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School of Medicine ColumbiaAt a Glance

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia is training future generations of physicians, health care professionals and scientists while supporting the growing health needs of South Carolinians.

Educational programs at the School of Medicine Columbia take full advantage of the University of South Carolina’s status as the state’s only Tier 1 research university. Students receive a leading-edge, exemplary medical education from a school where interdisciplinary research and quality patient care initiatives transform medicine in real time.

Dedicated to a Healthier State

Each year, our programs graduate hundreds of skilled physicians, health care professionals and biomedical scientists who will help advance the health of our state, our nation and world. More than just clinicals, your hands-on training experience begins in year one with our innovative integrated ultrasound education and includes experience in primary care, too.

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A Learning Community

The School of Medicine Columbia has a close-knit, family feel — and a high faculty to student ratio — with robust student and career services that foster community and focus on your wellbeing. Pursue your medical or graduate degree in programs that are fully accredited and prepare graduates well for rewarding careers as healthcare professionals or biomedical scientists.

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Distinctive Partnerships and Educators

School of Medicine students learn onsite with clinical partners that include Prisma Health, the Columbia VA Health System, Lexington Medical Center, and Florence-based McLeod Health, MUSC Health Florence Medical Center and Hope Health. Plus, the school’s 10 centers and institutes further advance medical education and improve patient care in our state.

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Leaders in Ultrasound Education

In 2006, the University of South Carolina's School of Medicine Columbia became the first in the nation to integrate ultrasound technology throughout a four-year medical curriculum. Ultrasound education provides students with a beneficial career advantage as it further enhances the quality of care patients receive.

Integrated Ultrasound

Exploring Questions, Improving Outcomes

We are the only university in South Carolina and one of just 32 public universities to receive both the top-tier research designation and the community engagement designation from the Carnegie Foundation. That means students have the opportunity to work closely with research faculty within the School of Medicine and on research projects around the university.

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Focused on Community Health

One of the state’s most persistent health care issues is that 1.2 million South Carolinians live in an area where there isn’t enough primary care. Graduates of the School of Medicine Columbia lead the nation for practicing in underserved areas and more than half of our students choose to practice in South Carolina after completing their education.

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Health Sciences Campus

The university is in the early planning stages of construction for a new, 16-acre health sciences campus in Columbia. Construction on the new medical education and biomedical science research buildings is slated to begin in 2025 with completion in 2027. It will be a state-of-the-art learning environment designed for teaching South Carolina’s next generation of health care professionals and research scientists.

Strategic Priorities
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