Diversity and Inclusion

The Keck School of Medicine (KSOM) is committed to creating a culture that promotes and celebrates diversity and inclusion at all levels of the institution. This commitment extends into our Emergency Medicine Clerkships as well.

Here at Los Angeles County + University of Southern California (LAC+USC) Medical Center, we serve a diverse patient population that has traditionally not had adequate access to primary or emergent care.  Our emergency medicine residency program strives to recruit an equally diverse group of residents who are both dedicated to our patient population and for the care of the underserved.

To work towards this goal, we have developed a variety of programs into our clerkship. We encourage all of our rotation applicants to apply for the Diversity in Medicine Clerkship Award. We additionally reserve spots in our highly competitive rotation for students who are Underrepresented in Medicine. (UIM) All applicants to this awards will be automatically considered for these UIM slots in our rotation.

Diversity in Medicine Clerkship Award

The Office of the Dean and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the Keck School of Medicine (KSOM) are excited to introduce the Diversity in Medicine Visiting Clerkship Award which provides support for fourth year underrepresented in medicine (UIM) medical students to participate in visiting student clerkships at our institution. The goal of this program is to increase awareness of opportunities in academic medicine for student groups traditionally underrepresented in medicine.

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Diversity and Inclusion in Resident Recruitment

Our residency strives to recruit a diverse residency. Towards this end, we have several initiatives focused on the recruitment of UIM applicants:

In addition to the efforts by the clerkship directors, we have several initiatives to recruit UIM applicants. We have a screening process that focuses on the identifying talented students that best represent the needs of our patients. We additionally reserve 2 of our interview days exclusively for UIM applicants.

Resident Opportunities in Diversity and Inclusion

In conjunction with the University Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), we have opportunities for residents to participate in a variety of mentorship activities. Residents can participate in pipeline programs as role models/mentors, speakers, etc. for students ranging from elementary school to undergraduate students. Residents also have the opportunity to work with a variety of student organizations focused on diversity and inclusion.