Enriching Medical Education
Each year, the Keck School of Medicine trains 700 medical students, 300 doctoral students, 300 master's students, and about 200 postdoctoral scholars in more than 25 research and clinical programs. The school’s faculty members also train more than 900 residents and fellows in 52 specialty and subspecialty programs. We are proud of our ability to offer generous scholarships and fellowships to future physicians and researchers. This ability is instrumental in attracting the best and brightest to USC and to fostering their success.
While they are training for their careers, medical students typically amass an average debt nearing $200,000. This considerable loan burden drives some of the best and brightest students to choose medical schools able to offer them more generous scholarship support. It often forces others to choose specialties based on their ability to pay off their loans rather than on their areas of passion and interest. This also has a ripple effect of reducing the number of graduates who become general practitioners. As a consequence, new endowed scholarships are a top priority of the Keck Medicine Initiative.
Equally important in preparing students for their careers as future medical leaders are up-to-date educational facilities. Our planned new Interdisciplinary Education Building will encompass teaching, learning, and combined-use space that includes the latest educational and communications technologies. Designed specifically for current and emerging trends in medical education, such as virtual and distance learning, clinical simulations, smart/multimedia classrooms, interdisciplinary collaborations, as well as small- and large-group interactions, it will also enable us to increase the number of medical students that we educate, thereby addressing an urgent national priority.