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Strategic Plan

The School of Medicine Columbia Five Year Strategic Plan positions us to fulfill our mission to serve the people of South Carolina and beyond through exemplary medical and health education, transformative research and compassionate patient care.

Download the USC School of Medicine Columbia Strategic Plan 2017-2022 [PDF].

USC School of Medicine Columbia 2019 Update on the SOM Strategic Plan.

Dean Hall provided an update to the strategic planning process on Feb. 19, 2021. Read the full Strategic Planning Update for the School of Medicine Columbia.


Steering Committee

The Strategic Planning Steering Committee actively contributes to the realization of the SOM mission and vision through:

  • Identifying the most important strategic objectives related to strategic goals of the SOM
  • Facilitating the defining of metrics which will reflect success in achieving agreed-upon objectives and action plans.
  • Incorporating and assessing periodic environmental scans, followed by reassessment of the SOM’s strategic goals. 
  • Serving as a 2-way information conduit to SOM faculty, staff, students, and other stakeholders regarding strategic goals, objectives, and action plans.

The Strategic Planning Steering Committee focused efforts for the academic year 2020-2021 on new strategic initiatives to expand diversity, improve equity and continue to build our culture of inclusion.  Three working groups were established, focusing on:

  • Faculty and staff diversity
  • Student pipelines, recruitment, and support
  • Culture of inclusion

For the 2021-2022 academic year, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee will track the SOM progress on updated diversity and inclusion goals.  We will also revisit other strategic goals, including growth of research, enhancing strategic partnerships, improving our educational programs, and contributing to the development of the new USC Health Sciences Campus.

Kevin Bennett

Research Center for Transforming Health; Center for Rural Health and Primary Care

Chuck Carter

Graduate Medical Education

Lindsie Cone

Information Technology

Christopher Cooke

Medical Student

Roedrigo Encinas

Medical Student

Mary Foertsch

Medical Education

Edie Goldsmith

Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

Carolyn Gregorie

Medical Student

Les Hall

SOM Administration

Carla Harkness

Human Resources

Susan Herndon

Human Resources

Bryce Jerin

Medical Student

Brian Keisler

Medical Education

Pat Lapekas

Planning Consultant

Holly LaVoie

Cell Biology and Anatomy

James McCallum

VA Medical Education

Carol McMahon

Diversity and Inclusion; Dept of Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology

Carol Nichols

Medical Education

Matt Orr

Office of Continuous Professional Development & Strategic Affairs

Derek Payne

Finance and Administration

Jeff Perkins

USC Administration

Donna Ray

Med Education & Office of Continuous Professional Development & Strategic Affairs

Ruth Riley

Library and SOM Administration

Robert Rhinehart

Diversity and Inclusion; Registrar’s Office

Frank Spinale

Research; Cell Biology & Anatomy

Michael Ryan

Columbia VA Healthcare System

Caughman Taylor

Pediatrics; SOM Administration

J.T. Thornhill

Academic Affairs

Sreeja Varanas

Medical Student

Kandy Velazquez

Pathology, Microbiology  & Immunology

Marlene Wilson

Phamacology, Physiology & Neuroscience



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