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Offices and Contacts

The School of Medicine has a number of administrative offices. Learn about the functions of each office, office staff and contacts below.

Reference the below list of the School of Medicine administrative offices. Click on the department or office name to access a description of the office, functions, location and contacts. 

Office of the Dean

Les Hall, M.D.
Executive Dean, School of Medicine
CEO, Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group

Judith Johnson
Assistant to Les Hall
Office of the Dean
Email: Judith.Johnson@uscmed.sc.edu

School of Medicine
15 Medical Park
Columbia, SC 29203
Telephone: 803-545-5048
Fax: 803-545-5049 

Admissions

M.D. Degree 

Shelley Streeter
Admissions Coordinator
shelley.streeter@uscmed.sc.edu  
803-216-3625

Austina Wolverton
Assistant to the Registrar
austina.wolverton@uscmed.sc.edu 
 803-216-3625

Robert Rhinehart, Ph.D.
Director, Enrollment Services/Registrar
robert.rhinehart@uscmed.sc.edu 
 803-216-3625

Contact Us:
Admissions and Enrollment Services
6311 Garners Ferry Road
Building 3, Room 101
Columbia, SC 29209
Phone: 803-216-3625
Fax: 803-216-3627

Learn more about M.D. admissions »

Clinical Affairs

The Office of Clinical Affairs is responsible for managing the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group, the clinical practice group of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. In partnership with Palmetto Health, the medical group is committed to providing quality health care to our patients. This office also encompasses legal, compliance, privacy and the billing departments.

The Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group is comprised of a team of more than 200 School of Medicine faculty physicians and 500 health professionals delivering advanced, compassionate care in multiple specialty areas. As the largest health care provider in the Midlands, physicians treat everything from an acute ear infection to the most complex medical conditions.

William D. Anderson, III, MD
Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and CMO, School of Medicine
CMO, Palmetto Health-USC School of Medicine

Brenda Summers
Assistant to William Anderson
Office of Clinical Affairs
Email:  Brenda.Summers@uscmed.sc.edu

School of Medicine
15 Medical Park
Columbia, SC  29203
Telephone:  803-545-5005

Continuous Professional Development and Strategic Affairs

Morris J. Blachman, Ph.D., FACEHP
Associate Dean
CPD & Strategic Affairs
Email: morris.blachman@uscmed.sc.edu 
Phone: 803-434-4211

Elizabeth S. Hipp
Program Assistant
Email: elizabeth.hipp@uscmed.sc.edu 
Phone: 803-434-4215

Tomika Matthews
Administrative Assistant
Email: tomika.matthews@uscmed.sc.edu 
Phone: 803-434-4211

James Matthew Orr, Ph.D.
Senior Associate, Professional Development
Email: matt.orr@uscmed.sc.edu 
Phone: 803-434-4998

Donna D. Ray, M.D.
Director, Faculty Development
Email: donna.ray@uscmed.sc.edu 
Phone: 803-434-2723

Adrienne C. Ross, M.Ed.
CME Manager
Email: adrienne.ross@uscmed.sc.edu 
Phone: 803-434-4233

Nancy L. Williams
Business Manager
Email: nancy.williams@uscmed.sc.edu 
Phone: 803-434-2799

Learn more about Continuing Education »

Curricular Affairs and Media Resources

The Office of Curricular Affairs and Media Resources is devoted to ensuring that the preclinical and clinical curricula meet the ever changing needs of students as well as the standards set by the accrediting board for medical schools, including:

  • Oversight of master course schedules and course evaluations
  • Classroom allocation/scheduling
  • Patient encounter and technical standards attainment tracking
  • Academic counseling
  • Accommodations for students with special needs
  • Faculty support, electronic classroom equipment and instructional material development
  • Coordination of the Standardized Patient Program, Introduction to Clinical Medicine, and Capstone

Office Hours:
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Monday - Friday)

Location:
School of Medicine
VA Campus
Building 3, Room 132
Columbia, SC 29208
(803) 216-3610

Custodial and Safety Services

The Office of Custodial and Safety Services (CSS) is responsible for handling all custodial issues, health and safety related programs and recycling for the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Custodial and Safety Services is committed to providing oversight for custodial services, providing training and ensuring the safety within the workplace and providing recycling services throughout the medical school.

