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Student Health and Wellness

The School of Medicine is committed to creating healthy environments for our students. You have access to a variety of health and wellness resources on both the VA campus, as well as the main USC campus. 

Health Services for Students

The new home for Student Health Services on the main USC campus opened in July 2017. The building located between the Thomson Building and the Thomas Cooper Library behind the Russell House University Union.

Student Health Services offers both medical services and mental health services. 

Learn more on the Student Health Services website.

Any USC School of Medicine and Dorn VA Hospital faculty, staff, student or official guest may use the Humphries Fitness Center. To register, please download and fill out the below PDF, and email it to

Download the Rules and Regulations for the Humphries Fitness Center [pdf]

Like all communities, USC experiences interpersonal violence including sexual assault, harassment, stalking and intimate partner violence. The university strives to prevent interpersonal violence and support any who have experienced or been impacted by it. We encourage you to seek help from the resources available to you. Together we can stop interpersonal violence.

Contact Us

Call the Office of Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention at 803-777-8248 or visit the Thomson Building to speak with an advocate. After hours, call USC Police at 803-777-4215 and ask for the SAVIP advocate. You don't need to give your name.

Our multi-disciplinary team of professional mental health providers includes psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists, counselors, social workers and supervised trainees in psychology, counseling and social work.

USC School of Medicine School Columbia on Campus Therapist

Laura Shaver-Hast, LISW-CP (email her for office hours)
VA Campus, Building 3, room 228
6311 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia, SC 29209

Counseling Services

Thomson Building
1409 Devine St. Columbia, SC 29201
Appointments: 803-777-5223

Fall & Spring Semester 
Monday- Thursday 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m 
Sunday 2-8 p.m. Sunday (Counseling appointments on Sunday are located in the Center of Health and Well-Being)

Summer & Semester Breaks 
Monday- Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. with final appointment of the day scheduled at 4 p.m. 

Psychiatric Services

Thomson Building
1409 Devine St. Columbia, SC 29208
Appointments: 803-777-1833 

Fall & Spring Semester Hours: 
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Maymester & Summer Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. only

Learn how to make an appointment. Learn about crisis services.

New and expecting parents can learn more about Lunch and Learn programming, Nursing Mothers' Lounges, and the Parent and Kinship Care Network.

Learn more. 

Completing a medical degree or graduate degree can be very stressful. If you are considering harming yourself or others, please call the 24-hour suicide hotline 800-273-8255

Additional resources regarding suicide prevention are available through Student Health Services. 

Medical Care

McLeod Urgent Care, 3015 West Palmetto Street, will provide student health care during their hours of operation.

Urgent Care Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Students needing health care at other times should report to the McLeod Emergency Department, 555 East Cheves Street.

Mental Health Services

Counseling services are available at The Counseling Center at Francis Marion University, 301 North, East Palmetto Street.


Pharmacy services are available at McLeod Choice Pharmacy located on the west side of the Concourse adjacent to the McLeod Center for Cancer Treatment, front of hospital Main Tower.

Pharmacy Hours:
Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Fitness Center 

The McLeod Health & Fitness, 2437 Willwood Drive, is available to students rotating in Florence. You must present your student ID upon arrival.

The School of Medicine’s Nursing Mothers’ Lounge is located in the basement of Building 1 room A11. The room is available to all School of Medicine faculty, staff, and students and their partners. Keys to the lounge may be checked out at the Library’s Circulation Desk for a period of 12 weeks. At the end of the 12-week period, the key must be returned or renewed to avoid overdue fees.

Nursing Mother’s Lounges are a component of USC’s Parent and Kinship Care Network and USC’s Lactation Support policy.  For further information, contact the Library at 803-216-3200 or Healthy Carolina at 803-777-1650.

The Gamecock Pantry was created for students, by students. The pantry provides food assistance and other resources that enhance the community’s overall wellbeing.



Learn more about other School of Medicine health and safety initiatives including emergency preparedness plans.

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