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New USC School of Medicine Florence Campus Faculty Leaders

Seven new faculty members were recently appointed to serve at the regional USC School of Medicine campus in Florence. The Florence site is a new clinical training site for third and fourth year medical students based at McLeod Regional Medical Center and Carolinas Hospital System, in partnership with Francis Marion University. The newly appointed faculty leaders are: Director of Student Services Scott Allen, MD; Family Medicine Clerkship Site Director Ernie Connor, MD; Internal Medicine Clerkship Site Director Paul DeMarco, MD; Pediatric Clerkship Site Director Ben Elder; Surgery Clerkship Site Director Howard Ferrell, MD; Psychiatry Clerkship Site Director Cathy Layne, MD; and Obstetrics/Gynecology Clerkship Site Director Charles Tatum, MD.  William Hester, MD, serves as the Assistant Dean for Medical Student Education-Florence.

USC aims to make Florence a model for regional medical education while addressing health professional shortages in the area and improving the health of South Carolinians. To find out more, visit


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