Beginning in January of 2020, UofSC School of Medicine Greenville will embark on a
journey to reimagine our school’s role in medical education and innovation. This effort
will involve examining what we teach (content), how we teach (delivery), and why we
While our integrated core curriculum, with a demonstrated record of success in preparing our students for Step 1, serves as a model for other schools around the country, there are two curriculum content areas that help set our School of Medicine on the national stage, specifically High Value Care and Lifestyle Medicine. A Distinction Track was created, in which students were selected to participate in extracurricular activities. We believe these topics are foundational to preparing the clinicians of tomorrow to deliver the highest quality care in complex healthcare delivery environments.
Starting with the 2020-2021 academic year, the current Lifestyle Medicine and High Value Care Distinction Track Programs will no longer accept new students. Not all facets of these programs will be eliminated. Rather, an intentional review of distinction track content with a strategic integration of select content into the core curriculum will occur so that all students benefit from important Lifestyle Medicine and High Value Care content.
Discussion is underway around other focus areas within the tracks transitioning to electives with a goal that more students would have an opportunity for these learning experiences. Current Distinction Track directors, members of the faculty, and curriculum committee, including the student representatives, will be involved in this curricular refresh to determine new paths forward.
Students currently enrolled in the Distinction Tracks will not be impacted and will complete the Tracks as scheduled. More information will be released as part of this evolving journey.