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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

Clinical Faculty Compensation Plan

As we have been communicating with College of Medicine clinical faculty, the college is developing a new compensation framework for our clinical faculty to be implemented beginning July 1, 2014.  I held a Town Hall Meeting devoted to this topic earlier this week and very much appreciated the opportunity to address questions from faculty who were in attendance.  That Town Hall Meeting was recorded, and a copy of the video can be accessed at http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/com/cominfo_comm/videos/.

As we have been discussing, one of the reasons for implementation of a new clinical compensation framework is to better prepare our institution for new clinical payment models that are expected to focus on quality and efficiency, not just volume.  One recent example of this is an announcement by Medicare that they are accelerating plans to tie a portion of doctors’ pay to the quality of their care.  An article posted in Kaiser Health News on this topic can be found at http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2013/July/22/Medicare-value-based-pay-for-doctors.aspx?utm_source=Managed&utm_campaign=4fbf4fe51b-News+Clips&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ebe1fa6178-4fbf4fe51b-314612717.

As was discussed at the Town Hall Meeting, compensation plans will vary somewhat by department at the discretion of each department chair.  All clinical department chairs have been asked to discuss the proposed clinical faculty compensation plan at their next department faculty meeting.  Faculty are encouraged to ask their department chairs specific questions about how the compensation plan will be implemented in their department, and I am happy to address any questions related to the overall compensation framework.

Faculty Affairs Roundtables

The College of Medicine Faculty Affairs Team invites faculty to attend the next session in the series of Faculty Affairs Roundtables.  This session will be presented by Craig Crosson and Jennifer Nall on the topic of “Faculty Letters of Non-Renewal” and will be offered twice – on August 8 at 4:00 p.m. and on August 9 at 12:00 p.m.  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 (mcconnem@musc.edu) for these sessions.  For more information about the Faculty Affairs Team and services provided, please go to http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/com/faculty/.

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 August 15.  Applications may be emailed to Mary McConnell at mcconnem@musc.edu.  Faculty with questions about this program should contact Senior Associate Dean for Research Craig Crosson.

Town Hall Meetings

As I’ve done the past two years, I will elaborate on our accomplishments over the past year and on our plans for the future in my State of the College address, which will be held on Monday, September 9, at 4:00 p.m., in the Drug Discovery Building Auditorium.  As we continue to implement the university-wide funds flow process and as financial pressures continue to challenge our institution, I will also be presenting a Town Hall meeting focused on college financial issues – this will be held on Monday, September 23, at 4:00 p.m. in the Drug Discovery Building Auditorium.  I hope all members of the college who are interested will plan to attend these meetings.  As always, I look forward to hearing your input and feedback.

2013 MUSC Faculty Convocation

This year’s MUSC Faculty Convocation will be held on Tuesday, August 20, at 4:30 p.m. in the Drug Discovery Building Auditorium, with a reception to follow.  Dr. Robert Sade will be giving this year’s keynote address on “Ethics in the Emerging Health Care System”.  I hope all members of the faculty will plan to attend this event.

Interprofessional Collaboration Grant Opportunity Pilot Project Program

The MUSC Strategic Plan Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Operations Team announced earlier this week the 2013 Interprofessional Collaboration Grant Opportunity Pilot Project Program.  The goal of this program is to promote the scholarship of interprofessional collaboration and practice in the areas of clinical care, education, and research.  Each application may receive up to $15,000, and multiple grants will be awarded.  The deadline for proposal submission is September 13; more information about this program can be found at http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/com/cominfo_comm/headlines/Grant%20Announcement%202013.pdf.

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:

https://sp.musc.edu/com/discuss/research/

https://sp.musc.edu/com/discuss/clinical/

https://sp.musc.edu/com/discuss/education/

https://sp.musc.edu/com/discuss/general/

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.

Sincerely,

Etta

Etta D. Pisano, MD

Vice President for Medical Affairs

Dean, College of Medicine