College of Medicine

College of Medicine

Medical Education Program (MD)

The Charles R. Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program provides unique, quality training in the scholarly and humane aspects of medicine and fosters the development of our future health care leaders who will advance the overall health in underserved communities in the United States and abroad. Students are selected on the strength of their academic record and on the basis of their demonstrated commitment to serving underserved communities with compassion. Each year, twenty-four students enroll in the four-year community-based medical education program. Our students represent the full range of gender, ethnic, and educational diversity, which contributes to the strength of our program.

Students admitted to the Charles R. Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program benefit from both  CDU and UCLA in a combined curriculum.  The two years of the program are conducted at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and focus on the development of a firm foundation in the basic sciences with an emphasis on clinical applications. The last two years of the program are spent on the CDU campus and in affiliated clinics and hospitals. Our small student-to-faculty ratio allows for students to benefit from intensive interaction with supervising faculty and to have hands-on clinical experience treating patients.


Medical Student Testimonial

Omar Kattan
Charles Drew/UCLA Class of 2012

“I chose to attend the Charles Drew program because it brings together medical students with a unified vision of caring for urban/underserved communities. A lot of programs talk and theorize about the underserved, but CDU provides you with the mentorship, tools, and curriculum to turn those words into action. With a collective of students at CDU, action does happen! All aspects of the curriculum have been enhanced to provide you with applicable and essential practices for changing the current health climate of the underserved. From clinical rotations to novel research in underserved health care, Charles Drew equips you with experience during medical school, preparing you to become an agent of change for the health of the underserved.”