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Medical University of South Carolina

Medical School

Mailing Address
171 Ashley Avenue
Charleston, South Carolina 29425
Phone
(843) 792-2300
Email address
oesadmis@musc.edu
School Information
"Founded in 1824 in Charleston, MUSC is home to the oldest medical school in the South as well as the state's only integrated academic health sciences center, with a unique charge to serve the state through education, research and patient care. Each year, MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and 850 residents and fellows in six colleges: Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. MUSC brought in more than $328 million in biomedical research funds in fiscal year 2021, continuing to lead the state in obtaining this funding" (Source: https://web.musc.edu/).
General Information
MUSC has a resource page that provides resources for DEI and anti-racist ideology. Furthermore, recruitment and retention are a key aspect of the school's DEI goals. Annual programming for inclusion is offered in addition. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Center for Transformation and Change at MUSc offers a Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program to promote DEI efforts and become Equity and Inclusion Ambassadors.
  • MUSC offers DEI Training on becoming an Ally in the Safe Zone Ally Training Program.
  • MUSC offers DEI Trainings and Workshops on Unconscious Bias and how to uncover our unconscious biases and appreciate diversity.
  • As part of the Diversity Programs, MUSC has a BRIHTE Leadership Academy which is a two year academy to build and retain inclusive and diverse talent.
  • All MUSC employees are required to complete 4 hours of a mandatory diversity, equity, and inclusion training.
  • The school has a calendar dedicated towards offering Diversity Training sessions.
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • MUSC states that its Office of Equity "supports and elevates the tripartite vision, mission and academic priorities, including a focus on elevating the enterprise DEI vision to become the preeminent model for inclusion and equity and setting a national standard among academic health systems/universities," which is "responsible for enhancing DEI professional development and skill sets across the enterprise, helping to increase the retention, recruitment and engagement of the MUSC work force, students, faculty; pipeline development; and onboarding and hiring practices."
Program and Research Funding
  • The Department of Medicine offers DEI funding programs to students and faculty.
Resources
  • The school has a resource page meant to "assist MUSC faculty, students, and staff interested in including teaching materials in the classroom or in personal development." The compilations include "White Fragility" by Robin DiAngelo and "How to Be an Anti-Racist" by Ibram X. Kendi.
Symbolic Actions
  • In 2022, MUSC held its sixth annual Inclusion to Innovation Summit, which is "designed to be a forum for honest and challenging conversations about inclusion and innovation."
  • As part of the many programs sponsored by the Office of Diversity, the MUSC Department of Surgery sponsors a DEI Speaker Series.
  • On March 23, 2023, the school highlighted three individuals who were awarded the Earl B Higgins Diversity in Leadership Awards “for their significant contributions to enhancing MUSC’s commitment to diversity through their performance, service and collegiality in the workplace and Lowcountry community.”
  • The school offers the Real DEIL (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leader) Award Program which works towards “highlighting employees at various levels and in many different areas of MUSC who are owning and sharing DEI work and principles.”
  • The school has a DEI News Hub.
  • In the summer of 2023, the university published its response to the Supreme Court's decision regarding race-conscious admission policies and stated the following: “MUSC remains committed to our core values and mission. We remain steadfast in our commitment to educating diverse students who will become the health care providers for our state, nation and the world. When we do so, they learn with, from and about one another and grow as competent, independent care team members who are prepared to provide equitable and compassionate health care to the greater diverse communities they serve. Anticipating several outcomes, leaders across the University have been preparing for this possible decision. Nonetheless, it may take time to understand the impact of the ruling fully; we, as always, will continue to proceed in a manner that is consistent with the rule of law."
Last updated December 6th, 2023
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