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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

MUSC Physicians Non-Compete

Earlier this week, the MUSC Physicians (MUSCP) Non-Compete Ad Hoc Committee hosted a Town Hall Meeting to provide an overview of the MUSCP non-compete agreement review process.  This ad hoc committee is chaired by Dr. Scott Reeves and its membership is comprised of Drs. Dee Ford, Wanda Gonsalves, Susan Harvey, and David Soper, all of whom are at-large members of the MUSCP Board and were elected to those positions by all members of MUSCP.  The committee and the MUSCP Executive Committee want to provide all members with an opportunity to ask questions and provide input before a revised non-compete is drafted by the committee.  Interested parties are encouraged to submit questions and comments to by March 11 or to contact members of the ad hoc committee directly to provide feedback.

College of Medicine Town Hall Meeting

Our next College of Medicine Town Hall Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 20, at 4:00 p.m. in 110 Drug Discovery Building.  As you know, I am very interested in hearing from all members of the college about issues of importance to our missions.  If you have any particular topics you’d like me to address, there are several options available to you.  You can raise a topic in person during the meeting, submit a question in writing anonymously during the meeting, submit a question in writing anonymously by placing it in the Town Hall question box in the Dean’s Office reception area, and/or email questions in advance to  I hope all members of the college who are able will plan to attend.

Residency Match Day

Match Day will be held on Friday, March 15, at 11:30 a.m. at the Charleston Music Hall at 37 John Street.  The theme for this year’s ceremony is Ides of March.  Please consider joining our students for this exciting occasion when they learn where they have matched for their postgraduate clinical programs.

One-On-One Epic Optimization Initiative Begins in Clinics

The Epic team is beginning an aggressive optimization initiative aimed at enabling physicians to increase their efficiency in Epic.  Optimization is scheduled to begin this month and will last for approximately six months, ensuring that all physicians will have an opportunity for one-on-one instruction.  These “at the elbow” support sessions will be especially valuable because they are being brought into the clinics and other care settings versus being held in a classroom.  Analysts and certified trainers will help with personalization, solve ongoing issues, and submit remedy tickets and optimization requests for users.  Please feel free to contact Mike Balassone, MUSC Physicians Chief Technology Officer, at or 792-0916 with any questions.

Center for Global Health class="apple-style-span"Request for Applications (RFA) for Faculty Pilot Project Grants

class="apple-style-span"The MUSC Center for Global Health (CGH) is pleased to announce a request for applications (RFA) for faculty pilot project grants.  The CGH anticipates awarding between four to six grants through this funding process, which will provide MUSC faculty recipients up to $20,000 for a 12-month period.  Through this RFA, the CGH seeks to provide pilot funds to stimulate research in low and middle-income countries, with the larger goal of enabling investigators to leverage preliminary findings and data to become the basis of a competitive extramural research grant application.  A listing of eligible countries for projects can be found at the World Bank website-  Projects that have the best potential for future growth and external funding will be prioritized for funding, and applications that include matching funds will be given preference.  Applications are due by noon on April 10 class="apple-style-span", and more information can be found at

Applications being accepted for Mitcham Interprofessional Fellowship

Applications are being accepted for the Maralynne D. Mitcham Interprofessional Fellowship for faculty and professional staff.  The purpose of this fellowship is to prepare faculty and staff to successfully assume new roles in interprofessional education, research, practice, and/or administration.  Two fellowships will be awarded per year, and each fellowship provides funding in the amount of $5,000.  Applications for this fellowship are due April 26; more information can be found at

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Aho

Dr. Michael Aho, a 2008 graduate of the MUSC College of Medicine and a current fourth year resident in Radiology at MUSC, was selected as a 2013 Student and Resident Quality Scholar by the American College of Medical Quality (ACMQ).  Each year, the ACMQ recognizes ten students or residents nationally with this prestigious honor, which includes a $1,000 award to cover travel and registration to attend the ACMQ National Conference.  Please join me in congratulating Dr. Aho on this accomplishment.

Congratulations to Dr. Mark Lyles

Dr. Mark Lyles, Chief Strategic Officer for MUHA, was elected Vice President of the American College of Medical Quality (ACMQ) during the organization's Annual Meeting.  Founded in 1973, ACMQ provides physicians with leadership and education in healthcare quality management.  Please join me in congratulating Dr. Lyles on this recognition.

Congratulations to our Medical Students

Please join me in congratulating several of our College of Medicine students - Kiandra Scott, Kim Lewis, Tabatha Davis, Raena Hariharan, Danielle Lowe, and Craig Kutz - who participated in the Clinician Administrator Relationship Improvement Organization (CLARION) interprofessional competition and placed in the top 3 categories.  Kiandra Scott and Kim Lewis will represent MUSC along with Pam Lyons and Katie Daniels from the College of Pharmacy at the national competition in Minneapolis in April.

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. Gary Gilkeson and Dan Smith on “Negotiating with your Chair” and will be offered twice – on March 27 at 4:30 p.m. and on March 28 at 12:00 p.m.  These sessions are intended to be highly participatory and foster lively discussion.  Please RSVP to Mary McConnell ( 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

Homecoming Weekend Oyster Roast

All College of Medicine faculty are invited to attend this year’s Homecoming Weekend Oyster Roast, scheduled for Friday, March 22, from 7:00-10:00 pm, at Shem Creek.  Advanced registration is required - no tickets will be sold at the door – and dress is casual.  Please register for this event at

All College of Medicine students are also invited to attend.  Students should purchase tickets through March 15 in the Dean’s Office (601 Clinical Sciences Building) for a special price of $10.00/student.  (Each student may purchase only one ticket at this price; additional tickets will be $40.00/each).

Plenty of oysters and non-seafood items will be served.  We hope you join us for what is sure to be a fun evening with our alumni.

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.