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College of Medicine Celebrates Successful Residency Match Day

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Medicine celebrated a successful residency match on national Medical School Match Day March 17, 2017. Of 171 fourth-year medical students who entered the National Residency Match Program (NMRP), 95.3 percent successfully matched. The national average is 94.3 percent.

“Residency training slots are becoming extremely competitive as the number of medical schools increases while the number of training slots essentially stays the same,” said MUSC College of Medicine Dean Raymond N. DuBois, M.D., Ph.D. “I am pleased that the MUSC College of Medicine is matching our students at a slightly higher rate than the national average.  Our students are outstanding and are competing very well for prestigious programs all over the country.” 

DuBois also highlighted that a large number of MUSC students will remain in South Carolina for their training and nearly 32 percent will enter training in primary care, an area of significant need. A total of 44 students (27 percent) will remain in South Carolina to complete their residency training, 31 of those at MUSC. Nearly 32 percent of the class will be entering the primary care specialties of Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, and Medicine-Pediatrics, a number that increases to 38.7 percent when Obstetrics and Gynecology is included.

Of the specialties in which students will be pursuing their training, Categorical Internal Medicine led the way with the highest number of students at 24 (14.7 percent of the graduating class).  Other popular specialties included Family Medicine (8.6 percent), Pediatrics (8 percent), Emergency Medicine (8 percent), Anesthesia (8 percent), Psychiatry (6.7 percent), Obstetrics and Gynecology (6.7 percent). Students also matched into General Surgery, Psychiatry, Radiology, Pathology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Otolaryngology, Orthopedic Surgery, Urology, Neurology, Radiation Oncology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and various other surgical sub-specialties.  Students continued to match at prestigious institutions across the nation, and ten students (6.1 percent) will complete residency through the military.  

MUSC Named Number One Hospital in South Carolina

MUSC was named by as the number one hospital in South Carolina and one of the nation’s top 50 hospitals in the treatment of ear, nose and throat disorders; gynecology; nephrology; urology; and cancer.  We were also recognized as being “high performing” in gastroenterology and GI surgery; geriatrics; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; pulmonology; and rheumatology.  Earlier this summer, the MUSC Children’s Hospital was named as one of the top 50 hospitals for children in the treatment of pediatric cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, nephrology, cancer, and urology.  These rankings are a testament to the outstanding care provided to our patients each and every day, and would not be possible without the dedication, skill, and talents of our clinical teams.  Many thanks to each of you whose hard work and commitment made these outstanding accomplishments possible, and enable us to truly put our Patients & Families First each and every day.

U.S. News & World Report also recently published rankings that put the College of Medicine in 5th place nationally for medical schools with the most African American .  The most recent AAMC data places the College of Medicine in the 96th percentile nationally for graduating African American students.  The great news shared in these reports speaks to our strong and long-standing commitment to recruit and graduate highly qualified students from diverse backgrounds.  Diversity enriches all of our endeavors as an institution, and I thank each of you for your efforts in ensuring the College of Medicine remains committed to diversity and inclusion.

Imagine MUSC 2020 - An Update on Our Strategy for the Future

Within the past few months, important headway has been made that will propel MUSC toward realizing its five strategic goals in a more deliberate way.
One of the key accelerators in moving us forward is the appointment of Darlene Shaw, Ph.D., to the new position of chief institutional strategy officer. To learn more about the implementation of our strategy and an update on our progress, please read the July 7 update to the MUSC family.

MUSC Provost Recruitment Update

In April, President David Cole convened a search committee to recruit for MUSC's next provost.  Gail W. Stuart, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, dean, College of Nursing, will serve as chair of the committee. Dr. Stuart reports that as of June 22, there are 38 applicant CVs under review and notes candidate diversity is a priority.  Currently, the applicant pool diversity is 39.47%. The Search Committee will convene with Tyler & Company at the end of June to further vet applicants and narrow the list for more expanded vetting. The profile for the provost position is available to view here, as well as the listing of search committee members.

Dr. Darlene Shaw Named Chief Strategy Officer for MUSC

Dr. Darlene Shaw, Associate Provost for Educational Affairs and Student Life, has been appointed Chief of Institutional Strategy and will report directly to MUSC President, Dr. David Cole. Dr. Shaw will be adding these responsibilities to her current role. Read the full announcemnet about Dr. Shaw here.

Kathleen T. Brady, M.D., Ph.D. Named Vice President for Research, Medical University of South Carolina (February 17, 2016)

Following a national search. the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost has announced the appointment of Dr. Kathleen Brady as vice president for research at the Medical University of South Carolina. In this position, Dr. Brady will have oversight of the Office of Research and its associated divisions. She will have responsibility for accreditation and regulatory affairs, university-wide promotion of research across its colleges and centers, representing the president and provost on matters internally an externally, and identifying institutional research strategies and benchmarks through the university's strategic plan, Imagine MUSC 2020. Read more about Dr. Brady's career and the full announcement available here.

