This medical school was founded in 1885 and is part of
a privately supported, nondenominational university.
Its 31-acre campus is located in northeast LosAngeles,
directly across from its major teaching hospital, which
is one of the largest in the country. It is located 7 miles
from the University Park campus and 3 miles from the
Los Angeles Civic Center.
4-year modern. First year: Students are progressively
involved in patient care beginning with the first semester
begins in the freshman year and runs through the sophomore year. Doctor-patient relationships and interviewing
are presented during the first year, and physical diagnosis
and history-taking are discussed in the second. Groups of
approximately 6 to 7 students are led by a faculty member
who serves as a clinical tutor for their first 2 years. Basic
sciences are taught largely in an organ system approach.
Appropriatematerialinthebasicsciencesispresentedduring the study of these systems; patients are observed and
examined for clinical illustration of the subject under discussion. Second year: The student studies the pathologic
aspects of medicine, also predominantly in organ system
approach. In addition, a student may begin an investigative project. Third year: Student participation is required
in the clinical clerkships, such as internal medicine and
general surgery. Elective study is provided in the third and
fourth years. Fourth year: Consists almost entirely of
work chosen by the student. In addition, students have an
opportunity to engage in clinical or basic research through
voluntary participation in a summer fellowship program
between the freshman and sophomore years.
Other degree programs: Several components of the
school provide direct support to students, including the
Student Health Service, the Offices of Curriculum,
Minority Affairs, Student Affairs, and the Office for
Women. Services include tutorial assistance, health and
counseling services, extensive extracurricular academic and nonacademic programs, school and university
student government, services for students with disabilities, sophisticated library and electronic resources, and
various other services. Other degree programs: The
school sponsors an MD-PhD and a Research Scholar
program. Apply during the first or second year of medical school. An 8-year Baccalaureate-MD program is
offered to high school seniors.
Minimum premedical science courses are required.A1semester course in molecular biology is also required as
are 30 semester hours of social sciences, humanities, and
English composition. Computer literacy, college mathematics, or calculus are strongly recommended. The
student body comes from all parts of the United States,
as well as from several foreign countries. Transfer and
advanced standing: Only second-year students enrolled
and in good standing at LCME-approved medical
schools may be considered for admission for the third
year. Such students must pass Step 1 of the USMLE.
Grading basis is Honors, Satisfactory, Unsatisfactory.
Teaching: Instruction is conducted on campus, in the
Medical Center, and in affiliated hospitals, community
clinics, and institutions. Through the elective program,
instruction is also provided at medical schools and hospitals in other states and countries. The 30-acre campus
is located across the street from its chief teaching hospital, the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center (2105
facilities include Norris Cancer Hospital and Research
Institute, Doheny Eye Institute, Hospital of the Good
Samaritan, Eisenhower Medical Center, and Barlow,
California Huntington Memorial, and Presbyterian
Inter-Community Hospitals. Library: The library can
house 300,000 volumes and seat 250 readers. Housing:
Information is not available.
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