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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

 New Industry Relations Policy

Director, MUSC Tissue Biorepository Network

Epic “Build Freeze” In Place to Prepare for July Go-Live

Faculty Affairs Roundtables

3rd Annual Mentor Training Program

HSSC/SCTR Pilot Grant Announcement

Discussion Forums

Dear Colleagues:

New Industry Relations Policy

At its February meeting, the MUSC Board of Trustees approved a new Industry Relations Policy.  This policy, which applies to all faculty, staff, students, and trainees, was established to provide effective and principled guidelines for University-Industry relationships.  A copy of the policy can be found at http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/coi/coipolicies/coipolicies.htm and questions may be addressed to the University Conflict of Interest Office at conflicts@musc.edu.  All members of the College of Medicine are encouraged to familiarize themselves with this new policy.

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Earlier this year, we announced an internal search for a Director of the MUSC Tissue Biorepository Network.  We were fortunate to have several highly qualified individuals express interest in this position, and I am pleased to announce that Dr. Richard Drake has been selected to fill this important role.  I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the MUSC Biorepository Steering Committee, whose hard work over the past year has resulted in the establishment of the Tissue Biorepository Network, and to thank Dr. Drake for his willingness to provide leadership for this initiative.

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Epic “Build Freeze” In Place to Prepare for July Go-Live

Effective March 3, a "freeze" went into effect with respect to new “build” requests for modifications in Epic modules already live (Ambulatory, ASAP, Kaleidoscope) as well as those applications planned for implementation on July 1, 2014, as part of Epic Enterprise.  The Epic Team will continue to address build requests submitted prior to March 3, according to established priority; however, institutional priority is for a successful July 1 Epic Enterprise Go-Live, and potential "redirection" of Team personnel might delay those builds.  Complete information on the build freeze, requests and prioritization is available at http://mcintranet.musc.edu/knowledgebase/communications/Build%20Freeze.pdf.  Those with questions or concerns about their project status should email Melissa Forinash at forinash@musc.edu.

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Faculty Affairs 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 March 20 at 12:00 p.m. in 635B Clinical Sciences Building and 4:00 p.m. in 601-EE 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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3rd Annual Mentor Training Program

class="apple-style-span"The MUSC Mentor Leadership Council and SCTR Institute are hosting the 3rd Annual Mentor Training Program - Practical Advice for Developing your Career & Getting Promoted- on Friday, April 25, from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Bioengineering Building Auditorium.  Throughout this half-day program, essential and applicable components of effective mentoring will be addressed.  All mentors and mentees are strongly encouraged to attend.  Visit the website for program details and registration (free, but required) at https://sctr.musc.edu/index.php/2014-musc-mentoring-retreat class="apple-style-span".

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HSSC/SCTR Pilot Grant Announcement

Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC) and the S.C. Clinical and Translational Research Institute (SCTR) have announced a collaborative pilot grant program designed to encourage patient-centered research teams with an emphasis on patient-reported outcomes research.  All activities must incorporate the HSSC Clinical Data Warehouse.  More information can be found at http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/com/cominfo_comm/headlines/.  Key dates include a notice of intent due by March 10 and application deadline of April 10.

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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