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New Chapter: University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville—Gamma South Carolina

On April 27, 2016, the Board of Directors of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (AΩA) approved a new chapter of the society: Gamma South Carolina Chapter at University of South Carolina Greenville School of Medicine.

University of South Carolina Greenville School of Medicine—Gamma South Carolina
Founding dean: Jerry Youkey, MD
Councilor: Robert Gates, MD
Secretary Treasurer: Donald W. Wiper III, MD

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville (USC School of Medicine Greenville) is a four-year medical program developed as a partnership between the University of South Carolina and the Greenville Hospital System. Since 1991, Greenville Hospital System has provided clinical education to third- and fourth-year medical students of the USC School of Medicine Columbia. In 2009, the decision was made to expand to a four-year medical school. USC School of Medicine Greenville welcomed its charter class of 50 students in 2012. The school received full LCME accreditation on February 23, 2016.

USC School of Medicine Greenville is the only medical school in the United States to require all of their medical students to received full EMT certification and spend 12 hours a month serving the community in an EMT capacity. It is also the first school to fully incorporate exercise by physiology and lifestyle medicine, including the importance of physical activity, stress management, and nutrition throughout the curriculum.

After completing their AΩA site visit in early April, Executive Director Dr. Richard Byyny, and AΩA Board Member Dr. Alan Robinson, reported sustained enthusiasm and planning for development of an AΩA chapter; extraordinary support from the dean and dean’s staff; a plan to elect students using academic performance as a screen with selection made based primarily on evidence of leadership, volunteerism, highest ethical standards, and professionalism; commitment to creating a chapter characterized by active commitment to service (not just the honor of being selected); and commitment to engaging faculty, community physicians, residents, and student AΩA members in the activities.

" I [have] had the unique privilege of enjoying the graduating student awards ceremony for our inaugural class. The event was made even more special by our ability to announce our first AΩA members consequent to undoubtedly expedited approval of our AΩA Chapter. And then, of course, was my selection for AΩA membership---personally meaningful more than you can imagine."
                        —Jerry Youkey, MD, Medical School Dean (below)

The new Gamma South Carolina chapter was able to immediately induct eight seniors as new members of AΩA. They also inducted Dean Jerry Youkey as their first faculty member.

Class of 2016

Updated on June 10, 2016.