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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

Congratulations to Medical Students

Shauna Jenkins, one of our 3rd year medical students, received the 1st place award for her poster presentation given at the South Carolina Medical Association Meeting in Hilton Head last week.  Shauna conducted summer research with Dr. Deborah Deas and is a co-author on the poster along with Dr. Deas, Natalie Johnson, and Dr. Suzanne Thomas.  Second place went to Eric Singhi, and Rahul Loungani and Robert "Joe" Collins III were tied for third place.  Please join me in congratulating these students on their accomplishments.

2013 MUSC Faculty Convocation

This year’s MUSC Faculty Convocation will be held on Tuesday, August 20, at 4:30 p.m. in 110 Drug Discovery Building, 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.

Faculty Affairs Roundtables

The College of Medicine Faculty Affairs Team instituted a new series of Faculty Affairs Roundtables this year.  Topics included – New Faculty Roadmap, Mentoring & APT, CTSA and Bridge Funding, Modified Research Track, Academy of Medical Educators, and Negotiating with your Chair.  Presentations from each of these sessions are available for faculty to access at their convenience at  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

Nominations being accepted for Faculty Awards

Nominations are being accepted for the 2013 MUSC Foundation Distinguished Faculty Service Award and the 2013 MUSC Foundation Outstanding Clinician Awards.  More information about each of these awards can be found at  The Provost’s Office has extended the deadline for nominations to May 10 – please submit nominations to Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Mark Sothmann.

Nominations being accepted for the MUSC Developing Scholars Award

Nominations are being accepted for the MUSC Foundation Developing Scholars Award  The purpose of the Developing Scholars Award is to recognize and reward junior faculty who have made outstanding contributions to the research mission of MUSC; more information about this award can be found at deadline for nominations has been extended to May 10.

Graduation Week Activities

We are looking forward to the festivities that graduation week will bring.  One of the most important commencement week events for the College of Medicine is the oath ceremony – this is the occasion when our graduates take the Hippocratic Oath and are “hooded” with their academic hoods.  The Oath Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, May 16, 7:00 p.m., at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.  Members of the college are welcome to attend the oath ceremony, and I would especially like to encourage members of the faculty to participate in this important occasion.  Other activities during graduation week include the Pearls Lecture, the Student Awards Ceremony and the Senior Ball, all of which take place on Wednesday, May 15.  And, of course, commencement itself takes place on Friday, May 17, at 9:00 a.m. at the Citadel Field House.  Commencement information 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

Dean, College of Medicine