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The Garnet Microscope

Keeping you informed about the school, providing meaningful opportunities for you to make an impact on the university and its current students and inviting you to demonstrate your School of Medicine Columbia pride are priorities of our office. Our monthly e-newsletter is our primary communications tool to help us relay this important information conveniently directly to your inboxes.


In each issue, we strive to MAGNIFY the most newsworthy information that impacts the alumni family as a whole, FOCUS on programs or individuals that are contributing to our school and the community, ILLUMINATE the personal and professional achievements of our graduates and provide opportunities for alumni to DISCOVER interests and ways to become engaged.

Access the last twelve issues from The Garnet Microscope below. If you need to access any archived issues that aren't listed, please contact Paige Stiles.

Our graduates showed up in big time for our comprehensive alumni survey, and we learned so much from their answers. Check out the highlights from our findings! Plus: don't miss a GC alumna's story about advocating for licensure in South Carolina.  Click here to view issue.

We welcome the Class of 2024 to the SOMC alumni family, and give our readers a tour of our Boards & Awards pages on the the Alumni Engagement website in this spring installment. Click here to view issue.

In this issue, we welcome the newest leader of our team, Bryan Winters, who recently joined the SOMC family as Lead Senior Director of Advancement, as well as introduce you to the newest way to customize your email preferences.
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We celebrated another Match Day and recap the exciting event in this month's issue, and thank our Give 4 Garnet donors for their generosity on this annual day of giving. We're also launching a mentorship for BMS PhD students, and need as many PhD alumni to sign up! Click here to view issue  

We're celebrating Leap Day by featuring two alumnae who are taking "leaping" to the next level with their passion in performing and dance. Don't forget to play catch up with us as we recap three of our many events SOMC hosted this month. Click here to view issue 

Alumni Award nominations are officially open for 2024 and we encourage the alumni family to submit on a colleague or classmate's behalf. Also, meet the two newest members of our Communications and Marketing team and hear how they are helping to  transform the USC SOMC brand. Click here to view issue

It's the last issue of 2023! Before we move into our 7th year of TGM, we recap our top nine moments of the year, congratulate our newly-elected Alumni Board At-Large Members, and share a much anticipated USC Health Sciences Campus update.  Click here to view issue

In this issue, we give our alumni a peek of the 2024 Alumni Reunion Weekend schedule in May, and share how the SC Center for Rural and Primary Healthcare celebrates National Rural Health Day. We also highlight Cocky's Cupboard, our 24-hour food pantry that provides anonymous access to emergency food and toiletry supplies to support the basic needs of SOMC students, staff and faculty. Click here to view issue

The 2023 Alumni and Dean's Distinguished Service Awards Dinner was a great success and such a special evening; check out our recap of the event in this month's issue. We also show our gratitude towards the 2023 MD Alumni Mock Interviewers who volunteered to help prepare the Class of 2024 with their upcoming residency interviews. Click here to view issue

We offer a warm welcome to our newest and returning Alumni Association Board At-Large Members, and bid farewell to those whose terms were finished at the end of the summer. Event information and tickets are live on our website for the 2023 Alumni and Dean's Distinguished Service Awards Dinner, as well as the recipients' bios and photos. Click here to view issue

Join us as we applaud our 2023 Alumni Award recipients on their achievements in advance of the Alumni and Dean's Distinguished Service Awards Dinner in October, which will be part of our Fall Frenzy Weekend. Check out the FOCUS section to learn more about these homecoming-esque events! Click here to view issue 

IT'S LIVE! Our new and improved website is up and running, giving you a better navigation experience. Everything we want you to know is within these pages. Don't forget to check out our upcoming Alumni Happy Hour Tour schedule - we're headed out across the state in four major cities to hang with YOU! Click here to view issue


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