Trop
Third Year Medical Student

A wealth of opportunities exists for Keck students. I have had the chance to serve as the professionalism in medicine representative for my class, initiate a homeless health awareness week that has influenced curriculum changes, shadow a pediatric oncologist and observe her performing a bone marrow aspiration, rotate monthly at a homeless clinic as part of a primary care program, co-host a conference on current topics in LGBTQ healthcare, and spend a summer in Mongolia conducting research on sociocultural dimensions of postpartum depression, among other things.

Interests: Primary Care, Mental Health, Preventive Medicine, Health Promotion, Global Health, Ethnic and Sexual Minority Health, Homeless Health, Medical Anthropology.