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Presidential Scholars Day

Presidential Scholars Day was held Tuesday, April 14, 2009 to recognize the 2008-09 MUSC Presidential Scholars and for Scholars to share the outcome of their work with the larger campus.  During the recognition program, President Dr. Ray Greenberg congratulated this year’s group of 43 Scholars from all six colleges.  The theme guiding the program this year was the “Social Determinants of Health through the Lens of Politics: Regional, State, National and Global Contexts.”  During twice monthly evening sessions, Scholars learned more about health care issues, including the presidential candidates’ health care plans, community development work in North Charleston, the role of cultural and interprofessional differences in health care, and how effective interprofessional health care teams function.  Scholars worked in interprofessional teams on projects integrating research and community outreach to address important health issues:  hospice care, pharmaceuticals in the water, local health resources for immigrant and underserved populations, smoke-free environments, and approaches to address social violence.  The program collaborated with the MUSC Center for Community Health Partnerships for its learning about the social determinants of health.  Another highlight of the year was our partnership with the Charleston School of Law and involvement of faculty and students from the law school in the program. 

The Scholars Program will begin again in late August 2009 with a new group of 40 Scholars from all the colleges. To view the work of this year’s Scholars, please visit: