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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

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, Frances Glanville, and Dan Smith on the topic of “Establishing a Lab” and will be offered twice – on October 7 at 12:00 p.m. and on October 17 at 4:00 p.m. in the 601 Clinical Sciences Building conference room.  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


MUSC Designated a “Baby-Friendly” Hospital

Earlier this week, we received the excellent news that MUSC has been designated a “Baby-Friendly” Hospital by Baby-Friendly USA, Inc.  Currently only 3% of hospitals in the country are designated “baby-friendly”, and MUSC is the first academic medical center in South Carolina to receive this designation.  Congratulations to all of the physicians, nurses, and others who contributed to this wonderful achievement.


World Mental Health Day Commemoration Event

All are invited to join the MUSC community on October 10 for a screening of the award-winning documentary Hidden Pictures: A Personal Journey Into Global Mental Health.  This event, which is hosted by the MUSC Center for Global Health, College of Nursing, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and SCTR, will be followed by a faculty panel discussion.  A catered reception will begin at 4:30 p.m. and the film screening will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the Drug Discovery Building lobby/auditorium.  Registration for this free event can be found at


Innovations in Teaching and Learning Pilot Project Program

The MUSC Strategic Plan Technology/Innovations Operations Team is pleased to announce the 2013 Innovations in Teaching and Learning Grant Opportunity Pilot Project Program.  The goal of this program is to support innovative ideas and practices that will strengthen learning in the areas of education, research, and clinical care.  More information on this program can be found at  The deadline for proposal submission is October 18.


Call for Nominations – Advancement of Women Faculty Award

The Women Scholars Initiative is accepting nominations for the Advancement of Women Faculty Award.  This award is intended to recognize the MUSC faculty member who best demonstrates excellence in his/her commitment to the advancement and promotion of women faculty at MUSC.  The deadline for submissions is October 11, and more 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