2022-23 M1 Orientation is scheduled for July 25-August 5, 2022. Classes begin August 8, 2022. You will NOT be allowed to attend orientation or fall classes until your immunization requirements have been satisfied.
All students MUST complete Matriculation Requirements (will be provided later) by July 1, 2022. Additional requirements are listed below.
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 in May from the Office of Admissions with instructions on how to complete the drug screen. The fee for the 10 panel drug screening is $29.
The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia’s Commit to Enroll deadline is July 5, 2022. Choosing this enrollment option means you have withdrawn your application from all other medical schools and are committing to matriculate at the UofSC School of Medicine Columbia for Fall 2022. You will need to login to your AMCAS account to select this option in the CYMS Program.
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, 2022. You will not be registered or 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.
To be completed AFTER enrollment mid-summer.
Before you arrive in July, you will receive an email from Prisma Health Student Affairs with instructions for completing the onboarding process. It is 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), the Office of Admissions can pull that transcript, therefore it is not necessary to send us the UofSC transcript. However, we will still need all other institution transcripts.
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:
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.
Admissions and Enrollment Services
We are the first point of contact for the applicants to the UofSC School of Medicine Columbia. We provide information to applicants on our admissions process, requirements for entry, and any other assistance should they apply to our school. We arrange over 350 interviews between our Admissions Committee and applicants each year.
We maintain student records, process course registration and provide documentation to support application and licensure processes. We also provide jury duty letters, letters of good academic standing and class ranks. We work with non-SOM medical students thru the Visiting Student Application System (VSAS), which allows final-year students from other medical schools to participate in SOM clinical electives
All students must complete these Matriculation Requirements by July 1, 2022. (as stated above)
The Office of Admissions will begin registering the Class of 2026 in mid June. You will not be registered until all immunization records are on file and cleared by the SOM Columbia Student Health Nurse, Jennifer Evans, Jennifer.Evans@uscmed.sc.edu. Once registered, your schedule will be available in Self-Service Carolina.
Assignments for the 2022/2023 Academic Year will be sent out via email the week of June 6th.
We utilize ExamSoft, which helps institutions improve student learning with secure software that provides valuable data. Please review the ExamSoft computer 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.
Financial Aid and Residency
You can find the scholarship application in the AMP portal, under the Pre-Matriculation tab and then the Financial Aid tab.
If you need additional information, please visit Financial Aid.
AAMC has provided this Education Debt Manager guide for matriculating and graduating students.
For specific questions regarding your FAFSA (our FAFSA code is 003448), financial aid, loans, and/or scholarships, please contact Mr. Jerel Arceneaux (Student Affairs) by phone, (803) 216-3629 or by email: Jerel.Arceneaux@uscmed.sc.edu.
The School of Medicine is unable to answer questions or provide advice regarding an applicant’s legal residency. Applicants should contact the Residency Office at the University of South Carolina 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.
- SC Code 62-602.H.2 – An independent person ‘cannot claim the domicile of another individual as their own for the purposes of establishing intent to become a South Carolina resident’
- Students can no longer sign a lease for a house that is the principal residence and place of habitation of another person and then claim it for residency
- Students can only rent homes and apartments that are strictly rentals, not rent a room in someone else’s home or pay rent to family members
Upon admission, all students claiming South Carolina as their state of residence MUST complete a 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 in 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.
Tuition and Fees for the upcoming academic year are determined by the University Board of Trustees in July of each year.
From orientation to financial aid and advising to student organizations and student health, there are many components that contribute to the student experience at the School of Medicine.
Your parking decal and SOM Columbia key will be distributed at Orientation. More information will be provided at a later date.
Students will need access to a variety of resources as they complete their didactic
education. Your preclinical education begins with the M1 Orientation.
Pre-orientation is scheduled for Friday, July 22. We’re going to give those of you who will already be here the chance to pick up your badges, keys, and decals, get your laptops set up for testing, meet some of the second-year students, faculty and staff, and have a tour of the school, which many of you have never seen! This is an optional event. If you are not able to make it, we will give you your materials and set up your computers on Monday the 25th.
Dress Code: Dress nicely for your white coat picture on Monday the 25th. Other days, dress casually.
MI Orientation is a two week-long program from July 25-August 5, 2022. Some things you will learn:
- 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
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. If you have specific School of Medicine questions, please contact Mr. Jerel Arceneaux (Student Affairs) by phone at (803) 216-3629 or by email: Jerel.Arceneaux@uscmed.sc.edu.
TBD. We hope it will be in person. We do not know yet how many guests will be allowed. More details will follow.
Student Resources and Additional Information
We oppose intolerance by promoting integrity within our campus community. Our common values are formed upon the foundation of our creed, which emphasizes openness and civility. Please read the Carolinian Creed in its entirety and read more about the Creed history.
The Admissions Ambassadors would like to invite you to join the Class of 2025 FB page to connect with your incoming classmates.
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 Marco Garcia, COG President, at Marco.Garcia@uscmed.sc.edu.
Please read this news article about some of the volunteer work!
The School of Medicine Columbia will continue to follow the protocols of the University of South Carolina.
If you are looking for housing and/or roommates, please join our Potential Housing Options. (Note: you must have a Google/Gmail account to edit.) It updates as students add to the form, so please check back often.
Please review this Columbia area Housing Guide that contains data from our SOM students.
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.