MUSC Student Handbook
Student Support Services
The Office of Alumni Affairs and the MUSC Alumni Association sponsor programs each year to enrich the campus experience of students and encourage interest in and loyalty to the Medical University of South Carolina.
The six MUSC college alumni associations provide opportunities for contact with health professionals who offer mentoring through evening career seminars and “lunch-and-learn” programs, or on an individual basis as requested. They also sponsor a variety of other student events during the year and annually award scholarships to MUSC students from dues contributed by alumni members.
At present, the Colleges of Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, and Pharmacy have formally established Student Alumni Councils.
Students may contact Becky Dornisch, Executive Director of Alumni Affairs, for additional information on any of these programs.
Please visit our website at http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/alumni.
Art Services, 792-4724
Vince Moseley Building, 1st Floor, Room 125
Art Services provides faculty, staff and students with services such as large format printing, exhibits, posters, banners, signs, illustration, graphic design, disc prep and scanning. Find them on the web at http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/esl/itfr/services/graphic/art_services/.
Automated Teller Machine (ATM)
Five cash dispensing automated teller machines (ATMs) operate on campus. One ATM is operated by Bank of America and is located on the Hospital’s first floor corridor leading into the cafeteria, next to Room B101. A Wells Fargo ATM is located on the 2nd floor of the main hospital. One ATMs operated by South Carolina Federal Credit Union located on the right side of the main entrance to the Children’s Hospital. Generic ATMs are located on the 1st Floor Lobby of the Colbert Education Center (Education /Library Building), 1st Floor Lobby of Harper Student Center, and Harborview Tower first floor lobby. Honor and Cirrus network cards are accepted at all the ATMs.
Cashier’s Office, 792-2015
303 Harborview Office Tower
Located in Room 303 of the Harborview Office Tower at 19 Hagood Avenue, the Cashier’s Office receives and records student tuition, insurance, hepti-vac, and other student service fees. Cashier's office does not maintain student records; please contact Student Accounting with questions about tuition or other fees. The office window hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office accepts checks and cash only. All MasterCard, American Express, and DiscoverCard charge payments must be made online at the Webadvisor secured website http://webadvisor.musc.edu. Electronic check payments can also be done on the website.
Center for Academic Excellence
171 Ashley Ave., 201 Education Center/Library, 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 figuring out 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 14 years of experience with this type of instruction.
An important part of our work focuses on helping students prepare for and take any board/national certifying exam (Students call this board prep.) 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. Call 792-6390 for assistance or schedule an appointment.
Center for Global Health
This office assists with preparation of visa documents for students, faculty, staff and Exchange Visitors. The F-1 and J-1 visas are the ones typically used by MUSC students. The I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for the F-1 Student Visa) or the DS-2019 (Certificate of Eligibility for the J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa) are used to obtain either the F-1 visa stamp or the J-1 visa stamp at the U.S. Consulate or Embassy in your home country. I-20s and DS-2019’s for new or continuing graduate students are issued through this office.
Harper Student Center, Rooms SS438 and SS455
MUSC is designated to sponsor Research Scholars and Professors in the Exchange Visitor Program administered by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) Exchange Program. This J-1 program may be used for up to a five-year temporary stay in the U.S. The Research Scholar is the most widely used category at MUSC.
MUSC is also designated to sponsor Short-Term Scholars up to six months, Specialists up to one year, Students Non-Degree up to two years and Student Interns for up to one year.
This office also processes H-1B nonimmigrant visa documents and files H-1B temporary employment petitions on behalf of employees and prospective employees of the University.1 We work with department personnel in all six colleges and the College of Medicine’s Center of Expertise to assist with this process.
In consultation with the administration, faculty and MUSC’s designated outside immigration counsel, this office assists with the determination of the visa and employment options which will permit the greatest benefit and flexibility to the individual and the university. We work with federal and state governmental agencies, international organizations, U.S. and foreign consular posts and public and private entities to obtain appropriate visa documentation for admission to the U.S, authorization for employment and maintenance of legal status for our international population.
Students and scholars in F-1 or J-1 status are required to contact this office immediately upon their arrival at MUSC for SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) validation, individual counseling and orientation that includes information for maintaining status in addition to information on acclimating to U.S. culture. We cannot validate your arrival in SEVIS until you check in with our office. You are required to make an appointment with our office to check in.
Our staff is limited so, unless you have an emergency, appointments are required. Email is very effective for questions you may have and to also make appointments. It is to the benefit of all concerned if appointments are made so that we may know in advance what your concern or need is and how best to assist you. Office hours for appointments are Tuesday through Friday 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please contact Denise Smith firstname.lastname@example.org or (843) 792‑7083.
This office assists with other official government documents and requirements such as change of address notification (required), travel signatures, letters for family visitors, driver’s license letters. However, this office does not provide tax advice, nor do we currently process waivers, labor certification applications, immigrant visa petitions and permanent residency applications. We can refer individuals interested in obtaining any of these benefits to MUSC’s designated outside immigration counsel, which has been approved by the South Carolina Attorney General.2
Some important reminders for F-1 international students include:
- Make an appointment with this office to check in upon arrival at MUSC.
- Do not change your major or degree without first consulting with this office.
- If you plan to transfer to a new school, immediately notify this office.
- Do not work without proper employment permission from USCIS.
- Limit on-campus employment to a total of 20 hours per week.
- Notify this office if you change your address during your time at MUSC.
- Notify this office if you intend to apply for OPT (Optional Practical Training) work authorization.
Some important reminders for J-1 international students include:
- Make an appointment with this office to check in upon arrival at MUSC.
- Do not change your major or degree without first consulting with this office.
- Do not consider beginning a new program at another school without consulting this office.
- Do not work over 20 hours.
- Notify this office of employment.
- You and your dependents must have adequate health insurance coverage while in the U.S. Please make sure you know the requirements and adhere to them.
- Notify this office if you change your address during your time at MUSC.
 Due to regulations and processing times for certain aspects of the H-1B application process, this office is not able to process H-1B visa petitions if we are notified later than three months from the intended start date of employment. Any H-1B in which notice is received later than three months from the start date must be processed by MUSC designated outside immigration counsel.
 All immigration work that is not prepared in-house at MUSC in which MUSC is the sponsor has to be prepared by MUSC’s designated outside immigration counsel.
2nd Floor, Harborview Tower
The OCIO IT Reference Handbook: https://sp.musc.edu/ocio-is/infrastructure/css/Pages/Information-Technology-Training-and-Resources.aspx
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), 792-4930
30 Bee Street
Counseling and Psychological Services provides a wide array of counseling and mental health services for MUSC students. CAPS seeks to help students with normal social or developmental issues as well as serious mental health problems. We provide services to help students enhance personal assets, increase self-understanding, and develop effective coping strategies. We provide psychological evaluation, individual and couples therapy, psychopharmacologic assessment and management, psychometric assessment, and referral for other services as needed. CAPS also facilitates student-initiated educational groups. Services are strictly confidential and are free of charge. Treatment records are safeguarded and are NOT included in academic records. Staff members are especially sensitive to issues related to culture, race, and sexual orientation. Please call 792-4930 to schedule an appointment. Students may obtain emergency services after hours, on weekends, or holidays by calling the MUSC Paging Operator at 792-2123 and asking for the Senior Psychiatry Resident on call. Please visit our website at http://www.musc.edu/caps for additional information and confidential on-line screenings.
Creating Collaborative Care (C3)
792-8230, SS449 Harper Student Center
The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is engaging on an exciting initiative as the focus of the Quality Enhancement Plan for the university. The initiative, Creating Collaborative Care (C3) focuses on interprofessional education. This initiative responds to the fact that today’s health care system is highly complex and involves interaction of many different health care professionals in providing optimal patient care and advancing biomedical research.
C3 offers a continuum of interprofessional knowledge and teambuilding experiences. Students will engage in increasingly more sophisticated and expansive opportunities that promote and advance interprofessional education while receiving their formal education. Each step of this continuum is guided by four inter-dependent goals:
- Goal 1: Students will acquire a set of defined teamwork competencies—knowledge, values, attitudes, personal and interprofessional skills, principles, beliefs and standards
- Goal 2: Students will acquire knowledge, including the values and beliefs, of health professions different from their own discipline that will enable them to define interprofessional health care delivery or research
- Goal 3: Students will apply their teamwork competencies in a collaborative interprofessional health care delivery or research learning setting
- Goal 4: Students will demonstrate their teamwork competencies in a collaborative interprofessional health care delivery or translational research contexts.
The Student Advisory Board has a crucial role in shaping C3 activities for students. Student representation to the C3 is through the Student Advisory Board. The Student Interprofessional Society (SIPS) is a student organization which focuses on building interprofessional-related student activities on-campus. MUSC faculty, staff, and students understand C3 as an essential pathway to improving education, and tie the provision of biomedical research and health care delivery at all levels with all professions working together.
Creating Collaborative Care (C3) is an interprofessional education initiative embraced by the Medical University of South Carolina as an integral part of student learning across all colleges and programs. An important first step in working effectively with others around a common goal is the development of teamwork competencies. These competencies require knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enhance overall performance for health care practitioners and researchers.
Definition of a Team
- Teams consist of two or more individuals with a common goal.
- Team members have specific roles that include specific tasks that the members interact around to coordinate their efforts to achieve a common goal or outcome.
- Teams make decisions, solve problems, provide support, accomplish missions, and plan their work.
- Teams possess all the required specialized knowledge, skills, and/or resources required to serve their mission and often function under conditions of high workload.
- Teams differ from small groups in that they embody a collective action arising out of task interdependency. Teamwork characteristically mandates an adjustment on the part of team members to one another, either sequentially or simultaneously, in an effort to accomplish team goals.
- High performance teams’ members are mutually accountable for each other’s performance.
