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Embrace Diversity and Inclusion

MUSC is a national model for a diverse & inclusive community.

Our Recent Strides in Diversity and Inclusion

MUSC is on track to spend $52 million with small, women- and minority-owned businesses during construction on the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion and will spend $13 million with African-American-owned businesses in phases 1 and 2 of construction. Read more:

The American Association of Medical Colleges ranks MUSC in the 97th percentile for medical schools with the most African-American students and ranks MUSC in the 95th percentile for medical schools preparing physicians to care for patients of different backgrounds. 

MUSC has increased the percentage of African-American nurses by 7 percent to 11.2 percent in less than two years.

All six MUSC colleges have diversity officers.

All new faculty, staff and students participate in mandatory diversity and inclusion training. One hundred percent of leaders at MUSC Health completed at least four hours of diversity and inclusion training in the last year including courses in managing a diverse workforce and unconscious bias.

Enterprise-wide, there is a 4-hour diversity training requirement for students, administrators and other faculty and hospital leaders. First-year students in all six colleges participate in a seminar during the first several weeks of the fall semester to satisfy this requirement.

MUSC has increased the number of diversity and inclusion education opportunities, in-person/classroom and webinars by 54 percent and the number of program participants by 36 percent.

The Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program in MUSC’s College of Graduate Studies, funded by the National Institutes of Health, recruits diverse students to the biomedical sciences to better address and reduce health disparities.

The Minorities in Medicine program is a partnership with College of Charleston Admissions bringing mentors and other resources to prospective underrepresented minority medical students.

In 2016, MUSC supported 23 projects to help recruit underrepresented minorities into health professions and science, technology, engineering and math careers.

MUSC Health was named in 2016 a leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization. 

The DIAL program allows patients who speak Spanish, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Portuguese or French to order meals in their native language.

Kids Eat Free at MUSC has served 10,000 meals to children at risk for hunger during the summer since the program began in 2015.

MUSC will host the Inclusion to Innovation Summit: Diverse Pathways to Organizational Excellence in November 2017.

MUSC students donate about 16,000 hours of volunteer service to our community annually. Since 1993, more than 9,500 MUSC students have donated 330,000 hours to about 125 local organizations. At today’s value of $23.07 for every volunteer hour, that’s more than $7.6 million that MUSC students have given back to Charleston.   

MUSC scientists such as Ann-Marie Broome, are training researchers of the future, including a large contingent from Burke High School, through an extensive internship program.

An MUSC faculty member launched the first Charleston chapter of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, which is the first professional chapter of the group in the U.S. The chapter is the first to incorporate multiple organizations and institutions located throughout a professional community.Enhanced Interpretation

Services Coming

Every day, we continue to explore ways to provide care to our patients in a more effective and efficient manner, striving to meet or exceed regulatory guidelines and always treat our patients and their families with respect. Given the increasing demand for interpretation services for our patients with limited English proficiency (LEP), patients who are deaf or hard of hearing or those who are visually impaired, we have secured a tool that will help members of the care team provide immediate access to interpretation services via a cart-on-wheels (COWS) and through an application on an iPad or laptop for off-site clinics.

This resource will be in addition to our existing in-house team medical interpretation team for our patients on the main campus.

Fifty (50) COWS will be distributed to areas with a history of high utilization of interpretation services.Over the coming weeks, we will work with nurse leaders to coordinate deployment, education and training. We expect to complete the roll of these resources by early fall.
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Exploring Unconcious Bias - January 6, 2017 

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

D&I Update - November 15, 2016 

On November 14, 2016, approximately 50 members of our MUSC community participated in an organizational update from the MUSC Diversity and Inclusion implementation teams. Willette Burnham-Williams, Ph.D., university chief diversity officer in the Department of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Anton Gunn, MSW, CDM, chief diversity officer and executive director of Community Health Innovation for MUSC Health, led the session, providing an eight-month overview of progress made in this area.

Additionally, a few highlights of their teams’ many recent accomplishments were shared.

MUSC remains committed to creating and embracing a more diverse community in which every member is respected and valued. We will leverage differences in ways that allow people to understand and be understood as we work together productively. 

To view the teams' Diversity and Inclusion update presentation please click here

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