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KGI and L.A. Care kick off new physician program

Keck Graduate Institute and L.A. Care health plan recently celebrated the first and second cohorts of L.A. Care scholars who are set to begin KGI’s inaugural Master of Science in community medicine program, a two-year online graduate degree course.

Scholars will gain skills to engage hard-to-reach communities, foster positive relationships, and understand its health priorities.

“L.A. Care is proud to support the Master of Science in community medicine program, which will prepare students from diverse backgrounds to become physicians who could one day serve our members,” said CEO of L.A. Care Health Plan John Baackes. “When we launched Elevating the Safety Net in 2018, we hoped other organizations would join us in expanding the pipeline for new physicians who could work in L.A. County, and this program does just that.”

Elevating the Safety Net is an initiative that aims to address the physician shortage in Los Angeles County by fostering the next leading physicians from underrepresented populations through a $5 million grant.

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