Press Release

Virtual celebration has a lot to offer Keck School alumni this Friday

November 09, 2020

The Annual Meeting and Healthcare Conference at the Keck School of Medicine, happening all day Friday, Nov. 13, will be a virtual affair. We’re all used to the shift to online by now, but organizers think the format has a lot to offer health professionals.

The Conference will give alumni of the Keck School an opportunity to share medical school memories, reconnect with classmates and friends, and learn about the latest advancements in the fields of healthcare and medicine at USC. 

The event will also celebrate the classes of 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2015 on their 50th, 45th, 40th, 35th, 30th, 25th, 20th, 15th,10th and 5th reunions, respectively. Individual class reunion Zoom breakouts will be held on Friday evening.

The day begins at 9 a.m. with a breakfast meeting featuring key members of the KSOM leadership — Interim Dean Narsing Rao, MD; Vice Dean for Research Thomas Buchanan, MD; Vice Dean for Medical Education Donna Elliott, MD; Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs Robert Milner, PhD; and Executive Vice Dean Luanne Thorndyke, MD.

Then comes what, for many, is a big draw of the annual gathering: free Continuing Medical Education taught by KSOM experts. Attendees can earn 2 credits of CME in the morning session, and another credit during a series of grand rounds at 4 p.m.

There’s also a student panel and, during the lunch hour, student performances and a mindfulness break.

For more information, and to register and receive the Zoom link, visit this page.

Here’s the full schedule of events:

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

KSOM Leadership Breakfast

  • Moderator: Landon Hall
  • Confirmed Panelists:
  • Narsing A. Rao, MD, Interim Dean for the Keck School of Medicine of USC
  • Thomas Buchanan, Professor of Medicine, Vice Dean for Research, Director of the CTSI, Co-Director, Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute, Endocrine Division Chief in the Department of Medicine
  • Donna D. Elliott, M.D., Ed.D., Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Educational Scholar, Vice Dean for Medical Education and Chair of the Department of Medical Education
  • Robert Milner, PhD, Professor of Neurology, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
  • Luanne Thorndyke, MD, Executive Vice Dean for the Keck School of Medicine of USC

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

CME Course (4 – 30 minutes sessions/2 hours of CME credit)

  • Confirmed Presenters (In order of presentation time):
  • Norah Terrault, MD, MPH, FAASLD, Chief of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
  • Michael Bowdish, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery and Preventive Medicine
  • Parveen Parmar, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine
  • Caryn Lerman, PhD, Director, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

12:15 PM – 12:45 PM

Lunch Break – Student Performance


1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Lunch Break – Mindfulness

  • Elliott Law


1:45 PM – 2:00 PM

Virtual Health Sciences Campus Tour

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

Student Panel: Moderated by Dr. Stephanie Zia, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

  • 2nd Year Medical Student
  • Student Government Representative
  • Salerni President
  • 5th Year Research Student


4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Grand Rounds Break Out Sessions

  1. USC Department of Anesthesia
  2. USC Department of Family Medicine
  3. USC Department of Medicine
  4. USC Department of OBGYN
  5. USC Department of Orthopaedics
  6. USC Caruso Department of Otolaryngology
  7. USC Roski Eye Institute
  8. USC Department of Neurosurgery
  9. USC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  10. USC Department of Surgery
  11. USC Department of Urology


6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Class Reunion Connections

  • Class of 1970
  • Class of 1975
  • Class of 1980
  • Class of 1985
  • Class of 1990
  • Class of 1995
  • Class of 2005
  • Class of 2010
  • Class of 2015