1. Define teams and describe when the use of teams is valuable or necessary
2. Define basic processes involved in understanding group dynamics and give examples of strategies for using these processes effectively
c. Group problem solving
d. Group development stages
3. Define the behaviors that lead to effective teamwork
4. List the attributes and attitudes found in effective teams
Skills: As a team member, contributes to group effectiveness by demonstrating the following behaviors that contribute to:
1. Achieving the group task
a. Initiating: Proposing tasks, goals, or action, defining group problems, suggesting a procedure.
b. Seeking Information: Asking for opinions, facts, and feelings
c. Giving Information: Offering facts, giving an opinion or idea.
d. Clarifying: Interpreting or elaborating on ideas; asking questions in an effort to understand or promote understanding.
e. Summarizing: Pulling together related ideas; restating suggestions; offering a decision or conclusion for group to consider.
f. Consensus taking: Asking if a group is nearing a decision; sending up a trial balloon to test a possible conclusion; asking everyone where they stand on an issue, whether they agree or disagree.
g. Accountability: takes responsibility for contributing, completing tasks, assumes roles of facilitator, recorder, timekeeper, supports team decisions
2. Maintaining a positive group attitude and communication
a. Communication Gatekeeper: Helping others to participate; keeping communication channels open, keeping people from dominating conversation.
b. Encouraging: Being friendly, warm, and responsive to others, indicating (by facial expression or remark) interest in others’ contributions.
c. Resolving Conflict: Helping people explore their differences, agree on common points; reconcile disagreements, relieving tension in group, admitting own errors.
d. Acknowledging Feelings: Reflecting feelings of the group, expressing process related progress of the group, i.e.,” we seem to be getting frustrated”,
e. Setting Standards: Setting norms for group behavior and activity, testing whether group is satisfied with its procedures, pointing out explicit or implicit norms.
f. Openness: Recognizes and acknowledges the diverse roles, strengths and styles of group members.
Attitudes: As a team member, demonstrates the following attitudes:
a. Appreciation of the value of team decisions and a positive regard for teamwork
b. Respect for all team members
c. Mutual trust
d. Openness to feedback and improving team effectiveness
e. Importance of a shared vision
Developed by MUSC’s Creating Collaborative Care (C3) Implementation Committee, in consultation with Tom Kent, PhD, College of Charleston and Valerie T. West, Ed.D, Medical University of South Carolina, November 2007.
What is the Interprofessional Education (IPE) Fellowship?
The fellowship is an opportunity for students to engage in interprofessional learning opportunities beyond those developed within their academic programs. It consists of a variety of structured and self-directed learning activities, and allows a student to build upon participation in existing MUSC interprofessional experiences (i.e., IP Day, Presidential Scholars, interprofessional electives, etc) and add to these through additional work.
What is Required to Complete the Fellowship?
To complete the fellowship, the student must fulfill the following requirements:
A. Core Activities:
- Attend IP Day 1st or 2nd year experience and write a 1 page reflective about what was learned.
- Using an evidenced-based approach, write a paper that discusses a model for teamwork, including reference to the literature and research about a particular team (healthcare, research, other).
- Participate in a minimum of 15 hours of an interprofessional activity (in community, clinical, research setting) and write a 1 page reflective paper about the experience.
Complete at least one MUSC IP Electives:
- IP 700 Caring for the Community
- IP 701 Health Care and the Humanities
- IP 702 Films of the Clinical Experience
- IP 703 Making Clinical Connections
- IP 704 Smiles for Life (Oral Health)
- IP 705 Basic Beginning Medical Spanish
- IP 706 Basic Intermediate Medical Spanish
- IP 707 Addressing Childhood Obesity
- IP 738 Clinical Research Ethics
- Others to be developed
C. Practicum Experiences:
Complete at least one of the following and following the activity, write a 1-2 page reflective paper about how the experience fostered leadership skills
a) South Carolina Rural Interdisciplinary Program of Training (SCRIPT)
b) Presidential Scholars Program
c) CLARION Competition
d) Mission trip involving multiple professions
e) Student developed practicum
D. Summative Paper:
Write a report (3-5 pages) that:
a) summarizes your interprofessional education experiences from the fellowship activities,
b) reflects on how these experiences have contributed to your understanding of your own profession,
c) reflects on how these experiences have prepared you to be an effective collaborator and leader in future interprofessional settings.
Why Should I Complete the IPE Fellowship?
Completion of the fellowship will demonstrate to employers and residency directors that you have acquired knowledge and skills to be an effective leader in interprofessional collaboration. Interprofessional practice is the future of healthcare and demonstration of these skills will make you an attractive candidate for future positions. While interprofessional practice is increasing in the United States, it is an established priority in the Canadian and United Kingdom healthcare systems. For biomedical researchers, ability to work effectively as an interprofessional collaborator will assist with translational research efforts. You will be a pioneer of interprofessional education in the United States. And, there will be opportunities to interact with other fellows and have fun!
How will Employers and Residency Directors Know I Have Completed the Fellowship?
Fellowship completion will be noted on your academic transcript, and reference letters may be available upon request. You will also be recognized during graduation.
How Do I Apply?
Any MUSC student can apply for the fellowship. There is an online application form that needs to be completed. Once the application form has been received and approved, the student will be registered into an IPE Fellowship MOODLE site through which to submit fellowship assignments.
Who Can Apply?
Any MUSC student can apply for the fellowship.
Can I Apply for the Fellowship at Any Time While a Student?
Yes, though the sooner in your studies you apply for the fellowship, you will have more time to complete the requirements. It is possible to receive retroactive credit for activities completed prior to fellowship application.
I am a Student Near the End of My Education at MUSC, Can I Complete the Fellowship with Retroactive Credit?
Yes, but it may be difficult. Retroactive credit for completion of fellowship activities is available for several of the requirements.
When are Fellowship Assignments Due?
Fellows may complete assignments at any time and post them on Moodle. For completion of fellowship on the transcript at the time of graduation, students must complete all assignments by the 20th of the month prior to their graduation month.
Specific examples follow:
For Fall Graduates: November 20th of the graduation year
For Spring Graduates: April 20th of the graduation year
For Summer Graduates: July 20th of the graduation year (June 20th for OT notation in July ceremony)
How are Fellowship Assignments and Completion of the Fellowship Graded?
All fellowship activities are pass/fail. A fellowship advisory committee oversees completion of assignments and that they reflect thought and knowledge acquisition. If a completed assignment is viewed as insufficient, the student will be given the opportunity to resubmit the assignment.
What University Office Oversees the Fellowship?
The fellowship is directed through the Creating Collaborative Care (C3) office, a unit of the Provost’s Office.
Whom Should I Contact for More Information?
Contact: Amy Leaphart at email@example.com or 792-8230
For additional information on the fellowship, currently offered electives, student competitions and organizations such as CLARION, Presidential Scholars, SIPS, and more visit http://www.musc.edu/c3
108 Basic Science Building. Other services include prints from digital files, scanning, image enhancements and location photography. Find them on the web at http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/esl/itfr/services/dig_imaging/
Disabled Students’ Services
Students seeking accommodations for a disability should complete a Request for Accommodation form and present it (along with certification of the disability) to their College’s ADA Coordinator or the 504 ADA Student Coordinator for the university. Forms and information about the American with Disabilities Act are available online or from your College ADA Coordinator.
Enrollment Management, 792-5396
45 Courtenay Drive
Harper Student Center 3rd floor (drop box on 1st floor)
Provides central administrative and management services in the areas of admissions, financial aid, registration, academic records, preparation of the University bulletin, as well as coordination of commencement activities. Detailed information is available at http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/esl/em.
Coordination of pre-application advising, online application, data collection, and application analysis for each program in the six colleges.
Federal Work Study Program
The Federal Work Study program, coordinated by the Financial Aid office, promotes part-time employment of students who demonstrate financial need. The Job Placement Guide is available to all FWS awardees. It lists specific FWS work assignments and corresponding pay rates.
Financial Aid Services
The Financial Aid Services office provides counseling for loans, grants, and Federal Work Study, as well as assistance in completing applications and determining aid eligibility. For additional information, please visit http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/esl/em/fin_aid.
Registrar and Records
Management of registration, course documentation, academic records, degree audits, transcripts and other record-keeping processes supporting student academic history. Verification of information for licensing boards and employment is also supported.
The Library’s primary purpose is to meet the information needs of faculty, staff and students, and to support the curriculum, research, and patient care goals of the Colleges of Dental Medicine, Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Health Professions and Graduate Studies and the Medical Center. The Library serves as a database and knowledge center, an academic support unit, an electronic educational center, and a leader in information planning.
The MUSC Library occupies the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors of the James W. Colbert Education Center and Library, with entrances on the 2nd and 4th floors. Students have MUSC ID card access to the library 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. At this time entrance is via the 2nd floor. During the year card access to the 3rd and 4th floor via the elevator should be available.
The Library Homepage URL is http://www.library.musc.edu/.
Library Web and Information Resources:
The library offers a wide variety of information resources covering all aspects of the health sciences. The Library Web provides a gateway to this information.
One can access eBooks by going to the A-Z list of ebooks on the center right side of the Homepage. Access Medicine which provides access to 50 major medical texts is listed. Print books can be looked up in the Catalog, which is on the top right hand side of the homepage.
The library provides access to over 19,000 journals including a small number of journals that are only available in print. Consult eJournals under the A-Z list for. (It includes the print journals too). Your NetID provides access if you coming in from off-campus.
The library provides access to a number of biomedical bibliographic databases including MEDLINE (PubMed and Ovid MEDLINE), CINAHL Plus with Full Text, PsycINFO, Scopus and SciFinder Web; these require your NetID login and password when you access them from off-campus (except PubMed). Free on the Internet health sciences bibliographic databases available include PubMed, RehabData, AgeLine, POPLINE, TOXNET and patent databases. There are links to the Library’s eJournal collection in PubMed (only if accessed through the library’s Homepage – NetID required for eJournal access), Ovid Medline, CINAHL, PsycINFO, Scopus and SciFinder Web. The most heavily used databases are found on the Library Homepage. The others can be found in the A-Z list for databases.
