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Finding Your Future Program

Program Opportunity at USC - School of Medicine
If you are interested in applying to medical school there is a wonderful opportunity to gain medical experience through the Finding Your Future program at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine (USC-SOM). One guaranteed spot has been reserved for a Winthrop Student (any major). This is a competitive program, but the three Winthrop students who have participated in the previous three years of the program have all been accepted to one or more medical schools.

What is the Finding Your Future Program
Finding Your Future provides meaningful “medical experience” which will help support your AMCAS application. Each student will rotate on a weekly basis among the following clinical areas within the USC School of Medicine - Columbia: Family and Preventive Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Surgery. The program offers exposure to various aspects of the clinical arena including procedures, patient interaction and education, as well as assistance with the medical school application process via a mock interview.

Who Should Apply

Competitive undergraduate students, rising senior premed student who do not already have an acceptance to another medical school. Students are nominated by their Pre-Med advisors for participation in the program and must commit to the entire four weeks without exception. Preference will be given to rising seniors.


Various USC SOM - Columbia clinical departments on the Palmetto Health Richland campus and private practice physicians.

June 4 – June 29, 2018. Typical daily schedule is 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon on Fridays. Surgery rotations will be approximately
7:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Schedules will be assigned and other pertinent details will be given at an orientation session to be held Monday, June 5 at 9:00 a.m. in the Derrick Room located inside the Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital at 7 Medical Park, Columbia, SC 29203 on the first floor.

How To Apply
Please send the following information to Dr. Matthew Stern ( by Friday, March 9, 2018
1. Your name and contact information (e-mail and phone number)
2. Your student ID number
3. Copy of your CV (i.e. resume), your anticipated graduation date, and a list of your current and completed math and science courses (including grades for completed courses)
4. A brief statement of application indicating why you are interested in medicine, where you are in your academic career at Winthrop, and how the Finding Your Future program could help you achieve your goals.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Stern or Dr. Dimaculangan

Dr. Matthew Stern
803-323-2111, ext. 6434

Dr. Dwight Dimaculangan
803-323-2111, ext. 6424

“...the exposure was incredible”
“...more than I expected!”
“ Wish I could do it again!”
“ Best summer ever!”
“Reassured me of my path to medical school.”
“Enjoyed the interaction with med students and residents.”

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