MUSC Alumni

Since its creation in 1892, the MUSC Alumni Association has fostered and strengthened life-long relationships between the University, alumni and friends. MUSC is extremely proud of its alumni and realizes that the ongoing success of the University is largely dependent on the success of its alumni. For this reason, the Office of Alumni Affairs serves as a resource dedicated to providing administrative and leadership support to the alumni of MUSC.

Mission: The MUSC Alumni Association consists of six alumni groups for each college represented at the University. Programs, activities, dues and benefits are designed specifically for each college by their respective alumni groups in order to better serve each health discipline and their alumni. The alumni groups consist of: College of Dental Medicine College of Graduate Studies College of Health Professions College of Medicine College of Nursing SC College of Pharmacy

Pharmacy resident starts clinic to teach patients to inject specialty medications

"We want to enable patients to do it themselves, but if they can’t we want to help them."

Whitney Simerlein, Pharm.D., a community-based pharmacy resident, started a clinic to teach people to give themselves their injectable medication, saving them from extra trips to the doctor’s office and ensuring they’re getting the medicine they need. Learn more about Dr. Simerlein's program:

#MUSCalumni #MUSCproud #ChangingWhatsPossible Using an injectable medication can be daunting. A pharmacy resident started a pilot program to help people with the task.

Center for Global Health at the Medical University of South Carolina

We love hearing what our MUSC Alumni are up to in global health and helping connect you with each other and with current students. If you are an MUSC alumni and work in global health, please fill out the short form linked below for a chance to be featured on Center for Global Health at the Medical University of South Carolina website, newsletter, and page! 🌍


#shareyourglobalhealthstory #musc #globalhealth

Family experience inspires pharmacy student to serve her community

Read about Keeana Ross and the inspiring journey that led her to pursue her Doctor of Pharmacy at the MUSC College of Pharmacy:

#MUSCproud #ChangingWhatsPossible For pharmacy student, education is a powerful medicine.

Speaker shares what she learned about partnership, teamwork and communication as mother of patient

"I did not choose health care. Health care chose me." Read the inspiring words of Caroline DeLongchamps, from the 2019 MUSC commencement ceremony:

#ChangingWhatsPossible From mom of a trauma patient to manager of patient and family centered care, Caroline DeLongchamps shared what she has learned with this year's graduates.

Student braves many roads to achieve success

Congratulations to Logan Dowdle, a co–recipient of the College of Graduate Studies’ 2019 Distinguished Graduate of the Year Award!

“I think the richness of Logan's journey thus far — from a small town in North Carolina to schools in Korea, the jungles in Bolivia and cutting-edge research labs at MUSC — reflects something greater about the way that his mind works,” said Dowdle's mentor Colleen Hanlon, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences’ Division of Addiction Sciences Research. “Some graduate students, for example, start on one experimental path and pursue that specific path with a strong focus. Logan, on the other hand, thinks broader and with more flexibility. He seems to enjoy the process of discovery even more than arriving at the final destination.”

Read about Dr. Dowdle's remarkable career path:

#MUSCalumni #MUSCproud #ChangingWhatsPossible Logan Dowdle faced several crossroads in his life. They led to an unlikely career in neurosciences and neuroimaging.

An outlier in his field

Congratulations to M.D.–Ph.D. graduate Ali Alawieh, a co–recipient of the College of Graduate Studies’ 2019 Distinguished Graduate of the Year Award!

“Working with Ali has been nothing short of inspirational,” said one of Alawieh's mentors Dr. Stephen Tomlinson, a professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. “He’s helped me discover and connect concepts in the areas of brain injury research and neurosciences that I had never considered before. What evolved for us was a mutual respect and understanding to explore research interests and possibilities in the fields of neurosciences and immunology.”

Read about Dr. Alawieh's remarkable career path:

#MUSCalumni #MUSCproud #ChangingWhatsPossible A clinician–scientist and an neuroimaging researcher are College of Graduate Studies’ Distinguished Graduates of Year.

MUSC Foundation

It's Commencement Day at MUSC! More than 600 students will receive their degrees from MUSC’s six colleges: Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy. Congratulations to all our graduates! 🎉🎉🎉

A family affair: Faith, service, learning

Since childhood, sisters Dr. Roxanne Brown Johnson and Dr. Michelle Brown-Nelson have been close. And now, they graduate together, each having earned her Doctor of Health Administration degree. Read their inspiring story:

#MUSCproud #MUSCalumni #ChangingWhatsPossible Best friends. Classmates. Authors. Sisters. Roxanne Brown Johnson and Michelle Brown-Nelson have always been close. Now, they graduate together,

MUSC psychologists release results of survey of 'Maria generation' kids

A team of MUSC psychologists have published one of the largest post-disaster screening projects in U.S. history. The report measured the magnitude of Hurricane Maria’s impact on the mental health of children in Puerto Rico. Read about their findings and the work they are doing to train teachers in how to help traumatized students: #MUSC #ChangingWhatsPossible Classrooms weren't the only things devastated by Hurricane Maria. An MUSC-led survey shows traumatic impact on some of Puerto Rico's young people.

