Medical School Information

  • Information about specific programmatic emphases, strengths, mission(s), or goals(s) of the medical school.
    Please see http://keck.usc.edu/
  • Information about unusual characteristics of the medical school’s educational program, including the timing of preclinical/basic science coursework, core clinical clerkships, and elective rotations.
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  • Information about the average length of enrollment of students in this graduating class, from initial matriculation until graduation.
    The average length of enrollment is 4.2 years.
  • Information about the medical school’s compliance with the AAMC “Guidelines for Medical Schools Regarding Academic Transcripts,” which can be found here:
    http://keck.usc.edu/education/md-program/student-affairs/registrar/
  • A description of the evaluation system used at the medical school, including a “translation” of the meaning of the grades received by the student.
    Preclinical courses are graded on a Pass/Fail basis. The narrative evaluation comments for required clerkships are contained within the MSPE, along with the overall course grade of Honors/High Pass/Pass/Fail. Elective and selective courses are graded on a credit/no credit basis.
  • A statement about medical school requirements regarding a student’s successful completion of USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 for promotion and/or graduation.
    Successful completion of Step 1, Step 2CK, and Step 2 CS is required for graduation.
  • Information about the use of Objective Structured Clinical Evaluations (OSCEs) in the assessment of an institution’s medical students.
    OSCE exams occur at the end of Year 2, as well as during each of the required clerkships (Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Surgery, and Surgery Subspecialty). All students are required to take and pass the Clinical Performance Exam in order to graduate from the Keck School of Medicine.
  • Information about the use of narrative comments from medical school course, clerkship, or elective directors in the composition of the MSPE.
    The MSPE contains narrative comments from first and second year Introduction to Clinical Medicine, all required clerkships and elective and selective courses.
  • Information about the process by which the MSPE is composed at the medical school.
    The MSPE is composed by the Office of Student Affairs under the direction of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs
  • Information about whether the student is permitted to review his/her MSPE prior to transmission.
    Students are encouraged to review their MSPE prior to transmission.