MUSCís College of Medicine recognized as model for diversity

Maggie Diebolt

Nov. 4, 2008

MUSCís College of Medicine recognized as model for diversity

CHARLESTON -- Jerry Reves, M.D., vice president for medical affairs and dean of the College of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, was awarded the Association of American Medical Colleges' (AAMC) Institutional Leadership Diversity Award at the annual meeting Nov. 3 in San Antonio, TX. Deans from 125 medical schools in the United States were considered for the award. Under Revesí leadership and commitment to diversity, MUSCís College of Medicine is now recognized as a model for diversity.

The Group on Student Affairs Minority Affairs Section (GSA-MAS) Institutional Leadership Diversity Award is presented to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions toward enhancing total diversity at his or her institution. The concept of "total diversity" goes beyond the numbers to embrace the integration of diversity into the institutionís cultureófrom students and faculty to curriculum and leadership.

"Dr. Reves is a champion of diversity and an agent for change," said Deborah Deas, M.D., M.P.H., senior associate dean for diversity. "He systematically enlisted department chairs, faculty, residents and students to integrate diversity into the fabric of the College of Medicine. This national award recognizes the accomplishments at MUSC, and simultaneously elevates MUSC as a national model which we must continue to reflect in the future."

The mission of GSA-MAS, a professional development group within the AAMC, is to improve the health of our diverse nation, through leadership service, research and collaboration, with an emphasis on the value that diversity brings to the health profession of medicine.

About MUSC

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the South. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and residents, and has nearly 11,000 employees, including 1,500 faculty members. As the largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $1.6 billion. MUSC operates a 750-bed medical center, which includes a nationally recognized Children's Hospital and a leading Institute of Psychiatry. For more information on academic information or clinical services, visit or