New Beginnings

It’s the start of the new year! For us as medical students, the holiday break was a much needed hiatus from the “go-go-go” of the daily routine, but returning from it means we all are about to face some of the most challenging and rewarding milestones of our medical school careers. M1s must finish their first year of school and their OSCEs to advance to second year. M2s must begin (if they haven’t already) the daily grind of preparing for the notorious Step 1 board exam. M3s are finishing their rotations and will soon choose the specialty they want to enter. M4s are interviewing for residencies, and they soon will graduate and match as the first graduating class of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville.

It’s an exciting time here, but one that requires diligence and perseverance for every class. We at the blog will strive to give you a glimpse into our lives and thoughts as medical students throughout the whole experience, and thank you for the interest you continue to show to us. Happy New Year!



I was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee before heading to Furman University for my undergraduate studies. Football brought me to South Carolina, and I participated on the varsity team for a little over a year before deciding to focus more of my time on my studies and community involvement. I graduated Furman in May 2014 with a degree in Religion, and I believe that my background allows for a unique perspective into the lives of patients. I have been wanting to practice medicine since my youth, and I am grateful for the opportunity given to me by the USC School of Medicine Greenville to pursue that dream.

Formerly from the Baltimore area, I graduated from Bob Jones University with a degree in pre-med. Having interacted through MedEx with the faculty and students, I knew the doctor USCSOMG will graduate was the doctor I wanted to become. If I’m not hitting the books, you can probably find me spending time with my better half or on the basketball court. It is an honor and a privilege to be a member of the class of 2018, and I’m excited to share my passion for emergency medicine and health education with my peers. “To whom much is given, much more shall be required.”

Jean Petrizzo