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Message from the Dean


Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

Dr. Stephen Kingsmore, candidate for the position of Founding Director of the Center for Genomic Medicine, will be giving a seminar next Monday, March 26, at 4:00 p.m. in 100 Basic Science Building on the topic of “Practical Pediatric Genomic Medicine”.  Dr. Kingsmore is currently Director of the Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO, and Professor of Pediatrics and Ob/Gyn at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.  All members of the college are invited to attend his seminar.

As a reminder, the College of Medicine, in conjunction with the MUSC Women Scholars Initiative, is sponsoring a visit by Gail Evans next week.  Gail will be giving a talk on Tuesday, March 27, 5:00 p.m. in 100 Basic Science Building on the topic of “Race, Gender & Ethnicity in the Workplace”.  This event is open to all faculty, staff, students, and trainees, and I hope many of you will be able to attend.

Several of our off-campus clinics deserve special recognition for achieving excellence in patient satisfaction for the second quarter of FY12.  The following clinics earned the Crystal Excellence in Patient Care Award, receiving the top patient satisfaction scores and a 5 Star Rating from their patients – CRC East Cooper, Mt. Pleasant Cardiology, Specialty Care North Charleston Dermatology/MOHS, and West Ashley Cardiology.  The following sites also earned a 5 Star Rating and deserve recognition – East Cooper Pulmonary, East Cooper Rheumatology, Specialty Care North Charleston Orthopedics, and Storm Eye North.  I would like to commend all of these clinics for their excellent performance.

Implementation of the new Epic electronic medical record began yesterday at the five pilot clinics – University Internal Medicine, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Pediatric Cardiology, Carolina Family Care (2 Island Court), and East Cooper Women’s Center.  Based on the information and feedback received so far, the launch has been successful and without significant technical issues during this initial phase of the rollout.  Many thanks to those in the pilot clinics, and to Epic project management and support teams, for your hard work and commitment to this process.

All faculty and students are invited to attend the Medical Alumni Homecoming Weekend Oyster Roast, which is scheduled for Friday, April 20, at 7:00 p.m.  This is an opportunity to bring together our alumni, faculty, and current students in a fun and relaxed environment so that we can get to know one another even better.  Faculty may register by going to and clicking on “Alumni Bash and Oyster Roast”.  Students may buy tickets at the discounted price of $20.00 in the Dean’s Office from Monday, March 26, until April 16.  No tickets will be sold at the door, so please make sure to get tickets in advance.

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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