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Student and faculty member at the MUSC Oath Ceremony.

Student Mentors for Minorities in Medicine (SM3)

Diversity

A Gentleman & A Scholar Mentoring Program

Photo of the founding members of “A Gentleman and a Scholar”
Founding Members
Drs. Vandy Gaffney II, Cerrone Cohen, Andres Ayuso, Brandon Williams,
Larry Shuler, Michael Smith, and Hubert Roland White, III

In 2006, the Medical University of South Carolina surpassed the national average by admitting ten African-American males into its incoming class. Seeking an opportunity to give back to their community, ten (10) MUSC African-American male medical students founded "A Gentleman and A Scholar Mentoring Program" in 2007. The program, now an entity of Student Mentors for Minorities Medicine (SM3), targeted African-American male high school and college students interested in pursuing a career in medicine. The program has expanded to include all under-represented in medicine (African-American, Hispanic, and Native-American) groups.

Each student participant is assigned to a College of Medicine male student mentor who advises their respective student on scholarly success and leadership. Participants meet monthly at the Medical University of South Carolina as a group and individually with their mentors throughout the academic year. Since the program's inception, the College of Medicine has admitted mentees into MUSC's College of Medicine. Several mentees have been admitted to other medical schools, while other mentees have been admitted to other health care programs.

The mentoring program in a collaborative effort with “A Lady and A Scholar Mentoring Program, aims to provide mentoring through various endeavors such as clinical shadowing experiences, educational discussions, test taking and study skills, exposure to various summer science programs, and academic guidance.

 

A Lady & A Scholar Mentoring Program

Photo of Crystal Johnson, Surgery Resident
Crystal Johnson, M.D.
Surgery Resident
College of Medicine Class of 2012

In 2010, Dr. Crystal Johnson, College of Medicine Class of 2012 graduate, became the first female mentor for the "A Gentleman and A Scholar Mentoring Program," mentoring the program's first female inductee. Officially founded in 2011, "A Lady and A Scholar Mentoring Program" , now an entity of Student Mentors for Minorities in Medicine (SM3), serves to provide female under-represented in medicine high school and college students with opportunities that will both enlighten and broaden their knowledge base regarding the medical field.

Each student participant is assigned to a College of Medicine female student mentor who advises their respective student on scholarly success and leadership. Participants meet monthly at the Medical University of South Carolina as a group and individually with their mentors throughout the academic year. Since the program's inception, the College of Medicine has admitted one of its mentees into MUSC's College of Medicine. Several mentees have been admitted to other medical schools, while other mentees have been admitted to other health care programs.

The mentoring program, in a collaborative effort with "A Gentlemen and A Scholar," aims to provide mentorship through such opportunities as educational discussions, test taking and study skills sessions, clinical shadowing experiences, exposure to various. summer science programs, and academic guidance.