Why the Doctor of Medicine program?

Choosing CDU’s MD program means becoming part of a mission-driven medical education that prioritizes community service, leadership, and social justice. We are deeply committed to developing physician leaders who excel in knowledge, compassion, and professionalism, with a specific focus on addressing healthcare disparities in underserved populations. 

Our curriculum is designed to equip students with evidence-based approaches for advocacy and solutions that are pertinent to current healthcare challenges, particularly those affecting communities of color and marginalized groups. Our faculty are not only experts in their fields but also dedicated mentors committed to your success. 

At CDU, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the research behind U.S. health and healthcare disparities. More importantly, you will develop the leadership and advocacy skills necessary to become an agent of change, especially in communities like our own in South Los Angeles. 

Clinical Experiences

Required clinical experiences are completed at our clinical partners which include: 

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Outpatient Center  
  • Dignity Health – Saint Mary’s Medical Center Long Beach 
  • Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
  • Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
  • Girls Club of Los Angeles
I chose the CDU MD program because it’s not just a medical school, it’s a community dedicated to making a difference.”
Headshot of Ferdinand Anokwuru
Ferdinand Anokwuru , Class of 2027

Career Options

Students who complete the Doctor of Medicine program will pursue careers such as: 

  • General Internal Medicine/Family Medicine Physician 
  • Internal Medicine Subspecialties 
  • Pediatrics
  • General Surgery 
  • Orthopedics 
  • Urology 
  • Radiology 
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 
  • Psychiatry 
  • Neurology 
  • Emergency Medicine 
  • Other surgical and medical subspecialties or in Administration and Health Policy as physician change agents 

Questions? Contact Us.

Arthur Gomez, MD, FACP
Sr. Associate Dean, Medical Education
Shanika Boyce, MD, MPH
Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education
Regina Offodile, MD, MHPE, MMHC, MSPH
Associate Dean, Student Affairs and Admissions
Margarita Loeza MD, MPH
Margarita Loeza, MD, MPH
Assistant Dean, Student Affairs & Admissions

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