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Message from the Dean




Dear Colleagues:

Department of Dermatology Chair Search

The search committee for the Chair of the Department of Dermatology, chaired by Dr. Lucian Del Priore, has been hard at work over the past several months.  They have just released the names of the initial group of candidates invited to interview for this position.  The candidates currently invited to interview are- Jeffrey Travers (June 23-24, Indiana University), Abby Van Voorhees (July 7-8, University of Pennsylvania Health System), Dirk Elston (July 10-11, Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology), Vincent Falanga (July 24-25, Boston University), Tom Darling (August 4-5, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences), Michael Girardi (August 25-26, Yale University), and Nancy Thomas (August 28-29, UNC-Chapel Hill).

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U.S. News & World Report Rankings

Earlier this week, MUSC Children’s Hospital was recognized by U.S. News and World Report in the 2014-2015 edition of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.  Two of our programs – pediatric cardiology & heart surgery and pediatric nephrology – have been ranked in the top 30.  These are wonderful accomplishments, that speak to the excellent care and service and tireless dedication of the faculty and other clinical providers, college and hospital leadership, and other employees associated with these programs.  Please join me in congratulating these groups on this wonderful recognition of their excellence.

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Physician Payment Sunshine Act - Phase I Physician Registration

Earlier this week, the MUSC Conflict of Interest Office shared an update regarding the Physician Payment Sunshine Act – a copy of the full message can be found at  The first phase of online registration is now open to physicians who would like the opportunity to review their data prior to its publication.  For those physicians who receive money from industry for outside activities, this is the only way to access reported data in advance and try to ensure that the data made publicly available is accurate.  The website to complete phase I of registration is  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has a webpage dedicated to information for physicians –

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Hollings Cancer Center Leadership

As a reminder, faculty members who are interested in being considered for the Interim Director position of the Hollings Cancer Center, to assume Dr. Andrew Kraft’s responsibilities as he transitions to his new position, are asked to email me by June 20 indicating their interest and should also provide a copy of their CV at that time.  We will be interviewing individuals for the Interim Director position this summer.  It is important to note that the individual selected to serve as Interim Director will not be considered for the permanent Director position; those interested in being considered for the permanent Director position should not express interest in the Interim Chair position.  We will be instituting a national search for a new permanent Director of the Hollings Cancer Center later this summer.

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Light Microscopy for the Biosciences Keynote Lecture

Dr. Martin Morad will be providing the keynote lecture on “Probing the nano-domains of Cardiac Ca2+-signaling Proteins by Genetically Engineered Smart Biosensors” at the Workshop on Light Microscopy for the Biosciences on Wednesday, June 18, 1:00 p.m., in 110 Bioengineering Building.  All members of the college are invited to attend.

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CME Credits Available for Completing Annual CATTS Mandatory Training

All employees must complete the University’s annual CATTS mandatory training modules by the June 30 deadline.  The system is easily accessed online at using your NetID and password.  We are pleased to announce that arrangements have been made through MUSC Continuing Medical Education to provide a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credits for those physicians (including residents with a permanent license) who have medical staff privileges at MUHA.  CME credit will be offered after the successful completion of the CATTS training modules by the June 30, 2014 deadline; eligible physicians will receive an email notification with an evaluation that must be completed and, at the completion of the evaluation, will be able to print out their CME credit letter.

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Epic Q&A Drop-In Sessions

The Epic Team is offering Q&A Drop-in Sessions open to all members of the faculty and staff who have any questions related to the Epic project, Epic training, etc.  Sessions are currently scheduled for 9:00-10:00 a.m. on the following dates in the 1st floor ART Auditorium - June 20, and 27 and July 3 and 10.  All those with questions are encouraged to attend one of these sessions.  For additional information, please contact Rebecca Freeman at

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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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