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New Student Information

Welcome to the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia! We congratulate you on this achievement and extend you a very cordial welcome to our institution. Below you will find most of the information you will need before you matriculate in late July.

NOTE:  Please check this page often as updates are made frequently when additional information is provided.

2021 MI Orientation is scheduled for July 26-August 6, 2021.  Classes are scheduled to begin August 9, 2021. You will not be allowed to attend orientation or fall classes until your Immunization requirements have been satisfied.

 

Matriculation Requirements

University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia New Student Matriculation Requirements will be provided in late spring/early summer.


Additional information about these requirements is listed below. 

NOTE:  Specific Requirements will be updated in the Spring and Summer as the Fall dates are finalized.

A satisfactory background check is required for all matriculating students. You will receive an email from Certiphi with instructions for completing the background check.  

A 10 panel drug screening is required for all matriculating students. You will receive an email from the Office of Admissions with instructions on how to complete the drug screen. The fee for the 10 panel drug screening is $29.

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) training and compliance is required for all new students.

Immunization requirements must be met and on file with the Student/Employee Health Nurse by July 1, 2021 (tentative). You will not be allowed to attend orientation or fall classes until these requirements have been satisfied. All questions and documentation should be directed to the Student/Employee Health Nurse: Jennifer Evans, Jennifer.Evans@uscmed.sc.edu.

Each state has its own licensing board with specific medical licensure requirements. The M.D. program at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).  Graduates are eligible for professional licensure in the state of South Carolina, but must complete the process and requirements for professional licensure in the state of their residency. For students who are not living and completing residency in South Carolina, please review the information regarding medical licensure specific to individual states throughout the U.S.

Before you arrive in July, you will receive an email from Prisma Health Student Affairs with instructions for completing the onboarding process.  It’s important to note that Prisma Health uses two different systems in the clearance process: myClinicalExchange and Learning Hub.

myClinicalExchange (mCE) is a student data management system used to house all your contact information and compliance records (i.e., immunizations and background check reports).

Learning Hub is a learning management system with computer-based modules that teach and test important health care compliance issues like HIPAA, infection control, patient rights, etc.

Meeting the requirements of both systems is mandatory prior to your start date at UofSC School of Medicine Columbia.

Prisma Health Student Affairs Administration (SAA) will be your primary contact during onboarding. Please note, this is a separate department from the UofSC School of Medicine Columbia Office of Student Affairs. For specific questions or assistance with myClinicalExchange and/or Learning Hub, please email Student.Affairs@PrismaHealth.org or call (864) 455-5654.

The University of South Carolina requires that the School of Medicine Columbia has a complete record of your undergraduate and/or graduate preparation with degree(s) conferred prior to your matriculation to medical school.  An official, terminal transcript from ALL institutions from which you received degrees, as well as transcripts of all coursework taken at other institutions, is required.

Please note that transcripts sent to AMCAS during the application process do not fulfill this requirement.

If you attended the University of South Carolina (any campus), we can pull that transcript.  It is not necessary to send us the University of South Carolina transcript.

Transcripts must be on file with the Office of Admissions no later than the end of the fall semester.  Spring registration may be withheld for those students who have not fulfilled this requirement.   

Transcripts may be sent electronically to:  Admissions@uscmed.sc.edu
or mailed to:

Office of Admissions
USC School of Medicine-Columbia
Building 3
Columbia, SC  29208

More information will be provided at a later date.

The Registration/Records/Diploma Holds policies of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia are located in the School of Medicine Columbia’s Bulletin.

 

Additional Information

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia’s Commit to Enroll deadline is tentatively set for Monday, July 5, 2021. Choosing this enrollment option means you have withdrawn your application from all other medical schools and are committing to matriculate at the UofSC School of Medicine Columbia for Fall 2021.   

The Admissions Ambassadors will invite you to join a Facebook page to connect with your incoming classmates at a later date.

COG is a student organization at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine that connects students, faculty, and staff with volunteer opportunities in the local community.  We have helped pack fruit and veggie boxes with Foodshare SC, served meals at Transitions Homeless Center, and provided assistance to home-bound older adults via The FriendShip.  Feel free to send any questions to Salem Carriker, COG President, at salem.carriker@uscmed.sc.edu.

