Diversity & Inclusion

"Inclusivity means not 'just we're allowed to be there,' but we are valued. ...smart teams will do amazing things, but truly diverse teams will do impossible things."
     ~ Claudia Brind-Woody

In the spirit of changing what’s possible, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) embraces diversity and actively supports inclusivity. The office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion works to create an academic health care community where every member is respected and valued.

Our department recognizes the value in diversity and inclusion with benefits to better educational experiences, better patient outcomes and overall success as a department. Our residency program has a zero-tolerance of discrimination and all forms of exclusion including but not limited to the basis of sex, gender, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, maternity and pregnancy, religion or belief, age, or disability.

The facts are that continued efforts are needed to increase physician diversity in the United States. For example, Brotherton and Etzel (2017) showed that of the 2257 residents in Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited programs, 7.9% were of Hispanic origin, 3.8% were black, 3.4% were multiracial, 1 was American Indian/Alaska Native, and 1 was Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. Specifically in pathology, Deville et al (2012) showed that the percentage of black trainees in pathology was significantly lower than the percentage of black trainees in the total graduate medical education pool, with the 4th lowest percentage (less than 4%) of all specialties.

Within MUSC pathology, we strive to change the narrative where it is our goal to be an example to other programs both internal and external to the institution in not only being diverse but also inclusive. Furthermore, we aim to continually support diversity and inclusion by being proactive in retention and recruitment efforts. 

Institution-wide information and resources regarding diversity and inclusion can be found by visiting our Graduate Medical Education (GME) site.

For questions regarding MUSC pathology, please contact our GME resident ambassadors.