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Support Services

Critical ancillary services are available to enhance student life and the education, research and service missions of MUSC for faculty and students.

Division of Education and Student Life

The Division of Education and Student Life is dedicated to fostering the academic success and development of health professionals by providing exemplary educational and student support services through its Offices of Enrollment Management, Academic Support Services, Student Health and Wellness, Student Programs and Educational Technology Services. The Division is directed by the Associate Provost for Education and Student Life.

Office of Enrollment Management

In close coordination with each of the six University colleges, the Office of Enrollment Management processes all admission applications; manages matriculation; handles registration and academic records (grade recording and transcripts); processes financial aid requests; conducts degree audits for graduation; manages commencement; and reports academic information to state education offices.

Academic Support Services

Center for Academic Excellence

171 Ashley Ave., 201 Education Center/Library, (843)792-6390

The Center for Academic Excellence offers academic enhancement/ support through small-group, course-specific Supplemental Instruction (tutoring) in any course at the University. Any student may request such assistance for any course. With an assigned course-specific Supplemental Instructor, a student can discuss key concepts, extract important information from texts, review class notes, and prepare for exams.

 In individual appointments with experienced faculty members, students can learn more about themselves as learners by assessing their learning styles and discovering ways to manage their time more efficiently.  CAE faculty teach students strategies for studying effectively and efficiently. One of the keys to academic success is the ability to master skills for taking multiple-choice exams, and CAE faculty have over 15 years of experience with this type of instruction.

Board/Certifying Exam Prep

An important part of the work of CAE focuses on helping students, interns, and residents prepare for and take any board/national certifying exam. We offer this instruction in seminars for classes or colleges and/or through individual appointments.

CAE’s computer lab is designed to meet the diverse needs of students, faculty, and staff. (Bring your own paper, and you can print at no charge). This computer lab is available 24/7.

You may schedule an appointment through www.lifenet.musc.edu

Please call 792-6390 for assistance or to schedule an appointment.

Writing Center

171 Ashley Avenue, 201 Colbert Education Center/Library, (843)792-6390

The Writing Center is an excellent resource for the development of good writing skills… from the drafting stage through revision, editing, and even publication. Writing Center faculty (5) teach students to communicate effectively with their professors, their fellow students, and their patients through constructive dialogue and one-on-one collaborations. From a review of the literature on the latest standards of care or a cover letter for that first job to a dissertation or grant proposal, these experts in scientific and professional writing teach skills necessary for career success.  We also are available for seminars/workshops and class lectures. We can teach you to become more effective, efficient writers and specifically work with you on any of the following:

•    choosing a topic for a paper
•    writing academic argument
•    understanding an assignment
•    writing a rough draft
•    revising and editing a draft
•    documenting sources
•    preparing a presentation
•    creating an effective poster
•    writing and impressive CV or resume
•    writing an inviting personal statements

Our faculty are also available to work with University faculty and staff on papers for publications and grants.

We offer writing assistance to students English for whom not their first language.

You can call the Writer’s Hotline and for a quick question about grammar, punctuation, documentation formats (e.g. APA), or style (843-792-6390). 

Master-level or PhD students can get help with theses and dissertations at any stage of the writing process. 

As experts in communication, our faculty offer individual sessions on interviewing, preparing an effective presentation, or creating posters. We conduct mock interviews.

Center for the Humanities

Health care providers and biomedical scientists are motivated to develop a fuller appreciation of the importance of human connection in clinical practice and biomedical research.  They all understand the need to be compassionate providers and scientists. Therefore, CAE/WC  faculty offer an online interprofessional humanities elective. This course emphasizes how the study of narrative and the act of writing can make students better interpreters of patient stories and more reflective in their own practice and research. We also invite you participate in the bimonthly meetings of the Humanities Board.

Student Health and Wellness

Counseling and Psychological Services

This service provides an integral component of professional development by addressing the personal issues of university students. The professional staff offers services that include individual and couples therapy, medication management, educational presentations and workshops regarding coping skills, stress management, other issues related to student well-being, and referral for other services as needed. Services are covered by the student services fee and students rights to confidentiality are strictly safeguarded.

