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School of Medicine Columbia


The faculty, staff and students at the School of Medicine are guided by the school's mission statement, vision statement, values and five-year strategic plan. 

Mission Statement

We serve the people of South Carolina and beyond through exemplary medical and health education, transformative research, and compassionate patient care.


Vision Statement 

To be part of a vibrant academic health center that provides access to the best evidence-based medical care and biomedical education, supported by research and
cutting-edge technologies.



  • Excellence: We are committed to achieving the highest levels of personal and professional performance in all our endeavors.
  • Professionalism: We adhere to the highest standards of behavior guided by the values and practices of our professions.
  • Collaboration: We partner with individuals, teams, institutions and communities to enhance the value of our efforts.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: We create and sustain an inclusive and diverse environment, demonstrating in word and deed our commitment to valuing and supporting each other and those whom we serve.
  • Compassion: We are resolute in our efforts to relieve suffering and promote fairness.


Strategic Goals and Objectives 

The School of Medicine Five Year Strategic Plan (2017-2022) [pdf] positions us to fulfill our mission to serve the people of South Carolina and beyond through exemplary medical and health education, transformative research, and compassionate patient care.

  • Increase grant funding through enhanced collaboration
    • Establish a SOM Translational Research Center
    • Establish four new focus areas for interdisciplinary
  • Facilitate and encourage professional development for all
    SOM faculty and staff

  • Increase scholarly contributions of faculty and trainees
  • Establish new integrated programs to advance the health of populations in the region.
  • Enhance data and analytical capabilities in support of patient care and research, building upon critical partnerships.
  • Establish at least one additional dual degree program, certificate program, or executive graduate program.
  • Work with clinical partners to expand the number of training sites offering an exemplary care and learning environment.
  • Establish task force to comprehensively review and identify opportunities for improvement of the SOM medical student curriculum.
  • Establish task force to review graduate curricula to identify opportunities for expanding interprofessional learning and for synergy with medical student curriculum.
  • Establish a SOM Student Learning Success Center.
  • Create a culture that incorporates diversity and inclusion best practices
    • Offer annual professional development opportunities around diversity & inclusion.
  • Strengthen processes that will contribute to a more diverse and inclusive SOM student body, faculty, and staff.
    • Expand training regarding bias.
    • Expand pipeline programs.
    • Increase scholarship funding.
  • Develop vision for new health sciences campus, in partnership with USC and all USC health sciences schools.
  • Maintain current SOM facilities to foster ongoing educational and research success.
  • In partnership with USC, raise philanthropic support for new medical school facilities.


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