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Health Care Opportunities

MedView

The MedView Shadowing Program is sponsored by USC's Office of Pre-Professional Advising to give students the opportunity to shadow a physician in a professional setting. Shadowing assists students in making more knowledgeable choices concerning careers following graduations.

To participate in the program, you must read the information provided, pass a quiz, provide some information, and agree to the terms of the program. Once you have completed that, you will be directed to a list of physicians who have agreed to host USC students.

After choosing a physician and obtaining the physician information, call the contact person to set up the shadowing. The name and phone number of your contact person will be provided with the physician information.

 

A Day In the Life

Spend A Day With A Medical Student!  Find out what medical education is like by going to class, having lunch, and asking a medical student any questions you may have! 

To schedule, contact: USC School of Medicine Admissions at 803-216 -3625

 

Volunteer Opportunities 

Be sure to request to work with patients when you contact with the organization you are wanting to volunteer with.

Personal Touch  Volunteers receive special training that enables them to provide emotional and physical support for patients who may need a little extra tender loving care. Our Personal Touch Volunteers work with patients throughout the hospital, and truly make a difference in the lives of others.

Palmetto Health  has wonderful volunteer programs that help enhance the level of compassionate care you provide to your patients.

Lexington Medical Center  volunteers play a vital role in helping provide exceptional health care.  The department matches individual talents and interests to the needs within the hospital as possible. 

Providence Hospital volunteers have given more than 1.2 million hours of service, helping change the face of the hospital, and ensuring patients feel the benefit of that work. Volunteers embody the mission and values and they are why patients, neighbors and the community sincerely feel Providence's mission at work--extending a healing ministry to all God’s people. 

After an experience with Compassionate Care Hospice, families will often ask if there is some way they can contribute to the needs of terminally ill patients and their families. One of the most invaluable resources is the volunteer program. 

Good Samaritan Clinic assists Hispanics, one of the nation’s largest and most vulnerable communities. Here in South Carolina, Hispanic/Latino population growth is among the nation’s highest. South Carolina ranks # 1 in Hispanic growth among all states.

Free Medical Clinic provides quality health care, at no cost, to residents of the community who cannot pay for such services and who have no health insurance.

 

Student Organizations  

Alpha Epsilon Delta is a national pre-health honor society with an on-campus chapter. It is designed for distinguished students who wish to pursue a career in one of the health fields.

Phi Delta Epsilon creates physicians of integrity with a life-long commitment to our guiding principles of philanthropy, deity, and education through fellowship, service, mentoring, and formal training in leadership, science, and ethics. 

Health Occupations Students of America enhances the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health science education students, therefore, helping the student meet the needs of the health care community.

Association of Minority Pre-Health Students helps inform minority University of South Carolina students on how to achieve their personal pre-health goals.

 

Health-Related Minors

Medical Humanities is designed primarily for students intending to go into medicine. It will provide an understanding of the ethical issues as well as a selective examination of sociocultural, legal, economic, and political factors that condition medical knowledge and practice. The minor will also be valuable for students interested in health law or other areas directly related to the health professions.              

Neuroscience  is designed for students going into graduate studies in neuroscience, animal behavior, or psychology; students going into medicine; and students simply interested in gaining a better understanding of their own interactions with the world. The minor will provide opportunities to develop a strong background of how the nervous system works from the social and behavioral to the cellular and molecular levels. Beyond a core requirement, students may focus on topics of specific interest. Research experience is required.

Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior Minor (HPEB)  provides a basic foundation for students desiring preparation in health promotion, health education, health behavior change, and disease prevention. The minor in HPEB may be used in combination with many majors to enhance student’s career opportunities and as preparation for graduate study in a variety of health and health-related disciplines. The HPEB minor is compatible with various majors such as, but not limited to: exercise science, psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science and international studies, nursing, women’s studies, physical education, and instruction and teacher education. A minimum of 18 credit hours is required from the following curriculum. Students must complete courses with a grade of ‘C’ or higher.