- Seven high-fidelity training mannequins and a control room in the College of Nursing allow students to learn in an environment that looks and feels like a hospital room. The Clinical Simulation Lab features a classroom area along with six individual suites that may be altered to replicate a hospital setting as well as other health care environments.
- Dr. Souvik Sen, who holds the prestigious Smart State/Center of Economic Excellence Stroke Chair, is a leader in acute stroke treatment and prevention. He was instrumental in the USC School of Medicine and Palmetto Health Richland obtaining the Advanced Primary Stroke Center designation from The Joint Commission.
- Breast cancer researchers in the College of Nursing focus on identifying and improving conditions that cause an unequal burden of suffering for patients. Researchers Sue Heiney and Swann Adams have worked on behavior interventions for breast cancer prevention and survival, developed a statewide mammography screening registry and improved social connections for African-American women with breast cancer.
- Dr. Mary Beth Poston mentors many of our state's future physicians. Her outstanding work and contributions to the field of medical education have been recognized by her peers in the Southern Society for General Internal Medicine, who have honored her with the Clinical Educator of the Year award.
- Students in the Arnold School of Public Health helped train villagers in a rural village of Northern Ghana how to purify their water. Teaching such a simple technique will save thousands of lives.
- Dr. Meera Narasimhan is the lead physician in a statewide innovative telepsychiatry initiative, a public, private and academic partnership that has improved affordability and access and is a national model for mental health care.
- Through research, outreach and partnerships, the Institute for Health Disparities is developing public health workers, programs and services to improve and protect the health of our communities.
- College of Social Work professors Darcy Freedman and Ronald Pitner are working to make two downtown Columbia neighborhoods healthier and safer. With funding from a Kresge Foundation grant, the researchers are helping Gonzales Gardens and Lyon Street residents identify concerns, become more involved and create healthy spaces in their own neighborhoods.
- Issues with medication safety harm at least 1.5 million people every year. Dr. Charles Bennett, who holds the SmartState endowed chair in Medication Safety and Efficacy at the USC campus of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy, is working to prevent adverse drug events and improve drug safety in South Carolina and beyond.
- Future pharmacists need innovative approaches to meet the new challenges of health care. Through a gift from USC alumni Bill and Lou Kennedy, the South Carolina College of Pharmacy has established the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center at USC.