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USC School of Medicine-Greenville gets green light to move forward

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Greenville has been awarded preliminary accreditation, getting the green light to recruit students and open its doors in fall 2012.

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the definitive accrediting body for medical schools in the United States, notified USC and Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center (GHS) officials of their decision on the expanded medical education program Tuesday, Oct. 4. Preliminary accreditation is the first step in the accrediting process, which takes about four years.

USC President Harris Pastides said the announcement is a milestone for health care and education in the Palmetto State.

“This plan has been scrutinized at every level, and I am delighted that it has passed scrutiny with the true experts, the LCME,” Pastides said. “Expanding medical education in Greenville is the right thing to do because it will increase the supply of physicians and advance efforts to retain physicians in the Upstate and the state at large.”

Pastides said the fact that GHS officials approached USC about the expansion is recognition of the USC medical school’s strong record of educating physicians who remain in the state and USC and GHS’ longstanding partnership to offer clinical training to medical students in Greenville.

In 1991, the USC School of Medicine expanded its third and fourth years of medical training to GHS. The number of USC students who have completed their training at GHS is 271. Currently, 35 third-year students and 31 fourth-year students are doing their clinical training at GHS.

Founding Dean Jerry Youkey said the expansion will impact how healthcare is delivered in the Upstate.

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