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Professional group recognizes dean,
organization that promotes higher education for minorities has
recognized Jerry Reves, M.D., for supporting and ensuring equal
opportunity and achievement for minority students at MUSC.
Dr. Jerry Reves
Reves, College of Medicine dean, is the first MUSC dean and second MUSC
official to receive the leadership award from the S.C. Professional
Association for Access and Equity (SCAAE).
The annual award is presented to a college or university president,
dean or chancellor in higher education who demonstrates outstanding
commitment and support in creating an environment that promotes access
to equity in higher education.
Anderson, left, and Lucille Skaggs, right, with Latecia Abraham March
Meanwhile, Latecia Abraham, a third-year doctoral student in the
College of Health Professions, was awarded the annual graduate SCPAAE
scholarship. The Charleston native and Winthrop University graduate,
also is employed at MUSC as a public information and community outreach
coordinator in the Department of Library Science and Informatics.
“It was an honor to be presented with this scholarship,” said Abraham,
who is seeking her doctorate of health administration.
The awards were presented March 20 in Spartanburg. Lucille Skaggs, COM
student program manager, accepted the award for Reves.
Skaggs said the primary purpose of SCPAAE is to award scholarships to
deserving and promising minority students such as Abraham. Skaggs, an
SCPAAE charter member, added that Reves’ commitment and efforts have
opened doors previously closed to minorities.
“Dr. Reves has an open-door policy and students feel comfortable going
to the dean’s office to discuss any concerns with him,” wrote Skaggs in
her nomination of Reves. “The minority students especially describe the
dean’s office as ‘a welcoming and supportive environment.’ Dr. Reves
has been very supportive of the Student National Medical Association,
which comprises mostly of minority medical students at MUSC.”
Reves, who in 2007 won the Earl B. Higgins Achievement in Diversity,
has provided financial and administrative support to MUSC’s Student
National Medical Association (SNMA). He also has supported SNMA’s
community service activities such as the Bone Marrow Drive, Blood Drive
and Student Mentoring programs.
In 2006, he played a vital role in the SNMA’s regional meeting in
Charleston that attracted medical students from the Southern region,
and he has attended SNMA national meetings where he presents and
recruits minority students to MUSC.
“Dr. Reves’ example as a leader has impacted the student relations
within the COM,” Skaggs said. “The minority medical students are fully
integrated within the medical student body, and they serve on several
committees within the COM, and they have held major class offices such
as vice president and secretary.
“Dr. Reves’ systematic way of evaluating departmental diversity efforts
is, in part, directly responsible for the great strides that the COM
has made in the area of diversity,” said Skaggs, who has been with MUSC
for 39 years. “When Dr. Reves joined MUSC in 2001, there were only 16
under-represented minority resident/fellows. Today, there are 36
under-represented minority residents/fellow physicians.”
The number of under-represented minority faculty members now is 57,
more than twice the number represented in 2001.
“During the past five years, under Dr. Reves’ leadership, the number of
under-represented minority students entering the first year COM class
has increased from 11 percent to 21 percent of the matriculating
class,” the SCAAE said in awarding Reves.
As a result of his work, “the face of MUSC faculty and house staff has
noticeably changed,” Skaggs added. “When visitors come to MUSC and walk
the corridors or ride the elevators, they notice more individuals of
color among the physician staff and the COM administration.”
Friday, April 25, 2008
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