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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

 

Department of Dermatology Chair Search

Employee Commitment/Satisfaction Survey

New COBRE Call for Concept Papers

Physicians Asked to Update Profiles on Doximity.com

Nominations for 2014 Earl B. Higgins Diversity Awards

Faculty Affairs Roundtables

Medical Student Career Planning: Helping Students Find Their Fit

Discussion Forums

Dear Colleagues:

Department of Dermatology Chair Search

We are initiating the search process for a new Chair of the Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery.  Dr. Bruce Thiers, who has ably served as Chair of that department for many years, announced his desire to step down as Chair several months ago.  I am so appreciative of Dr. Thiers’ stewardship of the department, and am committed to identifying an excellent successor for this position.  This search committee is chaired by Dr. Lucian Del Priore and search committee members include Milton Armstrong (Surgery), John Metcalf (Pathology), Jim Oates (Medicine), Krishna Patel (Otolaryngology), Lynn Schnapp (Medicine), and Kevin Staveley-O’Carroll (Surgery).  I will be meeting with the committee in the near future to provide their charge.  Anyone with an interest in the search should send their feedback to the search committee.

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Employee Commitment/Satisfaction Survey

Our faculty and staff are our most valuable resource, and employee commitment and satisfaction are vital to our continued success.  The College of Medicine, MUSC Physicians, and Medical University Hospital Authority (MUHA), which comprise MUSC Health, have once again engaged national survey research firm Morehead Associates/Press Ganey to conduct our employee commitment survey.  For the first time this year, all three entities will be using a single survey, with all employees (faculty and staff) responding to the same set of core questions.  Another major improvement to this year’s survey is that the MUHA physician/clinician satisfaction survey, traditionally administered by MUHA on an annual basis as a separate survey for our physicians/clinicians, has been incorporated into the employee commitment survey.

Each faculty and staff member will receive an email on February 10 directly from Morehead Associates/Press Ganey containing a link to the survey and a personalized PIN number.  The survey will be open for two weeks - February 10-24.  We are committed to ensuring the confidentiality of all individual survey responses.  All survey data will be kept on a Morehead Associates/Press Ganey server and will not be accessible by anyone at MUSC, MUSC Physicians, or MUHA.  If you have any questions or concerns about the survey process, please contact Frances Glanville (College of Medicine), Michelle Wiles (MUSC Physicians), or Julie Floyd (MUHA) for assistance.

This survey is a great opportunity to share your perceptions across a variety of key areas that affect your satisfaction, and will help us improve our workplace.  I would like to encourage all faculty and staff to participate in this important survey – we value your input and we look forward to hearing from you.

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New COBRE Call for Concept Papers

We were recently notified by MUSC’s Office of Research Development that MUSC will be eligible to submit one new competitive proposal for a new NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) P20 grant in early 2015.  The objective of the COBRE program is to strengthen an institution’s biomedical research infrastructure through the establishment of a thematic, multi-disciplinary center and to enhance the ability of investigators to compete independently for NIH research grant or other external peer-reviewed support.  Because only one application per institution per fiscal year is allowed, the Office of Research Development will coordinate an internal review/selection process to identify the MUSC proposal for submission to NIH.  A copy of the proposal concept guidelines can be found at http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/com/cominfo_comm/headlines/.  Key dates include an informational session on February 11, a notice of interest deadline of February 28, and a deadline for concept papers of April 14.

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Physicians Asked to Update Profiles on Doximity.com

Earlier this week, Pat Cawley and I sent an email to all College of Medicine physicians asking that they take a few moments to “claim” and update their profiles on Doximity.com, a web-based physician database – a copy of that message can be found at https://sp.musc.edu/com/discuss/general/default.aspx.  US News & World Report will be executing a survey of over 50,000 physicians via Doximity.com, and we have discovered that many of our physicians’ profiles have some missing and/or incorrect information on this site.  All physicians are encouraged to review/update their information on this website by February 10.  We appreciate your assistance.

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Nominations for 2014 Earl B. Higgins Diversity Awards

The MUSC Office of Student Diversity invites nominations for the 2014 Earl B. Higgins Achievement in Diversity Awards.  These awards acknowledge persistence and dedication to positive contributions to diversity enhancement at MUSC.  There are two awards – one for faculty/staff and one for students – and the nomination deadline is February 10.  More information about the nomination process can be found at http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/esl/studentprograms/diversity/ebhiggins/nomitations.html.

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Faculty Awards Roundtables

The College of Medicine Faculty Affairs Team invites faculty to attend the next sessions in the series of Faculty Affairs Roundtables.  Drs. Paul McDermott and Leonie Gordon will be presenting on the topic of “Enhancing Your Teaching Portfolio for Promotion” on February 13 at 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. in 601 Clinical Sciences Building.  Interested faculty are encouraged to participate in this event; please RSVP to Mary McConnell (mcconnem@musc.edu) for these sessions.  For more information about the Faculty Affairs Team and services provided, please go to http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/com/faculty/.

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Medical Student Career Planning: Helping Students Find Their Fit

College of Medicine faculty and clinical advisors are encouraged to attend an upcoming seminar on “Medical Student Career Planning: Helping Students Find Their Fit” being presented by Jeanette Calli, Program Manager for the AAMC Careers in Medicine program.  This free seminar is eligible for up to 3 AMA PRA Category 1 credits.  Two sessions will be offered on Monday, February 24, in the Storm Eye Auditorium – the first will be held from 9:00-12:00 p.m. and the second from 3:00-6:00 p.m.  Interested participants should RSVP to Gabrielle Redding at reddingg@musc.edu by February 17 and indicate which session they plan to attend.

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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:

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/

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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.

Sincerely,

Etta

Etta D. Pisano, MD

Vice President for Medical Affairs

Dean, College of Medicine