The Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California

Medical School Admissions

Admissions Policies and Procedures

Details on the policies, preferences, criteria, factors, and procedures used in the admission process. Data appear as originally submitted by this school.

The Keck School of Medicine Admissions Committee views the attributes of each applicant holistically, considering the following: Performance in college; GPA; MCAT; personal characteristics such as communication skills, compassion, empathy, history of leadership, civic service and a commitment to social justice; interest in teaching, research or providing patient care to underserved populations.

Admissions Information

Director of admissions Dr. Raquel Arias
Application fee $90
AMCAS application accepted Yes
Applications accepted June 1 (Begins)
November 1 Application deadline
Secondary application required Yes
Personal interview required Yes
Regular application acceptance notification October 16 (Begins)
June 15 (Ends)
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks) 2
Deferred entrance available Yes
Deposit to hold place in class due at the time of offer
Early decision plan offered Yes
Early decision application period June 1 (Begins)
August 1 (Ends)
Early decision plan notification date October 1
Starting month (class of 2013-2014) August

Admissions & Enrollment

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Coursework Requirements

Average undergraduate GPA 3.64
Oldest MCAT considered 2010
Average MCAT scores 11.0 MCAT composite score
11.5 biological
11.3 physical sciences
10.3 verbal reasoning
Q writing
Required undergraduate coursework
biology molecular and cell biology
organic chemistry humanities
inorganic (general) chemistry general chemistry
physics

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs offered M.D./Ph.D., M.D./M.B.A., M.D./M.P.H., M.D./M.S., M.D./M.H.A.
Combined college/M.D. program offered No
Number of years to complete combined college/M.D. program N/A
Combined college/M.D. program URL N/A

Medical School Academics

Program Offerings

AIDS internal medicine
drugs/alcohol abuse pediatrics
family medicine rural medicine
geriatrics women’s health

Student/Patient Interaction

How often do first-year students come into contact with patients through the school curriculum? Very frequently
Are there opportunities for first- or second-year students to work in community health clinics? Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during the course that teaches basic clinical skills (e.g., history taking/physical diagnosis)? Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during an introductory course aimed at introducing students to medical practice? Yes

Stress Relief Services Offered

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Services
expanded-hour gym access
peer counseling
professional counseling
religious support
support groups

Faculty

Full-time faculty-student ratio 2.0:1 – Medium
Full-time faculty 1,399
Part-time faculty 173
Full-time faculty in basic sciences 181
Part-time faculty in basic sciences 27
Full-time faculty in clinical program 1,218
Part-time faculty in clinical program 146

2011 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $165.0
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals 300
Principal investigators (PIs) 230
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants 377

Teaching Hospitals

Primary teaching hospitals affiliated with this medical school where clinical teaching or training is carried out.

Hospitals
California Hospital and Medical Center Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Miller Children’s Hospital
Gateways Hospital and Medical Center Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital
Huntington Memorial Hospital USC University Hospital

Curricula Descriptions

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Four-year program curriculum
Students experience unparalleled patient interactions throughout the four-year continuum and utilize the world-renowned Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center. The integrated curriculum incorporates the basic sciences in clinical case studies. Education is structured around organ systems and clerkships emphasizing small-group learning, professionalism, ethics and cultural competence.

Medical School Ranking

#34 Best Research
#86 Best Primary Care

Research Ranking Scores

Score 54
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 3.5
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 3.7
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $165.0
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands) $117.94

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score 51
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 3.0
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 3.3
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 28.0% – Low

Ranking Admission Statistics

Average undergraduate GPA 3.64
MCAT composite score 11.0
Acceptance rate 5.0% – Low
Full-time faculty-student ratio 2.0:1 – Medium
Total medical school enrollment 702

Medical School Student Body

Student Body

Total medical school enrollment 702
In-state students 72.4%
Minority students 44.2%
Underrepresented minority students 17.8%
International students 1.4%
Non-traditional students 30.0%

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Tom McWhorter
Financial aid phone (213) 740-5462

Expenses

Tuition
Full-time: $48,452
Required fees $1,795
Room and board $17,556
Average indebtedness of 2010 graduates who incurred medical school debt $183,051

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid 86%
Students receiving loans 81%
Students receiving grants/scholarships 32%
Students receiving work study 0%

Medical School Residency

Residency Program Admissions (Class of 2011)

Graduates admitted to their first-choice residency program N/A
Graduates admitted to one of their top three choices of residency programs N/A
Most popular residency and specialty programs (2010 and 2011 classes)
anesthesiology orthopaedic surgery
emergency medicine pediatrics
family practice psychiatry
internal medicine radiology – diagnostic
obstetrics and gynecology surgery – general

Primary Care and In-State Residencies

Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 28.0% – Low
Graduates accepting in-state residencies (2010 and 2011 average) 69.0%