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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

 Dear Colleagues:

State of the College Address

As I’ve done the past two years, I will elaborate on our accomplishments over the past year and on our plans for the future in my State of the College address, which will be held next Monday, September 9, at 4:00 p.m., in the Drug Discovery Building Auditorium.  As we continue to implement the university-wide funds flow process and as financial pressures continue to challenge our institution, I will also be presenting a Town Hall meeting focused on college financial issues – this will be held on Monday, September 23, at 4:00 p.m. in the Drug Discovery Building Auditorium.  I hope all members of the college who are interested will plan to attend these meetings.  As always, I look forward to hearing your input and feedback.

Notification Regarding Blackhawk Cyber Theft

Interim President Mark Sothmann shared with the MUSC community yesterday information regarding the cyber-theft of personal information discovered by Blackhawk Consulting Group, a third party credit card payment vendor that is used by MUSC Physicians and MUSC Health.  A copy of that letter can be found at http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/com/cominfo_comm/headlines/2013_9_5_MUSC_InternalAnnounce_Sothmann_SentVersion.pdf.  As noted in the letter, those affected by this cyber theft are being notified, and MUSC is working with Blackhawk and Experian’s Fraud Protection program to launch a support system that will provide free credit monitoring and counseling through a customized call center.  A “What’s the Buzz” video from Dr. Pat Cawley on this topic can be found at https://academicdepartments.musc.edu/com/theBuzz/Whats%20the%20Buzz%20-%20Cyber%20Intrusion%20Information.  Our patients’ safety and security remains our top priority.  For more information, please visit www.musc.edu/cyberinfo.

Annual Service Awards

The Annual Service Awards Ceremony for MUSC will be held next Tuesday, September 10, at 2:30 p.m. in the Drug Discovery Auditorium.  Employees who have achieved a milestone of 10, 20, 30, 40, or 50 years of service between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013, will be recognized at this ceremony.  I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our employees for their efforts each and every day, and to recognize especially those long-term employees who have contributed so much over the years to help make MUSC a wonderful institution.

ACRP Free Webinar: Troubleshooting Enrollment and Retention – Prevention or Rescue?

The SCTR Research Nexus is offering a free webinar sponsored by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) on September 11, 12:00-1:30 p.m. in 214 Clinical Sciences Building.  This educational session will describe two approaches for diagnosing enrollment and retention problems in recruitment and discuss creative problem solving techniques to overcome site performance problems.  Seats are limited; those interested in attending may register at http://musc.us6.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=ab1221ded4850af6256f400fd&id=e6cc6ca321.

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 http://carcweb.musc.edu/women_scholars/advancement_women_award_announcement_2013.pdf.

Interprofessional Collaboration Grant Opportunity Pilot Project Program

The MUSC Strategic Plan Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Operations Team announced earlier this week the 2013 Interprofessional Collaboration Grant Opportunity Pilot Project Program.  The goal of this program is to promote the scholarship of interprofessional collaboration and practice in the areas of clinical care, education, and research.  Each application may receive up to $15,000, and multiple grants will be awarded.  The deadline for proposal submission is September 13; more information about this program can be found at http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/com/cominfo_comm/headlines/Grant%20Announcement%202013.pdf.

Guest Speaker – Dr. Melva “Cookie” Newsom

I’m pleased to announce an upcoming seminar by Dr. Melva “Cookie” Newsom on “Acknowledging difference, seeking common ground: Avoiding cultural discontinuities between patient and doctor”. I was first introduced to Dr. Newsom when we worked together at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she held the role of Director of Diversity Education and Assessment.  Her seminar will be held on Monday, September 30, 4:00 p.m., in 110 Drug Discovery Building.  All members of the MUSC community are invited to attend this presentation.

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:

https://sp.musc.edu/com/discuss/research/

https://sp.musc.edu/com/discuss/clinical/

https://sp.musc.edu/com/discuss/education/

https://sp.musc.edu/com/discuss/general/

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.

Sincerely,

Etta

Etta D. Pisano, MD

Vice President for Medical Affairs

Dean, College of Medicine