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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

Academy of Medical Educators – New Members

The Academy of Medical Educators (AME) has recently announced the following new members-

Dr. Christina Bourne (Department of Medicine) – Master Teacher

Dr. Ashley Duckett (Department of Medicine) – Mentored Teaching Fellow

Dr. Rebecca Leddy (Department of Radiology) – Mentored Teaching Fellow

Please join me in congratulating these individuals for their selection and in thanking them for their commitment to our educational mission.  More information about AME and the application process can be found at  The next application deadline is June 17.  Questions about AME may be directed to the AME Co-Directors, Drs. Debra Hazen-Martin, Leonie Gordon, and Paul McDermott.

MUSC Receives Hospital Prevention Excellence Award

Earlier this week, MUSC received the Hospital Prevention Excellence Award from NC Prevention Partners, a public health leader that offers the award-winning worksite wellness program WorkHealthy America.  Prevention Excellence Awards are given to outstanding organizations for contributions to making the nation a healthier place to live, work, and learn.  MUSC was commended for efforts including the campus-wide tobacco-free initiative and the urban farm.  Congratulations to all those who have contributed to this recognition.

Changes in Graduate Medical Education (GME) Program Leadership

I want to take this opportunity to share information regarding some upcoming changes in leadership of our GME program.  Dr. Harry Clarke, who has done an excellent job in the role of ACGME-Designated Institutional Official and Associate Dean for GME for many years, will be stepping down from that role effective July 1, 2013.  I am very appreciative of Harry’s many years of strong leadership of this program, and I am certain he will continue to be a strong supporter of our GME programs as a valued faculty member in our Department of Urology.

Dr. Ben Clyburn, of the Department of Medicine, who now serves as Associate Dean for GME/Faculty Development, will be assuming the role of ACGME-Designated Institutional Official and Associate Dean for GME effective July 1, 2013.  We are very fortunate that Ben has agreed to step up into this role, and I am confident that he will provide strong leadership for our GME program.  Concurrent with Ben’s promotion, I am pleased to announce that Dr. Leonie Gordon, of the Department of Radiology, will assume the role of Associate Dean for GME/Faculty Development effective July 1, 2013.

Please join me in thanking Harry Clarke for his many years of service leading our GME program, and in congratulating Ben Clyburn and Leonie Gordon on their new roles.

Proposed Center for the Achievement of Human Potential

Over the past year, two workgroups within the College of Medicine have been working to develop recommendations for how we can better serve the needs of our patients with ADHD and Autism spectrum disorders, while also promoting enhanced research and educational opportunities in these areas.  I met with members of those workgroups earlier this spring to discuss their proposals, both of which recommended that comprehensive centers be established.  While we unfortunately do not have the resources needed at this time to fund comprehensive centers focused on clinical, research, and educational objectives identified by those groups, we would like to begin by forming a center that could perhaps better address the clinical needs of these patient populations.  This center would then be expected to develop over time into a more comprehensive center inclusive of research and educational efforts.  The “Center for the Achievement of Human Potential” has been recommended as a working title for this new center, which would initially pull together the clinical services for both child and adult patients with ADHD and/or Autism spectrum disorders.  One goal would be to physically co-locate as many clinical services as possible to make caring for these populations more convenient for the patients and their families.

I am initiating an internal search for a College of Medicine clinician to serve as director for this new center.  Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest and CV to me by June 14.  Nominations of individuals for consideration should be submitted to me by June 7.

2013 MUSC Faculty Convocation

This year’s MUSC Faculty Convocation will be held on Tuesday, August 20, at 4:30 p.m. in 110 Drug Discovery Building, with a reception to follow.  Dr. Robert Sade will be giving this year’s keynote address on “Ethics in the Emerging Health Care System”.  I hope all members of the faculty will plan to attend this event.

Annual CATTS Mandatory Training

It is time for all employees to complete the University’s annual CATTS mandatory training modules.  Completion of all modules is due by June 30.  The system is easily accessed online at using your NetID and password.  Questions regarding this training should be directed to your supervisor or respective human resources office.

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