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Keck School of Medicine of USC

Medical School

Mailing Address
1975 Zonal Avenue
Keith Administration (KAM) 100B
Los Angeles, California 90089
Phone
(323) 442-2552
Email address
medadmit@usc.edu
School Information
"The Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California is a major medical school and patient care institution located in Los Angeles, California. It is the oldest medical school in Southern California, founded in 1885. It is a part of the University of Southern California (USC), a large, private research university. The medical school's primary academic hospital is the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center (LAC+USC). The school is also affiliated with a multitude of other USC-owned hospitals and medical centers. It also maintains connections and affiliations with many other hospitals in Southern California and around the world. Its unique connections with these medical centers, especially LAC+USC, allow students at Keck to experience a vast diversity of patient care cases as well as a great variety of cutting-edge research in practice" (Source: https://www.linkedin.com/school/keckschoolusc/).
General Information
The USC Keck School of Medicine has developed an Anti-Racism Task Force to restructure curriculum and admissions policies. Implicit Bias training is offered through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Additionally, a book club on Ibram X. Kendi's "How to Be an Anti-Racist" was held in 2021. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • As part of the KSOM Anti-Racism Task Force, the school admissions will “set a target admission rate of students from URM groups,” diversify the official members of the admissions committee, and hold “yearly implicit bias training for interviewers and admissions committee members.”
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The school’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion offers Implicit Bias Trainings.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • As part of the KSOM Anti-Racism Task Force, the school curriculum is adjusted such that “the Health Justice and Systems of Core Curriculum will include the topics of systemic racism and bias in healthcare,” the curriculum office will monitor all lecture and group content to “ensure that any discussion of race is framed in contemporary anti-racist thought,” a restorative justice policy for racism will be implemented, and there will be “mandated anti-racism training for all ICM and PPM instructors.”
  • The school offers courses and book clubs on the role of race in medicine. The Spring 2021 Book Club selected book was “How to Be an Anti-Racist” by Ibram X. Kendi.
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • On June 5, 2020, the KSOM students and staff joined the White Coats for Black Lives initiative to honor George Floyd.
Resources
  • On August 13, 2020, the school hosted a presentation by Edwin Lindo, JD, a Critical Race Theory Scholar and educator.
Symbolic Actions
  • Following the death of George Floyd, the KSOM administration began the Keck School of Medicine Anti-Racism Task Force to promote racial equality and racial justice in student affairs, wellness, curriculum, and admissions.
  • The Keck School issued statements following the Chauvin verdict and the death of Daunte Wright.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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