The Office of Custodial and Safety Services is located on the Veterans Administration (VA) Campus in building three (3) on the 2nd floor in room 230. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at 216-3319.

Tony Johnson
Custodial and Safety Services Manager
USC School of Medicine
Building 3, Room 230
6311 Garners Ferry Road
Office Phone: 216-3319
Fax Phone: 216-3346
Cell Phone: 629-8545
Email Address: Tony.Johnson@uscmed.sc.edu 

David Carmichael
Recycling Specialist
USC School of Medicine
Building 3, Room 237
6311 Garners Ferry Road
Office Phone: 216-3307
Cell Phone: 743-3369
Email Address: David.Carmichael@uscmed.sc.edu 

Learn more about Health and Safety Services »

Development and Alumni Relations

Kim Riggi
Senior Director of Development
School of Medicine Columbia
E-mail: Kim.Riggi@uscmed.sc.edu
Phone: 803-216-3314
Cell: 704-533-0993

Holly Jefferson
Associate Director of Alumni Relations & Development
USC School of Medicine
E-mail: holly.jefferson@uscmed.sc.edu
Phone: 803-216-3303
Fax: 803-216-3372

Paige Stiles
Marketing & Events Coordinator
USC School of Medicine
E-mail: paige.stiles@uscmed.sc.edu
Phone: 803-216-3309
Fax: 803-216-3372

Susan Butler
Fiscal/Foundation Coordinator
USC School of Medicine
E-mail: susan.butler@uscmed.sc.edu
Phone: 803-216-3317

Michelle Edgar
Development Research Analyst & Gift Planning Coordinator
­­­­­­­­­USC School of Medicine 
Email: Michelle.Edgar@uscmed.sc.edu 
Phone: 803-216-3369
Fax: 803-216-3372 (f)

Learn more about Development and Alumni Relations

Diversity and Inclusion

Carol McMahon, M.D.
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology 
Email: carol.mcmahon@uscmed.sc.edu 

Robert Rhinehart, Ph.D. 
Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
Director, Enrollment Services/Registrar
Email: robert.rhinehart@uscmed.sc.edu 

USC School of Medicine 
Building 3, Room 104 
803-216-3608

Learn more about Diversity and Inclusion »

Facilities Management and Support Services

Facilities Management

Our mission is to plan, construct, operate and maintain the School of Medicine's facilities to provide a safe and attractive environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Our responsibilities include renewal and replacement of facilities, all maintenance, major and deferred Utilities (gas, water, steam and electric), and groundskeeping.

Support Services Responsibilities

The Support Services team is responsible for:

  • Courier Service
  • Event Set-ups
  • Inventory Control
  • Keys
  • Local Vehicle Usage
  • Moving
  • Pest Control
  • Postal Services
  • Security
  • Service Request
  • Parking Decals
Routine Request Examples

Area too hot/cold, lights out, dripping sink or restrooms stopped up, things to be hung on walls, door or lock problems, things to be moved, pest control etc.

Emergency Maintenance Examples

Broken or leaking pipes, leaking roof, plumbing problems, utility interruptions (electrical, gas, steam, water), elevator malfunctions, broken windows, unsafe areas, sight or smell of smoke, fire and other hazards.

To Request Services

To Request Services
Call support services at 803-216 -3150 for all routine requests during normal work hours, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday or email us at facilities@uscmed.sc.edu

After hours, weekends and holidays, call USC Police Department at 777-4215 or 9-911 for emergencies or VA Police Department 9-776-4000 then 1 then ext. #6804. They will contact the appropriate personnel to respond.

Please give the following information when requesting services or reporting emergencies.

  • Building number
  • Room Number
  • Name of person calling for services
  • Phone number
  • Type services needed
  • Department
Facilities Forms

The following forms are available under the Policies and Forms section:

  • SOM Work Request
  • Key Registration Form
  • Key Agreement Form (Print, sign and return)
  • Vehicle registration Form
  • USC Inventory 7 Form
  • U.S.C. SCHOOL OF MEDICINE OFF CAMPUS ITEMS LIST ( Please print and return)
  • FER Form 6
  • RFD Form 8
Carolina Card

The School of Medicine CarolinaCard office is here to serve your CarolinaCard needs. We only print cards for eligible School of Medicine persons.  Please bring a signed copy of the Card Holder Agreement [pdf] when coming to get an ID made.

