"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

Stepping into the forefront of medical education

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
Kevin Nash, Ph.D, Assistant Dean, Curriculum

Clinical Training Sites

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

Simulation Training Programs

The simulation training programs at the Keck School of Medicine of USC offer comprehensive learning opportunities for medical students to practice a wide range of clinical, surgical and procedural skills in a state-of-the-art and immersive training environment.