Deborah Deas, M.D., professor in the Department of Psychiatry and
Behavioral Sciences and senior associate dean for strategic diversity
initiatives in the College of Medicine, was named a recipient of
the 2009 Jeanne Spurlock Lecture and Award for Diversity and Culture
presented by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
(AACAP) Oct. 29 in Honolulu.
The award recognizes individuals who made contributions to advancing
understanding of diversity and culture in children’s mental health and
who contribute to the recruitment of child and adolescent psychiatry
from all cultures.
As senior associate dean for admissions, Deas piloted a strategic
diversity plan to increase the health care workforce across the
continuum, including medical students, residents and faculty. This plan
increased minority faculty at the College of Medicine by more than 100
percent, almost quadrupling the number of minority resident physicians
at the school and grew the amount of minority students to 19 percent of
the student body.
Deas presented the topic,” Addressing Health Care Disparities: MUSC
College of Medicine Model,” during the honors presentation of AACAP’s
Friday, Nov. 20, 2009