In 2016, the School of Medicine and the Palmetto Health system formed the Palmetto Health USC Medical Group, a formal partnership focused on improving patient care across the Midlands. The partnership gives our students the opportunity to practice patient care under the mentorship of physician teachers. It also enables patients to easily navigate the medical system and have access to more health care providers than ever before.
Focus on Rural Health
Many South Carolinians live in rural areas without access to primary medical care. Our Florence Regional Campus works to help our future physicians understand the needs of our rural population and find ways to help improve health care in those areas. It's all part of our mission to improve the health of our state.
I saw first-hand the impact a lack of access to health care can have — not just on an individual's life, but on their family and community as a whole.
Janina Gregorski, part of the first cohort of rural medicine students on the Florence Regional Campus
We're training health care providers who are invested in making their communities a better place. Our students have the opportunity to volunteer their time and services at health clinics, raise money to support the Free Clinic and volunteer at events designed to get middle and high school students interested in medicine.
Improving our community's health is a big task and we can't do it alone. We partner with organizations throughout the community to ensure our patients get all the support they need.