Diversity Group

Outreach and Engagement Programs

PEP Day 2019 Panel
College of Health Professions' Physical Therapy Alumni answering questions during PEP Day.

South Carolina AHEC Summer Careers Academy

The South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium (South Carolina AHEC) presents the Summer Careers Academy in collaboration with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Colleges of Nursing, Dental Medicine, Medicine, Health Professions, Pharmacy, the MUSC Library, and the Southeastern Virtual Institute for Health Equity and Wellness. The Academy is a one-week summer program designed to help minority and disadvantaged students prepare for entry into health professions education programs in South Carolina.

Participating programs include:

  • Dental Medicine
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy (OT)
  • Pharmacy
  • Physician Assistant (PA)
  • Physical Therapy (PT)

All applicants must be a South Carolina resident or enrolled in a South Carolina school, college or university and meet other eligibility requirements.

Academy Fellows will participate in a week of clinical and educational sessions on the MUSC campus. Classroom lectures and project topics will focus on several health disparities prevalent among South Carolinians. Housing and meals are provided, and fellows will receive a stipend of $200 with the successful completion of the Academy. More information is available on the South Carolina AHEC website.

Creating Opportunity & Academic Success for Tomorrow’s Therapists (COAST)

Founded in 2017, Creating Opportunity & Academic Success for Tomorrow's Therapists (COAST), was created to promote awareness of the physical therapy profession to underrepresented minority students. The initiative was created by several students and faculty members MUSC's Division of Physical Therapy to educate students about graduate school admissions processes and provide mentorship opportunities.

One such opportunity is Physical Therapy Exploration Program Day (PEP Day). The full-day event is an immersive experience for prospective students to learn more about the physical therapy field. Highlights of the event include a presentation on PT, a meeting with current College of Health Professions students and faculty, a panel discussion with a physical therapist, lunch, and a tour of MUSC.

Student Mentors for Minorities in Healthcare (SMH)

Student Mentors for Minorities in Healthcare (SMH) is a mentoring program high school or undergraduate students interested in the health professions. The program pairs a mentor, a current College of Health Professions student, with a mentee, a high school or undergraduate student.

Sessions are held monthly on Saturday and allow mentees to learn about a specific profession, the admissions process, and participate in professional development opportunities to grow and develop the skills needed to become gain entry into a graduate-level health care program.

If you are interested in getting involved with or learning more about one of our programs, please contact the staff advisor, Mr. Phillip Griggs, griggsp@musc.edu.