The library provides access to a number of full text resources including DynaMed and UpToDate (overviews of medical diseases), Lexicomp (drug information), Cochrane Library and ACP Journal Club (evidence-based practice), Exam Master (subject review and board preparation tool – Medicine, Pharmacy, Dental Medicine, Nursing and Physician Assistant) and Hands on Health, including GoLocal-SC (consumer health and health services information for South Carolinians). DynaMed, UpToDate, and Lexicomp are found the Homepage. The others can be found on the A-Z list for databases as well as Resources by Subject.
Subject-Related Web Links:
The reference staff has organized a number of resources for students and by subject, including the basic sciences, clinical medicine, dental medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and the allied health professions.
Edweb provides an easy way to access to your Moodle and Blackboard courses as well as other online educational resources such as Procedures Consult, Exam Master, NetAnatomy, Human Anatomy Online and VisualDX.
Library staffed hours are:
Sunday 1:00 PM - 9 PM
Monday - Thursday 7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Beverages in resealable containers and snack items are allowed in the Library but not near the computers.
No smoking or other tobacco use is allowed in the building.
Frequently Called Numbers
4th floor service desk: 792-2381
Reference Desk: 792-2372
- There are study carrels on all floors of the Library. Approximately 40 carrels are available for the whole semester via a lottery system. You will get an email the day before classes telling you how to apply.
- Pods with three separated work areas for individual and small group study are available on the 3rd floor.
- Tables are located on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors of the library. Feel free to move them where you need them.
- Mobile whiteboards are located on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors of the library. Feel free to take them where you need them in the library.
- Two 55 inch wide monitors are available on the 3rd floor for computer hookup. Feel free to take them where you need them on the third floor.
There are twenty enclosed small group study rooms in the Library; five on the second floor and fifteen on the third. Group study has priority over individual study in these rooms. First come, first served! Students “enforce” their use.
- Reference librarians are available on the 4th floor of the Library, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., by phone (792-2372), via the web (Ask a Reference Librarian service) and Chat.
- Individual appointments may be made with a reference librarian. The reference librarians offer a variety of library-related classes. A listing of these classes may be found on the Library Web.
- 2nd and 4th floor service desks: Staff are available at the 2nd and 4th floor service desks to assist you.
Document Delivery/Interlibrary Loan:
At no charge, students may request books or obtain copies of journal articles not owned by the library through the Document Delivery service. Request forms may be filled out online (Document Delivery/ ILL from the Library Webpage) or at 2nd and 4th floor service desks. Journal articles are delivered electronically whenever possible. Average delivery time is 1.3 business days. Books from South Carolina Academic libraries can be borrowed and delivered to the MUSC Library through the PASCAL Delivers service.
There are photocopiers on the second, third and fourth floors of the library. Copies are $.15 per page or $.10 per page when a GoPrint card is used. GoPrint cards may be purchased for $1.00 from GoPrint stations located on the 2nd and 4th floors. A dollar’s worth of copies are on the card. Value can be added at the GoPrint kiosks or the 4th floor service desk.
Black and white laser printing is available at $.07 per side for single-sided printing and $.05 per side for double-sided printing. GoPrint cards can be purchased or value added to the print cards at the GoPrint Stations located on the 2nd and 4th floors or the 4th floor service desk. When printing a PowerPoint presentation, it would be appreciated if multiple slides were printed - six per page and dark backgrounds changed to light. Color laser printing is available at $.25 per side.
Lockers are available, first-come, first-served on the first day of classes each semester. Lockers are assigned at the 4th floor service desk. Lockers are located on the 2nd floor of the library. Students should remove all their belongings from the lockers by the last day of exams.
Student Technology Support Services:
MUSC IT technologists will help students with their laptop computers and mobile devices including PDAs and smartphones. Service hours are Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 11:00 AM to 3:00 P.M on the 4th floor of the Library. Hours may change as student demand changes.
The Digital E @MUSC Library offers new electronic devices for seven day check out at the 4th floor service desk. iPads, Kindle 2 e-book readers with medical books, 10 mega-pixel digital camera, and Flip Ultra video camcorders are available.
Rosetta Stone – Spanish:
Learn Spanish using the Rosetta Stone software located on the 4th floor.
Printed and multimedia class reserve materials are available at the 4th floor service desk (792-2381).
Practice Your Presentation:
Library computer classrooms can be reserved in the evenings to practice your presentations. To reserve a classroom go to http://www.library.musc.edu/page.php?id=1180. A flip video camcorder can be checked out at the 4th floor Service Desk to record your practice presentations.
- Anatomy Learning Commons: 4th floor
- Books: 2nd floor
- Journals: 3rd floor
- Multimedia: 4th floor
- Reference Books: 4th floor
- Reserves: 4th floor
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, as well as other commonly used software. The graphics/scanner area on the 4th floor has the following software available: Adobe Creator Suite which includes: Photoshop 11.0, Illustrator 14.0, InDesign 6.0, Fireworks 10.0, Flash Professional 10.0, OmniPage 17.0, Dreamweaver 10.4, Acrobat Professional 9.4; and Media Encoder 4.0. These programs are also available on selected workstations in the 2nd floor computer lab. Wireless connection is available throughout the library. Room 436 has been designated as a quiet area. An MUSC ID is required to use the Informatics Lab. Black and white laser printing is $.07 per side for single-sided and $.05 per side for double-sided printing. Color laser printing is $.25 per side. The Public Service and Education staff, Learning Common Technologists and the Computer Lab Manager are available to help students.
The replacement of the HVAC system for the 3rd and 4th floor will take place this academic year probably starting in January. When completed temperature, particularly on the 3rd floor, will be more comfortable and better controlled. HVAC replacement will require major renovations on the 3rd floor. Half the third floor will not be available for study. There will be periods of loud noise. The project could take up to 8 months.
Books, journals and multimedia materials may be returned to the 2nd and 4th floor service desks. When the library is not staffed, books and journals can be returned through a book slot located outside the library on the 2nd floor or left in book/journal slot at the 2nd floor service desk. Also, a book drop located just outside the James W. Colbert Education Center and Library Building on the Basic Science Building side is available for the return of library materials.
The Waring Historical Library (WHL), adjacent to the Basic Science Building, houses books, journals, manuscript items, and museum artifacts dealing with the history of the health sciences. WHL is open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except on holidays. Topics in the History of the Health Sciences (INTDS 613), a survey course sponsored by the library, is held in the Spring semester and is open to all students. Free lunch seminars are held monthly during the school year.
The Systems Office, Room 425, is available to assist you with NetID problems as well as complex Informatics Lab questions.
Lost and Found is at the 4th floor service desk.
Filtered water is available from selected water fountains on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors.
Each college has its own system for handling student mail. Some have individual student mailboxes; some distribute student mail through the department or program office. If you are not told during orientation, please check with your dean’s office about how student mail is handled in your college. If you expect to receive mail at the University, please remind everyone to address it properly. Mail may get lost if the address does not include the following information:
Medical University of South Carolina
Mail Stop Code (each Department has one)
Charleston, SC 29425
The MUSC Postal Store is located at 122 Bee Street, Charleston SC. The store operates daily from 9 am to 5pm Monday through Friday. We are a US Postal Service Authorized Shipper. We are conveniently location on the 1st Floor of the Bee Street Garage just across form the Harper Student Center. We provide mail box rental, quick documents services, fax services, stamp sales, and International mailing services. Private shipping services also available through US Postal Service (USPS, United Parcel Service (UPS), and Fed Ex.
The MUSC Postal Store collects outgoing mail, parcels, and packages for same day delivery to the US Postal Services. Mail received at the store by 3:00 pm each Business day is delivered to the USPS for same day processing.
Other drop off locations at MUSC.
USPS Collection (drop) boxes on or near MUSC Campus
MUSC Postal Store, 122 Bee Street
Stephen Colbert Building, 171 Ashley Ave
President and Bee Street
Rutledge and Radcliff
UPS drop box locations on or near MUSC Campus
MUSC Postal Store, 122 Bee Street
MUSC Science Bldg, 173 Ashley Ave.
135 Cannon St. (MUSC)
MUSC Children’s Hospital, 165 Ashley Ave.
19 Hagood Ave Harborview Towers (MUSC)
FED Ex Collection (drop) boxes on or near MUSC Campus
Outside of MUSC Basic Science Building, 171 Ashley Ave
Roper Medical Office Building
For campus postal service information: http://www.musc.edu/vpfa/operations/business/mail/index.htm
Meal Card Services – Student Debit Cards
Meal Card Services – Student Debit Cards MUSC students may obtain meal services’ student debit cards by opening an account in the Office of the Director of Retail Services/Cafeteria Manager, Room H109, located on the hallway leading to the cafeteria between Casa Vida - Freshens and Subway. An ID badge and check or cash are required to open an account.
Once an account has been opened, money may be added to the account by dropping off a check made payable to MUHA in the small box outside the office. Cash transactions must be made in the office during regular hours.
Meal services’ student debit cards can be used at Casa Vida - Freshens, Re:sourxe Gift Shops, Subway (main hospital and Harborview Towers), both Starbucks, Rutledge Tower Cafeteria, in the Main Hospital Cafeteria and in the Ashley River Tower Cafeteria.
Receipts will show current card balance after each transaction.
Additionally, all service areas can do a balance inquiry.
We now also accept major credit cards for purchases –Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover.
Please call 792-3560 with questions and comments.
MUSC has a large and comprehensive parking system of over 9,300 parking spaces. Parking options for students range from the no‐charge park‐and‐ride Hagood parking system to reserved parking in an on‐campus location. In between is a mid‐range‐priced off‐campus reserved location. In addition, students may use such transportation resources as the city’s CARTA bus service, carpooling, and walking or riding a bike or motorcycle. The following, more detailed information will help you make workable commuting plans.
