Featured Associate: Keck School of Medicine of USC

The Primary Care Physician Assistant Program at the Keck School of Medicine of USC graduated its first class in 1974 and has a long and successful history of training outstanding clinicians who work in a variety of medical care settings with diverse patient populations. The 33-month long program trains 60 students each class in clinical excellence, professional leadership, caring for diverse populations and service to the community.

The USC PA Program includes a medical Spanish curriculum, interprofessional opportunities, advocacy training and access to nationally renowned innovative faculty. Additional clinical experience is part of the USC PA experience with further training in the sixth-semester, where students can spend more time honing their skills before graduation.

The mission of the USC PA Program is dedicated to “advancing physician assistant education and emphasizing service to the medically underserved. The Program is committed to preparing students from diverse backgrounds to positively transform the healthcare system. Student, graduates, faculty and staff are committed to doing this through collaboration, inclusivity,
innovation, integrity, excellence and joy.”

USC PA students are active in leadership within the university, at the state level as part of the California Academy of PAs (CAPA) and as student representatives at the national level in the Student Academy of AAPA. In 2018, the USC PA student challenge bowl team took first-place at
the AAPA Forum in New Orleans. Students are encouraged to attend the annual Advocacy trip, where students learn how to advocate and meet with the federal representatives in Washington, DC.

Our students, faculty and staff come from diverse ethnic, cultural, religious, economic and educational backgrounds. The program promotes diversity and service in our USC PA Pipeline Program, wherein our students mentor and inspire local, underserved youth to engage them in pursuing careers in health care. Additionally, students have the unique opportunity to work with the Keck School of Medicine Street Medicine team and learn about providing primary care to our most vulnerable neighbors.

For more information about the Primary Care Physician Assistant Program at the Keck School of Medicine of USC visit

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