College of Medicine

College of Medicine

Message from the Dean

Deborah B. Prothrow-Stith, MD   Deborah B. Prothrow-Stith, MD

Dean, College of Medicine

Welcome to the Charles R. Drew University College of Medicine’s webpage.

CDU is a private university with a public mission that inspires students, faculty and staff in the College of Medicine (COM).  This is our 50th year of operation and we continue to have the privilege of helping fulfill the dreams of future physician leaders - particularly under-represented African American and Hispanic students.

Our focus on service to underserved populations, research, health equity, and community engagement provides a robust training environment for today’s tech-savvy, politically engaged and scientifically astute students.  We emphasize interprofessional training on a campus with the CDU School of Nursing and College of Science and Health. COM students also benefit from the diverse educational experience provided through our affiliation with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. 

CDU/UCLA medical students are selected based on academic performance and demonstrated commitment to the CDU mission.  They compete for a number of attractive scholarship opportunities including the coveted Geffen Scholarship, which covers tuition and living expenses for a full four years. Our graduates are successful in securing highly competitive residency training positions and we have one of the nation’s highest percentages of graduates choosing primary care residencies.

Needless to say, our students and alumni are a tremendous source of pride.  If you are interested in learning more about our program, we invite you to reach out to us, or better still, come for a visit.

Deborah Prothrow-Stith, M.D.
Dean, College of Medicine
1731 E. 120th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90059