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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 you to attend a new series of Faculty Affairs Roundtables.  The next two presentations cover (1) mentoring and the appointment, promotion and tenure (APT) process and (2) CTSA and bridge funding resources.  Future topics will include a session targeted toward modified track faculty, the new Academy of Medical Educators, the faculty contract process, and negotiating with your Chair.

The session on Mentoring/APT will be held on Thursday, October 18th, 4:30-5:30 p.m.  Its goal is to provide faculty with an understanding of the departmental mentoring plans and to provide an overview of the APT process.  The presentation will begin with a didactic presentation but is intended to be highly participatory and foster lively discussion.  The CTSA/Bridge Funding roundtable session will provide an overview of the MUSC network of internal resources and tools for research activities.  This session will be held on Thursday, November 15th, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Faculty are encouraged to participate in these events.  Please RSVP to Mary McConnell ( no later than Friday, October 12st, for the October 18th session.

Education Update

The education team, led by Dr. Deborah Deas, would like to call your attention to two policies related to students – the Learning Environment and Medical Student Mistreatment Policy ( and the Technical Standards for Admission and Graduation (  Please feel free to contact Dr. Deas if you have any questions about either policy, or you may submit your questions and comments on the Education discussion forum at

Congratulations to Medical Student Mia Taylor

I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Mia Taylor, a College of Medicine third year student, for being granted membership in the Clinton Global Initiative University organization.  The organization is a student-based institution formed by former President Bill Clinton to engage young leaders in humanitarian efforts locally and globally – Mia is MUSC’s first student to participate in this organization.  Mia accepted her membership at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University organization held in Washington, D.C.  Mia’s “Commitment to Action” project will focus on increasing health literacy and the quality of life for the local population of people diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus.  Congratulations Mia!

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 new 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 (clinical, research, 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 (