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Message from the Dean


Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

This past fall, I asked Drs. David Cole and Pat Cawley to co-chair a new task force to assess and improve OR operations and efficiency.  Task force members include Marilyn Schaffner, Bruce Elliott, Mark Lyles, Scott Reeves, and Samir Fakhry.  Four areas of focus were identified by this Perioperative Strategic Oversight Committee – leadership, OR nurse staffing, OR efficiency and throughput, and strategic hires.  A copy of their report can be found at   Working specialty groups have been formed to improve the effectiveness and engagement of surgical leadership.  I appreciate the great amount of effort that has already gone into addressing many of the issues identified.

Match Day will be held next Friday, March 16, 12:00 p.m., at the Charleston Music Hall.  Please consider attending this exciting occasion when our fourth year medical students find out where they will next be training for their future careers in medicine.

I am pleased to announce that 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 Gazes Room 125 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.

Nominations are now being accepted for the MUSC 2012 Student Leadership Society.  The purpose of the society is to recognize those students who have made notable contributions to the university through their character, service and commitment to enhancing the university environment.  This year’s recipients will receive $1,500 each.  Faculty, staff and students may nominate candidates for the society.  The application deadline is March 28; more information can be found at

As a reminder, the Women Scholars Initiative is accepting applications for the second annual John R. Raymond Mentoring Fellowship.  This fellowship provides some financial support for a selected full-time female faculty member to initiate a relationship with a mentor affiliated with an outside institution.  The field of interest may be in research, clinical practice, or education/teaching and the mentor should be someone who is considered an expert in their chosen field.  The application deadline for this program has been extended to March 16; application information can be found at

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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