Leading Medicine Into the 21st Century

Leading Medicine Into the 21st Century

Keck Medicine of USC is a place of firsts—in research, patient care, and medical education. USC physicians and engineers invented the first micro-pacemaker for fetuses with heart blockages, giving these unborn children a chance at life. Keck Medicine was the first to implant a brain device to prevent epileptic seizures before they occur. The Keck School of Medicine established the nation’s first academic department of emergency medicine. 

Today, we have more than 1,500 full-time faculty, 2,400 voluntary faculty physicians, 1,800 staff, and 1,200 students and trainees. All together, we seek to change lives by transforming medicine, through world-class clinical care, groundbreaking research, community engagement, and the education of the next generation of physicians, scientists, and citizens.

World-class clinical care

The Keck School of Medicine is part of Keck Medicine of USC, the University of Southern California’s medical enterprise and one of only two university-based academic medical centers in the Los Angeles area. For the tenth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranked the hospitals of Keck Medicine of USC among the best in the country, a distinction only three percent of hospitals receive. The magazine’s annual “Best Hospitals” rankings also placed the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center as the #1 cancer care provider in Southern California, with the second-lowest cancer mortality rate nationwide and the lowest in California.

Groundbreaking research

The Keck School of Medicine of USC is home to many of the best scientist in the country. Six Keck School of Medicine departments rank in the top 10 nationally among their peers in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding, and the school ranks #1 nationally in NIH funding per principal investigator. In addition, at any time, there may be more than 300 clinical trials taking place at our USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, giving participants access to novel and promising therapies that are generally not available elsewhere.

Community Engagement

We are fortunate that our Health Sciences Campus is located within one of the most dynamic and exciting communities in the world. Whether it’s mentoring at-risk children, introducing high school students to careers in STEM or providing medical services to those who might not otherwise have access to them, students, faculty, and staff are serving and supporting the community.

Our Street Medicine Program, in particular, is an emerging interdisciplinary collaboration that aims to address the growing homelessness epidemic in Los Angeles. Our program offers a number of medical and social services directly to those in need, free of charge, including drug and alcohol counseling, quality primary care for acute illness and chronic conditions, dispensing of medications, and drawing blood for testing.

Opportunities for community engagement like these provide our students with practical medical experience in real-world settings and, most importantly, help them gain an understanding of and empathy for individuals in need in the community.  

Innovative Education

Established in 1885, the Keck School of Medicine is the largest educator of physicians practicing in Southern California. Through our partnership with LAC+USC Medical Center, one of the nation’s largest teaching hospitals, our students, residents, and fellows gain unparalleled experience treating a breadth of patients with conditions and traumas that most others programs cannot match. An integral part of one of the nation’s top private research universities, the Keck School of Medicine has a longstanding tradition of multidisciplinary collaboration—not only among its own departments, but also throughout the university and the community. The school’s excellence continues to attract exceptional talent; students admitted into the Keck School of Medicine consistently rank among the best in the nation.

Enduring commitment to diversity

At the Keck School of Medicine, diversity means recognizing the richness of our differences and celebrating them together. We prepare students for the diverse populations they will encounter during their clinical rotations and in their future careers. In fact, many of our students choose the Keck School of Medicine because of the breadth of experience they gain at the LAC+USC Medical Center. Our goal is to graduate socially aware and culturally competent physicians prepared to practice in the global community. And our incoming class represents this commitment. Of the 186 students enrolled in our Class of 2022:

  • 20% are from communities that are historically underrepresented in medicine — one of our highest ratios to date,
  • 16% are the first in their families to go to college, and
  • 52% are women

Providing the gift of access and opportunity

Scholarships have always been central to USC’s long tradition of opportunity and access, but as the cost of a medical education continues to rise, they have become even more critical. Many private medical school students today struggle with loans upon graduation, averaging nearly $200,000 in debt. The burden of debt also leads many students to pick higher-paying specialties in order to repay their student-loan debts, often sidestepping their true interests.  

We are making progress in narrowing the gap—thanks to our generous philanthropic community — but there is still a great need. Currently, only 7% of our students receive full-tuition scholarships and only 23% receive partial scholarships. That means that 70% of our students receive NO scholarship support.

We need your help today so that all deserving students, no matter their backgrounds or economic circumstances, can pursue their dreams of becoming medical professionals and dedicate themselves to the medical specialties they are truly passionate about. A scholarship gift will make a lasting difference, not only to the students who receive the support, but also to the innumerable patients and families who will be touched by the work of these future doctors, researchers, and innovators.

On this #DayofSCupport, we invite you to give the gift of access and opportunity by supporting student scholarships.

Thank you and Fight On!