Office hours by appointment only.

Phone: 216 -3150

Location:
University of South Carolina
School of Medicine
6311 Garners Ferry Rd.
Building 3, Room 008
Columbia, SC 29209

Carolina Card FAQs

Where can I use my CarolinaCard?
For a list of CarolinaCard uses click here.

What do I do if I lost my card?
Contact the SOM CarolinaCard at 216 -3150 immediately so we can deactivate your card.  You can also report a lost or stolen card 24 hours a day at https://vip.sc.edu.  A replacement card is $25.

What do I do if my CarolinaCard stops working?
Contact the SOM CarolinaCard office and we can evaluate the situation.

Can my spouse get a CarolinaCard?
Yes, there is a $10 charge for spouse cards.  A marriage license must be presented as well as both parties to receive a spouse ID.

Can my children or any relatives get a CarolinaCard?
No.

Can residents and fellows get a CarolinaCard?
Yes, as long as the department they are in is affiliated with USC.

I am retired, can I get a card?
Yes, retirees are eligible to receive a CarolinaCard.

Will I have the same advantages with the new card as I did with the old Carolina Card?
Yes.

Emergency Preparedness

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Emergency Management Plan outlines the University’s procedures for managing major emergencies that may threaten the health and safety of the campus community or disrupt its programs and activities. The plan identifies departments and individuals that are directly responsible for emergency response and critical support services.

Learn more about Emergency Management »

Security

At the School of Medicine we take security very serious. We partner with USC Police, the VA Police, Richland County Sheriff's Department and many other agencies to ensure the safety of our community.

Learn more about Security »

Facilities Contacts

Rick Campbell

Director

216-3153

Staff

 

 

Tim Dicks 

15 MP Superintendent

545-5050

Joey Faulling

Office Manager

216-3155

Daniel Wilson

Courier

216-3152

Azfar Haque

Courier

216-3151

Kathy Flanagan

Administrative Specialist

216-3150

Jeff McMicheal

Postmaster

216-3154

Mark Akers

Supervisor, Mechanical

216-3161

Jon Crain

Supervisor, Modifications

216-3156

David Burton

Trades Specialist, Modifications

216-3150

Jim Caldwell

Trades Specialist, Modifications

216-3150

Ray Swegan

Trades Specialist, Modifications

216-3150

Kevin Hennessee

Supervisor, Grounds

216-3157

Abel Tobias

Grounds Specialist

216-3157

Faron Brooks

Trades Specialist, Mechanical

216-3150

Billy Rea

Trades Specialist, Mechanical

216-3150

 

Finance and Administration

The Office of Finance, Budget and Administration provides core and essential support services that focus on the financial and administrative operations of the School of Medicine. The Department is involved in sound financial preparation and management of budgets and resources that reflect the mission and vision of the School of Medicine and the University of South Carolina. This Office strives to provide support in a professional, courteous, cost-effective and client-focused manner.

This Office assist faculty and administrative staff throughout the School in executing their budgets and managing the allocation of resources to meet the School’s needs and mission; this support extends to all departments including basic and clinical science research, clinical service, administration, education, and infrastructure management. This Office also acts as the liaison for certain financial and administrative matters between the School and the rest of the University system.

This Office serves as part of the "Office of the Dean" for the School and actively provides support and guidance on financial and administrative matters to the Dean and other operations of the Office of the Dean.

Staff

Kim Griffin
Accountant
Phone: 803-216-3342
Email: Kimberly.Griffin@uscmed.sc.edu 

Gloria Johnson
Director, Financial Reporting
Phone: 803-216-3373
Email: Gloria.Johnson@uscmed.sc.edu

Derek B. Payne
Executive Director, Finance, Accounting, and Budgets
University of South Carolina School of Medicine and USC School of Medicine Educational Trust
Medical Park 15, Suite 212
Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: 803-545-5229 (Mon/Wed/Fri) or 803-216-3304 (Tues/Thurs)
Email: Derek.Payne@uscmed.sc.edu 

