University of South Carolina School of Medicine


As the most recent school at the University of South Carolina, the School of Medicine was not established until 1977. Located in the state capital, the school offers a wide range of educational and professional opportunities to its students. This includes small class size and an emphasis on the correlation between basic science and clinical science training. The school works closely with its 7 affiliated hospitals to provide students valuable clinical experience. medicine, clinical medicine, preventive medicine, psychiatry, and behavioral science components in a small-group format. In addition, interdisciplinary material on nutrition, substance abuse, human values, genetics, and geriatrics are presented over the 4-year period.An Introduction to Clinical Medicine course provides the background and skills needed for the last 2 years. This course emphasizes independent and cooperative learning and includes components devoted to case-based education. First- and second-year students may take certain non-credit elective courses that provide supplemental educational experiences in areas of personal interest. Third year: This consists of 8-week clerkships in the major clinical sciences. Fourth year: Consists of rotations in medicine and surgery subspecialties and neurology with the remainder of the year devoted to a selective/elective program. Students can strengthen their clinical skills and pursue individual academic interests during this year.


4-year semitraditional. First and second years: These 2 years are devoted to the introductory and advanced basic sciences that are integrated with clinical correlations.An

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Minority admissions: The school has an active minority recruitment program. Other degree programs: Combined MD-PhD and MD-MPH programs are offered.


The basic premedical science courses plus 1 year of English (composition and literature) and 1 year of mathematics are required. Courses in integral and differential calculus are recommended and no specific major is preferred. The selection of candidates for admission is based on a review of undergraduate academic performance, MCAT scores, comments provided in faculty evaluation, and, when granted, the assessment of a personal interview at the medical school. Legal residents of South Carolina are given priority, but some nonresidents with superior credentials may gain admission. The preliminary screening is by means of theAMCAS application and a request for supplementary material may follow. This includes letters of recommendation. Transfer and advanced standing: Transfer from other accredited U.S. medical schools into the second or third year is possible if space is available.


A letter grading system is used. Students are required to pass Step 1 of the USMLE before being promoted to the third year, and Step 2 before graduation. Teaching: The courses during the first 2 years are taught in the Medical Sciences Building, which also houses various departmental offices. Clinical training takes place at the VA Medical Center, Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, Hall Psychiatric Institute, Greenville Memorial Hospital, and other affiliated hospitals. Library: The Medical School library is located on the grounds of the VA Center and has a collection of more than 90,000 volumes and subscribes to more than 1200 periodicals. Housing: On-campus housing is available to married students only.

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