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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

Honorary Degree Nominations Being Accepted

The Office of the President is accepting nominations for persons to receive honorary degrees from MUSC, to be awarded at Commencement in May 2014.  In general, honorary degrees go to individuals in the following broad categories – contributions to the nation, contributions to science, and contributions to the state or MUSC.  Nominations of MUSC alumni are generally discouraged.  Please consider submitting nominations of candidates, along with supporting materials such as letters, articles, CVs, etc., to Marcia Higaki,, by November 5.

MUSC Retains “A” Hospital Safety Score

Earlier this week, MUSC was again recognized by the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit devoted to patient safety, with a Hospital Safety Score of “A”.  Congratulations to all members of our clinical enterprise for your efforts in patient safety, and to Pat Cawley and his team for their leadership in this area – it is because of your hard work that we were able to achieve this recognition.

MUSC Industry Relations Policy

A University-wide committee has been working over the past several months on the development of an Industry Relations Policy.  The purpose of the policy is to “establish straightforward, effective and principled guidelines for University-Industry relationships to ensure that individuals who work for MUSC interact with Industry knowing the rules of the University and State that govern such interactions.”  The current version of this draft policy can be found at  Interim President Mark Sothmann is interested in your constructive feedback on this draft policy, particularly any recommendations for clarifications to the policy that may be needed.  For comparison sake, please feel free to reference the 2009 report from the Institute of Medicine on Conflict of Interest in Medical Research, Education, and Practice, which recommends much more restrictive policy; that report is available at  Please submit any feedback on the draft MUSC Industry Relations Policy to Dr. Bruce Elliott, the MUSC Institutional Conflict of Interest Official, or Mary Evelyn Armstrong, the MUSC Conflict of Interest Officer, by December 1.

College of Medicine Dean's Diversity Colloquium

Dr. Nadine Kaslow, President-Elect of the American Psychological Association and Professor at Emory University, will be the speaker this year’s Dean's Diversity Colloquium.  She will give the keynote address, “Understanding Privilege: Creating Individual and System-Wide Pathways to Authentic Relationships”, on November 21 at 4:00 p.m. in the Drug Discovery Auditorium, with a reception to follow.  Dr. Kaslow will spend the day at MUSC and will engage in interactive sessions with faculty, staff, residents and students.  A special session focusing on leadership will be held on November 21 at 2:00 p.m., and junior faculty members are encouraged to attend.  Faculty members interested in attending this session should RSVP to Natalie Johnson at

Center for Global Health Speakers Series

The MUSC Center for Global Health will be hosting a seminar on Friday, November 15, 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Storm Eye Institute Auditorium.  Dr. Margaret Bentley, Associate Dean of Global Health and Associate Director of the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Disease at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health will be speaking on “The MaMi Project: HIV, Nutrition, and Anti-retroviral Therapy for Mothers and Infants in Malawi”.  Dr. Indira Narayana, a consultant with Global Newborn Health, will be speaking on “Neonatal Resuscitation in Low Resource Countries – A Holistic Approach”.  Lunch will be provided, and those interested in attending should RSVP to by November 10.  More information on this seminar series can be found at

Faculty Affairs Roundtables

The College of Medicine Faculty Affairs Team invites faculty to attend the next sessions in the series of Faculty Affairs Roundtables.  These sessions will be presented by Marc Chimowitz and Tom Hulsey on the topic of “Mentoring and the Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Process” and will be offered twice – on November 4 at 4:00 p.m. in 601 Clinical Sciences Building and on November 21 at 12:00 p.m. in 429 Clinical Sciences Building.  These sessions are intended to be highly participatory and foster discussion.

Interested faculty are encouraged to participate in this event; please RSVP to Mary McConnell ( for these sessions.  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 - “Building your career as an academic educator in the health professions and biomedical sciences” – that will be presented by Drs. Maralynne Mitcham and Ruth Patterson.  This session will be held on November 6, 12:00-1:00 p.m., in MUSC Library Room 405.

“What’s the Buzz?”

In this week’s “What’s the Buzz?” video series, we’re pleased to provide a segment featuring Dr. Jack Feussner, who provides information on our goal of becoming a Top 25 academic medical center – what does it mean and how do we get there?  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.

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.



Etta D. Pisano, MD

Vice President for Medical Affairs

Dean, College of Medicine