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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

MUSC Physicians Non-Compete Town Hall Meeting

The MUSC Physicians (MUSCP) Non-Compete Ad Hoc Committee is hosting a Town Hall Meeting next Tuesday, March 5, at 5:00 p.m. in 110 Bioengineering Building to provide an informative overview of the MUSCP non-compete agreement review process.  This ad hoc committee is chaired by Dr. Scott Reeves and its membership is comprised of Drs. Dee Ford, Wanda Gonsalves, Susan Harvey, and David Soper, all of whom are at-large members of the MUSCP Board and were elected to those positions by all members of MUSCP.  It is important to note that this committee has not yet drafted a revised non-compete agreement.  The committee and the MUSCP Executive Committee want to provide all members with an opportunity to ask questions and provide input before doing so.  MUSCP members are encouraged to attend this important town hall meeting and can submit questions in advance to, raise questions in person at the meeting, and/or submit feedback on comment cards which will be available as you enter the meeting.  Interested parties may also contact members of the ad hoc committee directly to provide feedback.

College of Medicine Town Hall Meeting

Our next College of Medicine Town Hall Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 20, at 4:00 p.m. in 110 Drug Discovery Building.  As you know, I am very interested in hearing from all members of the college about issues of importance to our missions.  If you have any particular topics you’d like me to address, there are several options available to you.  You can raise a topic in person during the meeting, submit a question in writing anonymously at the beginning of the meeting, submit a question in writing anonymously by placing it in the Town Hall question box in the Dean’s Office reception area, and/or email questions in advance to  I hope all members of the college who are able will plan to attend.

Family Medicine Chair Search

The search committee for the Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, chaired by Dr. Rita Ryan, 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- Diane Harper (University of Missouri-Kansas City, March 11-12); Joshua Jacobs (National University of Singapore, March 18-19); Peter Carek (MUSC, March 20-21); and Terrence Steyer (Medical College of Georgia, April 2-3).

Each of these candidates will be giving seminars open to all members of the college.  Dr. Harper will be speaking on “Lessons We Have Learned in Cervical Cancer Prevention” on Monday, March 11, 12:00-1:00 p.m., in the Charleston Center, 2nd floor conference room, Department of Family Medicine.  Dr. Jacobs will be speaking on “Entrustable Professional Activities: Unifying the Continuum of Medical Education” on Monday, March 18, 12:00-1:00 p.m., in the Charleston Center, 2nd floor conference room, Department of Family Medicine.  Dr. Carek will be speaking on “A Culture of Inquiry” on Wednesday, March 20, 12:00-1:00 p.m., in the Charleston Center, 2nd floor conference room, Department of Family Medicine.  Information about the seminar by Dr. Steyer will be provided when available.

Residency Match Day

Match Day will be held on Friday, March 15, at 11:30 a.m. at the Charleston Music Hall at 37 John Street.  The theme for this year’s ceremony is Ides of March.  Please consider attending this exciting occasion when our fourth year medical students find out where they will next be training for their future careers in medicine.

Faculty Affairs Roundtables

The College of Medicine Faculty Affairs Team invites you to attend the next session in the new series of Faculty Affairs Roundtables.  This session will be presented by Drs. Gary Gilkeson and Dan Smith on “Negotiating with your Chair” and will be offered twice – on March 27 at 4:30 p.m. and on March 28 at 12:00 p.m.  These sessions are intended to be highly participatory and foster lively discussion.  Please RSVP to Mary McConnell ( for these sessions.

The Faculty Affairs Team welcomes input on topics of interest to be covered during future Faculty Affairs Roundtables.  Please share your thoughts on the discussion forum at  For more information about the Faculty Affairs Team and services provided, please go to

AAMC Council of Faculty and Academic Societies

The AAMC is creating a new Council of Faculty and Academic Societies, which will represent faculty’s voice within the AAMC leadership structure.  Each AAMC institution is being asked to designate faculty to serve on this group, which is charged with identifying critical issues facing faculty members of medical schools and providing a voice for faculty about those issues to the AAMC as they relate to creation and implementation of the AAMC’s programs, services and policies.  The AAMC has designated one of the slots for faculty members within 10 years of initial faculty appointment.

I ask that any faculty who are within 10 years of initial faculty appointment and are interested in serving on this AAMC Council please send me their CV and a brief statement of interest by Wednesday, March 6.  Additional information about the work of this Council can be found at

Homecoming Weekend Oyster Roast

All College of Medicine faculty are invited to attend this year’s Homecoming Weekend Oyster Roast, scheduled for Friday, March 22, from 7:00-10:00 pm, at Shem Creek.  Advanced registration is required - no tickets will be sold at the door – and dress is casual.  Please register for this event at  Plenty of oysters and non-seafood items will be served.  We hope you join us for what is sure to be a fun evening with our alumni and students.

Faculty Applications Being Accepted for MUSC Presidential Scholars Program

Faculty applications are being sought for the MUSC Presidential Scholars Program.  One faculty member from the College of Medicine will be selected to serve a three-year term and join current faculty from the other colleges; a small stipend is provided.  Applications are due Friday, March 8, and more information, including instruction on how to submit an application, can be found at

9th Annual Aging Research Day

The MUSC Center on Aging will be hosting the South Carolina Aging Research Network’s 9th Annual Aging Research Day on Friday, March 8, at Charles Towne Landing.  This conference focuses on maintaining cognitive health with aging, healthy aging and age-related disorders.  Additional information and details on how to register can be found at

Discussion Forums

As a reminder, we have created new 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.  I look forward to hearing from you - either in person or via email.



Etta D. Pisano, MD

Vice President for Medical Affairs