Independent Medical Education Program (IMEP)
More than 50 years ago, Charles R. Drew University (CDU) rose from the ashes of a burned and battered city as a result of the Watts Revolt. One of the measures instituted to address the social conditions and respond to the civil disturbance they had caused was to create the institution now known as Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. CDU has never lost sight of why it was founded — to eliminate health disparities in South Los Angeles and communities like it by developing health professional leaders who seek social justice, promote wellness, and provide care with excellence and compassion.
According to the most recent United States Census, Los Angeles County in California is the largest county in the nation, with a total population of 10,150,558 – an increase of 3.32% since 2010. CDU is located in the County’s Service Planning Area 6 (SPA 6), which includes the communities of Athens, Compton, Crenshaw, Florence, Hyde Park, Lynwood, Paramount, Watts, and Willowbrook is considered the largest geographically defined, underserved population in the United States. With more than a million people SPA 6 is larger than the states of Montana, Vermont, Wyoming, and Delaware. Recent data displayed 32.5% of adults in SPA 6 reported difficulty accessing medical care.
No other medical school exists in SPA 6 and, until the re-start of CDU’s residency programs in Psychiatry and Family Medicine in July 2018, no other residency training programs, either. Because of its historic success training healthcare leaders, CDU is answering the call, and now proposes to do more of what it does well.
- CDU applied and received LCME APPICANT STATUS in November 2019 and officially began the 18-month planning process to complete the self-study and data collection instrument.
- In October 2017, the COM Dean introduced the overview for the 4-Year Medical School to the CDU Board of Trustees.
- In 2019, The California Future Health Workforce Commission passed resolution 2.5 that calls for CDU to develop a four-year medical education program.
- In 2019, CDU received two grants in the amount of $1 million from Cedars Sinai Health System and $800,000 from The California Endowment to support the application development for the independent medical school.
- CDU applied and received LCME APPICANT STATUS in November 2019 and officially began the 18-month planning process to complete the self-study and data collection instrument, with the goal to fulfill the requirement for accreditation and have CDU’s first class of 60 enter its independent four-year MD program in FY2023.