Reserved Parking for Students
Annual parking registration for returning students is held each year in early spring. Specific dates and times are distributed by e‐mail and are published in campus publications. Returning students may purchase parking during this registration period in accordance with a published distribution plan approved by SGA. Reserved parking is offered at the semester rate, with the parking semesters coinciding with the Academic Calendar. All registrations must be paid for at the time of registration by credit card, debit card, or e‐check.
New students register for parking during academic registration at the beginning of each semester. Reserved parking opportunities for new students are more limited than for returning students, but some of the listed parking options are available in addition to those described under the following Park and Ride section.
Park and Ride
As a parking option, the University provides free parking in the Hagood commuter park‐and ride system (parking authorization required) and provides shuttle bus service between MUSC and the Hagood parking lots with additional stops serving the student parking lots near the Harborview Office Tower. Shuttle bus schedules are posted and are available from University Transportation Services, 577‐6860, or the Office of Parking Management at 91 President Street. Registering for parking in the commuter parking system does not guarantee a space. Parking is offered on a first‐come, first served basis. You should have a fall‐back plan for times when the commuter parking locations are full. The Occasional Parker Program is offered by Parking Management on a limited basis for parking in certain garages depending on availability. The day passes for this program are $5 each and can be purchased in advance or at the entry booth at the President Street Employee Garage on the day needed. To register for the Hagood commuter lot, go to WebAdvisor and choose the Hagood Parking Registration link. You should print the form and take it to Parking Management to obtain your parking authorization (hang tag).
CARTA Express Bus Service
MUSC has partnered with CARTA to provide use of CARTA Express and regular CARTA service at no charge. All that is needed is your MUSC ID badge. For information about CARTA Express routes, visit their website at http://www.RideCARTA.com.
If you are interested in carpooling, you can visit the MUSC Carpool website.
Emergency Ride Home Program
This program serves both CARTA Express participants and carpoolers, and is available to all registered members of Trident Rideshare.
Bicycles and Motorcycles
For those who use bicycles or motorcycles, special parking is provided on campus. Information on parking locations may be obtained from Parking Management at 91 President Street, 2nd floor, or by calling 792‐3665. Bicycles must be registered with the City of Charleston Police Department at the MUSC Public Safety Office, 101 Doughty Street.
Parking at the Harper Student Center
The Harper Student Center garage is open from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday and all day on Saturday and Sunday for use by students exercising their Wellness Center privileges.
After Hours and Weekend Parking
In order to access the library, labs, or study areas, after 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends and major holidays, students may park free in the President Street employee parking garage. Registration is required. A valid MUSC student ID must be presented at time of registration. The parking facility is gate controlled and the MUSC student ID is required to enter and exit this facility M‐F and an after‐hour hang tag must be displayed while parked.
Caution: Students are not authorized to park in patient parking locations during the day while attending class or studying or while at MUSC as an employee. If a student parks in a patient area she/he will be required to pay the posted rate for the entire length of the parking stay, will be subject to being cited for unauthorized parking and may be subject to disciplinary action pursuant to the Student Honor Code.
City of Charleston parking citations are issued by MUSC Parking Management enforcement officers and Public Safety on the MUSC campus. All parking in the MUSC parking system is by decal or permit only. All MUSC reserved parking areas are restricted to registered decal and permit holders. Parking areas are enforced 24 hours a day unless otherwise posted, and all parking signs and regulations are strictly enforced. Public parking areas are enforced in accordance with regulations posted at each location. If you should receive a parking citation on campus which you feel is unjust or in error, you may appeal the citation through the MUSC hearing officer. Appeals are heard at the Office of Parking Management at 91 President Street, 2nd floor, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between
3:30 p.m. and 4:30 pm and on Thursdays between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.
Parking Management Office Hours
The Office of Parking Management is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday for registration of vehicles and for assistance in all parking and commuter transportation matters. The telephone number is 792‐3665. The office is located on the second floor in Parking Garage II, on the corner of President and Bee Streets. You may park at Parking Garage II while conducting business with Parking Management. Ask the attendant on duty at the President Street entrance for assistance. The MUSC parking system and its staff are here to assist you. For more information about, or for
assistance with your parking needs please check the Office of Parking Management website. If you have questions or comments, please email ParkIT and it will be answered within 48 hours or call us at one of the numbers listed below.
Parking Management Contact Numbers
- General Parking Information and Assistance: 792‐3665
- Manager of Student and Employee Parking Services: 792‐6760
- Parking Enforcement Supervisor: 478‐7022
- Parking Maintenance & Repair: 303‐8460
- Business Manager: 792‐7044
- Director: 792‐2597
Public Safety: Your Campus Law Enforcement Department, 792-2261
101 Doughty Street
Security on campus, as everywhere else, presents each of us with a personal challenge. We do not want to encourage paranoia, but we do want to remind you to be careful on campus and in the surrounding areas. The Public Safety Office is located at 101 Doughty Street on the corner of Doughty and President Streets. It can be contacted around the clock for emergencies at 792-4196 and at 792-2261 for non-emergency calls. Public Safety offers a variety of services, described below.
Call or come by for assistance with vehicle location, keys locked in the car, jump starts, etc.
Bicycles are in big demand and may fall prey to theft if not effectively secured. Bikes should be secured only to designated bike racks so they do not impede traffic or cause a safety hazard. All bikes must be registered by the City of Charleston Police Department through the Public Safety Office. A comprehensive booklet, S.C. Road Rules for Bikes, is available.
Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and Crime Statistics Act Annual Security Report - 792-2261
The Medical University of South Carolina Department of Public Safety is committed to providing the safest environment possible for work and study. Part of that commitment involves providing information about campus security to current and prospective students and employees. This report, prepared in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, outlines the University’s security policies and discloses campus crime statistics. This report may be accessed on the Department of Public Safety website at http://www.musc.edu/publicsafety. A hard copy of this document may be obtained upon request by contacting the Medical University of South Carolina Department of Public Safety, 101 Doughty Street, Charleston, SC 29425.
Silent Watch - 792-3018
If you would like to make the Department of Public Safety aware of a problem and wish to remain anonymous, use the Silent Watch Program located on the Department of Public Safety web page. When you make a Silent Watch report, you do not have to identify yourself unless you desire an answer to a specific question. To file a Silent Watch report, go to http://www.musc.edu/publicsafety and select Silent Watch. Fill in the form and submit it. If you wish to be contacted, include your contact information. Your submission will remain anonymous unless you wish to be contacted.
Borrow the engraver to mark your valuables for easier identification if they are stolen.
Escort Service - 792-2261
Call Public Safety 24 hours a day for an escort on campus or within the immediate campus area.
Home Security Surveys - 792-1070
The Department of Public Safety will provide crime prevention security surveys of student residences in the vicinity of the university. The purpose of these surveys is to improve the security of the residences by identifying security weaknesses and recommending corrective actions. The recommendations made during a crime prevention security survey are intended to improve the security of your residence to a level that would make it unattractive to a thief. Following the recommendations will make your apartment less susceptible to theft. However, the Department of Public Safety cannot guarantee that your apartment will not be the site of a crime, even if all recommendations are carried out.
Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.)
R.A.D. is a Rape Aggression Defense course. It is a personal safety education program with a practical blend of threat avoidance strategies and real world assault resistance tactics for women. The focus of the R.A.D. course is on developing personal and physical safety skills that can be safely practiced in a comfortable learning environment.
The R.A.D. program is not a traditional self-defense course. It fills a long-standing void by enabling women to learn a set of cognitive and physical skills that will be beneficial for a lifetime. R.A.D. students find the manner of instruction supportive and the course an empowering experience.
The R.A.D. program, which has been taught to thousands of women at universities worldwide, is offered to female students and employees through the Medical University of South Carolina Public Safety Department. We have three certified R.A.D. instructors who work together to teach the courses and provide students with a more personal experience.
If you are interested in participating in R.A.D., contact PSO Leslie Moore, by dialing 792-2261 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many IDs are turned in to Public Safety’s Lost and Found. If your lost ID is not found, a new ID can be made at Public Safety for $15.00.
Lost and Found
Check Lost and Found in the Public Safety Office before you replace anything you’ve lost in the campus vicinity. Be a good citizen and turn in any possessions you find to Lost and Found.
Public Safety’s eight tips and words of caution:
- If you must remain in the campus buildings after closing time and after most people are gone for the day, try to have at least one other student keep you company.
- Stay on the well‑traveled throughways and refrain from using dark or obscure shortcuts.
- Personal property, purses, briefcases, backpacks, etc. should never be left unattended (even in the library).
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash and never display large amounts of money.
- Keep your car doors locked.
- Bicycles have a habit of “disappearing.” Please lock them up securely.
- If you must walk alone on campus after dark, Public Safety will give you an escort. Call the dispatcher at 792‑2261.
- Report suspicious activity or persons to Public Safety by calling 792-4196.
First, if you are ever in a violent situation on-campus, call Public Safety immediately at 792‑4196, or off‑campus, call Charleston Police at 911. For follow‑up assistance to a violent or non‑violent crime or victimization, call any of the following campus/community resources:
- Counseling & Psychological Services, 792‑4930 (The CAPS staff is knowledgeable about university resources and victim support.)
- People Against Rape, 745-0144 (PAR has trained staff and volunteers to assist women or men who have been the victim of assault, rape, and/or date rape.) Crisis Hotline, 1-800-241-7273
- Student Programs, 792‑2693 (always a good ear and referral service)
Emergency Call Boxes
We have installed 163 Emergency Call Boxes on campus to provide an increased level of security, serve as a deterrent to crime, and enhance the ability of Public Safety to respond to an incident immediately. These call boxes are painted a highly visible orange and have a blue light on top to make them easily identifiable at night. If you encounter an emergency situation, simply push and release the button on the box, and you will be in immediate communication with the MUSC Public Safety dispatcher. To answer the dispatcher, push the button to talk and release the button to listen. If you feel you are in danger and cannot stop to talk to the dispatcher, pushing the call box button by itself will initiate a police response to the alarmed call box.