Teshia McSwain
Accountant
Phone: (803) 216-3318
Email: Teshia.McSwain@uscmed.sc.edu 

Jeffrey L. Perkins, CPA, CIA, CHFP, MBA
Vice President for Business & Finance, and Medical Business Affairs
Office of the Dean, School of Medicine
University of South Carolina

803-545-5020 (primary phone)
Clinical Campus
15 Medical Park, Suite 300

803-216-3308
VA Campus, Bldg. 3, Room 205a

Financial Aid

Jerel Arceneaux
Assistant Director of Student Services
Email: jerel.arceneaux@uscmed.sc.edu 
Phone: 803-216-3629
Fax: 803-216-3627
Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m

VA Bldg. 3, Room 112
6311 Garners Ferry Road

Learn more about financial aid »

Human Resources

The Human Resources Office at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine contributes to the mission of the USC Division of Human Resources by supporting the Basic Science and Clinical Departments within the School through planning, implementing, and promoting human resources programs and practices that enhance the School's ability to attract, develop, reward, and retain an exceptional faculty and staff.

Those Seeking Employment
For those seeking employment, we post jobs daily. Just click on employment for those openings.

For benefits questions and information, please contact your School of Medicine HR Staff. For detailed information about benefits and training opportunities go to the USC HR Benefits page.

Staff

Carla Harkness
Director of Human Resources
Email: carla.harkness@uscmed.sc.edu 
Phone: 803-216-3346

  • Faculty to include:
    • Mission Critical Request 
    • Position Descriptions if required
    • Advertising/Requisitions
    • Offers
    • Hiring Paperwork
    • Reappointments
    • Terminations 
  • Employee Relations:
    • Disciplinary Actions
    • Substandard Performance issues
    • Reduction-in-Force 
  • Supervisor Changes

Dora Woodrow
Assistant Manager of Human Resources
Email: dora.woodrow@uscmed.sc.edu 
Phone:  803-216-3342

  • Benefit Changes
  • HR Liaison for the following departments:
    • Facilities Management
    • Ophthalmology
    • Pediatrics
    • University Primary Care

Deborah Pack
Human Resources Manager
Email: deborah.pack@uscmed.sc.edu 
Phone: 803-216-3345 

  • HR Liaison for the following departments:
    • Internal Medicine
    • Orthopedic Surgery
    • Radiology
    • Ultrasound Institute

Deborah Pearson
Human Resources Manager
Email: deborah.pearson@uscmed.sc.edu 
Phone: 803-216-3344

  • HR Liaison for the following departments:
    • Cell, Biology & Anatomy
    • Compliance Office
    • Graduate Studies
    • Medical Library
    • Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
    • Pharmacology, Physiology & Neuroscience
    • Obstetrics & Gynecology
    • Office of Continuous Professional Development

Jessica Saxon
Human Resources Manager
Email: jessica.saxon@uscmed.sc.edu 
Phone: 803-216-3343

  • HR Liaison for the following departments:
    • Animal Resources
    • Family & Preventative Medicine
    • Finance, Budget & Administration
    • Legal
    • Medical Education
    • Neurology
    • Neuropsychiatry & Behavioral Science
    • Office of Advancement
    • Office of the Dean
    • Office of Information Technology
    • Specialty Clinics & Clinical Support Services
    • Surgery

Rosemary Faile
Data Coordinator
Email: rosemary.faile@uscmed.sc.edu 
Phone: 803-216-3341

  • AAMC Faculty Roster & FAMOUS Database Management
  • Benefit Changes
  • Change of Personal Information
  • COBRA
  • Database Management
  • Database Reports
  • Health Risk Assessment Forms
  • Orientation Checksheets
  • Physician Web Search
  • Transcripts, Licenses & Certification Tracking
  • Verification of Employment
  • VIP Assistance
  • Work Locator Forms
  • Worksite Screenings
Office of Information Technology

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) operates and maintains the School of Medicine's data networks and telephone system. OIT provides desktop support for School of Medicine computers and student laptops.

