Diversity is a fluid and evolving concept, not simply a numerical goal. The University of South Carolina School of Medicine – Columbia recognizes that its very creation was to reflect and serve the people of South Carolina. Therefore, state demographics and cultural history guide the school’s diversity efforts.
Diversity not only enriches the School of Medicine community, but also serves to improve patient care and outcomes. To that end, diversity is the responsibility, not solely of one individual or office, but of all members of the School of Medicine community including administrators, faculty, staff, residents and students.
Given its history and ideals, the School of Medicine will put special emphasis on the following diversity dimensions: race, gender, socio-economic status and origin from rural/underserved areas. This means the school will focus efforts in recruitment, retention and inclusiveness of these individuals for the betterment of service to the local and regional community. The School of Medicine also recognizes that there are many other aspects of diversity, all of which enhance the institutional culture and provide added value to education, research and clinical practice.
The School of Medicine is committed to building a more diverse and inclusive community through these efforts.
To increase student recruitment
To ensure student retention
To foster community relations
To identify funding sources for activities and programs