7 things you didn’t know about the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville has educated over 420 future doctors since its opening in 2012 | Photo provided

The University of South Carolina is no stranger to historical significance. After opening over 200 years ago in 1801, UofSC has made great strides to serve all of SC — especially here in GVL with UofSC School of Medicine Greenville

But how much do you know about Greenville’s only med school? Here’s a learning opportunity: Check out these 7 things you probably didn’t know about UofSC School of Medicine Greenville. 🩺

Great patience (pun intended)

After an extensive planning period and a written proposal justifying a 4-year medical school in Greenville way back in 1965, the UofSC School of Medicine Columbia partnered with Greenville Health System (GHS) to open a clinical teaching campus in 1991. Today, UofSC School of Medicine Greenville is located on the campus of Prisma Health’s Greenville Memorial Hospital and has educated over 420 future doctors since its opening in 2012

Innovative learning 

In 2019, UofSC School of Medicine Greenville was named an Apple Distinguished School for its use of technology to inspire creativity, collaboration + critical thinking. This kind of advanced technology helped enable the school to continue uninterrupted during the COVID-19 pandemic and without delaying their graduation ceremonies.

Serving South Carolina

UofSC School of Medicine Greenville is doing its part to address the statewide physician shortage. After completing their training, about 50% of its graduates stay in or return to SC to practice medicine. (Talk about forever to thee, amirite?)

UofSC School of Medicine Greenville students pose with their newly awarded white coats | Photo provided

Unprecedented education 

UofSC School of Medicine Greenville is the first medical school in the country to require that first-year medical students complete + certify in an emergency medical technician training course. Students spend 12 hours each month serving Greenville as EMTs — a job that requires skills in communication, focused patient assessment, documentation + patient safety.

UofSC School of Medicine Greenville students practice procedures + patient safety on a medical dummy | Photo provided

Prioritizing prevention

The school is also the first medical school in the country to fully incorporate Lifestyle Medicine into its curriculum. This program includes classes on wellness, nutrition, physical activity + behavior change, and self-care throughout students’ entire courses of study. 🧘

Proven leadership

In 2015, the school’s Dean Marjorie Jenkins, MD was invited to serve as director of Medical Initiatives and Scientific Engagement for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Women’s Health (OWH). Prior to the FDA, Dr. Jenkins was the founding executive director of Texas Tech University’s Laura Bush Institute for Women’s Health, which focuses on sex and gender-specific women’s health. Dr. Jenkins has provided 150+ scientific and consumer presentations and co-authored numerous works.

Future healthcare providers

UofSC School of Medicine Greenville students have exceeded national residency placement rates in every year they have graduated. This year’s class of 2021 celebrated a 99% residency placement in an array of specialty programs throughout the country, such as ophthalmology, psychiatry, orthopedic surgery + urology.

Interested in being a part of UofSC School of Medicine Greenville’s next incoming class? Visit their website for more information about enrollment + admissions.  

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