Former medical student, champion of health disparities, to speak at the opening of MUSC on May 21 | MUSK

Aundrea E. Loftley, MD, MUSC College of Medicine alumnus and advocate for health disparities related to diabetes and other endocrine disorders, will address the class of 2022 at MUSC’s 193rd launch on May 21 .

The launch ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston.

About 726 candidates are expected to graduate from MUSC’s six colleges: dentistry, graduate studies, health professions, medicine, nursing and pharmacy.

Loftley was named the student kick-off speaker due to her strong passion and dedication to teaching and preceptorship. His appointment was then approved by the members of the launch committee as well as by the management of MUSC.

Elizabeth Davis, a graduate pharmacy student and president of the MUSC Student Government Association, sits on this year’s kick-off committee and is one of many students who supported Loftley’s nomination to address the graduating class.

“We are very excited and thrilled to have such a strong MUSC personality speak at Commencement,” she said.

A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Loftley is an assistant professor of medicine and endocrinology and serves as vice president for diversity and inclusion in the division of endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolic diseases at department of medicine. She graduated from the College of Charleston and continued her medical training in 2010, internal medicine residency in 2013, and an endocrinology fellowship in 2015, all at MUSC.

Upon completion of his fellowship, Loftley established the first outpatient endocrinology practice for McLeod Physician Associates at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence. Board certified in internal medicine and endocrinology, she previously worked as a medical preceptor for the region’s health education center and a medical preceptor for the residency program for McLeod Regional Medical Center. and metabolic diseases. Loftley is a Masters Professor of Clinical Skills for the College of Medicine and Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

In 2019, she was part of a clinical team that received a $1.28 million grant from the Duke Endowment to create a joint endocrine and obstetrics clinic model to improve health outcomes for pregnant women diagnosed with the diabetes. The combination of her clinical work, community outreach interests, and educational experiences led to Loftley being named Vice Chair for Diversity in the Department of Medicine in 2021.

Loftley is an active member of several professional, scientific, and national societies, including the Academy of Medical Educators, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, Endocrine Society, and American Medical Association. Locally, she is a member of the Diabetes Initiative of South Carolina and Diabetes Free SC as well as Academic Editor for the Journal of Diabetes and Clinical Research. Among other accolades, Loftley received an award for excellence in healthcare from professional research consultants.

In addition to Loftley’s speech, two South Carolina state officials will receive honorary degrees at the May 21 ceremony.

  • Representative William G. “Bill” Herbkersman (District 118), an eco-developer and community leader who has worked together to provide statewide COVID-19 testing and vaccination, for his continued support in improving cancer care in South Carolina: Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.
  • Rep. J. Gary Simrill (District 46), SC House Majority Leader and advocate for South Carolina colleges and universities serving on the Higher Education Ways and Means Subcommittee: Doctor of Humane Letters, honorary caused.