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University of South Carolina School of Medicine
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
  • Year founded: 1974
  • ENROLLED TOTAL: 100
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University of South Carolina School of Medicine (USCSM)
Allopathic Medical School
Columbia
  • SDN RANKING 2
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 3 64 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS 4 1 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $39,114
  • Non - Resident Tuition $87,750
  • Application Fee $95
  • AVG MCAT 505
  • AVG GPA 3.6
  • LIZZYM Score 64.3

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Admissions Information

  • Admissions and Enrollment Services
  • Building 3, Room 101
  • 6311 Garners Ferry Road
  • Columbia 29208
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine is dedicated to the goals of preparing students in the art and science of medicine and providing them with a background for further post-graduate training in a variety of fields of medicine. The four-year curriculum consists of basic science courses and clerkships in applied clinical medicine.

Curriculum

The four-year curriculum consists of basic science courses and clerkships in applied clinical medicine. All students complete a specific set of courses during the four years. Elective opportunities are available throughout the curriculum to assist students in pursuing individual interests and career goals.

Facilities

Palmetto Health Richland is a public, not-for-profit, regional community teaching hospital with 649 inpatient beds devoted to medical, surgical, pediatric, cardiac, psychiatric, and obstetric and gynecologic care. The hospital also supports the Level One trauma center for the region, a neonatal intensive care unit, and special care and newborn nursery units, as well as Palmetto Health`s South Carolina Cancer Center. Outpatient services total more than 284,000 visits annually. The Family Practice Center sees approximately 40,000 patients each year; approximately 72,000 patients are treated annually in the Emergency Department. Palmetto Health Richland`s affiliations with the Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute support diversified residency training programs in dental education, emergency medicine, family practice, internal medicine, general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopaedic surgery, pediatrics, and general psychiatry, child/adolescent psychiatry and fellowship programs in endocrinology, forensic psychiatry, geriatrics, hyperbaric medicine, and sports medicine.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 55
Negatively 1
No change 0

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.16 62

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
8.08 49

0 = low, 10 = high

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Do a better job with the Ultrasound Institute demonstration. The M2s on my tour did their best, but a demonstration from an instructor would be much better and more impressive." More from this Member | Report Response

"They put on a great presentation. No negative comments" More from this Member | Report Response

"Switch to online secondary." More from this Member | Report Response

"Develop an online application. This is the only school to which I applied that I had to fill out and mail a paper application." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone is really helpful and welcoming." More from this Member | Report Response

"They have been really kind and helpful." More from this Member | Report Response

"Could be online secondary and payment." More from this Member | Report Response

"electronic secondary" More from this Member | Report Response

"Online Secondary." More from this Member | Report Response

"Online secondary? Had to print it out and hand write responses!" More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"As an OOS student with no ties to USC Greenville, why did you choose this school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research..." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think is the biggest problem facing the U.S. healthcare system today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you choose the university you did for undergrad?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What sets you apart from all of the other applicants?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What drives you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the strongest/weakest part of your application?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the one patient experience you have had that made you want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is something that you'd want me to tell the other committee members about you that is not covered in your application or that I haven't already asked you about?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I pretty much got every question that was already posted on this site! I was definitely prepared... I got the one about who would you save if you had to choose btwn the mother, daughter, and father...my interviewer did put a lil twist on it though and said that you were actually able to save the mom and the daughter...what would you tell the wife if she asks if you'd not saved her would he still be here. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Is healthcare a right or a privledge?--I said it was a right--followup: How could you convince someone who says its a privledge that its a right? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Medicine? Why USC?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is healthcare a right or a privilege?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think the healthcare systems of many European countries would work in America?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me why you want to be a physician." More from this Member | Report Response

"Is Medicine a Right or a Privilege?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who was most influential in your decision to enter medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to come to USC?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the major crisis in healthcare today and how could you fix it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Say a man with HIV comes in and is on medicaid for his treatment. He also gets a disability check every month. However, you know he is controlling his HIV very well, and goes to work out 45 minutes at the gym everyday, so he is clearly not disabled. What do you do? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why should the admissions commitee choose you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what is your definition of the health care crisis?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to become a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your weakest point?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will you do if you are not accepted to medical school? and Why should we accept you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I see you are the president of Alpha Epsilon Delta, exactly what have you done as president so far? (specific achievements)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Discuss your medical experiences and how each either influenced or discouraged your pursuit of medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about your research" More from this Member | Report Response

"What field do you want to go into? -be sure to answer this question that (even though you know what field you want to go into) you are remaining open-minded throughout all rotations (my first interviewer was great and coached me on how to answer questions to impress the next interviewer)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions are very standard... in fact, they used some that I remember seeing in the Princeton Review Best 162 Medical Schools." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why USC/Why should we pick you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about your MCAT scores?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What books have you been reading lately?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain your research experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"questions about life-style, how you handle stress and what you do to prepare" More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes you unique?/ Why should we pick you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What book have you read lately? Tell me about it." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why should we accept you when we have so many other qualified candidates? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the biggest problem facing healthcare today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How I decided on medicine" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor... Why medicine instead of some other health care profession... Why do you specifically want to be a doctor and not a nurse or some other position?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why USC?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did your choose medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If a patient came to you for an abortion, would you be able to do it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor? (I gave an answer relating to service.) Why is service a good thing / why do you want to do it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of volunteer experiences do you have?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the last book you read?" More from this Member | Report Response

