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College of Medicine


Terry Steyer, M.D., Interim Dean
William Basco, M.D., Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education
Christopher Bunt, M.D. Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Professionalism
Kathleen T. Brady, M.D., Ph.D. Associate Dean for Clinical Research
Marc I. Chimowitz, M.B., Ch.B., Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development
E. Ben Clyburn, M.D., ACGME, Designated Institutional Officer and Senior Associate Dean for GME and CME
Michael A. de Arellano, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean for Diversity
Michele K. Friesinger, M.A., Assistant Dean for Assessment, Evaluation and Quality Improvement
Mileka Gilbert, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Dean for resident and Faculty Inclusion
Gary S. Gilkeson, M.D., Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development
Jeanne Hill, M.D., Associate Dean for Student Career Planning and Advising
Kristen Hood Watson, M.D., Assistant Dean for Clinical Curriculum
Natalie Johnson, D.H.A., Associate Dean for Diversity Affairs
Donna Kern, M.D., Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education
Ann Lefebvre, M.S.W., Associate Dean for Community Medicine
Lauren Magaldi, MBA, MHA, MS Associate Dean for Finance
Paul J. McDermott, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development
Anan Mehta, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean for Research
Jennifer Nall, B.S., Associate Dean and Chief of Staff
Doug Norcross, M.D., FACS, Associate Dean for Admissions
Scott Reeves, M.D., Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs
Cassie Salgado, M.D., Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development
U. Joseph Schoepf, M.D., Assistant Dean for Clinical Research
Myra Haney Singleton, Ed.D., Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Student Wellness
Cindy Talley, M.D., Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
Wanda Taylor, B.S., Assistant Dean for Scholarship Support and Development
Odessa Ussery, M.Ed., CCMEP, Assistant Dean for Continuing Medical Education
Aljoeson Walker, M.D., Associate Dean for Student Progress

The College of Medicine, founded in 1824, was the first medical school in the southern United States. The college pioneered in clinical teaching and its faculty members wrote some of America’s first medical textbooks. For over 190 years, the College of Medicine has been dedicated to the training of physicians. Today, it is comprised of 25 departments which independently and collectively contribute to the education of future physicians and public health scientists.

College Mission

The College of Medicine, as an integral part of the Medical University of South Carolina, is dedicated to the University’s education, research and service missions. The College is committed to maintaining an optimal educational environment for all students that prepares them for a career of excellence in service to their communities.  We recognize the need to engender and support life-long learning in order to sustain and expand competence and performance throughout an individual’s career. We acknowledge the importance of interdisciplinary and interprofessional education in the provision of accessible, high-quality health services. To support these educational goals, the College is committed to the continued development and expansion of biomedical research to extend the boundaries of health care for all people. Further, we support enhancement of research directed to improving access, enhancing quality and controlling costs of health care.  These commitments are manifest through active participation in a medical center with broad capabilities and responsibility for the provision of primary, as well as tertiary/quaternary health services for citizens in the state. We continue to nurture strong programs in primary health care to support current and future educational, research and service requirements. We believe that these objectives are best obtained by ensuring optimal opportunities for all constituents-students, faculty and administration, including all backgrounds and levels of diversity, to achieve full potential.  Additionally, the College is committed to the development and prudent use of resources to achieve its mission.

College of Medicine Mission Statement

Our mission as academic leaders is to offer innovative and inclusive education, training and research in service of compassionate health care delivery. By fostering a diverse educational community, we empower the health professionals and scientists of tomorrow to promote the equitable health and well-being of the residents of South Carolina and beyond.

College of Medicine Vision Statement

Cultivate excellent, compassionate, and equitable healthcare through innovation in education, research and clinical service

Degree Programs

The College of Medicine, through its Department of Public Health Sciences, offers a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with a concentration in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, or Health Behavior and Health Promotion.  Each degree requires the completion of a total of 45 credit hours, along with an internship and capstone project, and can be completed in four semesters.

In collaboration with the MUSC College of Graduate Studies, the medical school offers two combined degree programs: the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) which leads to an M.D./Ph.D. degree, and the M.D./M.S.C.R.

All Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) graduates of the College of Medicine must have acquired competency in the following 8 domains:

Medical Knowledge: Demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving basic, clinical, and cognate (i.e., epidemiological and social-behavioral) sciences and the application of this knowledge to the practice of medicine.

Patient Care: Provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, safe and effective.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills: Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that facilitate effective interactions with patients, their families and other health professionals.

Professionalism: Demonstrate a commitment to professional and personal excellence in all settings, including adherence to ethical principles and sensitivity to a diverse patient population.

Personal and Professional Development: Demonstrate the qualities required to sustain lifelong personal and professional growth.

Practice-based Learning: Investigate and assess their academic and clinical performance, and apprise and assimilate scientific evidence in order to continuously improve their care of patients and populations.

System-based Learning: Demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and systems of health care, including barriers and drivers of health and health care access.

Interprofessional Collaboration: Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that facilitate effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families and health professionals.


The College of Medicine is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) of the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association.