Please read this article about some of the volunteer work!

Learn about how the university is changing to mitigate the effects of the novel coronavirus and what you can do to help. The School of Medicine Columbia will continue to follow the protocols of the University of South Carolina.

You can find the scholarship application in the AMP portal, under the Pre-Matriculation tab and then the Financial Aid tab.  For additional information, please view Financial Aid.  For specific questions regarding your FAFSA (our FAFSA code is 003448), financial aid, loans, and/or scholarships, please contact Mr. Jerel Arceneaux (Student & Career Services) by phone at (803) 216-3629 or by email: Jerel.Arceneaux@uscmed.sc.edu.

More information will be provided at a later date.

Your parking decal and SOM Columbia key will be distributed at Orientation.  More information will be provided at a later date.

Students must provide their own laptop computers. Please review our 2020 computer recommendations. The laptop MUST have a camera.

We utilize ExamSoft, which helps institutions improve student learning with secure software that provides valuable data.  Please review the 2020 ExamSoft computer requirements.

Students will need access to a variety of resources as they complete their didactic education.

Your preclinical education begins with the MI Orientation, a two week-long program held at the end of July.

  • Establishing connections with peers, faculty and staff
  • Connecting students with on-campus, local, and national resources and organizations
  • Informing students about relevant policies and procedures for the School of Medicine Columbia and the University of South Carolina
  • Preparing students for the academic expectations of medical school
  • Assisting students with taking care of any last-minute issues prior to starting classes

Specific 2021 Orientation information will be provided at a later date.

More information will be provided at a later date.

The School of Medicine is unable to answer questions or provide advice regarding an applicant’s legal residency.  Applicants should contact the SC Residency Office for advice on their specific situation.

Residency affects both your tuition and eligibility for scholarships. The University of South Carolina is required by state law to determine the resident classification of all applicants interested in claiming South Carolina as their state of legal residence. South Carolina Residency makes initial determinations for all students at the time of their admission. The School of Medicine Columbia does not make any decisions regarding legal residency. Decisions for all students are made by the Residency Office at the University of South Carolina.

Upon admission, all students claiming South Carolina as their state of residence must complete SC Residency Certification in Self Service Carolina. Any new student claiming South Carolina as their residence who does not apply for residency will be billed at non-resident tuition rates.

You will receive an email once a preliminary determination has been made. The preliminary decision will also be available on Self Service Carolina. Your official status will only be updated to resident upon receipt and processing of any additional documents.

The SC Residency Office reviews its records to determine if a student’s residency status may have changed. The office may request additional information to determine if you still meet residency eligibility requirements.

All new students will be provided a School of Medicine email account. You will receive your login credentials for this account before you arrive in July. 

If you had academic accommodations at your last educational institution and would like to continue them, please register with the Student Disability Resource Center ASAP, and certainly before the undergraduate students start on the main campus.  There will be a HUGE rush at that time.

The School of Medicine Columbia requires you to have health insurance, but you must be registered for classes before you can apply for health insurance. For additional information, please check Student Health Services Insurance. If you have specific School of Medicine questions, please contact Mr. Jerel Arceneaux (Student & Career Services) by phone at (803) 216-3629 or by email: Jerel.Arceneaux@uscmed.sc.edu.

Assignments for the 2021/2022 academic year will be made during Summer 2021.

Updates will be added as course information is received.

Tuition and Fees for the upcoming academic year are determined by the University Board of Trustees in July of each year.

Nothing needs to done here until early summer 2021.

(All new students will need a Carolina Card ID badge with a photo. The Carolina Card ID badge will also serve as your School of Medicine ID badge.  Please visit Carolina Card to upload a photo.  You will need to use your USC login credentials (USC ID and VIP ID can be used interchangeably and are included in your official acceptance letter from the Office of Admissions). 

For any questions or issues with photo uploads, please contact the Carolina Card Office at (803) 777-1708 or by email at ccard@mailbox.sc.edu. Once you have submitted a photo, the Carolina Card Office will send you a confirmation email when the photo has been approved. Carolina Card ID badges will be delivered to the School of Medicine and distributed to new students during Orientation. )

Additional information will be provided at a later date.


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