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University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine

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
AACOMAS application accepted  No
Applications accepted  June 1 (Begins)
November 1 (Ends)
Secondary application required  Yes
Personal interview required  Yes
Regular application acceptance notification  October 15 (Begins)
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks)  1
Deferred entrance available  Yes
Deposit to hold place in class due  N/A
Early decision plan offered  Yes
Early decision application period  June 1 (Begins)
August 1 (Ends)
Early decision plan notification date  August 30
Starting month (class of 2015-2016)  August

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Course Work Requirements

Median undergraduate GPA  3.69
Oldest MCAT considered  2012
Median MCAT Scores  35 MCAT total score
11 verbal reasoning
12 physical sciences
12 biological sciences
Q writing
Required undergraduate course work  N/A

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs offered  M.D./Ph.D., M.D./M.B.A., M.D./M.P.H.
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 Admissions details based on 2013 data

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.)

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


Full-time faculty-student ratio  2.0:1
Full-time faculty  1,466
Part-time faculty  193
Full-time faculty in basic sciences  203
Part-time faculty in basic sciences  26
Full-time faculty in clinical program  1,263
Part-time faculty in clinical program  167

2013 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions)  $150.7
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals  296
Principal investigators (PIs)  202
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants  411

Teaching Hospitals

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

Bakersfield Memorial Hospital Keck Hospital of USC
California Hospital and Medical Center Las Encinas Hospital
Children's Hospital Los Angeles Long Beach Community Hospital
Eisenhower Medical Center Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center
Gateways Hospital and Medical Center Miller Children's Hospital
Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
Huntington Memorial Hospital USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center

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 and clinical case studies. Education is structured around organ systems and clerkships emphasizing small-group learning, professionalism, ethics and cultural competence.

United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE)

Step 1: Number of students examined  174
Step 1: Percent passing  99%
Step 1: Average score  236
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Number of students examined  168
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Percent passing  96%
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Average score  235

Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA)

Level 1: Number examined  N/A
Level 1: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 1: Mean 2-digit score  N/A
Level 2-CE: Number examined  N/A
Level 2-CE: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 2-CE: Mean 2-digit score  N/A
Level 3: Number examined  N/A
Level 3: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 3: Mean 2-digit score  N/A

* Medical School Academics details based on 2013 data

Medical School Ranking

Research Ranking Scores

Score  56
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)  $150.7
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands)  $102.79

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score  45
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  2.8
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  3.5
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2011-2013 average)  30.1%

Ranking Admission Statistics

Median undergraduate GPA  3.69
MCAT total score  35
Acceptance rate  5.8%
Full-time faculty-student ratio  2.0:1
Total medical school enrollment  716

* Medical School Ranking details based on 2013 data

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

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



Full-time: $52,408

Required fees  $2,245
Room and board  $17,778
Average indebtedness of 2012 graduates who incurred medical school debt  $194,045

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid  81%
Students receiving loans  72%
Students receiving grants/scholarships  33%
Students receiving work study  0%



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