Diversity and Inclusion

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville is deeply committed to fostering a culture of fairness, equity and inclusion among its diverse students, faculty, staff and other key stakeholders.  This commitment stems from a core belief that different perspectives create the intellectual and experiential foundation through which the richest learning occurs and through which culturally competent healthcare providers are trained.  People with various life paths who represent different racial, ethnic, gender, geographic, socioeconomic and academic backgrounds are considered a crucial part of creating a thriving learning community.

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Dean Jerry R. Youkey, MD

“Diversity is a critical component of enrichment within the learning environment at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville.  The robust perspectives and rich life experiences found in our classes inspire broader thinking that ultimately facilitates more enlightened, compassionate care by students preparing to engage an ever more global population.  By learning from one another, our students achieve personal growth and cultivate skills necessary to connect with people from all walks of life to ensure the best patient experiences and outcomes.”

- Jerry R. Youkey, MD, Dean



Katy Dumas

“The biggest strength of this community is its capacity to grow and embrace diversity. The individuals in our class come from strikingly different backgrounds, but I have been blown away by everyone's willingness to explore other points of view. I think this comes from the student's innate desire to care for others, which motivates us to understand our differences and cultivate an inclusive environment.”

- Kathryn Dumas



Wes Parker

“Having diversity education integrated into our curriculum has been eye opening. It has helped me understand healthcare disparities, patient perspective, my personal biases, and how I can conquer them to better serve my patients. Our patient population will be from all walks of life, ages, races, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds.  It is important to understand that reality so that we can serve each of our patients equally while still being sensitive to who they are and from where they come.  A foundation of understanding has been laid, and I look forward to building upon it to better serve patients throughout my career. ”

- Wes Parker



Jasmine Smith

“I believe that USCSOMG has been making great strides to increase the diversity among its students. They realize the importance of having a diverse physician population in order to better serve our growing diverse patient population. ”

- Jasmine Smith