A new era for medical education

The KGI School of Community Medicine (SOCM) intends to build an innovative, integrated program that prepares physicians and other healthcare professionals to care for underserved and underrepresented communities. We will provide students with the skills to reduce disease burden, improve health, and prepare students for the significant scientific and technological changes already underway in healthcare itself. Our program is also a radically different approach to the education of healthcare professionals and physicians.

Partnering with L.A. Care Health Plan

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L.A. Care Health Plan, the largest publicly operated health plan in the country, has long recognized the critical need for more health care professionals in Los Angeles County. In 2018, a shortage of primary care physicians working in the safety net led the health plan to launch Elevating the Safety Net.

The five-year, $155 million initiative is designed to help address the physician shortage through provider recruitment grants, a physician loan repayment program, and medical school scholarships. Since the launch, the initiative has grown to include support for new residency positions and various training programs. Through Elevating the Safety Net, L.A. Care is proud to offer financial support for Keck Graduate Institute’s new medical school and is excited about the new Master of Science in Community Medicine program.

KGI’s plan to recruit students from underserved communities will ultimately lead to more physicians and other health care professionals practicing in similar underserved communities all across L.A. County. These scholars will become culturally competent physicians who will one day provide high-quality health care to the communities where L.A. Care members live.


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About the SOCM

Learn how KGI is responding to the nation's healthcare challenges with plans to change medical education. You can also meet KGI's advisory groups.

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Academic Programs

The School of Medicine currently offers the online Master of Science in Community Medicine (MSCM) program, with a Doctor of Medicine (MD) on the horizon.

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Stay up-to-date on the latest KGI School of Community Medicine developments.

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Connect with the KGI School of Community Medicine leadership team to discuss partnership and development opportunities! The MD program is not currently accepting applications.

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McKesson Foundation Grant Supports KGI’s Community Medicine Program

Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) has been awarded a grant from the McKesson Foundation to support the development and evaluation activities for KGI’s Master of Science in Community Medicine (MSCM) program. “The McKesson Foundation is thrilled...
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KGI PPC Alumnus Alejandro Quiñones to Attend UCLA Medical School, Honoring His Commitment to Community Outreach

After being accepted to multiple medical schools, Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) alumnus Alejandro Quiñones, PPC '20, has ultimately decided to attend the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. His interest in pursuing a medical...
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KGI Celebrates 2021-2022 Accomplishments During Awards and Recognition Ceremonies

In celebration of KGI’s accomplishments during the 2021-2022 academic year, the Henry E. Riggs School of Applied Life Sciences (Riggs School) and School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (SPHS) hosted award receptions and ceremonies on...
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Fresno Native Allyssa Gomez Pursues Her Passion for Community Outreach in KGI’s Inaugural Community Medicine Program

Often when one door closes, another opens. This was the case for Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) student Allyssa Gomez, MSCM '23, whose plan to take the MCAT and apply for medical school coincided with the...
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