We are working harder than ever to increase minority representation in the College of Medicine, and to support those individuals while they advance in their medical careers. Connecting current and potential students with Underrepresented in Medicine (URM)* alumni is an important way in which we can support students.
Alumni are encouraged to become engaged in a number of ways:
Clinical experiences are increasingly important for medical school applicants, and minority students historically have had fewer opportunities to shadow a physician in their community. Can you invite an aspiring student into your practice?
It is important that applicants meet faculty and alumni who wholly reflect our institution and its values during the interview process, and we seek to broaden the diversity of our admissions interviewer pool. Are you interested in interviewing applicants in your area?
Do you remember the teacher who confirmed your passion for your specialty? You could be that person for 3rd or 4th year medical students. Preceptors hold an MUSC AHEC Volunteer faculty appointment and have access to the MUSC online library, and new CMS guidelines permit student documentation to be utilized for billing, allowing for greater student engagement and education. A S.C. state tax benefit is also available to preceptors who teach without compensation. We utilize community preceptors for clerkships in family medicine, ambulatory internal medicine, and pediatrics. Are you interested in serving as a preceptor?
Host Residency Applicants
Students travel across the country to interview for residency positions, at great financial burden. Whether it is housing or a quick meal, they value connecting with alums in the area. Are you willing to host applicants if they come to your area to interview?
Medical student debt is at an all-time high, averaging $200,000 nationally, and places a disproportionate burden on URM students. Students are understandably attracted to institutions that offer significant financial support. Efforts to establish more scholarships for URM students are ongoing at MUSC. Are you able to contribute to a scholarship to benefit URM students? For more information about giving to College of Medicine diversity efforts, please contact the College of Medicine Development Office at 843-792-9243.
We Want To Hear From You
If you would like to get involved with our diversity efforts, or just stay connect as an alumnus, please contact our Group on Diversity Affairs.
*The College of Medicine defines diversity specifically related to Underrepresented in Medicine individuals (African-Americans, Native-Americans, Hispanics, Native Hawaiians) and women in leadership positions.