If you have any questions about the system, call Public Safety at 792-2261. For additional information about the capabilities and services of the Department of Public Safety, visit us on the internet at http://www.musc.edu/publicsafety.
St. Luke’s Chapel, located at the corner of Ashley Avenue and Bee Street, was originally part of a federal arsenal built between 1825 and 1832. Through the dedication and vision of The Reverend Anthony Toomer Porter, the school that would become the Porter Military Academy was moved to the site in 1879, and an artillery shed was later converted into the Chapel and named St. Timothy Chapel. The building served Porter students from 1883 until 1965 when the Medical College (now Medical University) of South Carolina took possession of the property. The Chapel was rededicated on April 17, 1966, and renamed for St. Luke, the physician. After its near-destruction by Hurricane Hugo, St. Luke’s Chapel was restored and rededicated on February 10, 1994, affirming MUSC’s commitment to healthcare and health education as an art with spiritual, ethical, emotional, and relational components. The tracker organ is dedicated to the memory of Margaret S. Metcalf by her husband, Professor Isaac S.H. (Ted) Metcalf, who was a member of the University faculty. The organ’s pipe shade carvings are symbolic of the healing arts and also depict South Carolina lowcountry flora and fauna.
This historic, non-denominational chapel serves as a location for numerous weddings. The Chapel also serves as a hall for religious and devotional services, convocations, white coat ceremonies, stethoscope ceremonies, awards ceremonies, concerts, memorial services, funerals, lectures and other activities. It is available to all recognized campus organizations and individual students, faculty, and staff for specific functions and to the general public as well. Approximately 100 weddings are held in the Chapel each year. The wedding reservation fee varies, with MUSC students receiving a significant discount. “St. Luke’s Recital Series” is presented at 12:15 each Tuesday September through December and February through April. This series of free weekly concerts is presented through the generosity of members of the American Guild of Organists and friends.
The series schedule is on the Chapel’s website at http://www.musc.edu/stlukeschapel/.
The Chapel is open to the public, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., each weekday. Please stop by at your convenience during these hours and see this beautiful, historic building.
For more information, call the Chapel Office, 792-6775.
462E4 North Tower, 171 Ashley Ave
Pastoral Care Services
Pastoral Care Services offers spiritual care and emotional support to students, staff, and hospital patients/families. Chaplains are available 24 hours a day; call 792-9464 during regular hours or 792-2123 and ask for the Chaplain. Visit the Pastoral Care website for more information on this service and the individual Chaplains representing most faiths: www.muschealth.com/pastoralcare.
These ministers and laypersons make themselves available to all MUSC students and plan fellowship opportunities on campus.
- Baptist.............Reverend Cameron Ventura, 843-723-6241
- Catholic...........Jim Grove, 843-937-5993
- Episcopal.........Father Dow Sanderson, 843-722-2024
- Jewish..............Rabbi Moshe Davis, 843-577-6599
- Methodist.........Reverend Aaron Meadows, 843-327-7291
- Presbyterian....Colin Kerr, 843-817-8900
- Lutheran..........Sarah Lang 843-723-1611
"Caritas,” meets every Thursday at Noon in ECL 103. “TGIF,” meets every Friday at noon in BSB 451 for fellowship, worship and lunch.
Office of Student Accounts, 792-2170
SS357A, Harper Student Center
The Office of Student Accounts is responsible for providing accurate and timely billing of all academic charges to enrolled students. The Office of Student Accounts 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.
Student Health Services, 792-3664
30 Bee Street
Student Health Services provides quality health care services to MUSC students. Services include outpatient treatment for acute and chronic illnesses, preventive health care, occupational health and health education. Hours are Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Hours are modified during Christmas Break, Spring Break and the summer months. Services are available for students who are actively enrolled in a degree - granting program and are taking 6 or more semester hours. Validated identification badges are required for students to be seen at Student Health Services.
Student Health Services operates by appointment, which decreases waiting time and allows for better planning by all parties. If you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment, please notify Student Health so that your appointment time slot may be given to a fellow student. Appointments can be made by calling 843-792-3664 or scheduling online through LifeNet (https://lifenet.musc.edu) using your MUSC netID and password. If you experience any problems or have questions about on-line scheduling, please call Student Health Services at 792-3664.
Students who are actively enrolled in a degree – granting program and taking 6 or more semester hours have full access to MUSC Student Services (Student Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Wellness Center, etc.). Students are eligible for medical care at Student Health Services beginning the first day of classes and ending on the last day of semester exams. Students must present their MUSC-issued identification at the time services are rendered.
Students who are actively enrolled in a degree-granting program and taking 6 or more semester hours have full access to MUSC Student Services (Student Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Wellness Center, etc.) Services performed at Student Health (physical exams, allergy shots, in-office lab tests, spirometry, etc.) are available at no additional charge. Insurance is necessary for any specialty referral or lab/radiology studies performed outside Student Health Services.
Provided services include:
- Outpatient medical care: diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses as well as minor injuries.
- Preventive medical care: routine physical exams, cholesterol screening, annual pap smear/pelvic exam, etc. (Labs for these items are billed to your health insurance).
- Laboratory and Radiographic Studies: routine laboratory and radiographic studies appropriate for diagnostic purposes ordered by the SHS physician. Students are responsible for any and all charges not covered by their health insurance.
- Immunizations: Student Health Services will provide annual PPD testing and influenza vaccination at no charge to actively enrolled students. Travel Medicine evaluations are available at no cost to students. Vaccines that are available at cost include: Tdap boosters, Travel Vaccines (Hepatitis A, Polio), Hepatitis B, additional TB skin testing.
- Health education publications and materials are available at Student Health Services on a variety of health topics.
Services Not Provided by Student Health Services:
- Surgical procedures (outpatient or inpatient).
- Cost of inpatient medical care and hospitalization.
- Payment for prescription drugs.
- Routine eye care (refraction, prescription glasses, contact lens care, etc.).
- Routine dental care.
- Ambulance services.
- Obstetrical care.
- Male and female fertility evaluations.
- Dependents’ health care.
- Laboratory or radiographic studies ordered by providers of SHS.
- Laboratory or radiographic studies not felt by SHS to be medically indicated.
- Services when not actively enrolled in classes. Students are eligible for medical care beginning the first day of classes and ending on the last day of semester exams.
Students with medical conditions requiring evaluation or treatment that is beyond the scope of services offered at Student Health may be referred to the appropriate specialist after initially being evaluated by Student Health. The policy for specialty referral requires:
- Referrals must originate at Student Health Services prior to the initial specialty consultation. Some insurance companies do not require this; however this requirement must be followed if you are enrolled in the health insurance plan for MUSC students. Students bypassing this procedure will be responsible for all charges incurred with no exceptions.
- Additional referrals to other physicians must be made by SHS. Referral is good for the initial evaluation of the diagnosis stated on the original consultation. The referral must be renewed each year.
- Referrals will not be given for cosmetic reasons.
- Prior to seeking specialty care outside Student Health, students are encouraged to review the benefits of their insurance plan (to determine their plan’s coverage of referrals, surgery, office procedures, laboratory, radiographic studies, and any out-of-pocket costs). Students are responsible for payment of any charges not covered by their insurance plan. Student Health is not responsible for payment of any charges resulting from specialty referrals.
Questions concerning this procedure may be directed to this office.
During the hours that Student Health is closed, students with medical conditions requiring urgent attention during the hours that Student Health is closed are to seek care at the appropriate medical facility (Urgent Care Center, Hospital Emergency Room, etc.). Students will will be financially responsible for any charges not covered by their insurance.
Student Health Insurance
Health Insurance is mandatory for all MUSC students. Actively enrolled students (in a degree- granting program) taking 6 or more semester hours are automatically billed for single coverage under the Group Plan for MUSC students every Fall & Spring Semester. All students must activate an On-Line Account with Pearce & Pearce, Inc. every semester in order to receive a new Insurance Card and Prescription Drug Card. If you have health insurance under a private plan, you must submit a formal On-Line Waiver every subsequent Fall & Spring semester of enrollment. This plan covers expenses accompanying an accident, illness or hospitalization. This plan is administered by Pearce and Pearce, Inc. http://www.studentinsurance.com. The type of health insurance that a student obtains is entirely up to the student; however, it must offer comparable coverage to the University sponsored plan.
- Students are encouraged to know the benefits and limits of their insurance policies. Students enrolled on the MUSC Student Insurance Plan are required to seek care initially at Student Health Service for treatment of illness or injury. The MUSC Student Insurance Plan covers 100% of any necessary routine diagnostic lab tests/radiology studies that may be ordered by the Student Health provider. If the necessary treatment or service cannot be provided by Student Health Services, a referral to the appropriate specialist can be made. Referrals to specialists MUST originate from Student Health Services except in the following situations:
- Medical emergency.
- Medical problems requiring urgent attention when Student Health Services is closed and/or when the student is more than 30 miles from campus.
- Student Health Services is available to help students with enrollment questions and to assist, when needed, with issues regarding claims. However, we DO NOT adjudicate claims.
After Hours Excess Accident and Illness Benefit (A & I plan)
In addition to providing care at Student Health Services, full time students’ tuition and fees also include an EXCESS (secondary insurance) benefit. This benefit is payable for urgent medical problems that arise after hours up to $500. This benefit requires your primary insurance be filed first. The student must file a claim for reimbursement within 180 days of the date of injury/illness. Contact Student Health Services for more information at 843-792-3664.
If you are receiving allergy injections and would like Student Health to administer them, you must provide your allergy extract, injection schedule, and instructions from your allergist. For Immunization Policy and Procedure please check our web site at http://www.musc.edu/studenthealth.
All students entering the Medical University of South Carolina, full-time and part-time, must provide proof of immunizations and are required to have health insurance in the event of illness or injury. Students not meeting the following requirements will not be allowed to attend classes.
