"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."
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
Affiliated Medical Centers
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.