COLLEGE OF MEDICINE Newsroom
Message from the Dean
Graduation Week Activities
Preparations for Commencement are well underway, and we are looking forward to the festivities that graduation week will bring. One of the most important commencement week events for the College of Medicine is the oath ceremony – this is the occasion when our graduates take the Hippocratic Oath and are “hooded” with their academic hoods. The Oath Ceremony is scheduled for May 15, 6:00 p.m., at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. Members of the college are welcome to attend the oath ceremony, and I would especially like to encourage members of the faculty to participate in this important occasion. Other activities during graduation week include the Pearls Lecture, the Student Awards Ceremony and the Senior Ball, all of which take place on May 14. And, of course, commencement itself takes place on May 16, at 9:00 a.m. at the Citadel. More information about these upcoming activities can be found at http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/com/stu_affairs/events_activ/Graduation_Week_2014.pdf.
MUSC Recognized in Charleston City Paper “Best Of” Rankings
Charleston City Paper recently published their 2014 “Best of Charleston” rankings and MUSC once again ranked first in the “Best Place to Work” and “Best Hospital” categories. This sort of recognition is only possible because of the outstanding faculty and staff who work together every day to truly “change what’s possible” - thanks for all you do for MUSC.
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. Dan Smith and Gary Gilkeson will be presenting on the topic of “Negotiating With Your Chair” on April 17 at 12:00 p.m. in 601EE Clinical Sciences Building and 4:00 p.m. in 601DD Clinical Sciences Building. Interested faculty are encouraged to participate in this event; please RSVP to Mary McConnell (firstname.lastname@example.org) for these sessions. For more information about previous presentations, and the Faculty Affairs Team and services provided, please go to http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/com/faculty/.
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.
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.
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.
3rd Annual Mentor Training Program
class="apple-style-span"The MUSC Mentor Leadership Council and SCTR Institute are hosting the 3rd Annual Mentor Training Program - Practical Advice for Developing your Career & Getting Promoted- on Friday, April 25, from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Bioengineering Building Auditorium. Throughout this half-day program, essential and applicable components of effective mentoring will be addressed. All mentors and mentees are strongly encouraged to attend. Visit the website for program details and registration (free, but required) at https://sctr.musc.edu/index.php/2014-musc-mentoring-retreat.
SCTR Scientific Retreat on Pain Research
SCTR will be hosting a Scientific Retreat on Pain Research on May 23 from 9:00-3:00 p.m., in the Bioengineering Building Auditorium. The keynote address on “The Chronic Pain Epidemic: Translational Challenges and Opportunities” will be given by Dr. Roger B. Fillingim, President of the American Pain Society. For more information or to register, please visit https://sctr.musc.edu/index.php/sctr-scientific-retreat-on-pain-research or contact Dayan Ranwala at email@example.com.
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 http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/com/cominfo_comm/headlines/.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
“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.
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 email@example.com. Faculty with questions about this program should contact Senior Associate Dean for Research Craig Crosson.
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:
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