"THERE'VE BEEN TIMES WHEN YOU'VE HAD TO GO HOME TO HELP YOUR FAMILY-DO YOU EXPECT THESE ISSUES TO COME UP WHILE IN SCHOOL?; HOW WILL YOU NOT PROJECT YOUR FAITH/VIEWS ON OTHERS? WHAT WAS A HARD DECISION YOU HAD TO MAKE? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why usc school of med?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Even though you scored very well on the MCAT science sections, do you think you could pass Biochemistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about _____ class that you took. What was it about?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you decide on medicine? Why do you think you would like a particular area of medicine over another?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do about the 9/11 attacks? (I was asked this by an interviewer and also by a patient at the V.A. hospital who insisted we should just bomb Afghanistan off the face of the planet)" More from this Member | Report Response

"They will ask questions about your background, coursework,grades, interests & experiences." More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Are you interested in medical activism or law?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Many 2nd generation physicians tend to have very negative and entitled attitudes about medicine. As the child of a physician, how to you plan to prevent this in yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your greatest fear?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you on any medications?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you believe that healthcare is a right or a privilege?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time you disappointed your parents..." More from this Member | Report Response

"Let's say each thing you do in life represents a tomato plant and your life is the tomato garden. Time is your fertilizer and water. Would you try to let all survive but wilt a bit or let others die for some to thrive?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you study for the MCAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"*If you took the time to use these interview feedbacks to help you prepare, take the time to fill one out for the next person. Don't be selfish.* Nothing too out of the way...What's something you had to overcome in your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions from my personal statement" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think you'll be able to adjust to all the work in medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You are a doctor in an ER. A car is hit by a drunk driver. A family comes in (Father, Mother, 7 yr-old Daughter). You can only save two of the three. Which two do you chose and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I am a reapplicant and I was asked to comment on why I thought I didn't get in last year and why I think I'm a better candidate this year." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could have dinner with any author, who would it be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you leave a successful career to pursue medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could invite 3 people to dinner who would you invite?" More from this Member | Report Response

"My interviewer asked me how going abroad helped me learn about myself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Who is your hero? " More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be." More from this Member | Report Response

"One of my interviewers started talking about a documentary on Rome when I mentioned my interest in history. Had I seen it, I'm sure the conversation would have been much more interesting. " More from this Member | Report Response

"You have some much research experience...why medicine and not research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"''It takes more than a thirst for knowledge to be a good doctor'' Please elaborate on this quote from your personal statement." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your definition of ''health care crisis''? What can be done about it/solutions?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could invite three people (living or dead) to dinner, who would they be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Most questions were fairly straight forward and turned into conversations at times. A lot of questions were asked regarding my current graduate work in public health. " More from this Member | Report Response

"How is your mother?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What should be done to fix the nation's healthcare crisis?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you want me to say about you to the admissions committee to persuade them to accept you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"..I was out of state with a connection of my father attending med school, residency, and graduate work at USC SOM so it was clear he is a doctor... "What quality do you have that will make you a better doctor than your father?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"if you could invite three people to dinner, living or dead, who would they be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how do you settle conflict?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked to describe my research in laymans terms (as if this can be done). " More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes a good/bad doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you deal with stress? and Do you visit the theatre often?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could invite any three people to dinner past or present who would they be. What would you talk about with each one?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why should we chose you over the other qualified applicants?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could be any kitchen appliance what would you be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What can I say to you that will make you want to come to our school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your favorite non-science class you've taken?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were any type of cell, what would you be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could be any type of cell, what Type of cell would you be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none really - mostly general questions about myself and the path i've chosen" More from this Member | Report Response

"If your best friend told you that she was homosexual, and wanted you to march in a gay pride parade, would you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about the situation in the middle-east? The new Newsweek's cover features an article on sex selection--how do you feel about this practice?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What qualities make for a good physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you be a patient in your own office?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What motivates you? " More from this Member | Report Response

"TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF; WHAT DO YOU DO TO RECHARGE YOURSELF?" More from this Member | Report Response

"i dont remember many specific q's" More from this Member | Report Response

"Compare medicine to romanticism." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked what I felt an applicant being selected for acceptance should have and what qualities I possessed." More from this Member | Report Response

"What two people would you like to invite to dinner, living or dead?" More from this Member | Report Response

"One interviewer would give me two choices and ask me to pick one, such as "democrat or republican," "leader or follower," then he would sometimes ask me to explain why." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked who my heros are." More from this Member | Report Response

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Individual Responses

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School Reviews

School Reviews

Results Overview

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 1

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 1

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

How is the cost of living (rent, food, bills, etc.)?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 1

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 1

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What do you like most about this school?

"The school is about the student, we are the most important thing there." | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"Avoidable stressful situations due to scheduling of tests and other requirements within a short amount of time." | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"Pleased thus far." | Report Response

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