Student Success Initiatives are the USC School of Medicine Greenville’s established
resources for academic success and personal wellness that students can access throughout
their education. The school’s stimulating faculty, dedicated academic coaches, knowledgeable
tutors and compassionate student affairs professionals are all excellent sources of
support and coaching.
The Academic Coaching program is for all students who want to maximize their academic
success and personal growth. Academic Coaches are committed to supporting students’
success in medical school and are tasked with ensuring that all students are aware
of and connected with the resources they need.
One-on-One, Small Group, Workshops and Large Group session tutoring activities are
available to assist medical students to improve their understanding of instructional
material and promote appropriate study habits. This program encourages effective
team interations and provides support for rentention of materials in preparation for
NBME Step 1.
In addition to providing support, Academic Coaches and Student Success staff can also
point students to the necessary resources beyond their service.
Student Success Leadership
Paul Catalana, M.D., MPH
Associate Dean for Student Affair & Admissions
Christen Hairston, Ph.D.
Director, Student Success Initiatives & Clinical Assistant Professor; Director, Student
Affairs and Pipeline Programs, Greenville Health System; Lead, Student Success Initiatives
Mohammed K. Khalil, D.V.M, M.Ed., Ph.D.
Clinical Professor, Anatomy & Histology; Lead, Tutoring Program
Emily Northey, M.Ed.
Student Success Coordinator; Lead, Student Success Staff
Matthew Tucker, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Neuroscience; Lead Student Success Coach