Visiting Medical Students

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At Prisma Health–Midlands, in partnership with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia, we regard medical education, graduate medical education, graduate dental education and research as an integral part of our commitment to provide patient care to all in need. We welcome eligible senior visiting students as space permits.

As a visiting medical student at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, you will have an opportunity to be a part of the care team. You will attend teaching rounds and conferences, see patients with common and rare diseases, and participate in educational activities while meeting and interacting with program directors and faculty.

The USC SOM Visiting Student Elective Program accepts senior medical students from schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). They have elective opportunities available for visiting students at its affiliate hospital, Prisma Health Richland. Visiting students shall be limited to a maximum of 12 weeks (three four-week rotations). Electives will be assigned to visiting students only after all USC SOM students have been scheduled. 


Visiting students must be candidates for the MD or DO degree in good academic standing in an accredited school or from institutions with which the school has a formal exchange. USC SOM does not accept any third-year medical students or core rotations. Visiting students also must:

  • Have liability insurance
  • Have health insurance
  • Have and submit a complete immunization record
  • Have passed a criminal background check

How to Apply

Visiting students interested in taking a fourth-year elective at USC SOM must apply through the Visiting Student Application Service. VSAS is a web-based Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) application designed to simplify the process for taking senior "away" electives at US medical institutions. VSAS requires students to submit just one application for all institutions, effectively reducing paperwork, miscommunication, and time for all users.

Prisma Health–Midlands emphasizes that completing the initial VSAS application is only the first step of the process and does not guarantee approval/acceptance for the rotation month until ALL requested items have been submitted. Completing these steps will fast-track the final decision for rotation approval. Upon rotation approval, you will be required to complete Prisma Health–Midlands Clinical Rotation Orientation.

For specific information about applying to USC SOM through VSAS, please visit

Questions? Contact VSAS at or 202-428-9898.


A $150 application fee is required for each elective requested. Checks should be made payable to the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and sent to:

Office of Admissions and Enrollment Services
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
School of Medicine Campus Building 3
Columbia, SC 29208

USC SOM-Columbia Electives

Applications are processed after May 1 and must be approved no fewer than 4 weeks prior to the beginning of the rotation period. The $150.00 fee will be returned to you if the elective is filled or otherwise unavailable. The fee is not refunded if you are scheduled for an elective and then cancel. If you have to cancel your scheduled elective, please contact the Office of Admissions/Enrollment Services at 803-216-3625 at least 4 weeks prior to the start of the rotation period.

More Information

ID Badges
The ID badge is part of each student’s official attire and must be worn at all times during rotation hours. The ID badge must be clearly visible and worn above the waist, preferably on the lapel area. Students will report to Palmetto Health Richland Badging office to obtain their ID badge. Security is located in 9 Medical Park, 600 B, (803-434-1418) on the Palmetto Health Richland campus.

Computer-EPICenter Information on System / PH IT Access
The Department of Clinical Quality Informatics plays an important role in improving the quality of patient care and safety by standardizing best practices, reducing unnecessary variation, and reducing medication errors. Through the development and advancement of evidence-based order sets toward implementation of Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) and work with performance improvement initiatives, the goal is to close the loop between requirements, recommendations and care provided. The CQI Department assists Palmetto Health’s providers with educational support on various clinical applications including some of the following:

  • CPOE (computerized provider order entry)
  • EPIcenter (electronic medical record)
  • EPImobile (patient information for handheld devices)
  • Radiology and cardiology image retrieval
  • VPN and remote access

Palmetto Health IT Access
Once rotation is approved and your IT multiuser and HIPAA forms are completed and returned—you will receive your login and password by email from the Office of Admissions and Enrollment, unless it's an Emergency Medicine or EMS Ultrasound rotation. Program Coordinator Sherry Allen will issue your login and password for those two areas.

NO housing is available through Palmetto Health.

Housing resources
Facility Location Phone Cost Contact Miscellaneous

Residence Inn-Columbia 150 Stoneridge Drive 803- 779-7000  $55 for reservations/ 30+ nights  Nick Grothe
USC Housing Authority --  803- 777-4283 
Columbia Student Housing --
Clarion Hotel 1615 Gervais St.  803- 744-7789  $54  Stephanie Duffee  550 sq. ft. with kitchenette, sitting area, large bathroom w/jacuzzi
-must book by calling 803-744-7789 

*In the preparation of this list, every effort has been made to provide current, accurate and clearly expressed information. Even so, rates may differ and inadvertent errors may occur. Reference herein does not constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendations or favoring by this institution.

You may consult SCIWAY's comprehensive search engine and list of hotels, motels and inns in and around Columbia. To be closest to the hospital, visitors should focus their search in downtown Columbia or the Riverbanks Zoo area; to be closest to the USC SOM, search in the East-Southeast Columbia area.