Last month the issue of increasing diversity among underrepresented minorities at MUSC was addressed in the pages of The Post and Courier, and I cannot agree more with the emphasis on improving the standing and the recognition of our leading health care institution in South Carolina. I would specifically like to build upon the recent comments (Post and Courier, Feb. 4) by Willette Burnham and Anton Gunn from MUSC who promised to continue the commitment to diversity and inclusion.
In June of this past year the College of Medicine at MUSC was recognized at an awards ceremony in Chicago by the AMA Foundation when three of its students were recognized as outstanding Minority Scholars in Medicine. MUSC led all schools in the nation — having three students awarded scholarships among only 21 recognized nationally — and was the only institution with more than one award recipient.
Such recognition on a national stage emphasizes that not only is MUSC one of the country’s oldest and best medical institutions — it’s one of the more progressive recruiting and nurturing our quality minority student population.
Kudos to its leadership.
Gerald Harmon, M.D.
Waccamaw Family Medicine