USC School of Medicine class to fill needed roles

03/22/2014 12:57 AM

03/22/2014 12:58 AM

Members of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine’s 2014 class found out Friday where they will do their residencies, and the group is primed to fill much-needed roles.

At the annual residency match ceremony, school officials announced that 38 of the 83 members of the class will move on to primary care-related residencies. That’s 45.8 percent, slightly below the national average of 49.1 percent for the fields of family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics. National health leaders say changes in health care will require more physicians in those fields.

The USC School of Medicine 2014 class is above the national average, however, in three other fields considered under-represented in South Carolina – obstetrics-gynecology, psychiatry and emergency medicine. Students going into either primary care or those other under-represented fields represent 73.5 percent of the class, compared to 65.5 percent nationally.

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