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Message from the Dean




Dear Colleagues:

Epic Go Live

Just a note of thanks and congratulations to all those who contributed to the successful Epic Go Live this week.  It has taken a tremendous amount of planning, preparation, training, and trouble shooting by many hard-working and dedicated individuals to get us to this point.  While there is still work to be done, everyone involved in the project should be very proud of what has been accomplished to date.

Hollings Cancer Center Leadership Update

In June, we asked that faculty members interested in being considered for the Hollings Cancer Center Interim Director position indicate their interest.  We appreciate all those who expressed their willingness to be considered for this important role.  Following consultation with President Cole and Provost Sothmann, the three candidates for the Interim Director position are Dr. Anthony Alberg, Dr. Michael Lilly, and Dr. Ken Tew.  Each of these individuals will be participating in an interview process over the next several weeks.  We would like to provide an opportunity for feedback from interested faculty and Hollings Cancer Center staff with respect to the Interim Director candidates.  You may do so by sending me an email or by scheduling a brief meeting with me to share your thoughts in person.  I have set aside the following dates/times for brief individual meetings – July 15, 5:00-6:00 p.m. and July 21, 4:00-6:00 p.m.  Please contact my assistant, Anita Harrell, to schedule a 10-minute block during one of these times if you’d like to meet with me about this topic.  It is our intent to name an Interim Director by early August.

As a reminder, the individual selected to serve as Interim Director will not be considered for the permanent Director position.  We will be instituting a national search for a new permanent Director of the Hollings Cancer Center later this summer.

Town Hall Meetings

As I mentioned in last week’s email, I will elaborate on our collective accomplishments over the past year and on our plans for the future in my annual State of the College address, which will be held on Monday, September 8, at 4:00 p.m.  As we continue to implement the university-wide funds flow process and as financial pressures continue to challenge our institution, I will also be presenting a Town Hall meeting focused on college financial issues – this will be held on Monday, September 15, at 4:00 p.m.  More information, including the locations for these meetings, will be forthcoming.  I hope all members of the college who are interested will plan to attend these meetings.  In addition, we will be holding quarterly Town Hall meetings going forward as an opportunity to discuss topics of interest – these will be open to all members of the college and dates will be announced through my weekly emails as they are confirmed.  As always, I look forward to hearing your input and feedback.

Junior Faculty Research Resources – Especially for NIH K-Series Career Development Awards

On Friday, July 11, 1:00-5:00p.m., junior faculty are invited to join MUSC’s four K12 Scholars Programs for the second half of their Joint Orientation Program to learn about the following resources- Office of Research Development, Types of NIH & agency grants available, SCTR (CTSA) resources (e.g., regulatory and budget assistance), Apple Tree & Faculty Development Seminars, and Citing Your Funding & the NIH Public Access Policy.  Seating is limited; please RSVP to Diana Barrett (

SCTR Pilot Project Program

SCTR’s Pilot Project Program aims to facilitate new and innovative high-impact translational research with emphasis on diseases demonstrative significant prevalence in South Carolina.  The primary objectives of pilot funding are to support new and innovative, scientifically meritorious projects to collect critical preliminary data for submission of extramural grant applications and to publish research findings.  SCTR places a premium on interdisciplinary team science and new collaborations; therefore those applying for this grant mechanism are required to have a multidisciplinary collaboration with at least one Co-Investigator/Collaborator from a different discipline.  Applications for the Fast-Forward Seed Grant Pilots and High Innovation-High Rewards Pilots are due July 11.  Additional information regarding the Pilot Project Program can be found at

SCresearch Expo 2014: Research Needs You

SCTR is sponsoring the SCresearch Expo 2014 on October 14 from 10:30-2:00 p.m. at the MUSC Horseshoe and Library Portico.  This is a research promotion event that (1) increases awareness of both general and study-specific research, (2) energizes MUSC staff, patients, and the public to partner with research as study participants, and (3) celebrates research study volunteers as partners.  Study teams campus-wide are invited to share research opportunities and education with patients, families, visitors, employees, and students.  For more information on this event, including how to register your study team, please visit

Discussion Forums

As a reminder, we have electronic discussion platforms focusing on various aspects of our mission.  These forums are intended to serve several purposes.  First, they are another way for my office to share important information with faculty, staff, and students.  Second, they are meant to encourage discussion about issues within the college and to empower everyone within the college to voice their opinions.  These “discussion forums” are intended to be not only channels for messages to be sent out, but channels for YOUR ideas, comments and questions to be heard by college leadership.  Your voice matters and we are pleased there is a new way for it to be heard.  You can access these forums by using the following links and your net ID and password:

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As always....

Let's work together to meet our strategic planning goal - to be in the Top 25 among academic medical centers for reputation, quality, service, efficiency and financial performance by 2015 – and to continue excellence in our research and education missions.  I look forward to hearing from you - either in person or via email.



Etta D. Pisano, MD

Vice President for Medical Affairs

Dean, College of Medicine


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