A new era for medical education

The KGI School of Medicine (SOM) 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 SOM

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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Our Dean

Dr. David M. Lawrence will drive the vision, planning, and development of the KGI School of Medicine.

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

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KGI Announces L.A. Care Scholars in Inaugural Master of Science in Community Medicine Program

With the start of the 2021-2022 academic year right around the corner, Keck Graduate Institute (KGI)'s inaugural cohort of 22 students in the brand-new Master of Science in Community Medicine (MSCM) program—the first degree offered...
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Dr. Monique J. Williams’ Third 2021 Publication Examines the Response of Churches to the Pandemic and the Role of Churches as Change Agents

The response of churches to the COVID-19 pandemic reveals key information about how religious institutions can support a community's spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being during times of crisis. Dr. Monique J. Williams, Founding Program Director...
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Dr. Monique J. Williams Named Founding Program Director of KGI’s Master of Science in Community Medicine Program

Dr. Monique J. Williams was hired on March 1, 2021, as Founding Program Director and Professor of Practice for Keck Graduate Institute (KGI)'s Master of Science in Community Medicine (MSCM) program. The two-year online program,...
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Dr. Lawrence Places Community Medicine at the Core of KGI School of Medicine’s Mission

This story was first published in the 2019-20 Annual Report. KGI appointed former Kaiser CEO Dr. David Lawrence as Dean of the KGI School of Medicine in March 2020. In his first few months, Lawrence...
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