University Advisory on Zika Virus and Travel Abroad (February 9, 2016)

MUSC faculty, staff and students who may be traveling internationally should be aware of events surrounding the outbreak of the Zika virus and should exercise caution and heed the CDC’s recommendations for women of reproductive age, due to its potential association with birth defects. Today the university announced guidelines for MUSC-affiliated travel to Zika affected regions, how to take precautions against infection, and links to trusted sources for the latest information in this developing situation. You may ready the entire University Advisory on Zika here. 

President Cole Explains New Decorum Policy for MUSC Board of Trustees Meetings (January 31, 2016)

On January 31, 2016, the MUSC Board of Trustees (BOT) passed a decorum policy ( that shall be in effect at all future MUSC BOT meetings. President Cole explains the impetus behind the creation of this policy in a letter to the MUSC family, which can be read in its entirety in pdf format here.

MUSC BOT approves new dean for College of Medicine

The Medical University of South Carolina Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of Raymond N. DuBois, M.D., Ph.D., as the next dean of the College of Medicine. Dr. DuBois will assume his new role effective March 1, 2016 and will have an academic appointment as professor in the COM, while also holding an appointment in the Hollings Cancer Center. Read the full release here

MUSC Recognized as National Pancreas Foundation Center

The National Pancreas Foundation (NPF), has announced that MUSC has been designated as one of 30 NPF Centers. These centers are located in premier health care facilities focusrf on multidisciplinary treatment of pancreatitis, and treating the "whole patient" with a focus on the best possible outcomes and an improved quality of life. "The newly designated NPF Centers will be of great benefit to the whole community," said NPF Center Task Force member Dr. Christopher E. Forsmark. "Having the NPF Center designation will help distinguish institutions whose focus is on patient centered care either for the treatment of their disease or to get an expert second opinion." Read more at:

MUSC approved for $13.5M award from Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
A research team at the Medical University of South Carolina has been approved for a $13.5 million funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study the safety and effectiveness of three blood-thinning drugs used to prevent potentially deadly blood clots in patients undergoing hip and knee replacement. This is the first PCORI research funding award to MUSC serving as the lead center, with 25,000 patients and 25 centers nationwide involved in the study. Vincent Pellegrini, M.D., the John A. Siegling Professor and chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics at the MUSC College of Medicine, is the lead investigator and was approved for the project titled, Comparative Effectiveness of Pulmonary Embolism Prevention after Hip and Knee Replacement (PEPPER): Balancing Safety and Effectiveness. Read more at

MUSC Set to Launch Master of Public Health Program (MPH) Classes August 25, 2015

MUSC’s MPH degrees will prepare the next generation of public health scientists to develop expertise, research skills and practice opportunities in population health and prevention.  Future projections show that professionals with expertise in prevention and community-based research will be critical to ensuring adequately available health care for all and for improving the health of the nation. Learn more about the curriculum and application process here.

Traktman Appointed Dean of the College of Graduate Studies

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Dr. Mark Sothmann, has announced that Dr. Paula Traktman, PhD will lead the MUSC College of Graduate Studies as its new dean beginning in July, 2015, contingent upon approval of the MUSC Board of Trustees. Dr. Traktman will also hold faculty appointments in the Departments of Microbiology & Immunology within the College of Medicine, and will be a member of the Hollings Cancer Center. Dr. Sothmann's announcement may be read in its entirety here. 

MUSC Recognized for Top Medical Residency Programs in Four Specialties

MUSC was named by Doximity as having some of the nation’s top residency training programs in four specialties for the Southern region, including second in Otolaryngology and fourth in Psychiatry. Residency program rankings were announced January 13, 2015. The rankings are being released on a regional level. The survey included more than 50,000 peer nominations from board-certified U.S. physicians, and evaluated 3,691 residency training programs across 20 specialties (view methodology). In addition to top five rankings in Otolaryngology and Psychiatry, MUSC ranked seventh for its Gynecology residency program and 10th for Pediatrics. The full press release may be accessed here.

President Cole Announces New MUSC Travel Policy in Response to Ebola Concerns

As new information and recommendations have emerged from state and local agencies, Dr. David Cole has announced travel policies for the MUSC enterprise. These most recent updates which were announced on November 4, 2014 are part of an ongoing effort to ensure necessary steps are taken to protect the health and safety of the MUSC community. The newly revised travel polices can be accessed here.


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