About the University of South Carolina School of Medicine

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The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia was established in 1973 to help meet the needs of medically underserved areas in South Carolina. It is a national leader in the percentage of graduates practicing in primary care. The basic sciences campus provides teaching and research facilities for the 400 students enrolled in the four-year MD program, which is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

The School of Medicine offers a doctorate in biomedical sciences and master’s degrees of genetic counseling, nurse anesthesia, rehabilitation counseling and physician assistant studies. The School of Medicine pioneered the nation’s first four-year integrated medical school curriculum that teaches students to use point-of-care ultrasound.

The School of Medicine opened its regional campus in Florence, South Carolina, in 2015 as a clinical training site for third and fourth-year medical students. With state-of-the-art clinical training facilities at McLeod Regional Medical Center and Carolinas Hospital System, and in partnership with Francis Marion University, the School of Medicine will make Florence a model for regional medical education and help address the shortage of health care professionals in the area.

A distinguished core of nearly 250 faculty of basic scientists, clinicians and practicing physicians brings outstanding academic training. The faculty is complemented by a large number of community physicians who participate in both hospital clerkships and office preceptorships.

Most clinical departments are located on the campus of its major affiliate hospital, Prisma Health Richland in Columbia. Other affiliated hospitals include the Prisma Health–Upstate system hospitals in the Greenville area, Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia and Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach. The School of Medicine has partnered with Prisma Health on the formation of the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group, which launched in early 2016 and will soon be renamed Prisma Health-USC Medical Group.

The School of Medicine’s research includes focus areas of neurosciences, stroke, cancer, cardiovascular disease, women’s health, personalized medicine and alternative medicine with extramural funding of more than $50 million in 2014. Research collaboration between Prisma Health and the School of Medicine is increasing with the consolidation of research leadership and infrastructure.

The School of Medicine in Columbia is the medical school affiliate for the graduate medical education programs sponsored by Prisma Health–Midlands.

The University of South Carolina is home to more than 200 years of history and tradition, rising from a single building in 1805 on what would become the heart of the campus, the Horseshoe. The University of South Carolina is the flagship university of South Carolina and is a rising international star in higher education. What's behind the momentum? 

  • The Innovista Research District is a 500-acre district is located in the heart of the capital city, bringing together governmental, educational and cultural elements together in one vibrant location with office and laboratory space for innovation-focused businesses and startup companies. 
  • The Arnold School of Public Health Research Center is a catalyst for leading research on childhood obesity, cancer, health disparities and environmental threats.
  • The nation's only National Science Foundation-funded Fuel Cell Research Center, and a major research push to build energy independence through alternative energy sources.
  • Number one rankings for international business and exercise science programs (U.S. News & World Report and Academic Analytics).
  • Highest research designation from the Carnegie Foundation—the only university in South Carolina to earn this top rating