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Mission, Vision and Guiding Principles

Mission

Educate health professionals to care compassionately, teach innovatively and improve constantly through health services research.

Vision

Educate and advance knowledge to transform health care for the benefit of the people and diverse communities we serve.

Guiding Principles

The USC School of Medicine Greenville

  • will be responsive to the changing health care needs of our society.
  • will strive to consider the needs of the students, faculty and administration in a manner which enhances the stature of both USC and GHS.
  • understands that healthcare delivery is constantly evolving and that its physician graduates should facilitate and advocate transformation that improves care provision.
  • will be integrated with all aspects of the GHS delivery system.
  • will graduate physicians who understand and participate in research that compares the relative clinical effectiveness and outcomes of various treatments.
  • supports development of a healthcare workforce that reflects future societal needs and the diversity of the communities served.
  • will educate physicians to be champions for patient safety, standardization, evidence based care and quality; responsive to the medical needs of their community; sensitive to the societal cost of medicine; activists for the education of the future healthcare workforce; and practitioners that care for all patients regardless of race, social stature or ability to pay.
  • students will practice patient-centered care that values the interdependent roles of healthcare providers and facilities in service to their patients.
  • will produce physicians competent not only in medical knowledge, technical skill and patient care, but also in compassion, collaborative interpersonal communication, professional responsibility and ethical behavior.
  • believes that candidates for medical school who value professionalism and possess exceptional interpersonal communication skills can be prepared, identified and selected to become successful practicing physicians.
  • will establish a learning environment that emphasizes the relationship between undergraduate medical education and the real world of patient care.
  • strives to alleviate the cost of medical education as a significant barrier to student matriculation and graduation, or as a factor in the selection of a career specialty.
  • utilizes policies and procedures that synergistically combine the academic virtues of USC with the operational efficiencies of GHS to the benefit of its students, faculty and staff.
  • faculty will emphasize and demonstrate the clinical import of the materials that they teach.
  • faculty selection, development and promotion processes will favor those committed to their profession as a calling and who view their teaching ability as a gift and privilege.
  • graduates will be fully prepared and highly competitive to enter graduate medical education.
  • appreciates that access to medical information is constantly changing and that educational focus must continually emphasize methods to optimally acquire the most current knowledge.
  • will utilize educational resources, infrastructure and technology in a fiscally responsible manner, incorporating external resources in the education of healthcare students when advantageous.