Medical History (complete online: https://lifenet.musc.edu).
Pre-matriculation Immunization Requirements - See college specific immunizations requirements: http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/esl/studenthealth/student_resources/forms.html
1. Measles, Mumps, Rubella Immunity
- -Documentation of 2 MMR vaccines received on/after age of 12 months and both after 12/31/1967. Students born before 12/31/1956 can submit documentation of one MMR dose given after 12/31/1967.
- -Copy of lab report demonstrating immune antibody titers (IgG) to Measles, Mumps, and Rubella. Lab report should be quantitative and/or specify if test results are in immune range.
2. Varicella (Chicken Pox) Immunity
- Documentation of two Varicella vaccines
- Copy of lab report demonstrating immune antibody titers (IgG) to Varicella. Lab report should be quantitative and/or specify if test results are in immune range.
3. Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) - adult booster on/after 6/10/2005. Once adult Tdap booster has been received, students may resume regular Td boosters every 10 years. Students with a documented allergic reaction to the pertussis vaccine need to provide a letter from their medical provider detailing the nature of their reaction and the contraindication to receiving the vaccine.
4. Hepatitis B Immunity – required for students involved in direct patient care – see immunizations specific for your college http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/esl/studenthealth/student_resources/forms.html Students needing the hepatitis B vaccine series can pay for it through their tuition fees. Students who have completed the hepatitis B vaccine series are required to submit verifiable documentation of their vaccine series and a copy of lab report demonstrating immunity (Hepatitis B surface Antibody ≥ 10 mIU/mL). Lab report should be quantitative and/or specify if test results are in immune range.
5. Meningitis Vaccine – documentation of vaccine or signed waiver.
7. Tuberculosis Screening
Documented baseline TB testing 3 months prior to enrollment with either 2- step intradermal TB testing (Mantoux 5 TU Tuberculin Skin Tests administered 7-10 days apart, but no more than 90 days apart) OR Lab Copy of Blood Test (Interferon Gamma Release Assay).
Students with a previous positive TB skin test must submit documentation of the TB test reading and dates of treatment (if INH given), Chest X-ray Report taken after the positive TB skin test reading, and complete a TB Symptom Survey prior to enrollment. Students are to report to MUSC Student Health Services if they experience any symptoms of active TB infection.
All immunizations or records must be documented in English and signed or stamped by a physician, nurse, or health care facility.
Student Health will provide a written note to students requesting verification of their clinic visit. Other than the date and time of the visit, no specific details of the encounter will be revealed. It is the responsibility of the student to reconcile any absences with their college.
Information regarding the physical or mental status of students at MUSC is strictly confidential and available only to those directly involved in the student’s care. Information will be released only with the expressed written permission of the student involved. Medical information may also be released to the Public Health Department as required by law when a student is suffering from a reportable communicable disease. Student Health Services is HIPPA compliant.
Student Programs, 792-2693
Harper Student Center, SW213
Student Programs is the umbrella unit for Off-campus Housing, Intramural Sports, Student Communications, Student Diversity, Training and Intercultural Education, and MUSC Gives Back. Student Programs is a member of the Division of Education and Student Life, which includes Student Health and Wellness, Academic Support Services, Enrollment Management, Creating Collaborative Care, CAPS, and Education Technology Services.
In close conjunction with the MUSC Student Government Association and the MUSC Cultural Projects Council, the Student Programs staff works to provide students and the MUSC community with a varied calendar of educational, social, recreational, and cultural events. Many of these programs are listed in this Handbook in the MUSC Student Government Association section. This office is a vital campus resource for student organizations, the individual student regarding an array of co-curricular programs and services related to student life and the Charleston community.
The Student Programs staff, trained Student Affairs Professionals, advocate for students who encounter difficulties that may not be related to their academics. The Student Programs Office and SGA library, located in the Harper Student Center, is a great place for students to relax during study breaks or in between classes, to reflect on the day, or simply find a listening ear. Visit us online at http://www.musc.edu/studentprograms.
Student Communications, 843-792‑2695
Individuals are encouraged to call or stop by the office for answers or referrals and to use the following means of communication:
MUSC Student Handbook is an online resource of basic information about MUSC services, facilities, campus activities, student organizations, policies, and procedures. Use this information in conjunction with individual college handbooks and the Bulletin of the Medical University of South Carolina found online at http://www.musc.edu/bulletin.
Student Telephone Directory, http://www.musc.edu/studentdirectory, is an alphabetical listing of students’ names, local addresses, phone numbers, college, year and email addresses. This listing is compiled by the Office of Enrollment Management. It is important that students keep their local information updated with that office. Students who wish directory information be withheld must complete a Directory Information Withholding Request Form in the Office of Enrollment Management.
Student Broadcast Messages are emails, sent once a day, regarding university business and campus/community opportunities sent to all MUSC students. These messages are also important to students as they will convey info on social, recreational, cultural and educational programs to make MUSC life more fun and interesting. To send an email to all MUSC students, visit http://www.musc.edu/studentbroadcast.
The MUSC SGA TV are (2) of (5) TV’s located in the lobby of the Library and are used to promote campus news and events. Please visit http://www.musc.edu/sga/sgatvpolicy.html for policies and procedures.
Office of Student Diversity, 792-2146
The Office of Student Diversity (OSD) collaborates with the MUSC community to promote an inclusive environment that fosters the intellectual excellence and true integration of a diverse student body into all aspects of academic life. The mission of the Office of Student Diversity is to create an environment where every student is welcomed and valued. A comprehensive, strategic, intentional focus is on serving students regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability, or socio-economic status.
A myriad of programs and services is offered annually to strengthen intercultural education and supplement the university’s diversity goals across colleges, divisions, and student organizations. In collaboration with many colleges, campus units and student organizations, programs and services that acknowledge and honor the human and cultural experiences of students are held annually.
Partnerships with Student Organizations
The OSD collaborates with the Multicultural Student Advisory Board (MSAB), Gospel Choir, Alliance for Hispanic Health (AHH), International Student Association (ISA), the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), Native American Interest Group, Chinese Fellowship Group, Student Government Association (SGA) and other student organizations, including those from each of the six colleges, to provide diverse student programs, to advocate for relevant student issues, and to improve intercultural community education and knowledge. Programs offered include orientations, monthly cultural programs, lectures, health fairs, seminars, summer programs, noon lecture series, award ceremonies, and social events. OSD assists students in identifying and joining the organizations that best meet their interests, or establishing new organizations of interest.
Student Support Services
Student Support Services includes personal and academic counseling, and referral services for students with a wide variety of needs. These services include access and referral to appropriate academic and personal support networks/resources, personal advising for students experiencing difficulty transitioning to MUSC, identification and assessment of personal, family and school/work related issues, and student advocacy regarding intercultural awareness and education. Students are encouraged to take advantage of this array of personal services and programs before assistance becomes critical.
Earl B. Higgins Scholarships are funded from contributions made to the Health Sciences Foundation and are awarded to students during the annual Earl B. Higgins Leadership in Diversity Awards Ceremony. Each college’s dean selects a student recipient, from each college, awarded annually. Funding is available and varies based upon current annual proceeds derived from the foundation.
Programs/Activities (include the following but are not limited to)
- Hispanic American Heritage Month Programs (9/15-10/15)
- Diversity Awareness Month (October)
- National American Indian Heritage Month (November)
- Martin Luther King Celebrations (January 16)
- Health Fairs
- Black History Month Noon-day lecture series (February)
- Women’s History Month Programs (March)
- Gospel Choir Annual Concert
- LGBT and Safe Zone Programs
- Earl B. Higgins Awards Program
- Student Leadership Development
Housing (Off-Campus), 843-792-0394
The Off-Campus Housing Office, located on the second floor of the Harper Student Center, assists students in finding suitable and affordable housing. This office has up-to-date listings of houses/apartments/rooms for rent, houses for sale, short term housing and summer sublets. The listings are available on the web at http://www.musc.edu/housing. Other services offered include individual housing counseling, free legal assistance by local attorneys, Charleston area information, telephone for local calls, a large wall map of the Charleston area, Apartment Finder Guides, security checks performed by a MUSC Public Safety Officer, and brochures on how to enhance roommate relations.
In addition, we provide an online roommate matching service. When you need a roommate, you can list your property by visiting us online at http://www.musc.edu/housing and clicking on “Add a Property,” or when you are available as a roommate, click on “Roommate Search.” There, you can enter your individual roommate information in the database or obtain roommate match data from the database. The Housing Office also sponsors Roommate Finder Parties during the spring and summer to help you find a compatible roommate.
The Charleston area offers a wide variety of housing opportunities. You may choose to live in an apartment complex with the usual amenities, such as a pool, tennis courts, and laundry facilities, or you may prefer to live in a charming, old house in downtown Charleston.
Affordable housing in the downtown area is limited. The best places to look for downtown apartments are the listings available online through the Off-Campus Housing Office, the newspaper classified ads, and local real estate agencies that regularly list downtown apartments. Off-Campus Housing listings are made available only to MUSC students, staff, and faculty. To view our housing listings, please visit http://www.musc.edu/housing/housinglistings.html.
When renting a downtown apartment, ask the landlord about the average monthly utilities, off street parking, and whether the area floods. Utilities will vary from apartment to apartment due to a lack of adequate insulation in older homes. If off street parking is not available, you may obtain a residential parking sticker that allows you to park on the street in designated areas by calling the Department of Traffic & Transportation at 724-7375.
Apartments and houses in other sections in and around Charleston, such as West Ashley, James Island, and Mt. Pleasant, are easier to find and usually less expensive. Apartment complex directories can be obtained in the Housing Office.
To receive information about parking on campus, contact the Office of Parking Management at 843-792-3665.
Average Monthly Rental Rates*
Average Rental Rates are calculated solely based on the MUSC housing listings as of June 2013.
