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What I Love About Working in Student Affairs

Growing up I had always thought I would end up in a health-related field.  After realizing I am squeamish around vomit, pass out when blood is being taken and generally can’t stomach the sight of broken bones, I knew becoming a physician wasn’t for me. Although he intrigue of the field was the ability to help others in a way that they could not help themselves. Continue Reading →

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M1 Reflections: Part 3

Part 3 of M1 Reflections! Here’s Parts 1 and 2, in case you missed them. Thanks to M1 Caitlin Li for compiling these, and don’t miss her conclusion at the end. Continue Reading →

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M1 Reflections: Part 2

Here’s the second post of the M1 Reflections series (and here’s Part 1 in case you missed it). Again, thanks to M1 Caitlin Li for compiling these.

We made it! We, the Class of 2019, the first full class of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, have completed our first year of medical school. In celebration of our achievement and progress, I have asked some of my fellow classmates to share their reflections on this past year. Continue Reading →

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M1 Reflections: Part 1

The following post is part one of a series about M1 reflections. Thanks to M1 Caitlin Li for compiling these!

We made it! We, the Class of 2019, the first full class of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, have completed our first year of medical school. In celebration of our achievement and progress, I have asked some of my fellow classmates to share their reflections on this past year.
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Storytelling

Sometimes I get questions about why I don’t write more on the blog about patients I’ve encountered during this third year of medical clerkships and clinical experience. Honestly, it’s a question that’s hard to answer, as it took me a while to really put my finger on why exactly I don’t want to do that. Obviously, there’s patient privacy and HIPAA to worry about, but I think there’s more than that.

You see, there are so many amazing, heartbreaking, beautiful, crazy, and hopeful stories that I’ve heard and experienced over the course of the past year. Stories about broken marriages and mental health crises; stories about living alone and not being able to breathe; stories about kids trying out for the school football team for the first time; stories about the scary heartbeat that turned out to be not so scary. The list of stories I have heard is, well, enormous. Continue Reading →

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The Past Four Years: A Reflection

The following post was written by Ihsan Elkhider, MS, who is the Director of Instructional Design at USCSOMG. She and her husband, BMS faculty member Mo Khalil, DVM, PhD, are originally from Sudan and moved from central Florida to become part of the founding team of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville.

I was very pleased to hear the announcement that Mayor Knox White had declared May 6, 2016 to be USC School of Medicine Greenville Day, I felt so honored and thrilled! The success of USCSOMG is so personal for me and my husband. Continue Reading →

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USCSOMG SmugMug

Did you know the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville is on SmugMug? Check out all of the photos from our latest events here: https://uscsomg.smugmug.com/

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Two Little Letters

M.D. When I was accepted into USCSOM Greenville and committed to attending this school, my mom got me two decorative Scrabble letters – I love board games, and it was an exciting time. They also make a cute wall decoration. These letters still hang on my wall today. M.D. Continue Reading →

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The College Program and the College Cup

In between the hours of lecture and study, the patient interviews, lab checks, surgeries and call nights, medical students do occasionally get the chance to have some fun.
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Being Present

As a current second-year medical student, I have found my life to be very stressful recently. With my first board exam at the end of April looming on the horizon, the level of intensity has heightened among the majority of my class. I find myself staying up later than usual to review old material, secluding myself away from others more, and becoming more concerned about my understanding of such a vast amount of material needed to perform well on the boards. It has been difficult to manage time between my studies and personal life, as it appears that “the boards are all that matters” to future residency programs. With such an emphasis on achieving a high score, I have really tried to spend as much time as I can with my head in the books. For the past several months, I have experienced medicine through words, pictures, and lectures, with the exception of our time working with patients in our clinical skills course; however, even that pales in comparison to the days and nights spent studying drugs and diseases. Continue Reading →