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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

Town Hall Meetings

As you know, I am very interested in hearing from our faculty and all members of the college, and am holding a series of town hall meetings this winter and spring to further our conversations.  These town hall meetings are intended to be another opportunity for me to hear from you about issues of importance to the college.  If you have any particular topics you’d like me to address, you can raise them in person during the meeting and/or email them in advance to  The next town hall meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 20, at 4:00 p.m. in 110 Drug Discovery Building.  I hope all members of the college who are able will plan to attend.

Faculty Applications Being Accepted for MUSC Presidential Scholars Program

Faculty applications are being sought for the MUSC Presidential Scholars Program.  One faculty member from the College of Medicine will be selected to serve a three-year term and join current faculty from the other colleges; a small stipend is provided.  Applications are due Friday, March 8, and more information, including instruction on how to submit an application, can be found at

3rd Annual Gold Humanism Honor Society Solidarity Day for Compassionate Patient Care

The 3rd annual Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) solidarity day for compassionate patient care will take place on February 14, 2013.  College of Medicine medical student members will show their commitment to compassionate, patient-centered care by assembling "Care Baskets" filled with goodies for families who may be sitting in a waiting room on Solidarity Day.  The students will deliver the baskets to approximately 16 waiting rooms in the Main Hospital and the Children's Hospital that morning.

Tools for Mentors and Mentees Workshop

The Apple Tree Society and the Mentor Leadership Council will be offering a new workshop in their Tools for Mentors and Mentees series – “Understanding Economic and Fiscal Realities of Academic Careers”.  This session, which is being presented by Drs. Don Rockey and Rita Ryan, will be held on February 13, 12:00-1:00 p.m., in Room 405 of the Library.  All faculty and staff are invited to attend this presentation.

Faculty Affairs Roundtables

The College of Medicine Faculty Affairs Team invites you to attend the next session in the new series of Faculty Affairs Roundtables.  This session will be presented by Drs. Leonie Gordon and Paul McDermott on the topic of the Academy of Medical Educators and will be offered twice – on February 21 at 4:30 p.m. and on February 26 at 12:00 p.m.  These sessions are intended to be highly participatory and foster lively discussion.  Please RSVP to Mary McConnell ( no later than February 15 for these sessions.

The Faculty Affairs Team welcomes input on topics of interest to be covered during future Faculty Affairs Roundtables.  Please share your thoughts on the discussion forum at  For more information about the Faculty Affairs Team and services provided, please go to

26th Annual Charity Ball

All members of the college are invited to attend the 26th Annual Charity Ball, which is hosted by our medical students.  This year’s Charity Ball is scheduled for Saturday, February 16, from 7:00-11:00 pm at Memminger Auditorium.  Each year students from both the College of Medicine Student Council and Medical Student Alumni Council work together to make this event a success.  The proceeds from the MUSC Charity Ball and its silent auction are disbursed each year to local charities.

Music for the evening will be provided by Permanent Vacation and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served, along with a cash bar that will serve beer and wine.  Tickets for this black tie optional event are $50.00 per person.  Alumni may purchase 2 tickets for $45 each.  Tickets are now available at the College of Medicine Dean’s Office (601 Clinical Sciences Building) from Marta Rivell or Alexzandrea Brown.

9th Annual Aging Research Day

The MUSC Center on Aging will be hosting the South Carolina Aging Research Network’s 9th Annual Aging Research Day on Friday, March 8, at Charles Towne Landing.  This conference focuses on maintaining cognitive health with aging, healthy aging and age-related disorders.  Additional information and details on how to register can be found at

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