The students at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville (USCSOMG) participate in a variety of community outreach activities to engage with the city and Upstate on both an individual and an organizational level.
If you or your organization are interested in partnering with the students at USCSOMG, please use the following contact information:
Email Address: StudentCommunityOutreach@greenvillemed.sc.edu
Angel Tree Program:
Each year the students and faculty at USCSOMG, as well as several GHS employees, participate in the Angel Tree project. Students and faculty decorate a Christmas tree with ornaments that each contain a child’s name, age and list of desired presents. Throughout the month of December, project participants can take an ornament and purchase items to place under the tree. Many of the presents are necessities like school supplies and clothing. At the end of the project, the gifts are given to the children to help spread holiday cheer! The Angel Tree project has benefited students at Palmetto High School for the past few years and is a great way for students to give back to others in the Greenville community.
One to two times per week, medical students assist local elementary school students (K5 to fifth grade) in an impoverished community. The program allows the medical students to connect with some of the Upstate’s youngest citizens.
Greenville County Juvenile Detention Center Enrichment Program: SNMA/CO/Spanish Club
Medical students have the opportunity to provide educational, health, spiritual and life skills training as well as community resources and mentors for juveniles, ages 11 to 16, who are awaiting sentencing and pre-trial in Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson City, Woodruff and Oconee counties. Additionally, they help the Greenville County Jail medical staff obtain patient histories and perform physicals.
Greenville Free Medical Clinic
After becoming EMT certified, USCSOMG students have the opportunity to volunteer at the Greenville Free Medical Clinic (GFMC). GFMC provides medical and dental care, health education and prescriptions without charge to low-income, uninsured Greenville County residents. Medical students serve the clinic by triaging patients, taking vitals and assisting the volunteer healthcare providers with various tasks.
Several USCSOMG student organizations join together biannually to organize activities for children admitted into the Marshall Pickens Children's Residential Treatment Program, which provides treatment to children with emotional behavior problems who have been unsuccessful in their home and community environments. The average length of stay is nine to 12 months. In the fall, the medical students orchestrate a Halloween Trunk-or-Treat and the kids are able to dress up in Halloween costumes and participate in Halloween activities. In the spring, the students organize a Spring Festival that involves an Easter egg hunt, crafts and field day races.
Student interest groups at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville (USCSOMG) encourage medical students to connect with fellow classmates and diversify their interests. Students can engage in a variety of beneficial gatherings, discussions and other activities centered around their particular interest(s).
Global Health Interest Group (GHIG)
The purpose of GHIG is to create a presence of students who recognize the importance of helping humanity without limitation of borders.
Internal Medicine is an incredibly diverse field with a broad array of career opportunities including, but not limited to, multiple subspecialty programs. General internists as well as subspecialists care for patients across the entire spectrum of health and interact with colleagues from a variety of disciplines. The Internal Medicine interest group aims to provide monthly lunch-and-learns about different specialties, meetings with physician mentors and health fairs in the community in order to educate medical students about the field of Internal Medicine. Members are encouraged to become members of the national organization, The American College of Physicians (ACP), and participate in their local and national conferences.
John Snow Society
The John Snow Society exists to recognize and celebrate the life and contributions of famed physician John Snow, one of the fathers of modern epidemiology.
Supporting Women in Medicine (SWiM)
Supporting Women in Medicine (SWiM) was formed at USCSOMG to create a presence of students, both male and female, who recognize the unique challenges females face within the field of medicine, both as medical providers and patients. With this in mind, SWiM aims to educate and mentor future providers in tackling these challenges and to establish an environment that strives to better support women in medicine, especially medical students who are just beginning their careers.