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Message from the Dean



Etta D. Pisano, M.D.
Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

MUSC President Search Update

Earlier this week, the names of three finalists invited to make on-campus visits for the position of MUSC President were released.  Those candidates are Dr. David Cole (MUSC), Dr. Joanne Conroy (AAMC) and Dr. Ora Pescovitz (Univ. of Michigan).  Interviews for these individuals have been taking place this week.  The MUSC Board of Trustees will make the final decision regarding appointment to the Presidency.

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Faculty Bridge Funding Program

A primary goal of the College of Medicine is to support and strengthen research capabilities of our faculty.  One mechanism utilized to facilitate this goal is our Bridge Funding Program.  The purpose of this program is to support investigators with established clinical or basic research programs during periods when a competitive renewal was not funded.  Program details and the application format are available at  The application deadline for the current cycle is April 15.  Applications may be emailed to Mary McConnell at  Faculty with questions about this program should contact Senior Associate Dean for Research Craig Crosson.

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COM Career Development and Mentoring Survey

The MUSC Center for Advancement, Recruitment and Retention of Women in Science (ARROWS) and the COM Associate Deans for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development have prepared a brief survey to gather data about our college’s career development and departmental faculty mentoring plans.  The survey will be sent through REDCap and all faculty are asked to complete this confidential survey by April 25.  Thank you for your cooperation.  If you have any questions, please contact Megan McDonough at

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Epic Training - Time to Start Registering for Classes

We are now 80 days from our Epic Enterprise "Go-Live", and it is important that we all take steps to undergo necessary training and prepare for go-live on July 1.  Please register for training classes as they will fill up quickly. Managers are responsible for ensuring their employees are registered for required training prior to go-live on July 1; registration will be tracked very closely by clinical leadership.  The following training opportunities are available now for registration via CATTS-

  •          Super User training classes for Clinical Services areas, including Service Lines, Nursing, Strategic Partners and physicians.
  •          End-user training classes for Clinical Services areas, including Service Lines, Nursing, Strategic Partners and physicians.
  •          SuperUser training classes for Revenue Cycle.
  •          End-user training for Revenue Cycle employees.

To find out what classes you need to take, check out the Epic Enterprise Course Catalog at and search by your role.  Additional information on training resources can be found on the Epic training webpage at  If you have any questions about training or class sign-up, please email or call 792-9979.

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Annual Conflict of Interest Disclosures Due April 30

It is time for all employees to complete the mandatory annual Conflict of Interest Disclosure.  A secure program allowing you to confidentially transmit information is used for the online disclosure and can be found at The deadline for completion of this form is April 30.  Questions and comments regarding the COI disclosure should be sent to

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Faculty Affairs Roundtables

The College of Medicine Faculty Affairs Team invites faculty to attend the next sessions in the series of Faculty Affairs Roundtables.  Drs. Dan Smith and Gary Gilkeson will be presenting on the topic of “Negotiating With Your Chair” on April 17 at 12:00 p.m. in 601EE Clinical Sciences Building and 4:00 p.m. in 601DD Clinical Sciences Building.  Interested faculty are encouraged to participate in this event; please RSVP to Mary McConnell ( for these sessions.  For more information about previous presentations, and the Faculty Affairs Team and services provided, please go to

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Applications being accepted for John R. Raymond Mentoring Fellowship

Applications are being accepted for the John Raymond Mentoring Fellowship, which is sponsored by the Women Scholars Initiative and Office of the Provost.  The fellowship provides some financial support for a full-time female faculty member to initiate a relationship with a mentor affiliated with an outside institution.  More information about this fellowship can be found at  Applications are due by April 15 and should be submitted to

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COM Faculty Excellence Award Ceremony

All members of the College are invited to attend the COM Faculty Excellence Award Ceremony.  It is scheduled for April 24, 12:00 p.m. in the Basic Science Building Auditorium, with a reception to follow in the Education Library Lobby.  Come join us as we celebrate those faculty nominated by our students for their commitment and enthusiasm.

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Nominations Being Accepted for MUSC Foundation Faculty Awards

Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 MUSC Foundation Distinguished Faculty Service Award and the 2014 MUSC Foundation Outstanding Clinician Awards.  More information about each of these awards can be found at  Nominations are due April 25 and should be submitted to Interim President Mark Sothmann.

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Nominations Being Accepted for the Peggy Schachte Research Mentor Award

Nominations are being accepted for the Peggy Schachte Research Mentor Award.  This award is intended to recognize individuals at MUSC who mentor faculty in obtaining research support from private and public organizations or government agencies.  Nominations are due April 18; for more information and nomination instructions visit

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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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