Usc Greenville Medical School Secondary Essays

The USC School of Medicine Greenville participates in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Submitted AMCAS applications will be reviewed when received for consideration of admission to the class entering in the fall of 2018. Applicants will be notified via email within two weeks of the school's receipt of a verified application from AMCAS. At this time, supplemental information (including the supplementary application and a $95.00 processing fee) is requested from selected applicants. At this time, the admissions committee screens all applications prior to inviting applicants to complete the supplemental application and submit the $95 processing fee. Our supplemental application is due on December 15.

Each application is screened for admissions criteria by staff members in the Office of Admissions. Complete applications are forwarded to a subset of the admissions committee for selection of applicants to be interviewed. Candidates invited to interview are asked to respond as soon as possible with their acceptance of a specific interview date. Interviews are scheduled weekly from September through March.

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Admissions Procedures

Offers of admission are made on a rolling basis after October 15. An applicant who is offered a position in the next entering class is required to accept or decline the offer within a two-week period. A $250 deposit must accompany acceptance of an offer of admission. Prior to April 30 the deposit is fully refundable upon receipt of written notification that an applicant wishes to withdraw from the entering class. The acceptance deposit is nonrefundable after April 30. An offer of admission is contingent upon satisfactory completion of all requirements and conditions of admission, including a satisfactory background check. Admitted applicants are required to submit official transcripts from every college and university attended to the Registrar prior to July 15. These transcripts are included in their USC School of Medicine Greenville academic records.

 

Early Decision Program

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville participates in the Early Decision Program. This program permits an applicant to file a single application through AMCAS in early summer prior to August 1. All application materials, including the Supplemental Application, MCAT scores and Letters of Recommendation, must be submitted by August 15. We will consider in-state and out-of-state residents for the Early Decision Program. All applicants filing under the Early Decision Program will receive consideration for admission and a response on or before October 1. Further information on the Early Decision Program is available with the AMCAS application.

Photo Credit: USC School of Medicine Greenville

It’s 5:15 p.m. on a Wednesday, and since it’s sunny out, students are trickling out to the Youkey Education Plaza. Mats begin to dot the courtyard for weekly yoga. Around the corner sits the Medical Roots Garden, full of flowers and fresh produce such as squash, basil, tomatoes and cabbage, which students, faculty, and staff can harvest and enjoy.

These are just some of the signs of health and wellness at the University of South Carolina (USC) School of Medicine Greenville. But really, it’s the integration of lifestyle medicine (exercise, nutrition, health behavior change, and self-care) in the classroom that is most important. The USC School of Medicine Greenville was the first in the country to fully incorporate exercise and lifestyle medicine into all four years of its medical school curriculum. The purpose of this integration is two-fold: to promote self-care and resiliency to students as they persevere through school, and to equip them with knowledge they can impart to future patients.

“I think [lifestyle medicine] is important in a clinical perspective, as it can help patients stay healthy and avoid the onset of chronic diseases,” said first-year medical student Natalie Bikulege. “On a personal level, I have noticed that staying active and eating healthy while trying to deal with the stress of medical school has been extremely helpful. Even if it is the day before a test, I find time to work out and I think it helps me study more efficiently and let off some steam.”

In 2018, lifestyle medicine will also be offered as a track of distinction at the medical school, and will feature core graduating goals beyond the already existing education of self and patients. The objectives will include being able to evaluate and implement lifestyle medicine-related research, to develop wellness plans for patients that incorporate lifestyle medicine, and to capitalize on other lifestyle medicine-related resources in the community. Jennifer Trilk, PhD, FACSM, is the school’s resident champion of lifestyle medicine and has been instrumental in the core track creation and implementation, as well as fostering lifestyle medicine student interest groups and running the school’s Human Performance Lab, a research arm of lifestyle medicine. Beyond the USC School of Medicine Greenville, she co-founded and currently co-directs the Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative, an initiative that provides resources and guidance to other schools that want to incorporate lifestyle medicine into their curricula.

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The medical school’s location in Greenville affords students an array of outlets for activity, including hiking and biking trails, farmer’s markets, and locally-sourced grocers. Leah Cooper, a second-year medical student, said she frequently heads to the local state parks or runs and bikes on the Swamp Rabbit Trail. She also said that the USC School of Medicine Greenville’s lifestyle medicine curriculum was a huge draw for her as a pre-med.


“I knew that learning more about lifestyle medicine in medical school would better equip me to take care of my future patients,” she said. “The most affordable health care is to prevent or reverse lifestyle-related illnesses and diseases through diet, exercise, and stress management.”

The USC School of Medicine Greenville is a four-year medical school located on the main campus of Greenville Health System in Greenville, S.C. For more information, visit greenvillemed.sc.edu.

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Article contributed by Jeanne Petrizzo, Academics Communications Coordinator, Greenville Health System, USC School of Medicine Greenville

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