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Srinivasan named 2021 Educator of the Year by the AAGP

University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia Professor Shilpa Srinivasan, M.D., has been honored as the 2021 Educator of the Year by the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry.

2021 Transformative Research Seed Grant recipients named

The RCTH is pleased to announce the 2021 Transformative Research Seed Grant awardees. These seed grants support collaborative research between UofSC and Prisma Health to pursue new and innovative research that improves health. Each project includes an investigative partnership between faculty at UofSC and a clinical collaborator from Prisma Health.

Remembering the first School of Medicine graduates: Randall Suarez, M.D., '81

There were few options available to attend medical school in the mid- '70s but Randy Suarez was determined to pursue his lifelong dream of career in medicine. It was fortuitous for him that the University of South Carolina Columbia was developing a new medical school at the same time he was completing his undergraduate degree in biology from Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina.

School of Medicine students receive SPARC grants

Two University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia doctoral students were awarded grants from the university's Support to Promote Advancement of Research and Creativity (SPARC) Graduate Research Grant program.

Class of 1981: Everlyn Hall-Baker, school's first Black graduate, reflects on 40-year career

It has been nearly 40 years since Everlyn Lilease Hall-Baker graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia. She did not know it at the time, but the day she stepped through the school's doors she made history as the first African American student and one of only two women in the inaugural class.

School of Medicine Honors Luminary Leaders in Medicine and Science

The inaugural class of Luminary Leaders were recognized during a virtual ceremony on Feb. 18. The honorees are noted members of the medical and science community, who have not only made meaningful contributions to the School of Medicine, but who have also created a legacy through their service, leadership and efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusion.

School of Medicine Columbia and Columbia VA partner to repurpose lab equipment to conduct COVID-19 testing

The Columbia VA collaborated with UofSC to leverage and convert its joint research lab into a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) compliant laboratory to conduct COVID-19 tests. By repurposing a robotic-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analyzer - previously purchased with a VA research grant - the SOM will be able to conduct high-volume COVID-19 testing.

Genetic Counseling Endowment reaches milestone

Students in the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia's Genetic Counseling program are receiving some much-appreciated financial support. The Genetic Counseling Endowment reached a milestone funding level recently, providing an initial disbursement to second-year students in support of their clinical rotations and training opportunities.

Biomedical sciences program prepares graduate to pursue medical school

Shadowing his parents, who were physical therapists in his hometown of Cheraw, South Carolina, Francis Sto. Domingo had somewhat of an idea of what it would be like to work in the medical field. As an undergraduate at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he earned his bachelor's degree in biology, opportunities to shadow and volunteer in area hospitals led him to a decision to pursue medicine as his life's career.

Cook named assistant dean for clinical learning

Dr. James Cook has been appointed as the assistant dean for clinical learning at the UoSC School of Medicine Columbia. Cook became a faculty member at the UofSC SOM Columbia in 2012, and is currently a clinical associate professor of OB-GYN.

Carter appointed to lead GME efforts

Dr. Chuck Carter was recently appointed by Prisma Health as the regional Graduate Medical Education Executive and Designated Institutional Official (DIO) for the Midlands Region residency and fellowship programs. Dr. Carter also is assuming the role of associate dean for graduate medical education for the UofSC School of Medicine Columbia.

Alumnus recalls how military service led to a career in medicine

Robert "Bob" Crane, M.D., became a member of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia's inaugural class, after his service in Vietnam inspired him to pursue a career in emergency medicine.

SC INBRE Receives $18.9 million award from the National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) has awarded $18.9 million for the renewal of the South Carolina IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (SC INBRE) to support biomedical research and infrastructure in South Carolina. The grant will fund the program for five years beginning September 1, 2020 and is the fourth consecutive renewal of SC INBRE, which is administered by the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia.

Alumna carries mother's breast cancer battle through her career

Shandrea Foster knows what it means to battle the ravages of breast cancer. When Foster was just a young girl, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 26. Foster completed her Masters in Genetic Counseling from the UofSC School of Medicine Columbia in 2018. Foster now provides genetic counseling services to breast cancer patients at University Health Care System in Augusta, Georgia.

School of Medicine students present quality improvement projects

Students and alumni from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia, along with students from other UofSC schools, recently completed the Quality Improvement Education and Systems Training program, also known as QUEST.

2020 Alumni and Dean’s Distinguished Service Awards Recipients Named

Eighteen individuals will be recognized for their contributions to the health care field and their service to the School of Medicine at the annual Alumni and Dean's Awards Ceremony on Oct. 8 (Thursday).

Alumnus Greg Ogunnowo, M.D., earns Cleveland Clinic Fellowship appointment

Greg Ogunnowo, M.D., has earned a prestigious Cleveland Clinic Fellowship in cardiovascular medicine. Ogunnowo is a 2016 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia. Cleveland Clinic was named the No. 2 hospital in the nation and the No. 1 hospital for heart care in U.S. News & World Report's "2020-21 Best Hospitals" rankings.

Doctoral student awarded NIH Predoctoral Fellowship Award to study the effects of insulin on brain function

Jennifer Erichsen, a doctoral student in the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia, has received a prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) F31 award to further her research on the effects of insulin on the brain.

Faculty and students receive awards from the Society of Toxicology

Faculty and students from the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology received a number of awards from the Society of Toxicology during the organization's annual meeting.

Jon Crain named 2020 William C. Gillespie Staff Recognition Award recipient

The School of Medicine is pleased to announce that Jon Crain, assistant director of Facilities and Support Services, is the recipient of the 2020 William C. Gillespie Staff Recognition Award.

Virtual seminar to feature School of Medicine Greenville Dean Marjorie Jenkins

The Women in Science and Medicine Committee will host a virtual seminar on Sept. 18 (Friday). The seminar will feature Marjorie R. Jenkins, M.D., dean of the UofSC School of Medicine Greenville.

In Memoriam of Tan J. Platt, M.D.

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia and the state of South Carolina lost an outstanding physician, leader, colleague, and friend on August 19, 2020, with the passing of Dr. Tan J. Platt.

Leadership changes announced for the Department of Internal Medicine

Sharon Weissman, M.D., has been named interim chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia and Prisma Health - Midlands.

Lifetime of Service

A $1 million gift from Dr. and Mrs. Charles Bryan is the latest gesture of their philanthropic legacy with the university during the past 35 years. The gift will support construction of a new medical education building to include the Charles S. and Donna H. Bryan Health Sciences Library. The Bryans hope their early gift will inspire others to support the new campus.

Celebrating 50 years of Nurse Anesthesia Training

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia's Nurse Anesthesia Training Program has roots that go back more than five decades, even before the formal creation of the school. The program was established in 1970 at what was then known as Columbia Hospital, and has been producing skilled nurse anesthetists for South Carolina and beyond for 50 years.

 

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