Researchers look for answers to help veterans suffering from mystifying syndrome

MUSC researcher Sergei Novgorodov, Ph.D., and his team are looking for answers to help veterans suffering from Gulf War syndrome, a mysterious collection of chronic symptoms particularly associated with veterans and civilian workers who served in the Persian Gulf War of 1990 and 1991. Read about the team's discoveries here:

#MUSC #ChangingWhatsPossible There's a toxic cycle happening deep in the cells of some veterans of the first Gulf War. An MUSC researcher thinks he's on the trail of halting that cycle.

MUSC graduate Jasper Heinsbroek, Ph.D., is one of only 12 young investigators in the nation to receive the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director's Early Independence Award (DP5) for 2018. Heinsbroek recently completed his doctoral training under the mentorship of Peter W. Kalivas, Ph.D., in the Department of Neuroscience at MUSC.

The award supports high-achieving investigators who want to pursue independent research after completing their doctoral degree and will enable Heinsbroek to jump start his career as an independent researcher studying the brain circuits behind addiction.

Congratulations, Dr. Jasper Heinsbroek!

#MUSCproud #MUSCalumni #ChangingWhatsPossible

Fight or Flight: How MEDUCARE's air transport has changed the game of health care for good

“I can’t even begin to imagine what mom and dad are going through when we leave with their child,” explains MUSC pediatric flight nurse Pam Burke, RN. “But in the moment, I’m not focused on that. I’m just thinking, ‘What do I need to do to help this kid?’”

MEDUCARE, MUSC’s emergency response team for patients in need of urgent medical intervention because of severe, life-threatening or potentially disabling conditions is at the ready, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, serving the entire state of South Carolina and parts of both Georgia and North Carolina by helicopter or ambulance.

Take a look inside MEDUCARE's air transport program:

#MUSC #ChangingWhatsPossible MUSC's MEDUCARE Team works in an environment where time is of the essence and human life is the currency.

Autism News Network spreads the word about autism from those who know it best

"These are people who are brilliant, and they can be doing so much more than they are. We’re going to hopefully unlock all those amazing abilities," says Dr. McLeod Frampton Gwynette (Class of 2000), a child and adolescent psychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC.

Dr. Gwynette created the Autism News Network, a group of adults with autism who work together to create videos about living with the disorder, all the while improving their technical skills, practicing their social and executive functioning skills and even providing a sort of group therapy to one another.

Learn more about the incredible work being done by the Autism News Network:

#MUSCproud #MUSCalumni #ChangingWhatsPossible #AutismAwarenessMonth Who better to raise awareness about living with autism than people who have been diagnosed? That's the thinking behind the Autism News Network.

MUSC heart failure team uses new approach to help young patients

It takes an average of two to six months for a child on the transplant list to find a heart. Many are too sick to wait that long. Learn about how MUSC Health is one of the first centers in the Southeast to offer parents a new option. #MUSC #ChangingWhatsPossible MUSC Health becomes one of first centers in Southeast to offer new procedure to help kids with congestive heart failure.

The next level: Kids' trauma center hits important new high

The trauma center at MUSC Children’s Health has become the only kids’ trauma center in the state to achieve Level 1 verification from the American College of Surgeons.

“What this verification means to our patients and their families is the assurance that they are receiving safe, innovative, and high-quality care from some of the most knowledgeable and skilled medical providers in the industry," said nurse Madeline Gehrig (MUSC College of Nursing '07), manager of the trauma program at MUSC Children’s Health.

Learn more about the work being done by the trauma center team:

#MUSCproud #MUSCalumni #ChangingWhatsPossible The pediatric trauma center at MUSC Children’s Health becomes first in state to earn Level 1 verification from American College of Surgeons.

Innovation Week 2019

Mark your calendar for MUSC Health's Innovation Week, taking place April 29th – May 3rd. This week-long celebration of transformation and innovation has something for everyone. See the schedule of events, speakers and tours: MUSC Innovation Week Schedule Page

Happy National Doctors' Day to all of the doctors, especially our Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine alumni!

#MUSCproud #MUSCalumni #NationalDoctorsDay

Making connections: new program matches international arrivals with MUSC ‘sibling’

Starting school or a new job is always an adjustment. But doing it in an entirely new country – that’s a huge change. MUSC’s International Association wanted to make the transition a little easier, and is debuting its Big Sibling-Little Sibling program to match new international students with people already on campus: It's not easy making your way on a new campus in a new country. The MUSC International Association hopes to make it a little easier.