(Unfurnished, utilities not included)
|James Island||1 bedroom||$450-$1125||$918|
|North Charleston||1 bedroom||$625-$1200||$650|
|West Ashley||1 bedroom||$450-$1350||$788|
* The Student Financial Aid “Housing Allowance” for 2013-2014 consists of $847 for single students and $1,307 for married students. While it is the individual student’s choice to determine the actual amount he or she spends on housing, the government will not issue additional funding to compensate for exceeding these numbers.
*Rates as of 6/2013, subject to change
Housing Legal Assistance
MUSC Off-Campus Housing, in cooperation with the Charleston Lawyers Club, also provides a legal consultation program for MUSC students. Students can go to http://www.musc.edu/housing/legalassistance.html and choose from a list of local attorneys who are willing to provide up to 20 minutes of pro bono (free!) legal advice on tenant/landlord problems, wills, family law, accidents/injury, etc. For more information, please call the Off-Campus Housing office at 792-0394.
Training and Intercultural Education
The purpose of the Office of Training and Intercultural Education is to expose the MUSC campus community inclusive of students, faculty, staff, and clinicians to opportunities for interprofessional and intercultural education skills development training according to the institutions' mission and values.
Primary goals include, but are not limited to:
• Assisting with changing institutional culture, creating an atmosphere of commitment to interprofessional practice, and the value of intercultural education;
• Providing the infrastructure for student interprofessional health professions training initiatives development;
• Collaborating on campus-wide promotion of curricular, co-curricular and clinical innovations in interprofessional and intercultural education;
• Contributing to scholarly research on Interprofessional education and intercultural educational outcomes in academic health care institutions; and
• Fostering and facilitating development, implementation, and maintenance of interprofessional and intercultural education, practice, and research.
The Medical University of South Carolina has adopted the National Coalition Building Institute conceptual model for diversity training and programming to support intercultural and interprofessional collaboration among students, faculty, and staff while sustaining an increasingly diverse student body. This program is led by the Office of Training and Intercultural Education located in the Office of Student Programs. The NCBI campus leadership team is one of 67 in the nation.
A series of workshops are offered annually. The workshops consist of incremental activities that help participants celebrate their similarities, while learning to appreciate their unique differences, recognize the misinformation learned about various groups, reevaluate personal attitudes and behaviors that are based on the impact of prejudice and discrimination, claim pride in their group identities, understand the personal impact of discrimination through the telling of stories, and learn hands on tools for effectively addressing offensive remarks and behaviors.
"You will have the opportunity to learn and create an environment in which people want to belong." - Robert Dungey, NCBI Associate Director Campus Program, Toronto, Canada
The Office of Student Programs acknowledges, appreciates and affirms the unique qualities each student contributes to MUSC’s community and through initiatives related to MUSC Excellence strives to enhance campus life for all its members. The office is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Please visit http://www.musc.edu/ncbi for more information.
Please visit http://www.musc.edu/trainingedu for further information or to arrange a specific workshop you may email Dr. Fleming at email@example.com.
Intramural and Other Sports, 792-2693
The MUSC SGA, in conjunction with the Student Activities Office, sponsors a five-sport intramural program. Games are played on Sundays with the exception of Winter Basketball (held on Saturdays) and Summer 5-on-5 Basketball (held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings). The seasons run as follows: Flag Football (September-November); Volleyball (November-February); Winter Basketball (January-March); Indoor Soccer (February-April); and Summer 5-on-5 Basketball (June-August).
Competitive and non-competitive leagues are offered in each sport. Teams may be single-sex or co-ed in both leagues; however, non-competitive leagues require a minimum number of women on each team. Eligible participants include MUSC students and their spouses, MUSC faculty and staff as well as Wellness Center members. Note: Non-Wellness Center members must pay the daily-use fee to play intramural games that are played in the Wellness Center (does not apply to flag-football).
To maintain the integrity and safety of our Intramural Sports Program, a Sportsmanship Policy is in effect. class="MsoHyperlink"Click here for complete policy.
Students with questions or interested in playing intramural sports may contact the intramural coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Intramurals website.
2014-2015 Student Intramural Coordinators
The MUSC SGA offers various sport/sport related functions in addition to the intramurals program. Past activities have included tennis socials, golf clinics, runs, and even kickball tournaments. Please be on the lookout for opportunities through the student broadcast messaging service. Got an idea for a sporting event for students? Please email Kevin Smuniewski at email@example.com with your ideas and suggestions!
Softball and Outdoor Soccer Subsidies
MUSC Students playing in certain Charleston area softball or outdoor soccer leagues may be eligible for a $15.00 subsidy sponsored by the MUSC SGA. To receive this subsidy, the student(s) must show proof of being on a roster by presenting their team registration form to the Office of Student Programs. This form is provided by the recreation department upon entering a league. Once proof is submitted and accepted, the subsidy will be issued in the amount of $15.00 per student. Students may only receive one $15.00 subsidy per sport each semester. Please contact Kevin Smuniewski in the Office of Student Programs for additional information at 792-2693 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charleston Adult Sports Resources:
- City of Charleston Recreation: http://www.charleston-sc.gov/dept/content.aspx?nid=633
- Charleston Sports and Social Club: http://www.charlestonssc.com/
- Mt Pleasant Recreation: http://www.townofmountpleasant.com/index.aspx?NID=206
- North Charleston Recreation: http://www.northcharleston.org/residents/Departments/Parks/Athletics/adultSports.aspx
- St. Andrews Parks and Playground (West Ashley): http://standrewsparks.com/sports/adult-sports/
MUSC Gives Back , 843-792-4094
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. If volunteering in the Charleston community interests you or your group, but you cannot decide where to start, you can browse through our on-line Volunteer Database. This database contains information on more than 180 local volunteer-based organizations that have indicated a specific need for help from MUSC. Additionally, if you or your group are looking for a one-time project or an on-going commitment, “The Classifieds: The Want Ads for Student Volunteers” offers current requests. For more information on volunteering, contact Liz Sheridan, Program Director, at 843-792-4094 or visit our website at http://www.musc.edu/muscgivesback.
Sustainability and Recycling at MUSC, 792-4066
PGI room 101, 97 Jonathan Lucas Street www.musc.edu/gogreen
The goal of the Sustainability and Recycling Program at MUSC is to reduce the environmental impact of our campus by advancing energy efficiency, water conservation and encouraging recycling. Focus areas include:
Climate: Greenhouse gas inventory has been done and we are setting a target date for achieving climate neutrality
Energy/ Green Building: Bio-Engineering Building is the first LEED Gold certified building on campus. Anderson House has geothermal heating and cooling system
Water: Energy Performance Contract = campus wide water conservation and lighting projects
- REDUCE = energy conservation project has saved 1 m KWH
- REUSE = ROSE (Reusable Office Supply Exchange)
- RECYCLE = 27% of waste was recycled last year
- 10% use CARTA Express/Park & Ride system
- 10% walk, bike or carpool
- Telemedicine and teleconferences are encouraged and facilitated
Grounds: Our Grounds department has several environmentally friendly initiatives that are reducing our carbon footprint: timed watering, composting, Bio-swales and Rain Gardens, diversification in planting with a focus on native plants. Our campus received Arboretum designation by Tree Campus USA and the Urban Farm, Medicinal Garden and butterfly garden all contribute to a better environment for healing, teaching and working!
Food: The MUSC food services are managed by Sodexo and their contribution to Sustainability is evidenced by the following programs: Fresh on the Menu Certification (SC Dept. of Ag), Meatless Monday, Wellness & You programs, eco-mugs, on-line ordering for patient meals/catering, Rainforest Alliance Certified Coffee, biodegradable and compostable containers, composting in main kitchen and in ART cafeteria, collecting used coffee grounds for compost. MUSC also hosts two weekly farmer’s markets and CSA drop-off points
Student Life encourages all students to take the Sustainability Pledge, to reduce waste and recycle at all student events and offers Eco Friendly regalia for graduation
- Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Science: Dr. Louis Guillette is studying the impact of toxic chemicals on reproductive development and functioning.
- Environmental Research: Dr. David Hoel is conducting research & evaluation of the potential health effects of ionizing radiation.
- Microbiology: Dr. Michael Schmidt has discovered the antimicrobial properties of copper to prevent HAI (4th leading cause of death in US) Recycling, 792-4066
Recycling Program at MUSC, 792-4066
The goal of the Sustainability and Recycling Program at MUSC is to reduce the environmental impact of our campus by advancing energy efficiency, water conservation and encouraging recycling.
PGI room 101, 97 Jonathan Lucas Street
The MUSC Sustainability Program operates the campus recycling operations: recyclables collected on campus include paper, aluminum cans, plastic and glass bottles, cardboard boxes, magazines, books, batteries, scrap metal, film, used ink toner cartridges, cell phones, CD’s and other electronic waste. During FY12, more than 1,300 tons of municipal solid waste was recycled. The MUSC Confidential Paper Shredding Truck processed over 500 tons of office paper; this high quality fiber was then sold to paper mills in the Southeast for manufacturing tissue. Close to 300 tons of cardboard were collected and baled before being shipped to the recycling plant. The Sustainability Program also runs the Reusable Office Supply Exchange or R.O.S.E. room. It is located in the hallway outside the recycling office on the ground floor of the Parking Garage at 97 Jonathan Lucas Street.
ALL office paper (CONFIDENTIAL included) is shredded and recycled. Look for containers with green slotted lids or locked gray cabinets near copy machines, printers and mailrooms. The library has bins near all printers, copiers and in the lobby.
PLASTIC, GLASS & CANS/WEEKLY PICK-UP:
Bins are not inside classrooms because collection would disrupt classes. Look for Tall Blue containers with two holes on the lid outside classrooms, student lounges, break rooms and cafeterias. You can recycle glass bottles, aluminum cans and ALL plastics (#1-#7) except for Styrofoam and plastic wrap. Soon Sterile Blue Wrap will be added to all the plastics that are being collected from the OR and recycled.
