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MUSC Bulletin | College of Medicine

College of Medicine | Introduction


Raymond N. DuBois, M.D., MPH, Dean
Michael de Arellano, Ph.D, Associate Dean for Diversity
Christina L. Bourne, M.D., Associate Dean for Student Career Planning and Advising
Kathleen T. Brady, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Dean for Clinical Research
Marc I. Chimowitz, MB, Ch.B., Associate Dean for Faculty Development
E. Ben Clyburn, M.D., Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
Craig E. Crosson, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean for Research
John R. Freedy, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Dean for Student Affairs
David R. Garr, M.D., Associate Dean for Community Medicine
Gary S. Gilkeson, M.D., Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development
Michael R. Gold, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Clinical Programs
Leonie Gordon, MB., Ch.B., Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development
Debra Hazen-Martin, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Curriculum in the Basic Sciences
Chanita Hughes Halbert, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Assessment and Evaluation
Florence N. Hutchison, M.D., Associate Dean, Veteran Affairs
Robert J. Malcolm, M.D., Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education
Paul McDermott, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development
Christopher G. Pelic, M.D., Associate Dean for Student Career Planning and Advising
John J. Schaefer, M.D., Associate Dean for Statewide Clinical Effectiveness Education
Sally E. Self, M.D., Associate Dean for Student Progress
Daniel W. Smith, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development
Helen E. Snow, MBS Associate Dean for Corporate, Foundation and Organization Relations
Terry Stanley, BS Associate Dean for Development
Paul B. Underwood, Sr., M.D., Associate Dean for Admissions
Stephen A. Valerio, MBA., Associate Dean for Finance and Administration


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 190 years, the College of Medicine has been dedicated to the training of physicians. Today, it is comprised of over 24 departments which independently and collectively contribute to the education of future physicians.

The College of Medicine admits approximately 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 M.D. 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.  

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 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

All graduates of the College of Medicine must have acquired competency in the following 6 domains:

Medical Knowledge: Demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving basic, clinical, and cognate {i.e., epidemiological and social-behavioral) sciences and the application of this knowledge to the practice of medicine.

Patient Care: Provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, safe and effective.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills: Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that facilitate effective interactions with patients, their families and other health professionals.

Professionalism: Demonstrate a commitment to professional and personal excellence in all settings, including adherence to ethical principles and sensitivity to a diverse patient population.

Practice-based and Lifelong Learning: Investigate and assess their academic and clinical performance, develop skills for lifelong learning and personal   improvement in order to improve patient care.

System-based Learning: Demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and systems of health care, including barriers and drivers of health and health care access.

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 27, 2016 1:32 PM
Last Comprehensive Review:July 2016

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