Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) in Claremont, California, proposed to develop a next-generation medical school to serve as a national model in preparing physicians to practice at the intersection of scientific research and population health management. KGI’s culture of innovation in basic science and active faculty and student engagement with industry, as well as its association with the Claremont Colleges, a consortium of seven highly respected academic institutions, positioned KGI to develop a unique school of medicine.

The KGI School of Medicine will be the first U.S. medical school to have a business model where revenue received by the school from hospitals, health insurance companies, and government is based on lower use of emergency care, improved healthcare quality outcomes, and healthcare cost savings because of population health improvement. The medical school’s unique population health focus also will attract research grants and licenses for commercial products linked to wellness, access to appropriate care, health information, and chronic disease management.

In May 2018, the KGI Board of Trustees approved the proposal to develop the school. This decision was based on Tripp Umbach’s feasibility study which concluded that a medical school at KGI would support meeting the demand for more primary care physicians in Southern California.