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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

Academy of Medical Educators

The Academy of Medical Educators (AME) has recently announced the following new members-

Dr. Joe Blumer (Dept. of Pharmacology) - Master Teacher

Dr. Julius Sagel (Dept. of Medicine) - Distinguished Teaching Scholar

Dr. Lancer Scott (Dept. of Medicine) - Master Teacher

Dr. Antine Stenbit (Dept. of Medicine) - Mentored Teaching Fellow

Dr. Gabriel Virella (Dept. of Microbiology) - Distinguished Teaching Scholar

Please join me in congratulating these individuals for their selection and in thanking them for their commitment to our educational mission.

AME was established earlier this year to provide a forum for higher levels of participation, training, and recognition of faculty educators and to promote excellence, innovation, and scholarship in teaching and education.  More information about AME and the application process can be found at  The next application deadline is November 19; faculty are encouraged to consider applying for membership.  Questions about AME may be directed to the AME Co-Directors, Drs. Debra Hazen-Martin, Leonie Gordon, and Paul McDermott.

Faculty Bridge Funding Program

A principal 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  The application deadline for the current cycle is Monday, December 17, 2012.  Applications may be emailed to Mary McConnell at  Faculty with questions about this program should contact Senior Associate Dean for Research Craig Crosson.

SCTR Survey About Research Support Needs

The South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institution (SCTR), the academic home of our NIH CTSA (Clinical and Translational Science Award), has developed a survey to gather information about your research support needs.  They would like everyone associated with research at MUSC to help with this important project, and will use the information gathered in planning SCTR's research services, resources, and tools to ensure that SCTR and the CTSA funds are used to support your identified research needs.

Survey responders completing the survey and providing an email address will be entered into a drawing for an IPAD and Wickliffe House gift certificates.  Please complete the survey by 11:00 p.m. Monday, November 12, to be eligible for the drawing.  If you have any questions, please contact the SCTR SUCCESS Center at (843) 792-8300 or Royce Sampson at  The survey may be accessed at class="apple-style-span"

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:

Faculty Breakfast Meetings

Faculty who are interested in attending one of my breakfast meetings should contact Beverly Carson ( and indicate which area of focus (research, clinical, education, administration) is of greatest interest to them.  These meetings will typically be held on Thursday mornings at 7:30 a.m.  I hope all faculty who would like to participate in these discussions will sign up for a future breakfast meeting.

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.