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Message from the Dean



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

Dear Colleagues:

Thanks for Another Great Year

As one academic year draws to a close and another begins, I’d like to thank all members of the college for everything you’ve done over the past year that has contributed to our many collective successes and accomplishments.  The dedication, talent and commitment of our faculty, staff, students and trainees is impressive – you are the institution’s greatest resource - and I am confident that together we will continue to accomplish great things.  While we continue to face challenges as an institution, the past year has brought great success across each of our missions.

As I’ve done the past three years, I will elaborate on our accomplishments over the past year and on our plans for the future in my 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.

Third Year Student Clinicians Ceremony

Earlier today, we celebrated our third year medical students at the Class of 2016 Student Clinician Ceremony to mark their transition to their clinical years/clerkships.  Those students were presented with white coats and participated in the medical student oath.  This event was also an occasion to honor our Gold Humanism Honor Society inductees, and to present the Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Awards.  Dr. Paul Underwood provided the Humanism in Medicine address.  Class of 2015 students inducted into the Honor Society included Jordan Broman-Fulks, Michael Comer, Desiree Dawson, Michelle DiMarco, Nnadozie Ezerioha, Raena Hariharan, Katherine Herbert, Tanisha Hutchinson, Jamal Jones, Arthur Jordan, Matthew Low, Taylor McAneney, Azka Nazir, Dil Patel, Andrea Peterson, Thomas Pomposelli, Kathryn Rosa, Katherine Rose, Meghan Skinner, and Carolyn Wiersma.  Class of 2016 students inducted into the Honor Society included Jessica Bentzley, David Cykert, Sudeep Das, David Hartmann, Christian Hicks, Adam Pearlman, Rodmond Singleton, Samantha Sergi, Melissa Youssef, and Brittany Watson.  Humanism and Excellent in Teaching Awards were presented to Brandon Brown (Family Medicine), Stephanie Gaydos (Pediatrics), Jared Guichard (Medicine), Aundrea Loftley (Medicine), Rachel Stacey (Ob/Gyn), and Kathryn Willoughby (Medicine).  Please join me in congratulating these deserving individuals on their accomplishments.

Hollings Cancer Center Support Grant

I am pleased to share the good news that the Hollings Cancer Center (HCC) received the official Notice of Award from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for our Cancer Center Support Grant.  This grant reaffirms our NCI Cancer Center designation and provides five years of support for HCC activities and programs.  Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Kraft and all members of the HCC team who contributed to this wonderful accomplishment – your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Epic Q&A Drop-In Sessions

We know Epic “go-live” is presenting new challenges to our hard-working clinical faculty and staff.  Please seek help for your Epic-related problems with the Epic Team – they are here to assist you.  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 - July 3 and 10.  All those with questions are encouraged to attend one of these sessions.  For additional information, please contact Rebecca Freeman at

Does Your Research Study Need To Be Put Into SPARC Request and Epic?

The Go Live date for Epic Research implementation is July 1.  All studies utilizing any MUHA and/or MUSC Physicians services must be entered into the SPARC Request System (, regardless of whether the study or insurance is paying for study charges.  In addition, for patient safety, studies administering investigational medications (even if the study does not have billable services) are required to be entered into SPARC by July 1.  More information on this topic can be found at

Vascular Interventional Radiology Consult – Conversion in the Epic System

Beginning July 1, in concert with the conversion to the Epic medical record system, Vascular & Interventional Radiology will be converting to a 100% consult service.  Obtaining a consult from Interventional Radiology (IR) will be no different from obtaining a consult from any other service, e.g. cardiology, GI, etc.  You will simply go into Epic, select IR consult, and fill out the information on the patient.  There is also a consult pager and you should page the consult person as well to let them know what you have requested, as there is currently no automatic push to have the consult show up on IR pagers.  The consult request will be responded to promptly and a consult note will be put on the chart.  Any procedures that are necessary will be ordered and scheduled by the consult person, who will also take care of ordering appropriate pre procedure labs and writing pre procedure orders.  The IR service will take care of entering the procedure order.  As with everything in the initial experience with Epic, there will no doubt be a few bumps in the road.  Please be patient and courteous if you feel there are any problems.  A telephone call to the IR consult person will be the best way to let IR know if something has been missed.  With the new system in place, we will be able to increase the high quality of care already present at MUSC and increase patient satisfaction.

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.  Additional information regarding the Pilot Project Program, including application deadlines, can be found at

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 (

MUSC YES Campaign

The MUSC YES (Yearly Employee Support) Campaign is drawing to a close, but it’s not too late to contribute to the goal of raising $300,000 in support of the 1,300 funds within the MUSC Foundation.  Employees can direct their donations to support the fund(s) that matter the most to them personally; payment options include payroll deduction, checks, credit cards, planned gifts or gifts of stock.  For more information on the YES Campaign, please contact Whitney McLuen at or visit

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.  As a reminder, 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.

MUSC Oral Health Symposium

The MUSC Oral Health Symposium, sponsored by the Center of Oral Health Research, SCTR, and the College of Dental Medicine, is scheduled for Friday, November 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Bioengineering Building Auditorium.  The keynote speaker will be William Giannobile, DDS, MS, DMSc, Chair of the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.  For more information, please contact LuAnn Harley (

Discussion Forums

As a reminder, we have electronic discussion platforms focusing on education, research, clinical affairs, and general information from the Dean’s Office and the College of Medicine.  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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