The future Doctor of Medicine (MD) program at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) in Claremont, CA, will prepare graduates to use current and emerging precision health and medicine tools to improve health and treat the illnesses and injuries of underserved and underrepresented individuals, families, and communities.

The future MD program is not currently accepting applications.

Why KGI’s MD Program

  • Three-year medical school “without walls” for qualified candidates of KGI’s Master of Science in Community Medicine program
  • In-depth preparation in community-based primary care and hospital-based specialty care
  • Integrated module curriculum covering community health, personal and professional aspects, social and population health, foundations of medicine, and clinical skills in healthcare

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Proposed curriculum for the MD program

The KGI School of Medicine will provide high-caliber science-based medical education; the curriculum will integrate cultural competency with a high value on applicants who speak additional languages other than English. This combination of approaches will prepare MD physicians who have the expertise and skills to serve communities that urgently need and deserve high-quality primary care.

Students will gain the necessary understanding and build the essential habits of mind and heart focused on community medicine. All content will be taught to reinforce these habits and the concepts that undergird them.

Habits of mind and hearts:

  • Critical thinking
  • Communications
  • Creative problem solving
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Decency
  • Resilience
  • Maturity

All students are expected to achieve the required competency in four basic sciences:

  1. Human bioscience with particular emphasis on genomics, proteomics, and intracellular dynamics.
  2. Behavioral science with particular emphasis on the science of motivation.
  3. Analytic science with an emphasis on biostatistics, computational biology, predictive analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.
  4. Contextual science with an emphasis on the social, economic, and environmental determinants of health and illness.

The required applied skills specific to the five main areas of practice in community medicine:

  1. Clinical skills required to provide patient care.
  2. Community health skills required to address the problems of health, prevention, and early detection of illness and injury in communities, families, and individuals.
  3. Consumer health skills required to work effectively with consumers to create health maintenance, diagnostic and therapeutic solutions that combine medical science and technologies.
  4. Leadership skills required to work effectively in teams, and in positions of influence within the systems that deliver health and illness care to individuals, families, and communities.
  5. Foundational scientific and technological knowledge and skills directed to the improvement of health and reduction in the burden of illness in communities and the families and individuals who live there.

Foundational and entry-level skills will be concentrated early in the curriculum and enhanced with greater depth, broader reach, and specific skills during the latter years.

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