Well, I graduated!!!! YEAHHHHH!!!! Now I'm back in the library studying for boards...Booooo! The Greenville group has a clinical coordinator, Richard, who gives some of the lectures in the Basic and Advanced Principles courses, and those are videoconferenced to USC SOM in Columbia. The Columbia group has a clinical coordinator, Kevin, who gives some lectures in the same classes and they are videoconferenced to Greenville. Winston "Tab" King is the program director now, and he gives most of the lectures in those classes from Columbia videoconferenced to Greenville. There are other guest lecturers at both sites throughout the program. All other courses are based in Columbia and are videoconferenced to Greenville. The Phys and Pharm are taught by SOM PhDs and are absolutely phenominal courses that will blow, as they expand, your mind! There is a Clinical Conference portion of the program that meets once a week and two students give presentations on a chosen topic, and these are vid-conferenced back and forth. This is a front-loaded/mixed program that will have you in the OR once a week starting the second month with another SRNA, and they wean you to be by yourself with a CRNA once a week after about another month. First summer is all full-time OR. Fall is back to the full time didactic with once a week and one or two weekends of clinical. Starting Spring of second year through graduation 15 months later, you are full time at various clinical sites throughout the state with the majority of your time at Palmetto Richland if you are in the Cola group, and ALL of your time at Greenville Memorial and its satelite sites if you are in the Greenville group. Throughout that last 15 months, you continue to have Clinical Conference/Seminar once a week, and another course per semester that meets once a week, but these classes are LOW STRESS and highly beneficial in keeping you in touch with what you will need to know come board time. It is truly a GREAT program. I was COlumbia, so I don't know Richard that well, but what I do know of him is all good. Kevin is an incredible resource and is ON YOUR SIDE! This means that you will be treated fairly even when you think you are not being treated fairly...in other words, he has your back, but is a great communicator of what you need to do to get yourself in line if for some reason you start to wander; I can not think of any way anyone could be a better clinical coordinator/clinicall bossman than him, as he is a truly dedicated person with incredible people skills. Tab is genuinely GREAT human being and teacher even though he tries to disguise this aspect of himself. He is professional and has to be "stern-ish" as the director, but he has a great heart and will bend over backwards to help you in any way he can. In summary, this is a fantastic program with great people who truly care about YOU; if you live up to your expectations, they will do everything humanly possible to help you through to success.
The interview is very low stress, so don't freak out about it. Get good rest the night before, and go in there and be honest and confident. If you don't get in, it is not because you are not worthy, it is because this is a ridiculously competitive situation with a ton of great candidates. If you don't get in, contact them and tell them what you plan to do insure you get in next year and ask them what they suggest you do to improve your chances next time. Do what they tell you and be there next time if you don't get in somewhere else before then.
Good luck to all of you, and remember that persistence, prayer, and constant and consistent effort will pay off.