Today we have sailboats, shrimp n’ grits, and charming streets of time-honored tradition on the mind. Lying in the middle of the South Carolina lowcountry, Charleston has emerged as an international tourist destination, renowned for its quaint beaches, culinary traditions, and impeccable sense of historic preservation. Known as the “holy city”, Charleston is an architectural wonderland, with church steeples towering above the low rise landscape. Charleston was one of the only cities in the original 13 colonies practicing religious tolerance, resulting in a uniquely rich historic culture. That history can be found everywhere, as the city takes great pride in its proactive historic preservation.
In addition to the vintage feel of downtown, Charleston boasts beaches of minimal commercial distractions. An indelible institution, instrumental in driving the local economy, MUSC is the oldest Medical University in the south. MUSC was founded in 1823 and boasts 6 colleges, a public hospital, and world class research facilities. The doctor of physical therapy program started in 1973 with an emphasis on research, leadership, and service. An accomplished faculty is able to bring innovative programs to the students with a particular focus on neuro-rehabilitation and risk assessment in the prevention of adverse health outcomes. The program is also part of the MUSC interdepartmental pro bono clinic which was recognized by the Governor with a volunteer award for outstanding service to the community.
The 3 year program accepts up to 64 students each year with a graduating class in May. Advanced Medical gets to meet the overwhelmingly positive and relaxed group of MUSC students each May at the Career Fair. The fair makes it apparent how desirable a place Charleston is to live… they all want to stay, making travel therapy less desirable than for someone looking to escape a frigid and gray landscape. The chair of the program is David Morrisette. David obtained his PhD in Physiology from MUSC in 1997 and went on to complete a research sabbatical at Yale University in 2005. The program can be proud of its 100% pass rate on the boards in 2010 as well as its energetic charitable activities in the community and the University at large. As a resident of Charleston, I can say with conviction that MUSC has earned its sterling reputation.