New medical school in Greenville welcomes charter class
Looking at the new medical school’s admissions numbers, there is pent-up demand for medical education in South Carolina. Some 1,445 people applied for admission, nearly 300 interviews were conducted and 53 were accepted. Seventy-seven percent of those accepted are from South Carolina. The male-to-female ratio is nearly evenly split, with 28 women and 25 men. The charter class includes eight under-represented minorities (African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans). Plans call to increase enrollment to 100 first-year students by 2015.
Students at the new medical school will receive clinical training across their four years of medical school, breaking from traditional curriculums that have two years of lecture followed by two years of clinical training. Clinical training will take place at the Greenville Hospital System, the 13th largest in the country, and include educational experiences in its state-of-the art simulation center and its simulated patient care center.
In addition, the medical school requires its students to become certified emergency medical technicians (EMT), a process that will occupy their first six weeks of medical school. USC School of Medicine Greenville is one of only a two in the country to require 200 hours of EMT training. (The other is Hofstra University.) Youkey explained that the experience will instill students with basic medical skills, teach them to work as part of a healthcare team and expose them to the living and working environments of patients.
“Patients don’t live in textbooks,” Youkey said. “Patients are people in our community whose circumstances are widely different. Future physicians must become ever more prepared to adapt how they care for people in accord with patient-specific needs.”
The new medical school also seeks to “hard wire” students for an increasingly IT-dependent healthcare delivery system. The students will learn to leverage the Internet and enablers such as tablets and smart phone to access patient records, order prescriptions and tests, and research the latest treatments. The students will train alongside pharmacy and nursing (CRNA) students, an approach that fosters collaboration and recognizes no one person or profession has all of the answers. Better communication between caregivers and between caregivers and patients will ultimately lead to better patient care and better outcomes.
And that, Youkey said, is the ultimate goal of the USC School of Medicine Greenville.