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Welcome to the Department of Pediatrics of The University of South Carolina School of Medicine, where our mission is to improve the health and well-being of the children of South Carolina through education, patient care and scholarly activities.  The University of South Carolina School of Medicine was founded in 1974 with a mandate from the state legislature to train primary care physicians for the state of South Carolina.  In 1977, the Department of Pediatrics was established under that same mandate.  Since that time, our department has grown into the largest department within the medical school.

With medical education as an integral component of our mission, the department has developed a comprehensive general pediatric training program directed by academic generalists with emphasis on primary care. This primary care emphasis has lead to:

  • 10-15% of our medical school graduates entering pediatric residencies each year
  • one of the best ABP board pass rates in the United States
  • recognition by our medical students as one of the school's premier teaching programs
  • 60% of our pediatric residency graduates entering primary care practice
  • the development of innovative service and educational programs such as a locum tenens program, an access-to-care endeavor, a private practice resident continuity program, school and community health programs, and advocacy programs

Our department has 47 faculty members who provide general pediatric medical care as well as subspecialty care including pediatric cardiology, pulmonology, endocrinology and others, and who are responsible for the training of 36 pediatric residents each year.  We partner with Palmetto Health Children's Hospital to serve the Midlands as the major pediatric referral center—offering a full array of pediatric subspecialty services. In addition primary care education and patient care, we also focus on conducting research endeavors in cancer, endocrinology and developmental pediatrics.