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The Office of Minority Affairs is charged with increasing the number of medical students from diverse racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the medical profession. This is both a priority for the University of South Carolina School of Medicine as well as a nationally.

At the School of Medicine, the goal is to create a diverse student body, therefore, developing a nucleus of medical professionals that matches the demographics of the State. In South Carolina, African- Americans represent about 30% of the state population, but only 3% of its physicians. In descending order of frequency, Hispanic-Latino Americans, Asian-Pacific Islanders, and Native Americans together account for only 1% of the State’s population and an even smaller percentage of its doctors.

Goals

  • To increase student recruitment

  • To ensure student retention

  • To foster community relations

  • To identify funding sources for activities and programs