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Message from the Dean

  


Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

Enterprise-Wide Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan

Last week, Interim President Mark Sothmann sent a letter to the MUSC community announcing the implementation of a comprehensive, enterprise-wide strategic planning process to enhance diversity and inclusion.  A copy of his letter can be found at https://sp.musc.edu/com/discuss/general/default.aspx.

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MUSC President Search Update

The search committee for the MUSC President met earlier today to discuss applicants for this important position and next steps in the process.  While I must maintain confidentiality as a member of the search committee, I can share that there are some excellent candidates within the applicant pool.  The search committee will be conducting airport interviews with selected candidates within the next couple of weeks.  It is then anticipated that three or four candidates will be invited for on-campus visits during the month of April.  The MUSC Board of Trustees will make the final decision regarding appointment to the Presidency, likely in May.

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Faculty Bridge Funding Program

A primary goal of the College of Medicine is to support and strengthen research capabilities of our faculty.  One mechanism utilized to facilitate this goal is our Bridge Funding Program.  The purpose of this program is to support investigators with established clinical or basic research programs during periods when a competitive renewal was not funded.  Program details and the application format are available at http://www.musc.edu/com/research/bridgefunding.htm.  The application deadline for the current cycle is April 15.  Applications may be emailed to Mary McConnell at mcconnem@musc.edu.  Faculty with questions about this program should contact Senior Associate Dean for Research Craig Crosson.

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Thank You to the MUSC Women Scholars Initiative

Earlier this week, the MUSC Women Scholars Initiative conducted a Career Development Program under the leadership of Drs. Tammy Nowling and Deborah DeWaay.  This program, which was attended by approximately 50 women faculty from across campus, was very well organized and well received by the attendees.  I was so pleased to participate as moderator of the Career-Life Management Panel, and am happy that the College of Medicine was able to co-sponsor this event with the Women Scholars Initiative.  I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Drs. Nowling and DeWaay for their leadership of this program, and Drs. Ashli Sheidow and Darlene Shaw for their leadership of the Women Scholars Initiative.

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Faculty Affairs Roundtables

The College of Medicine Faculty Affairs Team invites faculty to attend the next sessions in the series of Faculty Affairs Roundtables.  Drs. Paul McDermott and Leonie Gordon will be presenting on the topic of “Enhancing Your Teaching Portfolio for Promotion” on March 20 at 12:00 p.m. in 635B Clinical Sciences Building and 4:00 p.m. in 601-EE Clinical Sciences Building.  Interested faculty are encouraged to participate in this event; please RSVP to Mary McConnell (mcconnem@musc.edu) for these sessions.  For more information about the Faculty Affairs Team and services provided, please go to http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/com/faculty/.

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Residency Match Day

Match Day will be held on Friday, March 21, at 11:30 a.m. at the Charleston Music Hall at 37 John Street.  The theme for this year’s ceremony is “The 1980’s”.  Please consider joining our students for this exciting occasion when they learn where they have matched for their postgraduate clinical programs.

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Nominations Being Accepted for MUSC Developing Scholar Award

Nominations are being accepted for the MUSC Developing Scholar Award.  This award is intended to recognize and reward junior faculty members who have made outstanding contributions to the MUSC research mission, either with their individual research program or as part of an interdisciplinary research team, and to promote the continued development of these scholars.  Nominations are due April 11; for more information and nomination instructions visit http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/research/apr/developingscholars.html.

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Nominations being accepted for MUSC Foundation Faculty Awards

Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 MUSC Foundation Distinguished Faculty Service Award and the 2014 MUSC Foundation Outstanding Clinician Awards.  More information about each of these awards can be found at http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/com/cominfo_comm/headlines/.  Nominations are due April 25 and should be submitted to Interim President Mark Sothmann.

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Nominations Being Accepted for the Peggy Schachte Research Mentor Award

Nominations are being accepted for the Peggy Schachte Research Mentor Award.  This award is intended to recognize individuals at MUSC who mentor faculty in obtaining research support from private and public organizations or government agencies.  Nominations are due April 18; for more information and nomination instructions visit http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/research/apr/schachte.html.

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COM Clinician Scientist K12 Program Accepting Applications

Applications are being accepted for the COM Clinician Scientist K12 Program.  Scholars will be selected for a career development award to begin July 2014 and will receive 2-3 years of salary support commensurate with 40% effort per year to pursue multidisciplinary clinical and translational research with training and mentoring.  Applicants should submit their applications by April 2.  For more information and application instructions visit https://sctrweb2.musc.edu/pups/files/0000/0701/SCTR_K12_Clinician_Sci_2014_RFA.pdf.

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Second Annual Women’s Health Research Day

The MUSC Women’s Health Research Center will be holding its second annual Women’s Health Research Day on April 3 in the Institute of Psychiatry Auditorium.  The program will include scientific presentation and poster sessions highlighting sex and gender-based work conducted across campus.  Speakers include myself, Dr. Kathleen Brady, and Dr. Larry Cahill.  For more information or to register, please visit www.musc.edu/wrc or contact Sarah Gainey (smithsar@musc.edu).

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Presentation on “Achieving a Nationwide Learning Health System”

The MUSC Biomedical Informatics Center is sponsoring a presentation by Dr. Charles Friedman, Director of the Health Informatics Program at the University of Michigan, on “Achieving a Nationwide Learning Health System”.  This event will be held on March 24 at 5:00 p.m. in 110 Bioengineering Building.

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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:

https://sp.musc.edu/com/discuss/research/

https://sp.musc.edu/com/discuss/clinical/

https://sp.musc.edu/com/discuss/education/

https://sp.musc.edu/com/discuss/general/

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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.

Sincerely,

Etta

Etta D. Pisano, MD

Vice President for Medical Affairs

Dean, College of Medicine


 

 
 
 

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