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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

Nominations for MUSC Foundation Teaching Excellence Awards

Nominations are invited for the MUSC Foundation Teaching Excellence Awards.  Awards may be given in the following categories:  Clinical/Professional (Educator-Mentor), Scholarship/Academic (Educator-Mentor), Educator-Lecturer, and Developing Teacher.  Nominations are due January 27; more information about the awards and the nomination process can be found at  Questions may be addressed to Marcia Higaki at 792-2228.

Nominations for 2014 Earl B. Higgins Diversity Awards

The MUSC Office of Student Diversity invites nominations for the 2014 Earl B. Higgins Achievement in Diversity Awards.  These awards acknowledge persistence and dedication to positive contributions to diversity enhancement at MUSC.  There are two awards – one for faculty/staff and one for students – and the nomination deadline is February 10.  More information about the nomination process can be found at

Charleston’s “Best Of” Voting Now Open – Help Support MUSC

Voting for Charleston’s “Best Of” for 2014 is now open and will run through February 4.  MUSC is in the running in several categories including best hospital, best place to work, best place to give birth, best physician, and best plastic surgeon.  We won last year for best hospital and best place to work, which reflects the high quality patient care we provide and the enormous talent and dedication of our faculty and staff.  Please consider supporting MUSC again this year - the ballot can be accessed at

Faculty Affairs Roundtables

The College of Medicine Faculty Affairs Team invites faculty to attend the next session in the series of Faculty Affairs Roundtables.  Drs. Marc Chimowitz and Gary Gilkeson will be presenting on the topic of “Modified Faculty Track” on January 23 at 4:00 p.m. in 601 Clinical Sciences Building.  Interested faculty are encouraged to participate in this event; please RSVP to Mary McConnell ( for this session.  For more information about the Faculty Affairs Team and services provided, please go to

Tools for Mentors and Mentees Presentation

The Apple Tree Society and the Mentor Leadership Council invite all faculty and staff to the next presentation in a series on Tools for Mentors and Mentees - “Early Career Researchers – Benefits, Challenges & Lessons Learned” – a panel discussion with Heather Bonilha, Chris Gregory, DeAnna Adkins, Dee Ford, and Mark Bowden.  This session will be held on January 21, 12:00-1:00 p.m., in Room 405 of the Library.

“What’s the Buzz?” – Introducing Dr. Terry Steyer

In this week’s “What’s the Buzz?” video series, we’re pleased to introduce Dr. Terry Steyer, who joined the College as Chair of the Department of Family Medicine on January 1.  This video is available at

The “What’s the Buzz?” series 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.

Applications Being Accepted for Community Engaged Scholars Program

SCTR is now accepting applications for the Community Engaged Scholars Program, which provides training and pilot funds for up to three teams consisting of a community and academic partner who have interests in community-based participatory research.  An information session is being held on January 27 at 12:00 p.m., and applications are due February 21 at 5:00 p.m.  More information, including the request for applications, can be found at

Neuroscience Institute Pilot Grants for Collaborative Translational Neuroscience Research

MUSC faculty are invited to apply for three pilot awards available from the Neuroscience Institute.  Each award is for one year and can be renewed for a second year pending acceptable progress and availability of funding, and is limited to $15,000 per year direct costs (no indirect costs or overhead is allowed).  The main objectives of these pilot awards are to foster new collaborative research in the neurosciences that is highly relevant to development of treatments for neural disorders and to provide pilot data that will lead to sustained funding from an external agency (e.g., NIH).  Each application must have two faculty co-PIs, and preference will be given to collaborations between clinical and basic scientists.  Applications should follow the guidelines of the NIH R21 application and include all sections described in the NIH SF424 guidelines.  Applications must also include an NIH-format other support statement that describes other research support available or pending for each of the co-PIs, and the relationship of that support to the project proposed.  The application should be submitted as one composite pdf file, in order as described in the SF424 guidelines for R21 applications, to Susan McLintock at  Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on February 28, and announcements of funding decisions will be made in March.

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 Thursday, April 3, in the Institute of Psychiatry Auditorium.  Investigators from across campus are invited to submit their gender/sex-based research for presentation; abstracts are due by noon on February 21.  For more information, please visit or contact Sarah Gainey (

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:

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.