By Mark A. Leon
A letter released today from MUSC President David J. Cole reinforced the commitment to create a diverse and inclusive community where backgrounds and ideas are shared without judgement or prejudice. He also expressed concern on the potential ramifications of the Executive Presidential Order and how it may affect the future of the hospital system and medicine.
His words, though short and well summarized, express a similar sentiment felt by many professionals in the Lowcountry. Change is happening, but standing in solidarity behind ethical and practical behavior is critical today more than it has been in a long time. It will take prominent leadership to ensure the bonds and successes created in this country with the shared partnership of knowledge experts from around the world continues.
Letter From MUSC President David J. Cole to the MUSC Family
To the MUSC Family,
In light of the recent executive order issued by President Trump, which may affect members of the MUSC community, let me remind you that embracing Diversity and Inclusion is a pillar goal of our institution. Intrinsic to this is supporting each other including our international students, faculty and staff and those who have immigrated to the United States. Through our shared commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, the Medical University of South Carolina is building a richer, more vibrant and more sustainable community for ourselves and in partnership with our larger, extended community.
In the coming days, we will be closely monitoring how this order may affect our community. Any MUSC team member with questions about the potential impact of the executive order should contact Denise Smith, program manager of Immigration in the MUSC Center for Global Health, firstname.lastname@example.org, (843) 792-7083.
Yours in service,
David J. Cole, M.D., FACS
Medical University of South Carolina