Student Health Service

Student Health Services provides ambulatory health care to actively enrolled MUSC students. Services include outpatient treatment for acute and chronic illnesses, preventive health care, women’s health, travel medicine, and health education.

Prior to enrollment, all incoming students (full-time and part-time) are required to:   

·         Complete a medical history form.

·         Provide proof of immunization or immunity to rubeola, rubella, mumps, and varicella (must have received two vaccines or have immune titers). An adult booster of Tetanus-diphtheria- acellular pertussis is required.  Meningococcal Vaccination (or signed declination) is required. Some colleges require hepatitis B immunization prior to matriculation. Students are advised to contact his/her college for college-specific requirements.

·         Provide proof of a two step intradermal tuberculin skin test within three months prior to enrollment.

All full time MUSC students are required to carry health insurance. Students have the option of continuing coverage under their parents or spouse’s policy, purchasing a private policy, or enrolling in the student insurance plan.

MUSC Wellness Center

The Wellness Center provides students a place to congregate and participate in social, fitness, health and educational activities.  A variety of services, programs and classes are offered to promote wellness attitudes and practices among future health professionals.  State-of-the-art facilities include a 3,000 square foot group exercise studio, tennis, racquetball and squash courts, a full-size gymnasium, a group cycle studio, indoor/outdoor running tracks, comprehensive cardiovascular and strength  training areas and a Junior Olympic-size swimming pool.

The Human Performance Laboratory provides fitness evaluations including assessment of body composition, muscular strength and flexibility.  The Wellness Center offers over 80,000 square feet of opportunities to improve health and fitness.

Student Programs

Office of Student Diversity

The Office of Student Diversity collaborates with the MUSC community to promote an inclusive environment that fosters intellectual excellence and the true integration of a diverse student body into all aspects of academic life. The mission of the Office of Student Diversity is to promote an inclusive environment for all students regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, age ability, or socio-economic status. The Office meets it mission through its programming and support of various student organizations, including the Multicultural Student Advisory Board, the Alliance for Hispanic Health, the Gay Straight Alliance and the International Student Association.  The goals of the office are to facilitate the academic success of students as they transition into and through health professions and biomedical sciences programs; to augment the unique values and interests of diverse student groups while encouraging community building and collaboration with the entire student body; to serve as a catalyst in building and promoting effective relationships with the six colleges, assisting with the on-campus recruitment, retention, and graduation of a more diverse health care workforce; to promote intercultural education, awareness and community enhancement in collaboration with the Division of Education and Student Life and to provide comprehensive programs and services that enhance the quality of every student's life.

Student Programs

In close conjunction with the Student Government Association and college student organizations, the Student Programs staff works to provide students and the MUSC community with a varied calendar of social, recreational, educational, interprofessional, and cultural events. The comprehensive services available through Student Programs includes: Student Communications; Intramural Sports; Off-Campus Housing Services; MUSC Gives Back, Training and Intercultural Education, and Student Diversity and Student Organizational Support. University-wide and college-related student organizations offer students the opportunity to develop their leadership/management skills; to serve their fellow students, the Charleston community, and/or their profession; to explore new and old interests; and simply have a good time with other involved students, staff, and faculty.

Programs include: a five-sport intramural competition in flag football, volleyball, winter and summer (5-on-5) basketball, indoor soccer and other recreational programs; the annual “Welcome Back” social, oyster roast, and wine tasting; numerous cultural events; and many opportunities to take advantage of the wealth of cultural and recreational resources in the Charleston area.

Publications from the Student Programs office include the online MUSC Student Handbook which contains important information regarding student conduct policy and rights as a student.

The Student Programs office provides information about the Medical University and local resources available to the students, some at discounted rates through daily Student Broadcast Email. The staff also functions in the role of advocate for students who encounter difficulties in non-academic areas.

