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Where Your Help is Needed: College of Medicine

College of MedicineEstablished in 1824, the MUSC College of Medicine is among the nation's oldest medical schools and holds the distinction of being the first in the South. From the outset, the college's faculty has been comprised of pioneers in medical education, research and clinical practice. In 2001, the college still embraces its mission to healing, learning and discovery.

For over 175 years, the College of Medicine has been dedicated to training physicians. Today's student body is exceptional in terms of academic credentials. Over one thousand applications are received for the 135 admission positions available annually. In addition, the Medical Center serves as a significant training facility for residents and interns from across the nation.

Patient Care
The college boasts an outstanding faculty that while educating students and residents provides care to patients from around the state and region in the Medical University Hospital, the MUSC Children's Hospital, the Storm Eye Institute and the Institute of Psychiatry. Services range from prevention and wellness to specialized care in the Heart Center, Transplant Center, Digestive Disease Center and the Hollings Cancer Center.

Since its early beginnings, the College of Medicine remains dedicated to providing better ways to care. World class biomedical and clinical researchers at MUSC are involved with projects leading to understanding and combating a broad spectrum of diseases including cancer, heart disease, mental illness, diabetes and the common cold. Our research funding has grown exponentially over the past decade and now exceeds $100 million annually.

Priority Needs

While the college continues to achieve much success in all three areas described above, opportunities exist for the public to support these programs in many ways. Opportunities include:

Attending medical school now costs over $25,000 per year. Ninety percent of our students receive some form of financial aid and graduate with an average indebtedness of over $100,000.

Endowed Chairs
Financial support provided by academic chairs allows the college to competitively recruit the nation's most outstanding educators, clinicians and scientists.

Research Support
Unrestricted and restricted research support allows the college's biomedical and clinical researchers to conduct pilot research projects that often lead to better treatments and cures for illnesses.

The College of Medicine Loyalty Fund
The College of Medicine Loyalty Fund supports a wide range of resources designed to support enhanced learning through the university, including:

  • Student financial aid
  • Equipment and teaching materials
  • Classroom and laboratory renovations
  • Expanded educational opportunities for students and alumni
  • Emergency loans, student travel and student research

Because it is an unrestricted fund, the Loyalty Fund enables the college to meet needs as they arise - helping a student to attend a seminar, replacing broken equipment, or providing emergency scholarship funds. It is this flexibility and responsiveness to student needs that makes the College of Medicine education a truly unique and exceptional one.

For more information, please contact Terry Stanley, Director of Development, College of Medicine, at (843) 792-3937 or (800) 810-6872, or e-mail stanleyt@musc.edu.

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