Jaw in a Day procedure restores smiles and confidence

Fifteen-year-old Arionna McKnight can smile again after becoming one of the first people in South Carolina to undergo the MUSC James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine's innovative "Jaw in a Day" procedure, a speedy new procedure to remove a tumor and restore her jaw. Read about the team behind this groundbreaking surgery and the advanced technologies they are using help patients throughout the state and region:

#MUSCproud #ChangingWhatsPossible Arionna has reason to smile after transformative Jaw in a Day surgery removes tumor, repairs jaw.

The science of risk: How a neuroscientist and professional climber learned from one another

World-renowned professional rock climber Alex Honnold and MUSC researcher Jane Joseph, Ph.D., are an odd pairing. But a chance meeting in 2016 led an athlete to gain a better understanding of what makes him tick and a professor to learn that some brains just defy science. Learn more about the journey that led Honnold to Dr. Joseph and MUSC: #ChangingWhatsPossible Chance meeting between famous rock climber and brain researcher leads to better understanding of what makes Alex Honnold tick.

The U.S. News & World Report has ranked several MUSC programs among the best graduate schools, including Doctor of Nursing Practice, Physician Assistant, Medical School-Research and Medical School-Primary Care. Learn more: #MUSCproud #ChangingWhatsPossible

MUSC College of Health Professions

It's International Women's Day! IWD is celebrated globally commemorating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for celebrating gender equality. In honor of IWD, Ashlee Fowler of MUSC's Center for Global Health interviewed four women across campus to share their stories of success, inspirations, and most importantly what it means to be a woman. One of the women interviewed was CHP's very own Dr. Cristina Smith. What an honor!

Full interview here:

MSTP Student Selected for Gates Cambridge Scholars Program

“My time at MUSC has given me a new perspective – to build a skill set with the goal of serving others. I hope to strengthen this perspective during my Ph.D. years with the diverse and like-minded Gates community.”

Stephen Gadomski, an MUSC Medical Scientist Training Program student has been selected to be part of the 2019 Gates Cambridge Scholars Program, a prestigious postgraduate scholarship program at the University of Cambridge in England. Gadomski’s Ph.D. work will focus on improving stem cell therapies for skeletal disease. Learn more: Medical Scientist Training Program student Stephen Gadomski has been selected for Gates Cambridge Scholars Program.

As South Carolina’s only dental school, the MUSC JBE College of Dental Medicine is the state’s largest source of dentists. More than 2/3 of our students remain in SC after graduation. Happy Dentist's Day to all of our alumni! #MUSCalumni #MUSCproud

MUSC alum returns to give tips for success to current students

“Whether you know it or not, your reputation will open or close doors for you for the entirety of your career." - Dr. Julius Hamilton, M.D.

Dr. Hamilton, a Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine alumnus, returned to campus on Wednesday for the Diversity Alumni Speakers Series to share with current students some of his tips for success. Read about his inspiring visit:

#MUSCalumni #MUSCproud #ChangingWhatsPossible An MUSC graduate returned to campus to share his tips for success, particularly for African-American students.

MUSC celebrates accomplishments during Black History Month

Congratulations to MUSC's Black History Award winners, Dr. Titus Reaves, Phillip Griggs, Dr. James Hodges (Class of '71), Dr. Rose Delores Gibbs (Class of '73), Dr. Felesia Bowen and Dr. Isaiah Davis (Class of '82)! Read about their incredible accomplishments and the significant impact they have had on diversity and inclusion at MUSC:

#MUSCalumni #MUSCproud #ChangingWhatsPossible Black History Awards honor MUSC leaders who have had a significant impact on diversity and inclusion.

The 2019 Science Cafe Series kicks off Feb. 12! Join the conversation as you learn about the latest research being conducted, get to know the faces behind the science and ask questions to deepen your understanding of the fascinating science happening all around us:

Congratulations, John-Colby Carter, PA-C!

John-Colby Carter, MUSC College of Health Professions alumnus, was recently awarded a specialty credential, the Certificate of Added Qualifications in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

#MUSCalumni #MUSCproud #ChangingWhatsPossible

John-Colby Carter, PA-C, a certified physician assistant who graduated in 2014 from the CHP PA program, was recently awarded a specialty credential called a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

Carter received the CAQ in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, a distinction earned by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements and then passing a national exam in the specialty. He is one of four PAs in Florida to earn a CAQ in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery since the program’s inception in 2011.

We are so proud of you John-Colby Carter! You are truly changing what's possible!

Dental Alumni: Don't miss out on the MUSC JBE College of Dental Medicine Homecoming, taking place Feb. 22 to 24! We are excited to bring back the signature oyster roast, where we invite you to reconnect with your classmates and faculty as you enjoy food, drinks, and live music. Register by Feb. 19:

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