Center for Global Health

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Center for Global Health, reporting to the Office of the Provost, is a university-wide initiative to bring global efforts under one umbrella to advance the global vision of MUSC and to serve as a catalyst for the innovative work of our faculty and students. The mission of the Center for Global Health is to advance MUSC’s efforts to improve health around the world through research, education and training, and service.

Our goal is to support the expansion of global health across the University, provide direction and support to faculty and students to conduct innovative, high impact global health research, education and training programs, and serve as an essential resource for international faculty, students and scholars coming to MUSC, and for faculty and students undertaking projects abroad.

The Center does this through:

  • Innovative global health research programs including a pilot grant program  
  • Global health education and training programs for students including travel grants
  • Global health partnerships
  • Information sharing through symposia, speakers’ series, workshops and seminars
  • Strong administrative infrastructure and policy development to support the MUSC international community

The Center is dedicated to providing high-quality assistance and services to international faculty, students and scholars at MUSC with immigration and employment issues to minimize the difficulties they may experience both upon arrival and later during their stay at MUSC.  Our team offers guidance with issues related to social and personal adjustments to a new culture and hosts a wide range of programs and events for the international community at MUSC, such as luncheons, cultural outings, English classes, workshops, new student orientations, and the annual International Bazaar.

Housing

The Off-Campus Housing Office assists students in finding suitable housing in the Charleston area. The office is located in the Harper Student Wellness Center. The University does not provide on-campus dormitory housing, but this office has up-to-date listings of houses, apartments, and rooms for rent as well as lists of individuals looking for roommates. Other services offered by the housing office include: individual housing counseling, roommate finder parties, free legal assistance, Charleston area information, telephone for local calls, large wall map of the Charleston area, Apartment Finder Guides, and information on average rental and utility rates.

Volunteer Opportunities:  MUSC Gives Back

The MUSC GIVES BACK Student Community Volunteer Program provides assistance to individual students, groups, or service organizations in selecting, organizing, and implementing student volunteer activities. By careful development of volunteer activities, experiences are provided that directly impact the students success as health professionals by allowing them to observe and address health care problems in the community they will ultimately serve. The MUSC GIVES BACK office has information on local volunteer-based organizations that have indicated a specific need for help from University students.

Office of Instructional Technology and Faculty Resources

This unit provides technology support for the academic mission of the university through oversight and management of instructional technology innovations for education, including technology services in classroom support, distance education technologies, and video and digital imaging services.  It also provides graphics and website design and implementation services for academic, research, and general information purposes.

Library

The mission of the Library is to meet the information needs of faculty, staff and students of the University and to support the curriculum, research, and patient care goals of MUSC. The Library serves as a major medical resource library within the state, and within local, regional, and national networks.

The MUSC Library is on the second, third, and fourth floors of the James W. Colbert Education Center and Library Building located on Ashley Avenue between the Clinical Sciences and Basic Science Buildings. Students have MUSC ID card access to the 2nd, 3rd  and 4th floors of the library 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  

The Library’s collections include books, electronic books, journals, electronic journals, journal article indexes, knowledge bases, electronic clinical collections, and selected Internet resources.  The library is committed to electronic access to the databases, clinical collections, journals and books wherever the students are physically located. The Library provides access to 220 electronic databases and clinical collections, over 19,000 electronic journals and a few print journals not available electronically and over 130,000 electronic books and approximately 6,700 books in the circulating collection.

The Informatics Labs are located on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors. Approximately 200 Windows and Apple computers are available. There are five computer classrooms, open floor labs, and graphic workstations. General use workstations include access to the library's electronic resources, the Internet, e-mail, Microsoft Office, SPSS, EndNote as well as other commonly used software.  

Library faculty and staff are available to assist users in the location of information, to provide instruction in the use of various resources, and to educate users in the process of information access and retrieval.

