The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) conducts a national survey each year in which medical school graduates rate their education experience. The Graduation Questionnaire (GQ) was established in 1978 as a method for AAMC medical schools and other organizations to identify and address issues critical to the future of medical education and the well-being of medical students.
The University of South Carolina School of Medicine (USC SOM) Department of Pediatrics in Columbia ranked significantly above the national average in the 2017 GQ. At the USC SOM, 71.2 percent of graduating students ranked their education experience in the Pediatrics program “Excellent” and an additional 24.2 percent of students ranked their experience as “Good.” By comparison, 52.6 percent of students across the nation ranked their medical school experience as “Excellent” and 33.7 percent ranked their experience “Good.”
James Stallworth, MD, is the Pediatrics clerkship director, vice chair for Education and Faculty Development for the Department of Pediatrics and serves as director of student recruitment for the USC SOM. “These numbers represent our department's commitment to medical education,” said Stallworth. “Our faculty, staff and residents play a tremendous part in the Pediatrics Department earning these accolades.”
“Dr. Stallworth has led the way in consistently achieving top rankings for our pediatric clerkship experience for 25 years,” said Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital Senior Medical Director Caughman Taylor, MD. “Our department takes great pride and devotes tremendous effort to our teaching mission. Outstanding and dedicated faculty, teachers and our strong resident teaching provides a great clinical learning environment to prepare the future pediatricians for tomorrow,” concluded Taylor, who also serves as chair of the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group Department of Pediatrics.