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Message from the Dean




Dear Colleagues,


Department of Regenerative Medicine Chair Search

The search committee for the Chair of the Department of Regenerative Medicine, chaired by Dr. Ken Tew, 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- Mary Dickinson (July 8-9, Baylor), Cecilia Lo (August 5-6, University of Pittsburgh), Gerald Dorn (August 7-8, Washington University), Stephen Duncan (August 11-12, Medical College of Wisconsin), Jian-Ping Jin (August 13-14, Wayne State University), Emmanuel Opara (August 18-19, Wake Forest University), Henry Donahue (August 20-21, Penn State Hershey), and Rob Gourdie (August 28-29, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute).

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Third Year Student Clinicians Ceremony

The Third Year Student Clinicians Ceremony, developed by the Gold Humanism Honor Society and sponsored by the College of Medicine Alumni Association and the Alumni Loyalty Fund, is designed to support our medical students’ transition into their clinical years.  The ceremony underscores the imperatives to the Class of 2016 students in providing humanistic care to patients at the same time as they are pressed to demonstrate high standards of skill performance.  The ceremony will be held on Friday, June 27, at 2:00 p.m. in the Drug Discovery Auditorium, with a reception immediately following – all members of the college are welcome to attend.  A new white coat will be presented to each student at this event.

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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 (

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MUSC University Press

Earlier this month, a memo was issued by Interim President Mark Sothmann regarding the designation of the MUSC University Press as the sole source provider for all printing activities for the MUSC enterprise.  A copy of that memo can be found at  University Press manager, Jim Corr, will serve as the broker for all print projects; those with questions should feel free to contact Mr. Corr at or 792-4927.

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Physician Payment Sunshine Act - Phase I Physician Registration

As a reminder to our physicians, last week the MUSC Conflict of Interest Office shared an update regarding the Physician Payment Sunshine Act – a copy of the full message can be found at  The first phase of online registration is now open to physicians who would like the opportunity to review their data prior to its publication.  For those physicians who receive money from industry for outside activities, this is the only way to access reported data in advance and try to ensure that the data made publicly available is accurate.  The website to complete phase I of registration is  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has a webpage dedicated to information for physicians –

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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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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.  We are pleased to announce that 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.

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SCTR Fall Scientific Retreat

The SCTR Fall Scientific Retreat has been scheduled for Thursday, October 30, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Bioengineering Building Auditorium on the topic of "Making Tobacco History: Accelerating Efforts to Reduce the Harm Caused by Tobacco."  The keynote speakers include John R. Seffrin, PhD (Chief Executive Officer, American Cancer Society, Inc.) and Jonathan M. Samet, MD, MS (Senior Editor, Surgeon General's Report 2014, Distinguished Professor and Flora L. Thornton Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, Director, USC Institute for Global Health).  A reception will follow from 4:00- 6:00 p.m. in the Bioengineering Lobby.

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Epic Q&A Drop-In Sessions

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 - June 27 and July 3 and 10.  All those with questions are encouraged to attend one of these sessions.  For additional information, please contact Rebecca Freeman at

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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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