MUSC Bursar's Office

The MUSC Bursar's Office is responsible for providing accurate and timely billing of all academic charges to enrolled students.  The Bursar's office disburses financial aid from all sources as requested by Student Financial Aid Services in accordance with Federal guidelines.  The department also services graduating students by assisting with the completion of the exit counseling and the repayments of student loans in accordance with University and Federal guidelines. 

All bills are due on the first day of the term.  Bills not paid by that date will be subject to a late fee charge of 1.5% of the unpaid balance per month.  Overpayments on student accounts resulting from excess financial aid, scholarships, fellowships, loans or stipend payments are distributed for your convenience by electronic deposit or traditional paper checks. 

Campus Ministry

Ministers from a variety of denominations make themselves available to university students and plan fellowship opportunities on campus.

Students with Disabilities

Since the mid-1970's, the Medical University has been concerned that the needs of disabled students are addressed. In a supportive environment, students with disabilities are encouraged to work toward an independent lifestyle and to become self-sufficient. Students with disabilities who seek accommodation may file their request with the dean of their college.

Students of the Medical University of South Carolina are protected from discrimination on the basis of disability. Students who believe they have been discriminated against may make a claim that their rights have been denied. This claim or complaint may be filed with Wally Bonaparte, Director of the MUSC Office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action, located at 20 Erhardt Street, Suite 2, (843) 792-1568. Complainants will be asked to write down the actions, policies, or practices which they believe are discriminatory. Help is also available from the Office of Diversity.

Complaints should include the following:

The exact nature of the complaint -- how complainants believe they may have been discriminated against, and any person they believe may be responsible;

The date, time, and place of the incident;

The names of witnesses or persons who have knowledge about the incident;

Any available written documentation or evidence that is relevant to the complaint;

The actions that could be taken to correct the violation.

If there is agreement that the complainant was discriminated against, corrective action will be taken to restore complainants rights. If there is not agreement, appeals may be made to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost or his or her designee.

Students may also file a complaint of illegal discrimination with the Regional Civil Rights Director, Office for Civil Rights, District of Columbia office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave, S.W., Washington, DC 20202-1475, (202) 453-6020, at the same time the complaint is filed, during or after use of the complaint process, or without using the complaint process at all.

To discuss their rights under Title IX, ADA and Section 504, to obtain a copy of the complaint procedures, or to obtain help in filing a complaint, students should contact Wally Bonaparte, Director of the MUSC Office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action,  located at 20 Erhardt Street, Suite 2, (843) 792-1568.

Student Employment

This service provides assistance to students in locating part-time employment with Federal Work Study jobs on-campus during the academic year. Student eligibility is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Office of Student Financial Aid Services acts as a liason between the Student, Supervisor, Payroll and Human Resources offices.

The Alumni Association

The first suggestion for an alumni association for the Medical College of the State of South Carolina was made by the class of 1876. However, it was not until 1892 that an association was organized, a constitution adopted, and officers were elected. The initial organization had 75 members and a bank balance of $290.

Through the years, this fledgling group expanded as the Schools of Pharmacy and Nursing (now colleges) developed active alumni bodies and, in more recent years, as the Colleges of Graduate Studies, Health Professions, and Dental Medicine came into existence. The Association has evolved with the institution, and its current structure, adopted in 1982, is composed of a separate association for each of the six colleges with a joint board setting general alumni association policy.

The Medical University's alumni have been a major source of support, both moral and financial, throughout the institution's history. Perhaps the most notable instances were in 1913 when alumni rallied behind administration and faculty to achieve the passage of state legislation needed to ensure the school's continued operation and again in the 1950s when land and facilities were desperately needed for campus expansion. In recognition of this latter effort, the University's dormitory facility (which has since been converted to office space) was appropriately named the Alumni Memorial House.

The Medical University of South Carolina's alumni constituency currently numbers more than 28,500, and a major goal of the Alumni Association continues to be the betterment of the University.

  
Last Published with Edits:October 7, 2014 7:59 AM
Last Comprehensive Review: July 2014
 
 
 
 

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