"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.

Read more about our curriculum

New Physician-Citizen-Scholar Curriculum

Keck School Stories

Andrew Homere

Andrew Homere
4th-Year Medical Student

“When I was considering where I wanted to attend medical school, the thought of moving to Los Angeles was definitely concerning. I’m originally from outside of Chicago, was living in New York City prior to matriculation, and didn’t have any family or friends in the Los Angeles area. With that said, I felt a great deal of support from Keck during my interview, and believed it was a place where I could succeed.

I initially chose Keck for the LAC-USC medical center across the street, the strong research reputation, and a curriculum I believed would fit my learning style regardless of how that may change throughout medical school. These have all proven to be true/valuable, but I’ve realized another reason why Keck is so special. Now in my 4th year, I would emphasize the academic and social support provided by everyone on campus. Over the years, as I have had the opportunity to meet and make friends with other students, and it’s evident that people here are genuinely happy. Regardless of how great the curriculum/hospital/education are, I’ve come to appreciate the fact that school is much more enjoyable (and easier) when you’re surrounded by upbeat, motivated people who care about their peers. I believe we have this here, and I would cite that as my primary reason for continuing to choose Keck.

Additionally, the community surrounding the medical center drew me to Keck. I knew I wanted to stay involved in community service, and to be able to do that in a community that truly needs it is special. I developed a passion for mentorship in college, and Keck has allowed me to continue this in various ways. By being a mentor, I hope to help expose younger students to opportunities they never knew they had, and provide guidance on how to achieve their goals. Keck has provided resources to effectively develop these relationships in the community, and expand our reach outside of strictly medicine. I’m confident that Keck will prepare me to not only be a good physician, but a compassionate leader.

Interests: Orthopaedic Surgery, Mentorship for disadvantaged students, Community Service.