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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine


Dear Colleagues:

Town Hall Meeting Regarding MUSC Physicians Revised Non-Compete Agreement

All MUSC Physicians (MUSCP) Members are reminded of the Town Hall Meeting scheduled for next Monday, December 9, at 5:00 p.m. in the Drug Discovery Auditorium regarding the MUSCP revised non-compete agreement.  The purpose of this meeting is to ensure all MUSCP Members have a clear understanding of the revisions and an opportunity to ask questions. 

An email was sent last month to all current MUSC Physicians (MUSCP) Members regarding the revised non-compete agreement; a copy of that email can be found at and the attachment can be found at  As noted in that email, no current MUSCP Members are required to sign the revised non-compete agreement.  Those MUSCP Members who are currently under a non-compete agreement may elect to remain under their current non-compete agreement or switch to the revised non-compete; MUSCP Members who are currently not under a non-compete may elect to sign the revised non-compete if they so choose.  Department Chairs have been asked to share information with their clinical faculty regarding the revised non-compete agreement.

The members of the MUSCP Non-Compete Task Force, led by Dr. Scott Reeves, put a great deal of effort into the creation of the new non-compete, and we are appreciative of their efforts.  We also appreciate the feedback received from MUSCP Members on this important issue.  We are glad we took the time to hear from everyone on this important matter, and hope you will agree that the Task Force delivered an agreement that serves the interests of both MUSCP Members and our organization.

New Appointments to COM Leadership Roles

I am pleased to report that Dr. Deborah Deas has made two recent appointments to leadership roles within the College of Medicine.  Dr. Chanita Hughes-Halbert has been named Associate Dean for Assessment and Evaluation, filling the position previously held by Dr. Arch Mainous.  Dr. Michael de Arellano has been named Associate Dean for Diversity, filling the position previously held by Dr. Deas. 

Dr. Hughes-Halbert is a nationally-recognized expert in minority health and health disparities, and her research has a particular focus on cancer prevention and control among diverse populations.  She is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and serves as Program Leader for the Cancer Control Program at the Hollings Cancer Center.  Dr. Hughes-Halbert has extensive experience in program evaluation and will provide novel expertise in the assessment of educational outcomes for the medical school and graduate medical education programs. 

Dr. de Arellano is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and serves as Director of the Department of Psychiatry's Mental Health Disparities and Diversity Program, which facilitates the development of research, clinical and training programs focused on health and health care disparities in mental health. Dr. de Arellano will work with the College of Medicine's pipeline programs and medical student recruitment, and will assist departments with the implementation of departmental diversity plans and recruitment of residents and faculty.

Faculty Affairs Roundtables 

The College of Medicine Faculty Affairs Team invites faculty to attend the next session in the series of Faculty Affairs Roundtables.  I will be presenting on the topic of ‘Finding a Balanced Life – Work, Family, and Community”, which will be offered on December 9 at 3:30 p.m. in 601 Clinical Sciences Building.  Interested faculty are encouraged to participate in this event; please RSVP to Mary McConnell ( for this session.  For more information about the Faculty Affairs Team and services provided, please go to

Biomedical Informatics Special Presentation 

SCTR is hosting a Biomedical Informatics Special Presentation by Dr. Nate Heintzman on “From Multimodal Sensors to Google Glass: the Role of Mobile Technologies in Treatment Decision Making for Type 1 Diabetes”.  This session will be held on Monday, December 9, at 12:00 p.m. in 112 Bioengineering Building.

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 - “A New Mentoring Program in the Department of Medicine” – that will be presented by Dr. Gerard Silvestri.  This session will be held on December 11, 5:00-6:00 p.m., in Room 628 Clinical Sciences Building. 

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 December 16.  Applications may be emailed to Mary McConnell at  Faculty with questions about this program should contact Senior Associate Dean for Research Craig Crosson. 

Applications Being Accepted for K12 Training Program

Applications are now being accepted for the NCI-funded K12 Paul Calabresi Clinical & Translational Oncology Training Program.  The goal of the program is to train successful, patient-oriented, clinical- and laboratory-based investigators who can work effectively in a collaborative, translational research setting.  Each trainee participant will be provided salary support and an expert mentoring team along with the resources to complete tailored course work, clinical and laboratory research rotations and projects.  These Scholars will bridge the knowledge derived from both the laboratory and clinic and apply that knowledge directly to establishing new, effective cancer interventions.  The application deadline is December 31, 2013; to apply, please visit

Second Annual Women’s Health Research Day

The MUSC Women’s Health Research Center will be holding its second annual Women’s Health Research Day on Thursday, April 3, 2014 in the Institute of Psychiatry Auditorium.  Investigators from across campus are invited to submit their gender/sex-based research for presentation; abstracts are due by noon on February 21, 2014.  For more information, please visit or contact Sarah Gainey (


Discussion Forums

As a reminder, we have 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 – and to continue excellence in our research and education missions.  I look forward to hearing from you - either in person or via email.