Thank you for your interest in the Emergency Medicine Clerkship at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia/ Prisma Health Richland. We understand that COVID-19 continues to impact medical student clerkships nationwide even as we approach the 2021-2022 academic year.

At this time, The UofSC School of Medicine Columbia and Prisma Health Richland will accept applications for visiting students in accordance with the AAMC/COPA recommendations, which can be found here AAMC Visiting Student Recommendations

Consistent with these recommendations, beginning April 15, 2021, Prisma Health Richland (formerly Palmetto Health) and the UofSC School of Medicine Columbia will accept visiting students for away rotations under the following circumstances: 

1. The student is an EM-bound M-4 student from a US medical school (MD or DO). If the student has the opportunity for a home institution EM rotation within an academic EM residency program, this should be the student's ONLY scheduled away rotation. We will accept these students for rotations beginning July 5 or later.

2. If the student does not have a home rotation opportunity within an academic EM department or within an EM residency program, this can serve as one of two allowable rotations for the student. 

We will provide students with an EM program SLOE in time for inclusion in their ERAS application.

Offers will be made and must be accepted via VSAS/VSLO. 

Rotation Dates for 2021-2022 Academic Year:

Block 1: July 5- July 30, 2021

Block 2: August 2- August 27, 2021

Block 3: August 30- September 24, 2021

Block 4: September 27- October 22, 2021

Block 5: October 25- November 19, 2021

Block 6: November 21- December 17, 2021

*Wilderness Medicine will only be offered 9/20/21-10/15/21. Apply for the Block 4 rotation, and dates will be adjusted at the time an offer is made.*

Students interested in the Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Emergency Ultrasound, Wilderness Medicine, and Simulation Medicine rotations may apply with our emergency department by using the VSLO/ Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS).  The host institution is the University of South Carolina School of Medicine- Columbia. You may also directly contact our residency coordinator, Sherry Allen, by e-mail at or call her at 803-434-3790 for assistance.

We require the following information to consider your application for a rotation in our department:

  • Current transcript from your medical school
  • Copy of your USMLE and/or COMLEX transcripts
  • Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • The dates you would like to rotate with our department

Once this information is provided, we will begin processing your application.

The UofSC-SOM Columbia generally opens VSAS for accepting applications in early March. Applications for the core EM rotation AI/clerkship are reviewed and rotation spots are offered on a rolling basis from mid-March to mid April. Applications will continue to be reviewed and spots offered based on availability throughout April and May. Please contact us if you have special concerns or considerations.  

Applications for other rotations are reviewed separately as rotations in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, EM Clinical Ultrasound, and Simulation Medicine are offered year round based on availability. The Wilderness Medicine rotation is offered only in the spring, with applications generally due at least 30-days prior to the start date of the rotation. Please contact our department with any questions.