Skip Navigation


Message from the Dean


Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

 Dear Colleagues:

Match Day

Today was Match Day, one of the major milestones in a medical student’s career, when our fourth year medical students find out where they will next be training for their future careers in medicine.  I am certain there was a lot of excitement and emotion in the room today as each student learned of their next destination.  We are so very proud of our students, and look forward to following their careers and hearing about their future successes.

class="MsoHyperlink"(back to top)

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  The application deadline for the current cycle is April 15.  Applications may be emailed to Mary McConnell at  Faculty with questions about this program should contact Senior Associate Dean for Research Craig Crosson.

(back to top)

“What’s the Buzz?” – Introducing Dr. Steven Carroll

In this edition of the “What’s the Buzz?” video series, we’re pleased to introduce Dr. Steven Carroll, who joined the College as Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine on February 15.  The video is available at

“What’s the Buzz?” consists of short videos addressing some of the most talked about issues within or affecting the College.  If you’d like to have issues of interest or concern addressed in this forum, you can send an email to, drop a note in the comment box in the lobby of 601 Clinical Sciences Building, post a question to one of our COM discussion forums, or send me an email directly.  All topics are welcome.  I hope you will find these videos an easy way to stay informed and have issues addressed in a convenient and timely way.

(back to top)

Faculty Sought for Clinical Master Teacher Positions

The College of Medicine Medical Student Education Program is seeking faculty applicants for 15 newly developed Clinical Master Teacher positions.  These faculty will receive 15% effort of funding to have oversight of clinical skills teaching and assessment for assigned students in Year 2 and Year 3 of medical school.  Faculty development will be provided to assist faculty in developing the teaching and assessment skills needed.  Additionally, we are seeking faculty applicants for the positions of Co-Directors for Clinical Skills Education; these positions will receive 15% effort of funding. Individuals interested in the Co-Directors positions may also apply for a Clinical Master Teacher position as well for a total of 30% effort of funding.  A full description of the positions and applications are available by emailing Dr. Donna Kern, Associate Dean for Curriculum-Clinical Sciences, at  Interested individuals should apply by Friday, March 28.

(back to top)

Congratulations to COM Student Christopher Clark

We recently received notification that College of Medicine student Christopher Clark has been selected to participate in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Research Fellowship.  This fellowship is a one-year award for full-time research with a stipend, research allowance and a fellow’s allowance.  Please join me in congratulating Christopher on this achievement.

(back to top)

Search for Dean, College of Graduate Studies

The search for a permanent Dean for the College of Graduate Studies was initiated earlier this week.  Interim President Mark Sothmann charged the search committee, which is chaired by Dr. Craig Crosson and includes broad university representation.  College of Medicine faculty serving on the search committee include Drs. Lauren Ball, Judy Dubno, Marvella Ford, Tom Hulsey, Bonnie Martin-Harris, Jim Oates, and Andy Wessels.  I am confident the search committee will identify an outstanding individual to fill this important role.

(back to top)

“How Changes in Medical Education are Affecting the Match and Residency Requirements”

The College of Medicine Academy of Medical Educators is sponsoring a presentation by Dr. Joanne Conroy, Chief Health Care Officer at the AAMC, on “How Changes in Medical Education are Affecting the Match and Residency Requirements”.  This seminar is being held on April 4, at 12:00 p.m. in 110 Bioengineering Building.  All faculty are invited to attend.

(back to top)

Department of Public Health Sciences Summer Institute

The Department of Public Health Sciences Summer Institute will be offering two four-day workshops this May that introduce current quantitative methods in key areas of biomedical and clinical research and offer hands on experience with implementing these methods.  More information can be found at; the registration deadline for these workshops is April 30.

(back to top)

Nominations being accepted for the MUSC Student Leadership Society

Nominations are being accepted for the MUSC 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 or in their actions and activities that reflect positively on the university.  Nominations are due April 2; more information can be found at

(back to top)

MUSC Alert System

MUSC recently implemented a new emergency management notification system, MUSC Alert, to provide timely notification to faculty, staff and students of emergency situations that potentially impact the MUSC community.  For instance, MUSC Alert was used to notify the MUSC community of the adverse winter weather conditions that affected MUSC operations last month.  MUSC Alert notifications are pushed out to all MUSC-provided communication tools, but those tools may not reach all of our faculty, staff and students in a timely manner.  For that reason, MUSC is asking that you register your personal telephone numbers and email accounts with MUSC Alert so that you will receive timely text, voice and email notifications.  Your personal mobile phone will likely be the most effective way to notify you of emergency situations, because you are likely to have it with you as you travel to and from campus, while you are on campus, and on nights and weekends.  The information you provide will remain confidential and will only be used when there is an emergency situation that could impact you.  More information on MUSC Alert and the link to manage your MUSC Alert account can be found at  If you have specific questions or concerns about the MUSC Alert System, please contact Amanda Ritsema in the Department of Risk Management at 792-8514 or

(back to top)

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

(back to top)

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 or contact Sarah Gainey (

(back to top)

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:

(back to top)

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




© 2016  Medical University of South Carolina | Disclaimer     Contact Web Administrator