All students are eligible to take advantage of our Student Health Services Program at the School of Medicine Greenville. This program offers primary care, non-emergent health care as well as counseling and behavioral health services. In order to take advantage of these services students must identify themselves as a medical student by presenting their “UofSC School of Medicine Greenville Health Services Card” when being seen by any of the providers listed below. These cards are distributed to students at orientation.
Four primary care practices designated to see students are staffed by Internal Medicine and Family Medicine physicians as well as nurse practitioners who are not directly involved with teaching medical students. Students can find more details on becoming established as a patient with one of these practices in the Student Handbook.
The Employee Care Center (ECC) is located at Prisma Health-Upstate Greenville Memorial Hospital and is staffed by several experienced nurse practitioners with physician back-up and referral when clinically indicated. No member of the ECC staff has any responsibility in medical student education or grading. Same-day appointments can be made by calling 864-455-2455. The Student Health Services Plan will provide basic gynecological services only at ECC.
Prisma Health Urgent Care is staffed by Prisma Health-Upstate physicians and is available to students for afterhours care. Students can be seen for sick care, radiology services, lab services and basic orthopedic care for minor injuries. Prisma Health Urgent Care has four different locations in the Greenville area that are available to students.
Counseling services will be provided by the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), located at 1020 Grove Road. EAP is staffed by licensed counselors who take no part in medical education. Services offered through EAP cover many types of counseling as well as referrals when necessary. School of Medicine Greenville students are eligible to receive most services at the EAP at no additional charge. However, students who request more than 12 sessions of individual counseling per academic year may incur additional charges.
Psychiatric care is available to School of Medicine Greenville students through Prisma Health-Upstate Outpatient Psychiatry. A psychiatrist who is not involved in medical student teaching is available to see students in the EAP offices on a regular basis.
For more information on Health Services and details about scheduling appointments, see the Student Handbook and Academic Regulations [pdf].
Required Health Insurance
All graduate students enrolled in nine or more credit hours, all graduate assistants and all international students are required by the university to have health insurance and must either:
- Purchase the University-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan offered through Academic Health Plans with BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
- Waive out of the university-sponsored plan during the published waiver period by providing documentation of enrollment in a comparable health insurance plan. Otherwise, the fee for the mandatory health insurance plan will be applied to your tuition bill.
The cost of UofSC-administered health insurance for 2020-2021 is $2,433 per year. Refer to the UofSC Student Health Insurance overview for information about the plan.
For details regarding the health insurance requirement (including how to purchase UofSC health insurance or waive out of the requirement), please refer to the Student Health Services website. *Please note that not all services covered by at the UofSC Columbia Health Services Center are covered at UofSC School of Medicine Greenville. * While the UofSC School of Medicine Greenville campus does not have a stand-alone student health center, we have established partnerships with several Prisma Health System providers who have agreed to serve as medical providers for the School of Medicine students.
Immunizations and Annual Requirements
Upon enrollment, School of Medicine Greenville students are required to complete immunization clearance requirements that are processed and maintained by Prisma Health Student Affairs Administration in myClinicalExchange (mCE).
Annually, students must update mCE with a TB questionnaire, flu vaccination, and completion of Learning Hub modules, as well as participate in N-95 Respirator Fit Testing. Flu vaccinations and N-95 Respirator Fit Testing is managed by Prisma Health Employee Health.
Students can request a copy of their records anytime by downloading them from mCE. If students have questions, they can contact Prisma Health Student Affairs Administration by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
PATH or Partners Achieving Total Health is a wellness initiative between Prisma Health-Upstate and the YMCA of Greenville. PATH memberships include a membership to the Prisma Health Life Center as well as Greenville County YMCA facilities. School of Medicine Greenville students are offered a membership to the PATH program upon enrollment.
The five facilities that a PATH membership provides access to offer a variety of physical fitness equipment, wellness and nutrition programs, indoor and outdoor pools, an indoor running tracks, outdoor running/walking paths, basketball courts and organized exercise and fitness programs led by exercise physiologists.
Click here for more details about the PATH Program.
In addition to the Lifestyle Medicine curriculum, School of Medicine Greenville students are offered several wellness activities throughout the year. Those activities include but are not limited to interest group-led activities such as yoga and Garden Club, or specific programming at the school like mindfulness workshops, pet therapy visits and massage therapy. We also focus on social wellness through our Colleges Program.