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Summer Opportunities

Rising second year students have a variety of opportunities to engage in during the summer. Students are encouraged to review the information on each program below and reach out to the contacts listed for more information.

SOARinG Program (May 23 - July 22, 2022)

The SOARinG (Student Opportunities for Academic Achievement Through Research Program in Greenville) is the centralized program for UofSC SOMG medical students research experiences with faculty mentors across the Health Science Center at Prisma Health. The program will match M1 students with full-time mentored research projects to take place in the summer between their M1 and M2 years (6-8 weeks). Applications will open in mid-December and are due by February 25, 2022.

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Culinary Medicine (May 31 - June 30, 2022)

Since 2018, Culinary Medicine has been an active and engaging part of medical school for an amazing group of students. Working with our partners at the Center for Culinary and Hospitality Innovation in their teaching kitchen, with instruction from a senior-level chef who understands the importance of healthy food and lifestyle, students learn the knowledge and skills necessary to teach their patients to take their health into their own hands, and kitchens.

“The best thing we can do for our patients to make sure they can get healthier themselves is to show them that we care about them, and to spend time with them, for them to feel connection to us.”
-Connor Evins, Class of 2021 and Culinary Medicine graduate


Following a diagnosis of any chronic illness, patient consistently ask, “what should I buy? what should I cook to be healthier?” By training in the applied nutrition sciences, our medical students will be able to answer those question for their patients and themselves.

Apply to Culinary Medicine

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SUDR Summer Experience (June 20 - July 1, 2022)

This summer experience is an opportunity for rising M2 Students to expand their knowledge and understanding about substance use disorder and recovery. In addition to educational modules, you will hear from people in recovery and from guest speakers on topics such as harm reduction, trauma, positive psychology, treatment, and more. M3s and M4s will also be part of this course affording you a chance to learn from their experiences on their clerkships.

Upon completion of this experience, you will receive a certificate of completion for your CV. You will also be eligible to begin volunteering with FAVOR Greenville as a Recovery Coach. This course is also required for the students who will be working on addiction and recovery research with Dr. Margie Stevens at the Prisma Health Addiction Research Center. Substance use disorder is encountered in every field of medicine so will be appropriate and helpful in preparing you for any specialty.

Apply to SUDR Summer Experience


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Leadership Education and Development (June 20 - July 1, 2022; Afternoon Sessions)

Leadership is a skill that is both essential and learnable for physicians entering an increasingly complex healthcare system.  The Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) program introduces core leadership skills during undergraduate medical education to foster success in leading the future of medicine, healthcare, and patient health.

The goal of the LEAD program is to prepare physicians to lead our complex, ever changing healthcare system and improve patient health outcomes. The overall objective of the LEAD curriculum is to provide basic knowledge of leadership principles and an opportunity to develop this knowledge into sustained leadership skills and behaviors. Each module will include separate objectives and an entrustable professional activity (EPA) learners are expected to reliably demonstrate after completing the module. Open group discussions will be held with the learners to discuss content, delivery, and overall impact of LEAD program.

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Apply to LEAD Summer Intensification

The LEAD Summer Intensification will involve half day sessions over a two week period starting June 20, 2022. Discussion of core leadership topics will be led by content experts with an opportunity to use leadership skills in small group activities. Understanding and practice of leadership skills will be reinforced with asynchronous activities to promote content review, reflection, and practice.

LEAD Syllabus » (.doc)

Apply to LEAD Summer Intensification »

Students are eligible to opt in to the LEAD Path of Distinction program after completion of the LEAD Summer Intensification. The program will require fifty hours of program development, mentoring, and project completion. Students selected for this program will organize Quarterly Leadership Continuum lectures, serve as near peer mentors to future LEAD learners, and complete the LEAD for Change Project by the end of M3 year. LEAD Path of Distinction will be noted on the students Dean’s Letter upon completion of the program.

LEAD Path of Distinction 2022 » (.doc)

Students will collaborate with community and medical leaders to develop a creative solution to one of the complex problems influencing the health of our population. Students will present their project and outcomes to the medical leadership.

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