Established in 1824, the Medical University of South Carolina was the South’s first medical school. Today, the university’s location in the heart of historic Charleston offers interns unlimited opportunities to enjoy the cultural and recreational pleasures of one of the nation’s most fascinating urban areas.
MUSC’s dedication towards cutting-edge research, excellence in academics, and evidence-based patient care recognized it as one of the country’s top 100 hospitals in 1997. In 2003, Child Magazine honored the Children’s Hospital in the Top 10 nationally. MUSC’s Heart and Vascular Center was chosen as a Top 100 Center in 2003. Furthermore, based on the 2003 National Research Corporation Consumer Survey, MUSC was rated number one in doctors, nurses, heart care, cancer treatments, pediatric services and community programs. The Digestive Disease Center, under which the Internship program is “housed”, ranks in the top 15 according to U.S. News and World Reports for the past three consecutive years. On the university side, U. S. News and World Report , 2009 ranked four of our degree programs among the top 26 in their respective disciplines nationally, reflecting the high quality of our faculty and students. Our research programs also are garnering increasing recognition, with seven departments ranked among the top 20 in their disciplines in funding from the National Institutes of Health.
Research: The University’s research efforts are among the fastest growing of any academic medical institution in the nation. It attracts more than $200 million in annual research funding. MUSC programs are supported by a variety of resources including an extensive library collection, an advanced inter-campus network of on-line computer systems, and an expanding range of laboratory and research support facilities.
- Education: MUSC’s academic program includes six colleges enrolled with more the 2600 students annually – Medicine, Dentistry, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Nursing and Pharmacy. Faculty have been recruited as much for their teaching abilities as for their professional credentials.
- Patient Care: The medical center, including the university hospital and newly-built Ashley River Towers, is an 800-bed referral and teaching hospital. It also features the state’s premier Children's hospital. These facilities offer advanced medical capabilities ranging from organ transplantation to neonatal intensive care. MUSC clinicians deliver outpatient care through a clinic system that schedules over a half million patient visits annually. The university coordinates health promotion through dozens of organizations serving at-risk populations in urban and rural areas. The first construction phase for the new Medical Center is due to be completed in early 2008. This state-of-the-art facility will include specialized cardiovascular, digestive disease and bariatric services.
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