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School of Medicine Columbia

Community Partnerships

As leaders in improving patient care throughout our state, we partner with community organizations to help connect patients with the best resources possible.

Clinical Trials

Our clinical research and trials are carefully controlled. These trials—and their participants—are responsible for helping further our medical knowledge and, ultimately, helping people across our state, nation and world.

Department of Pediatrics HIV/AIDS Program

This is the only health care program in the Midlands that provides comprehensive care to children affected with HIV/AIDS. The program is co-sponsored by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and the South Carolina AIDS Consortium.

Midlands Care Consortium

The Consortium provides comprehensive medical and support services for financially-challenged HIV patients in the Midlands. Operated by the School of Medicine and led by Dr. Helmut Albrecht, M.D. for more than 15 years, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS clinic now serves more than 1,200 men and women in the Midlands area. Assistance with basic needs, including food and housing assistance is also provided. The program was created by the Department of Internal Medicine with federal Ryan White funding in cooperation with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services, Palmetto Health Richland and the Columbia Free Medical Clinic.

Palmetto Children’s Clinic 

In order to provide regular primary care (a “medical home”) for chronically ill and disabled children from low-income families in the Midlands, this program works in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and Palmetto Health Richland.

Palmetto SeniorCare

A Palmetto Health Richland and School of Medicine collaborative effort, Palmetto SeniorCare provides all-inclusive care to low-income elderly patients in the Midlands.

Senior Mentoring Program

This program pairs medical students with community elders. It’s a wonderful opportunity for students to build lasting relationships with the community’s most seasoned citizens, and for completion of a variety of assignments, such as taking medical histories and monitoring blood pressures.

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Teen Clinic

In partnership with Palmetto Health Richland, this group implements a team-based approach to meet the medical and social needs of teenage mothers.


South Carolina Center for Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Disorders

The Department of Surgery, through the South Carolina Center for Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Disorders, provides diagnosis and treatment for infants and children with facial congenital anomalies. The Center is a joint project with the School of Public Health and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.


The Medically Fragile Children’s Program

A Palmetto Health Richland program supported by the School of Medicine, this effort provides all-inclusive care to children with severe disabilities from low-income families in the Midlands.

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