"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

About Our MD Program

Our innovative Physician – Citizen – Scientist curriculum integrates the study of clinical science with basic science and provides for close work with faculty mentors. Students receive rich and well-rounded education to prepare them to be outstanding physicians, effective leaders, collaborative and impactful members of teams and society, and capable of scientific discovery. Keck School of Medicine of USC students are immersed in clinical settings early in their training and learn from seeing 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. The diversity of Los Angeles provides Keck School of Medicine students with unrivaled experiences with a wide range of clinical cases and the privilege of caring for disadvantaged and underserved populations.

The Keck School of Medicine MD curriculum is designed to provide students with the breadth and depth of knowledge and skills to prepare them to enter whichever specialty they choose. The curriculum:

  • Enhances students’ understanding of basic, clinical and health systems sciences and their application to the practice of medicine
  • Improves students’ problem-solving and independent study skills
  • Integrates early clinical immersion and learning from patient encounters from the very beginning of medical school.


Ron Ben-Ari, MD, Associate Dean, Curriculum
Kevin Nash, Ph.D, Assistant Dean, Curriculum

Primary Clinical Training Sites

Students interact with actual patients from the very first weeks of medical school at partnering hospitals such as Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and Keck Hospital of USC, and others. This hands-on clinical experience throughout the curriculum gives students the advantage of a wide range of clinical experiences spanning public and private health systems.

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.