The Colleges Program at the USC School of Medicine Greenville promotes camaraderie, a sense of community, wellness and mentorship through activities related to team building, civic engagement and medical student well-being.
Interactions with your college mates in these learning communities include:
- planned social activities
- community engagement opportunities
- fitness challenges
- leadership opportunities
- and so much more.
Each college includes faculty and student resources to help plan and implement social programming and assist with activities outside the classroom.
Two College Community Mentors, who are clinical faculty provide assistance and resources to student leaders in the coordination of college social events and programs focused on personal wellness and community engagement. Community mentors are required to schedule at least one social event per semester of each academic year.
One student leader is elected from each class in the college to provide equal representation for all.
The College Names
The colleges are named for noted physicians and scholars.
William Augustus Hinton was an internationally renowned expert in the diagnosis and treatment of syphilis and the first black doctor to teach at Harvard. In 1936, Hinton published Syphilis and Its Treatment (New York: The Macmillan Company), the first medical textbook by a black American.
John Hunter was a Scottish surgeon and one of the most distinguished scientists and surgeons of his day. He was an early advocate of careful observation and scientific method in medicine.
Sir William Osler created the first residency program for specialty training of physicians, and he was the first to bring medical students out of the lecture hall for bedside clinical training. He has frequently been described as the "Father of Modern Medicine.”
Ann Preston was the first woman to become the dean of a medical school, a position that allowed her to champion the right of women to become physicians.
Stan Von Hofe was a founding faculty member of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. His commitment to educating medical students became his “reason for being” in retirement. Dr. Von Hofe emphasized the importance of listening to what a patient had to say and conducting an appropriately complete physical exam, while not letting technology come between doctor and patient.