Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

MUSC Health & University DEI Highlights 


  • MUSC was ranked No. 13 out of 500 organizations on the Forbes 2019 list of America’s Best Employers for Diversity.
  • The AAMC ranks MUSC in the 97th percentile for medical schools with the most African-American graduates and in the 95th percentile for medical schools preparing physicians to care for patients of different backgrounds.
  • MUSC was one of only 43 institutions across the United States to be named a 2019 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award recipient by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity publication in higher education.
  • MUSC spent nearly $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, with nearly $13 million associated with African-American-owned businesses in phases 1 and 2 of construction.
  • Kids Eat Free at MUSC has served 13,000 meals to children at risk of going hungry over summer break since launching the program in 2015.
  • Visiting Students Program: Achieving Health Equity by Advancing Diversity (AHEAD)

Resident Opportunities in DEI 


In addition to our leadership many of our residents volunteer at:

·      One80Place  - a downtown homeless shelter, where a weekly, nighttime student-run clinic is held for the residents of the shelter.

·      MUSC CARES Primary Care Clinic - provides services for un/underinsured members of the Lowcountry community. CARES offers monthly specialty nights including Spanish night, Cardiovascular night and soon a Pediatrics night focusing primarily on vaccinations.


  • Our University Pediatrics-Northwoods Clinic, boasts a bilingual staff and provides primary pediatric care for many of our families for whom Spanish is their primary language. This clinic is an elective option for residents and offers an opportunity to work closely with this underserved population.
  • MUSC offers care for the LGBTQ+ community including primary care, transgender services, mental health, dental health and HIV care. Residents will train with LGBTQ+-Aware care providers in Safe Zone designated care areas, specifically aimed at improving care for marginalized populations.


  • The Center for Health Disparities Research, established in 2005, focuses on the key areas of health disparities, rural health and disease prevention with specific focus on focus on chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, cancer, mental health disorders, and stroke. All researchers in this area are members of the Department of Internal Medicine, which allows ample opportunity for resident engagement.


  • The MUSC Health Center for Telehealth is one of only two National Telehealth Centers of Excellence in the country and is also the headquarters of the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance (SCTA). Our telehealth services connect hospitals in low-access, rural and underserved areas in South Carolina with MUSC specialty services such as telestroke, teleICU, and palliative care. In addition, MUSC provides school-based telehealth services to more than 60 schools across the state.

MUSC Resident & Fellow DEI

  • McClennan-Banks Residents & Fellows Networking Group: This organization is named for Dr. Alonzo C. McClennan and Nurse Anna DeCosta Banks, who were known for the operation of the first minority hospital in Charleston, SC. The McClennan-Banks Residents and Fellows Networking Group includes under-represented in medicine residents and fellows, providing networking opportunities with community physicians and community service projects. The group also serves as mentors to College of Medicine under-represented in medicine students.
  • Resident Ambassadors: Several under-represented in medicine residents volunteer to serve as Resident Ambassadors for the College of Medicine. These resident physicians are available to answer questions of potential resident applicants and to share their experiences at MUSC. Interested individuals may contact them by email. 

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