Regarding the original question, yes USC has some great clinical experience with the county hospital. But UCLA offers some great clinical exposure as well. You can rotate at the UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica-UCLA Hospital, Harbor-UCLA, Cedars-Sinai, Kaiser, the VA, King/Drew, and a variety of community clinics. This offers a broad range of experiences, ranging from tertiary care facilities where you will see some very rare and interesting cases, to primary care facilities that treat L.A.'s low-income population. Additionally, UCLA has a better academic reputation than USC and some of the best residency departments in the nation. With UCLA's new hospital being built (due to open in 2004), it will only get better. So if I had a choice between the two programs, I would definitely choose UCLA.