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday CLOSED

Contact Information
Phone: 803-545-5100
Fax: 803-545-6900

Staff 
Lindsie Cone, Chief Information Officer
Robert Watson, Director of IT
Cleve Lucas Systems, Engineer
Nancy Grogan Systems, Engineer
Rick Faile, Network Manager
Jane Hixenbaugh, Accounts Manager
Stan Laraque, Desktop Support Manager
Bruce Berry, Desktop Support
Steve Hafner, Desktop Support
Anissa Blackman, Desktop Support
Gary Smoak, Web/Desktop Support
Doug Watt, Web/Desktop Support
Gene Palmer, Media Resource
Emily Bracey, Program Assistant

Learn more about the Office of Technology »

Marketing and Communications

The Office of Marketing and Communications provides a variety of services for the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. From developing marketing collateral to electronic communications, this office manages the initiation and consistent messaging with students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the School of Medicine.

Alyssa Yancey
Communications Manager
School of Medicine
University of South Carolina
VA Bldg. 3, Room 246
Email: Alyssa.Yancey@uscmed.sc.edu 
Phone: 803-216-3302
Cell: 407-312-2636

Medical Education and Academic Affairs

Personnel in the USC School of Medicine Office of Medical Education and Academic Affairs provide many services to medical students, including: orientation programs, assistance with registration and fee payment, financial aid and emergency loans, scheduling of clerkships and electives, student records administration, referral for personal and academic counseling, organization of faculty and peer support systems, advisement regarding medical specialty and residency selection, assistance with insurance and health-related matters, summer employment, support for medical student organizations and social events, liaison for medical students with offices and services on the University's campus.

Palmetto Health USC Medical Group

Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group, the clinical practice group of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, is the largest multispecialty, clinically integrated medical group providing the broadest range of health care services in the Midlands region.

Learn more about the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group » 

Ombudspersons

The educational program in the School of Medicine has been developed to support and encourage the collegiality and professionalism essential to an effective learning environment. Students who believe that they have been punitively assessed or mistreated because of religion, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age or other factors have access to the School of Medicine ombudspersons.

The ombudspersons are empowered to receive and investigate reports of mistreatment in a completely confidential manner, to mediate between the parties involved, and, in the event mediation is not successful, to make recommendations directly to the dean of the School of Medicine regarding appropriate resolution of any complaints.

The use of the ombudspersons’ services to resolve a complaint represents a form of alternate dispute resolution. For this reason, the services of the ombudspersons will no longer be available to a student once that student engages an attorney to initiate legal action against the School of Medicine, the University of South Carolina, or the employees of those institutions.

M-I and M-II Students

Jay Potts, Ph.D.
Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy
School of Medicine
Email: Jay.Potts@uscmed.sc.edu 
Phone: 803-216-3820 

M-III and M-IV Students

Robin B. Welsh, M.D.
Department of Pediatrics
14 Medical Park, Suite 400
Email: Robin.Welsh@palmettohealth.org 
Phone: 803-479-1999

Florence Regional Campus Students

Brittany Rainwater, Psy.D.
McLeod Family Medicine Center
Email: Brittany.Rainwater@mcleodhealth.org 
Phone: 843-777-2826

Security

Facilites Main Number: 803-216-3150

Joey Faulling
Facilities Management & Support Services
Bldg. 3, Rm. 008B
Office: 803-216-3155
Fax: 803-216-3160

Student and Career Services

The Office of Student and Career Services is dedicated to providing student programs and services to encourage the emergence of student confidence, camaraderie, leadership, and self-discovery. The office supports students throughout their medical school education.

We aim to be a responsive and accessible resource for students’ personal and professional development through service, support and advocacy.

We know each of our students by name and can devote the time and resources necessary to prepare them to become medical pioneers and sought-after health care leaders. Whether medical students are looking for extracurricular involvement, need assistance with financial aid or seeking guidance with residency, the Student and Career Services staff is here to help.

Eric Williams, M.D.
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Email: eric.williams@uscmed.sc.edu    
Phone: 803-216-3631

Jerel Arceneaux
Assistant Director of Student Services
Email: jerel.arceneaux@uscmed.sc.edu 
Phone: 803-216-3629

Rachel Onley
Program Coordinator
Email: rachel.onley@uscmed.sc.edu 
Phone: 803-216-3632

Christy Thomas
Program Coordinator
Email: christine.thomas@uscmed.sc.edu 
Phone: 803-216-3630

Learn more about Student and Career Services »