Flatten corrugated cardboard boxes so that they don’t collect trash and so that housekeeping can take them to the correct recycling bin:
COMPACT FLUORESCENT BULBS (CFL):
These contain mercury and are considered hazardous for the environment. Please dispose of them carefully: call 2-4119 to request a collection from your zone maintenance.
Place old Phone Books NEXT to an MUSC paper recycling bin.
There are battery bins in the library: in lobby and the fourth floor circulation desk; Main Hospital cafeteria and ART cafeteria or call 2-4119 to request a Battery Collection bin – Call 2-4119 for a pick-up when the container is full.
MAGAZINES, HARDBACK BOOKS, NESWPAPER:
Items must be kept separate from regular Office Paper and packaged separately - Call 2-4119 to request a pick up when your box or container is full.
Drop off your old cell phone at the Office of Communications located on the 4th floor of Harborview Tower - for more info call 2-4040.
INK TONER CARTRIDGES:
Drop it off at the e-waste bin in the ART, Main Hospital cafeteria or lobby of Library.
Recycling Contact Information:
PGI, 97 Jonathan Lucas Street, room 10
To report a full bin or request a new bin……792-4119
- Charleston County Recycling Program on Romney Street…720-7111
- Bees Ferry Road…571-0929
- Berkeley County Recycling Center……572-4400
- Dorchester County Recycling Center……832-0135
- For almost anything, donating and spending money at the Habitat ReStore helps fund affordable housing: http://www.charlestonhabitat.org/ 843-579-0777
- Used Clothing, Furniture and old computers: Goodwill Industries – http://www.lowcountrygoodwill.org - (843) 377-1482
- Oyster Shell Recycling: http://saltwaterfishing.sc.gov/oyster.html
- Used Linens: Alliance for Hispanic Health holds bi-annual collection on MUSC campus for the migrant workers that come to Our Lady of Mercy Outreach in James Island. Be on the lookout for collection boxes intermittently throughout the year in the following places: Ashley River Towers lobby, The Wellness Center lobby, Basic Sciences Building lobby, Colbert Library lobby, and the Women's Health lobby.
- School supplies: Alliance for Hispanic Health and Sodhexo hold yearly collections in September. Look for collection boxes in the Library.
Volunteer Services and Hollings Cancer Center both welcome more books for their patients. Drop of bins can be located here: lobby of Main Hospital or lobby of Hollings Cancer Center.
Charleston County Library takes book donations also.
The Student Telephone Directory is the primary resource for students’ telephone numbers. It is important that students keep their local information updated by going to the Office of Enrollment Management or by sending an email to email@example.com. University and hospital numbers can be accessed on campus by dialing the abbreviated prefixes of “2” or “6” and then the last four digits. Calling campus and hospital numbers from off‑campus requires dialing the complete prefixes “792” or “876” and then the last four digits.
Resources for obtaining university, hospital, individual staff and faculty numbers are:
Quick reference section at the beginning of the MUSC Student Handbook
MUSC’s home page, http://www.musc.edu, through the “Directory” option
University Operator, 843-792-2300
The University and hospital paging system is known as “Simon Paging System.” Call 792‑0590 to place a page. If you need a pager number or want to leave a message on someone’s pager, call 843-792‑2123.
Wellness Center, 843-792-5757
45 Courtenay Drive, Harper Student Center
The Wellness Center is located in the Harper Student Center and provides students, faculty, staff, and affiliates with a place to congregate and participate in social, recreational, and educational activities. A variety of health promotional services is offered to promote wellness attitudes and practices. State of the art facilities include strength training and cardiovascular exercise areas/equipment, a gymnasium with basketball and volleyball courts, racquetball, tennis and squash courts, a 3,000 square foot Group Exercise Studio, a Performance and Group Cycling Studio, a Yoga and Pilates Studio, indoor and outdoor 1/6 mile tracks; a Junior Olympic-size swimming pool; and locker rooms with showers, sauna, and steam room.
The Wellness Center serves as the university’s focal point for student activities; however, facilities, services, and memberships are also available for the wellbeing of the entire MUSC and Charleston community.
Wellness Center Hours*
Monday - Thursday 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday 5:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
* Pool closes 1/2 hour before the Wellness Center.
Membership Information - 843-792-5757
Aquatics Hotline - 843-792-5070
Group Exercise Class Hotline - 843-792-1649
Fees - Normally included as part of the student service fee for full-time students. Graduating students may use facilities through commencement.
Student Guest Fee - $10.00 per visit.
Summer Memberships - Memberships of returning full-time students are extended throughout the summer months at no charge. New students matriculating in the fall may obtain a summer membership for $51.00 per month with the presentation of an acceptance letter.
Parking - www.musc.edu/parking
Registration & ID - Membership to the Wellness Center is included in payment of student fees. To activate your membership, go to the Wellness Center Membership Desk located on the 2nd floor of the Harper Student Wellness Center. A hand scan is required to enter the facility.
Locker Room Facilities - Showers and lockers are available; however, you must bring your own lock. Do not leave valuables unlocked. Do not leave locks on lockers overnight. Towel service is provided. Lockers can be rented by the month. Please see membership for more info.
Fitness Assessment and Human Performance Laboratories 843-792-9238
The Human Performance Laboratory in the Wellness Center offers physical fitness assessments. The physical fitness assessment evaluates a person’s aerobic capacity, muscular strength, flexibility, and body composition.
Cardiovascular Exercise Equipment - 843-792-5753
The Cardiovascular Arena provides more than 90 exercise equipment options geared for cardiovascular conditioning. This equipment includes Stairmaster Stepmills, Precor Ellipticals, Precor AMTs, Cybex Arc Trainers, Fluid Rowers SciFit Pro II Upper Body Ergometer, LifeFitness 95X Crosstrainers, Cybex Upright Bikes and Cybex and Star Trac Recumbent Bikes, LifeFitness, Cybex True and FreeMotion Treadmills, SportsArt XT20, Marpo Rope Trainer and more. There are also TV screens positioned in front of most of the cardio equipment–just bring your own headphones! An instructor is always close by to provide guidance and supervision with your exercise program.
Strength Training - 843-792-5754
The Wellness Center has a complete strength training facility in the Free Weight Room, including machines from FreeMotion, LifeFitness, Hammer Strength, and Cybex, as well as dumbbells, barbells, and an assortment of benches. This allows versatility and specificity of training for sports conditioning, body building, power lifting, body toning, and general purpose strength training. The Cardiovascular Arena has a line of Nautilus equipment as well as some dumbbells and 2 LifeFitness Adjustable Pulley machines. An instructor is always close by to provide guidance and supervision with your exercise program.
Group Exercise Classes - (Hotline) 843-792-1649
Over 80 aerobic classes are offered each week. Instructors’ training is in accordance with the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Council on Exercise. Group exercise schedules and class descriptions are available at the Wellness Center and on the MUSC website. The hotline (843-792-1649) lists daily instructors and schedule changes. Classes include step, interval, body bar (group strength training), core-stability, ZUMBA, Hall of Fame Fitness (Joe D Bands® workout), Tae Bo®, Pilates mat, yoga, group cycling, and Seniors Group Exercise. Classes are subject to change as needed.
Pilates Studio- 843-792-9702
The Pilates Studio includes the standard Pilates equipment including the reformer and cadillac. A certified trainer is available offering special student rates.
Personal Training - 843-792-1494
The Wellness Center has certified personal trainers on staff. MUSC trainers offer affordable student rates and specialize in program design for the very busy, high-stressed student! Additional Information: 843-792-1494.
Aquatic Exercise Classes
Aquatic or Water Aerobics classes are taught seven days a week in our Junior Olympic-size pool. Instructors lead a variety of classes geared toward a wide range of abilities. For detailed class descriptions and times, pick up a copy of the exercise schedule at the Wellness Center or visit the website at class http://www.musc.edu/hsc. The Aquatics Hotline, 843-792-5070, also provides daily information on pool temperature, aquatic classes, and instructors. Adult swim lessons are offered at student rates - call 843-792-5757 for session dates and fees.
Additional Exercise Programs
The Wellness Center offers additional programs throughout the year with affordable student rates. Some of these programs include Adult Boot Camp (led by US Marines), P90X, Multi Sport Program, Healthy Charleston Challenge (similar to the Biggest Loser), Running and Speed Training Clinics, Rip60 Suspension Training, SurfSET, H.I.T.S. (High Intensity Training Systems), Pre and Post Fitness Testing Program with Online Nutrition Tracking, Women on Weights and more. Dates, times, and fees can be found on the web site or posted at the Wellness Center.
The Center for Therapeutic Massage is located in the Wellness Center offering sports massage, relaxation massage and other massage techniques with student rates available. Information - 843-852-9939
Youth Programs - 843-792-0767 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We believe that fitness should involve the whole family. With that in mind, we have developed and created a wide variety of youth programs to keep kids of all ages fit and healthy in a creative and fun environment. Below you will find a list of our specific youth programs.
- Birthday Parties
- Kids Night Out
- Summer Camp
- Fall, Winter and Spring Break Day Camps
- Kids Bee Fit Preschool Day Camp
- Tennis Lessons
- Swim Lessons
We also offer an on-site nursery for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years. Our nursery is a welcoming and nurturing place for children to enjoy while their parents take advantage of the programs and services of the Wellness Center. Appointments are required. Discount fees are available to MUSC students.
Nursery Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday 8:15 am to 12:15 pm
Tuesday and Thursday 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am to 12:00 noon
Additional information: 843-792-0767 or email@example.com
Writing Center, 843-792-6390
171 Ashley Avenue, 201 Colbert Education Center/Library
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 members 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 an impressive CV or résumé
- personal statements
As a center for the humanities on campus, we want students to develop a fuller appreciation of the importance of human connection in clinical practice and biomedical research. Therefore, our 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 Book Club.
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.