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MUSC Bulletin | College of Medicine

College of Medicine | Introduction

The College of Medicine, founded in 1824, was the first medical school in the southern United States. The college pioneered in clinical teaching and its faculty members wrote some of America’s first medical textbooks. For over 170 years, the College of Medicine has been dedicated to the training of physicians. Today, it is comprised of over 25 departments which independently and collectively contribute to the education of future physicians.

The College of Medicine admits 150-160 students each year into its four-year medical curriculum. The students are awarded a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree upon their completion of the college’s academic requirements. Two years of integrated fundamental pre-clerkship instruction, one-year of clinical clerkship instruction and one year of clinical elective rotations comprise the nearly four years of educational effort leading to the MD degree.  Students are taught, mentored, and supervised by MUSC faculty members.

The College of Medicine offers combined degree programs as well.  In conjunction with the MUSC College of Graduate Studies, the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) leads to an M.D./Ph.D. degree and the Southeastern Pre-doctoral Training in Clinical Research (SPTCR) program leads to a Master Degree in Clinical Research.  In conjunction with The Citadel, a Joint MD/MBA program is available. In collaboration with the MUSC College of Health Professions program in Hospital Administration, a Joint MD/MHA program is available. In addition, The College of Medicine, in conjunction with The University of South Carolina, offers an MD/MPH.

College Mission 
The College of Medicine, as an integral part of the Medical University of South Carolina, is dedicated to the University’s education, research and service missions. In doing so, the College is committed to maintaining an educational environment for all students that prepares them for a career of excellence in the practice of medicine and in the service to their communities.  We recognize the need to engender and support life-long learning to sustain and expand competence and performance throughout the physician’s career and we acknowledge the importance of interdisciplinary and interprofessional education in the provision of accessible, high-quality health services.
To support these educational goals, the College is committed to the continued development and expansion of biomedical research to extend the boundaries of health care for all people. Further, we support enhancement of research directed to improving access, enhancing quality and controlling costs of health care.  These commitments are manifest through active participation in a medical center with broad capabilities and responsibility for the provision of primary, as well as tertiary/quaternary health services for citizens in the state. We continue to nurture strong programs in primary health care to support current and future educational, research and service requirements.
We believe that these objectives are best obtained through ensuring optimal opportunities for all constituents-students, faculty and administration, including all backgrounds and levels of diversity, to achieve full potential.  Additionally, the College is committed to the development and prudent use of resources to achieve its mission.

Undergraduate Education Goals
Medical education should foster in each student the following capabilities:

  • Life-long, self-directed learning
  • Acquisition and critical evaluation of new information related to the physician’s practice of medicine
  • Interpersonal skills necessary for optimal interaction with the physician’s patients and colleagues.

All graduates of the College of Medicine should have acquired the following four fundamental competencies.

  • The knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for continued, self-directed learning and for the critical evaluation of new scientific information as it might relate to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.
  • The fundamental knowledge necessary for understanding the scientific basis of medicine and its application.
  • The knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for the effective diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.
  • The personal characteristics required for the types of interactions with patients and other health care professionals necessary to achieve the best possible medical care.

The College of Medicine is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) of the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association.

Last Published with Edits:July 25, 2014 3:19 PM
Last Comprehensive Review:July 2014

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