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.