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Message from the Dean



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

Dear Colleagues:

“How to Efficiently Access the Latest Information Applicable to Your Clinical Practice”

The MUSC ARROW Initiative (formerly the Women Scholars Initiative) will be sponsoring a workshop on “How to Efficiently Access the Latest Information Applicable to Your Clinical Practice” on May 29, 3:00-5:00 p.m., in Room 110 Drug Discovery Building.  Objectives of this event will include learning strategies and techniques from experienced Library Science and Informatics faculty on how to integrate current information into clinical decision-making.  Those faculty interested in attending should RSVP to Megan McDonough ( by May 9. (Back to top)

Congratulations to Rebecca Knackstedt

College of Medicine student Rebecca Knackstedt was recently notified of her selection by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion for the 2014 Paul Ambrose Scholars Program.  The Paul Ambrose Scholars Program is designed to prepare clinical health professions students to address population health challenges at the national and community level, and provides mini-grants to implement a Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators project within a student’s community or academic institution.  Please join me in congratulating Rebecca on her selection for this program. (Back to top)


Employee Commitment/Satisfaction Survey Results

Last week, I shared with you a copy of the College of Medicine Executive Overview presentation related to our employee commitment/satisfaction survey.  Unit-specific results have been made available to leaders and managers within the College; I encourage those leaders and managers to share the survey results for their respective units with their employees, and to use this as an opportunity to celebrate accomplishments and improvements over the past year and to implement changes where needed.

I’m pleased to now share with you a copy of the Enterprise-wide Executive Overview for MUSC Health – College of Medicine, MUSC Physicians, and MUHA.  That document is available at  One of the survey results that is most encouraging from my perspective is that while the National Healthcare average for employee engagement is trending down (down 0.04 points from last year) the MUSC Health average for employee engagement increased a total of 0.11 points from last year.  This is an impressive accomplishment that results from the outstanding commitment and dedication of our employees.  Together, we can continue to improve for the benefit of all who work at MUSC and those we serve. (Back to top)

Annual CATTS Mandatory Training


It is time for all employees to complete the University’s annual CATTS mandatory training modules.  Completion of all modules is due by June 30.  The system is easily accessed online at using your NetID and password.  Questions regarding this training should be directed to your supervisor or respective human resources office. (Back to top)


Many thanks to all of those who participated in the ACGME Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) visit this week.  We greatly appreciate your hard work and cooperation; because of your efforts, the visit went very well.  I’d like to take this opportunity to commend Dr. Ben Clyburn and his team on their excellent work. (Back to top)

Graduation Week Activities

We are looking forward to the festivities that graduation week will bring.  One of the most important commencement week events for the College of Medicine is the oath ceremony – this is the occasion when our graduates take the Hippocratic Oath and are “hooded” with their academic hoods.  The Oath Ceremony is scheduled for May 15, 6:00 p.m., at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.  Members of the College are welcome to attend the oath ceremony, and I would especially like to encourage members of the faculty to participate in this important occasion.  Other activities during graduation week include the Pearls Lecture, the Student Awards Ceremony and the Senior Ball, all of which take place on May 14.  And, of course, commencement itself takes place on May 16, at 9:00 a.m. at the Citadel.  More information about these upcoming activities can be found at

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MUSC YES Campaign

The MUSC YES (Yearly Employee Support) Campaign is now underway, with a 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

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Drug Discovery Symposium

The MUSC Center for Drug Discovery will be hosting a Drug Discovery Symposium on May 28.  The symposium will showcase up to 12 ideas, biological targets and/or potential drug discovery projects selected from ongoing research at MUSC.  Presenters will be selected from submitted abstracts that include the title, contributing authors, and 5-8 sentences summarizing the drug discovery idea.  Interested individuals should send their abstracts to Karen Lackey ( by May 2.  More information can be found at (Back to top)

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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