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Message from the Dean


Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

Today was Match Day, a particularly important occasion for our fourth year medical students.  Match Day is one of the major milestones in a medical student’s career, when our students find out where they will next be training for their future careers in medicine.  There was a lot of excitement and emotion in the room, and I was honored to be a part of this special event.  We are very proud of our students, and look forward to following their careers and hearing about their future successes.

The search committee for the Director of the new Center for Genomic Medicine, chaired by Dr. Lou Guillette, 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- Stephen Kingsmore (Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO, March 26-27), Shuk-mei Ho (University of Cincinnati, April 4-5), Michael Olivier (Medical College of Wisconsin, April 18-19), Howard Edenberg (Indiana University School of Medicine, April 23-24), and Haydeh Payami (SUNY-Albany, May 14-15).  Dr. Kingsmore will be giving a seminar on Monday, March 26, 4:00 p.m. in 100 Basic Science Building on the topic of “Practical Pediatric Genomic Medicine” – all members of the college are invited to attend.

As a reminder, the College of Medicine, in conjunction with the MUSC Women Scholars Initiative, is sponsoring a visit by Gail Evans later this month.  Gail is a best-selling author, an inspiring and engaging speaker, and a former CNN executive vice president.  She’ll be giving a talk on Tuesday, March 27, 5:00 p.m. in Room 100 Basic Science Building on the topic of “Race, Gender & Ethnicity in the Workplace”.  This event is open to all MUSC faculty, staff, students, and trainees, and I hope many of you will be able to attend.

Earlier this week, U.S. News and World Report released the 2013 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools.  I am pleased to inform you that several of our programs received national recognition for their excellence.  We are ranked among the top 60 schools for primary care (ranked 49th), research (ranked 57th) and statistics (ranked 58th), and are ranked in the top 10 for our program in drug and alcohol abuse.  These rankings reflect the commitment to excellence and high quality of our talented faculty, staff, trainees, and students.  Congratulations to all who contributed to these wonderful accomplishments.

I’d like to remind faculty of the upcoming April 16 application deadline for the next cycle of bridge funding.  Bridge funding is intended to provide interim support for individual faculty research programs when a competitive renewal or “next stage” application is not funded.  The originating grant must have received full indirect costs.  Examples of eligible grants include competing R01 and NSF renewals and new R01 resubmissions that were initiated by an R03, R21 or K award.  Examples of ineligible grants include infrastructure (e.g., core and instrumentation grants), training, foundation and VA awards, and industrial research contracts.  Tenured and non-tenured faculty members are eligible to apply; however, investigators with substantial funding from other sources or reserves are not eligible.  More information about this program and application requirements can be found at

With less than a week to go before the pilot go-live of the Epic ambulatory medical record system, I would like to acknowledge and thank the five pilot clinics for their commitment and dedication to the project, its planning and implementation.  Their first hand, real-time experience as users will serve to make the transition more seamless for the rest of the clinics who will “go live” in May.  Additionally, clinics are encouraged to participate in the personalization labs being offered, which will assist users in tailoring Epic to meet the specific workflow specifications of individual clinics.

As always, I look forward to hearing from you via email or when I attend your departmental meetings.

With warm regards,



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