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Commencement 2017: a celebration of six colleges producing innovative teaching and learning

Hundreds of friends and family members will join the board on May 19 in celebrating the successful matriculation of 650 new health care professionals into the next stage of their careers during the 2017 MUSC spring commencement ceremony. Graduates will represent all six MUSC colleges: Dental Medicine – 78; Graduate Studies – 49; Health Professions – 149; Medicine – 167; Nursing – 126; and Pharmacy – 81.     

“Since June 2016, we will have graduated a record number of talented men and women – 1,016 students – from top-tier education and training programs during three graduation ceremonies,” Cole said. “Our board of trustees plays a central role in guiding and supporting our three-part mission of education, research and patient care, and they do it voluntarily often balancing very busy careers and personal responsibilities. We value the knowledge, experience and commitment of each trustee. We are always delighted and grateful when our board members participate in commencement, one of the most rewarding traditions of our academic year.”

Attached is a breakdown of graduates by college and demographics, including May, August and December ceremonies.

Wofford College President Emeritus Benjamin Dunlap, Ph.D., will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. South Carolina State Sen. John Matthews Jr. of Orangeburg and Timothy Keating, senior vice president of government operations for The Boeing Company, will also receive honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees. Pamela Cipriano, Ph.D., RN, president of the American Nurses Association and a former administrator for MUSC, will receive an honorary Doctor of Science, honoris causa degree.

Reflections on Black History MonthRaymond N. DuBois, M.D., Ph.D, Dean, College of Medicine

Black History Month is an important time for our institution. Throughout February, we take time to reflect upon and honor those who have helped shape our history, and we look forward, seeking ways that we can continue to support and enhance diversity and inclusion at MUSC.

As a College, we have a long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion.  We recognize that diversity makes us better as an organization and is essential to success across all of our missions.

There are several events and presentations around campus this month in honor of Black History Month, and I encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities.  The MUSC Student National Medical Association and MUSC Office of Student Programs and Student Diversity are hosting several activities for students the week of February 20-25. 

Of particular note to those in medicine, COM Senior Associate Dean for Diversity Dr. Michael de Arellano will give a presentation entitled “Quotas,” addressing the importance of diversity in medical education. This event is Wednesday, 2/22, 12:00-12:45 p.m., in BSB 355.

On Thursday, 2/23, MUSC Health’s Chief Diversity Officer, Anton Gunn, will speak about how disparities impact medicine. This 45-minute program will be held at noon in BSB 302.

Again, I encourage you to take time to celebrate Black History Month and to look forward with a commitment to increased understanding and diversity among our faculty, staff, student and patient populations.

(For more information on the SNMA activities, email the SNMA or call COM student Toni Stevenson at 803-634-6793.) 

Another reason to embrace diversity? Discovering top talent, game changers and pure inspiration

Imagine MUSC 2020 is the strategic plan which is the roadmap for all the work we do at the Medical University of South Carolina. Our strategy is firmly rooted in five pillar goals, one of which is Embrace Diversity and Inclusion. The triumphant story of College of Medicine student, Domnique Newallo, is incredibly impactful and inspiring and is a true testament to the power and importance of nurturing the talent and providing the pathways for our future change makers to flourish and reach their potential. Domnique’s story of overcoming a seemingly endless barrage of obstacles is breathtaking. Her story serves not only to keep us laser-focused as an institution on the value of diversity, but also serves to let every other child, who ever felt the odds were stacked against her, know that anything is possible. Anything. Read about Domnique here.

January MUSC Health Care Theater to Explore Unconscious Bias

A message from Anton Gunn, chief diversity officer, MUSC Health:

Several studies confirm that people harbor unconscious biases even when they explicitly believe that prejudice and discrimination are wrong.  So how does this happen? Our brains are bombarded with over 11 million pieces of information per second but we are only able to process 40 pieces of information per second. The rest of this information is stored in our subconscious and is used to help us make snap judgments, whether good or bad, or whether we like it or not.

Unconscious bias impacts how we feel about everything from gender, race, age, weight and religion and it serves as a survival mechanism that help us make decisions based on instinct rather than logic.  Unconscious bias also may allow us to form stereotypes and assumptions about certain groups of people or encourage us to seek information that confirms pre-existing beliefs or assumptions about certain groups of people.  

This month’s Health Care Theater program, “Exploring Unconscious Bias”, slated for January 10, 2017 at 1:30 p.m., will help us to identify some of our unconscious biases (blind spots). It will feature a TedTalk and a few case studies.  Health Care Theater is a monthly program which provides a forum for MUSC care team members and students to debrief mock cases and arms providers with best practice strategies. Case scenarios span diverse topics and are “acted out” promoting active participation and a visual presentation of the cases.  Register in MyQuest to receive one (1) hour of D&I Education training. 

“Exploring Unconscious Bias”
January 10, 2017
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
300-Clinical Science Building

Congratulations to Dr. John Schaefer on his appointment as an inaugural fellow in the new Society for Simulation in Healthcare Academy.  The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) Board of Directors selected thirty-four individuals based on their outstanding contributions to the field of healthcare simulation. The fellows will play a vital role in the success of the Academy and will initiate important work to keep the field of healthcare simulation moving forward.  Dr. Schaefer exemplifies MUSC's commitment to its Imagine MUSC 2020 strategic goal to Foster Inovative Learning and Education.