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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 Wins Prestigious Diversity Award from SC Chamber of Commerce
On Wednesday, Dec. 6, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce named MUSC recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Workplace Diversity Award in the category for medium and large businesses. The chamber describes the program as an opportunity for community leaders to recognize the accomplishments of South Carolina companies that are leading the way in developing and implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives. The award was presented during the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s 38th Annual Summit.

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 Health 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 hosted 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.

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.

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.  

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