2018 Annual Report

Message from Dr. Don Rockey, Chair, Department of Medicine

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Department of Medicine 2018 Annual Report

From the Chair 

Thanks to the commitment of our faculty, staff, and leadership, the past academic year has been one of growth and progress for the Department of Medicine with many notable achievements in education, clinical care, and research. In fact, by virtually every metric, this last year has been among one of the most successful in the Department’s history. As the largest and one of the most active Departments in the MUSC College of Medicine, we are extremely proud of our outstanding physicians, researchers, and staff.

In the pages that follow, I invite you to learn more about the exciting programs, research initiatives, and treatment advances taking place within the Department. Some particularly noteworthy Departmental highlights from this past year include the following:

  • Our peers and our patients continue to rank Department of Medicine programs among the best in the nation. In 2018, MUSC Health was named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the country’s top 25 hospitals (#24) in the treatment of cancer and MUSC’s Nephrology program was highly ranked as well, coming in at No. 46. MUSC Health was also recognized as high-performing in four adult specialties that the Department of Medicine is critical to, including Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Pulmonology, and Rheumatology.
  • The Department’s clinical programs have continued to grow in both volume and quality over the past year. Our patient-centered medical initiatives as well as our faculty’s dedication to quality have resulted in increased patient satisfaction rates and financial success.
  • In a highly competitive national research environment, the Department saw a 3% increase in research expenditures and an 8% increase in the number of awards from FY17 to FY18.
  • The Department’s core internal medicine residency and subspecialty fellowship programs are among the nation’s best, and we remain exceptionally proud of our outstanding trainees – many of whom become leaders at MUSC and around the world. Each year, applications to our training programs exceed the previous year, and the quality of the applicants has continued to rise along a similar trajectory.

Our Department—made up of nine divisions engaged in care at two hospital systems and multiple ambulatory practices—is guided by our vision to provide world-class patient care, to educate the next generation of physicians, and to generate groundbreaking scientific discoveries to improve human health. I extend my sincere appreciation to the dedicated faculty, fellows, residents, and staff who have contributed to our success so far, and I look forward to celebrating our future accomplishments and new initiatives in the year ahead.