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Welcome to the University of South Carolina School of Medicine — where our dedication to improving the health of South Carolinians is evident in everything we do. We aim to carry out our mission of serving South Carolinians through exceptional education, research breakthroughs and world-class health care.

Step inside our classrooms and learning labs and you will find educators training the next generation of physicians and medical leaders. Here, faculty know their students by name and embrace the opportunity to work one-on-one with students to prepare them for a career in medicine. Our innovative curriculum offers students a well-rounded medical education through the integration of traditional basic science and clinical courses with state-of-the-art technology and culturally competent clinical training. We embrace our reputation for producing excellent physicians who can deliver patient-centered care, and our graduates serve as great ambassadors for the high-quality education they received from the School of Medicine.

Researchers at the School of Medicine are unraveling the mysteries of multiple diseases every day. From understanding the role dietary supplements play in treating conditions such as cancer, obesity and diabetes, to using genetic biomarkers to map a person’s potential disease risks, our faculty stand at the forefront of medical breakthroughs and discoveries. Our research efforts are supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and other government and industry leaders who recognize the potential that exists through the school’s research initiatives.

The rapid transformation underway in academic medicine presents great opportunities for the School of Medicine to emerge as an industry leader in helping answer the question “What is the most efficient way to deliver high-quality health care?” Through the integration of our clinical departments with Palmetto Health’s physician providers, we aim to create the most comprehensive medical group in the Midlands of South Carolina, with more than 400 physicians providing a breadth of services to meet our region’s health care needs.  The Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group touches all three parts of our mission, from the new learning environments available to our students to the new portfolio of translational research opportunities where basic scientists are working with clinical researchers to advance medical discoveries. At the core of the medical group remains our clinical faculty, who will continue to deliver compassionate and high-quality health care to the patients who have for decades come to trust us with their health needs.

I invite you to discover what makes the University of South Carolina School of Medicine an exceptional place for healing and learning and welcome you to join us in this important work.

Les Hall, M.D.
Executive Dean, University of South Carolina School of Medicine
CEO, Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group