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 Dear Colleagues,

MUSC YES Campaign

The MUSC YES (Yearly Employee Support) Campaign is now underway, with a goal of raising $300,000 in support of the 1,300 funds within the MUSC Foundation.  Employees can direct their donations to support the fund(s) that matter the most to them personally; payment options include payroll deduction, checks, credit cards, planned gifts or gifts of stock.  For more information on the YES Campaign, please contact Whitney McLuen at or visit

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Annual Conflict of Interest Disclosures Due April 30

Interim President Mark Sothmann sent an email earlier this week informing all MUSC employees that it is time to complete the mandatory annual Conflict of Interest Disclosure.  As a public institution concerned with patient care, education and research, MUSC must solicit and review financial interests and outside activities in order to identify and manage any conflicts of interest for those who work here.  A secure internet-based program allowing you to confidentially transmit information is used for the online disclosure and can be found at The deadline for completion of this form is April 30.  Questions and comments regarding the COI disclosure should be sent to

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Congratulations to Brittany Wilson

Earlier this week, College of Medicine student Brittany Watson received the Student Leadership in Diversity Award during the 19th Annual Earl B. Higgins 2014 Diversity Award Presentation Reception.  Please join me in congratulating Brittany on this recognition of her outstanding contributions.

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Congratulations toVickey Cornelison-Grant

Vickey Cornelison-Grant, a member of the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, was recently recognized with a Visionary Voice Award from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.  She is one of only 27 individuals nationally who were honored this year with this award, which recognizes “the creativity and hard work of individuals around the country who have demonstrated outstanding work to end sexual violence”.  Please join me in congratulating Vickey on this recognition of her contributions.

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Student Satisfaction Survey

On Wednesday, April 2, all students received an email with a link to the annual MUSC Student Satisfaction Survey.  This survey will take approximately 5-10 minutes for students to complete, and the responses are anonymous.  The input of our students is valuable as it helps us know what we’re doing well and where we can improve.  It also helps the university determine how well the student services available are meeting student needs.  I ask that all of our students please take the time to complete this important survey.

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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 - “Having Difficult Conversations” – presented by Dr. Connie Best.  This session will be held on April 9 at 12:00 p.m. in Room 116/118 of the Library.

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Faculty Affairs Roundtables

The College of Medicine Faculty Affairs Team invites faculty to attend the next sessions in the series of Faculty Affairs Roundtables.  Drs. Dan Smith and Gary Gilkeson will be presenting on the topic of “Negotiating With Your Chair” on April 17 at 12:00 p.m. in 601EE Clinical Sciences Building and 4:00 p.m. in 601DD Clinical Sciences Building.  Interested faculty are encouraged to participate in this event; please RSVP to Mary McConnell ( for these sessions.  For more information about previous presentations, and the Faculty Affairs Team and services provided, please go to

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Nominations Being Accepted for MUSC Developing Scholar Award

Nominations are being accepted for the MUSC Developing Scholar Award.  This award is intended to recognize and reward junior faculty members who have made outstanding contributions to the MUSC research mission, either with their individual research program or as part of an interdisciplinary research team, and to promote the continued development of these scholars.  Nominations are due April 11; for more information and nomination instructions visit

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3rd Annual Mentor Training Program

The MUSC Mentor Leadership Council and SCTR Institute are hosting the 3rd Annual Mentor Training Program - Practical Advice for Developing your Career & Getting Promoted- on Friday, April 25, from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Bioengineering Building Auditorium.  Throughout this half-day program, essential and applicable components of effective mentoring will be addressed.  All mentors and mentees are strongly encouraged to attend.  Visit the website for program details and registration (free, but required) at

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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  The application deadline for the current cycle is April 15.  Applications may be emailed to Mary McConnell at  Faculty with questions about this program should contact Senior Associate Dean for Research Craig Crosson.

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SBIR Grants 101

The Biotechnology Interest Group, in conjunction with the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Foundation for Research Development will be offering a presentation on “SBIR Grants 101” on April 17, 12:00-1:30 p.m., in 285 Main Hospital (2 West Classroom).  All interested individuals are invited to attend.

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Department of Public Health Sciences Summer Institute

The Department of Public Health Sciences Summer Institute will be offering two four-day workshops this May that introduce current quantitative methods in key areas of biomedical and clinical research and offer hands on experience with implementing these methods.  More information can be found at; the registration deadline for these workshops is April 30.

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Discussion Forums

As a reminder, we have electronic discussion platforms focusing on 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:

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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