Department of Family Medicine

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Leadership in holistic, lifelong, patient-centered care, education and research

Our rapidly growing program combines excellence in medical care with social justice. We aim to enhance the quality of life for underserved and vulnerable patients, while educating future generations of highly skilled, compassionate primary care specialists. Our goal is to combine education, patient advocacy, and evidence-based research to advance the family medicine discipline.

Facts & Figures

The Department of Family Medicine provides care for every member of the family, across generations and over lifetimes. In addition, the department is home to research, training and advocacy centers on the USC Health Sciences Campus and in the community.

  • The National Center on Elder Abuse, the only center of its kind in the U.S., is based at the Department of Family Medicine, with Dean Laura Mosqueda, MD, at its helm.
  • As the number of older adults continues to grow in California, the Department of Family Medicine is one of the leaders in training primary care providers in quality care for geriatric patients. With an award of $3.75 million from the Health Resources and Services Administration, they are addressing the health and wellness needs of culturally diverse and low-income older adults living in Los Angeles.
  • Our providers see patients at several locations, Keck Medical Center, Pasadena, Arcadia and USC Verdugo Hills Hospital. Their quality care includes acute care, annual visits, asthma and allergy care, diagnostic testing, geriatric medicine, immunizations, health screenings, nutrition, weight management and women’s health.
  • The Primary Care Physician Assistant Program ranked No. 1 in California and No. 10 nationally in physician assistant programs in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report “Best Graduate Schools” rankings.

Our Mission

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We drive innovation in research, education, clinical care and public health with respect, compassion and joy. We do this in partnership with diverse individuals, families and communities we serve.

Our guiding principles are:

  • Collaboration
  • Inclusivity
  • Innovation
  • Joy at Work
  • Integrity
  • Excellence

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