The Office of Student Affairs at the Keck School of Medicine provides a comprehensive, integrated academic and career advising program. In conjunction with the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Careers in Medicine program, the Assistant Dean for Career Advising and four full-time staff advisors provide the resources necessary for students to understand themselves and their career goals, explore the wide variety of career options in medicine, choose a specialty, and successfully apply for residency and participate in the Match.

Keck School of Medicine students celebrating the end of their Career Advising Program with their Match Day envelopes.

Years One and Two – Understanding Yourself and Exploring Options

Individual advising appointments with advising staff are available to help students assess their interests and goals and pursue opportunities to strengthen their future residency applications.

Monthly Brown Bag Lunches allow first- and second-year students to meet with the Assistant Dean and our Year I-II Career Advisor in an informal, small-group setting to ask any questions they might have about choosing a specialty, applying to residency, or participating in the Match.

Careers in Medicine workshops introduce students to the AAMC’s Careers in Medicine program and help them explore the many resources available on the CiM website.

Curriculum Vitae workshops help students update their CVs before applying for scholarships or summer opportunities.

Lunchtime career talks, hosted in conjunction with the student interest groups, bring faculty and residents in to answer questions about some of the most popular specialties that our students pursue.

Class advising meetings provide information about career development opportunities during the summer, dual degree programs, and structuring third-year coursework to meet students’ career goals.

Years Three and Four – Choosing a Specialty and Getting Into Residency

Intersession programming allows third-year students to meet with advisors from different specialties, learn from the experiences of fourth-year students, and gain an understanding of the specialty selection, residency application, and match processes.

Clinical faculty advisors are assigned to students in the specialties they plan to pursue. These faculty members are available to answer specialty-specific questions as well as general queries about the application process. In addition scheduling to individual meetings, students have the opportunity to meet with advisors during specialty open houses in January of third year and during each Intersession.

A series of workshops in the spring of the third year and summer of the fourth year introduces students to important information regarding their personal statements, curricula vitae (CVs), and the Electronic Residency Application Service.

Specialty-specific advisors in the Office of Student Affairs are assigned to help students choose courses, review graduation requirements, and prepare personal statements, CVs, and other application materials.

An Interviewing Workshop, led by a panel of residency program directors and residents, helps prepare students before they begin interviewing at residency programs.

A Rank Order List Workshop explains how to prepare the list of programs that will be used for the Match.

The Match at Keck

In 2017, 98.5% of Keck seniors received positions in the Match. The most popular specialties for the Keck Class of 2017 were as follows:

SpecialtytStudents Matched
Internal Medicine47
Emergency Medicine20
Family Medicine15
General Surgery14
Diagnostic Radiology10
Orthopaedic Surgery9

Each year, our students tend to prefer life in Southern California, and 145 members of the class of 2017 will pursue all or part of their post-graduate training in state, with 53 training at LAC+USC for at least a year. That said, 64 students will complete at least part of their training out of state, with students matched in 20 other states and the District of Columbia.

Besides LAC+USC, the most popular training sites for 2017 Keck graduates were UCLA Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles, Loma Linda University, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, UC Irvine Medical Center, UC San Diego Medical Center, Huntington Memorial Hospital, and UC Davis Medical Center.