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School of Medicine Greenville


Curriculum

The curriculum at the USC School of Medicine Greenville is an integrated blend of interactive experiences from classroom to community that is designed to foster and enhance the acquisition of essential knowledge, communication, diagnostic and problem-solving skills, and lead to application, critical thinking and patient care.

The USC School of Medicine Greenville focuses on student-centered learning as the roadmap for the life-long learning continuum from undergraduate to graduate and continuing medical education. Located in Greenville, S.C., the school joins the campus of Greenville Memorial Hospital, one of seven medical campuses belonging to Greenville Health System, an integrated healthcare delivery system and the largest care provider in the region.

 

Curriculum Highlights 

Emergency Medical Technician Training

The curricular design begins with an introduction to core clinical skills in EMT training and culminates in students passing required exams to receive EMT certification. Through this training, students begin their career in medical education as a vital, active member of an interprofessional healthcare team.

Lifestyle Medicine Curriculum

Lifestyle Medicine is an integral longitudinal curricular theme within the USC School of Medicine Greenville and is reflected in the Lifestyle Medicine vision statement: “Our vision is to integrate Lifestyle Medicine into medical education. Lifestyle factors including nutrition, physical activity and stress are critical determinants of health, causing a pandemic of chronic disease and unsustainable healthcare costs. We provide an array of evidence-based curricular resources for prevention and treatment of lifestyle-related diseases throughout medical education."

Distinction Tracks

In addition to a robust, thorough curriculum, the USC School of Medicine Greenville offers optional Distinction Tracks for students interested in a specific health care focus.

Research & Scholarship

A core component of the USC School of Medicine Greenville's mission is to improve constantly, a goal often reached through transformative research in health care. The proximity of the medical school to Greenville Health System's main campus affords students an extensive choice of research opportunities in biomedical science, clinical practice, population health, health care policy and epidemiology.

 


Relationship with University of South Carolina

The M.D. program at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville builds on an already successful, 20-year-old partnership between the University of South Carolina and Greenville Health System (GHS).

That partnership has allowed third- and fourth-year USC School of Medicine Columbia medical students to complete their final two years of education at GHS. With the recent accreditation of the M.D. program at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, students will now be able to complete all four years of their medical training at GHS. The charter class of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville enrolled 53 first-year medical students in August 2012, with that number growing to 100 first-year medical students by 2015, and an ultimate 400 medical students over all four years of education.

The University of South Carolina is one of only seven universities with two separately accredited M.D. programs. Separate accreditation permits the two USC medical schools to provide separate and distinct curricula geared to the strengths and philosophies of each school. Together, these two USC medical schools will help combat the state's ongoing physician shortage by permitting a greater combined number of M.D. graduates.