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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

Faculty Bridge Funding Program

A primary goal of the College of Medicine is to support and strengthen research capabilities of our faculty.  One mechanism utilized to facilitate this goal is our Bridge Funding Program.  The purpose of this program is to support investigators with established clinical or basic research programs during periods when a competitive renewal was not funded.  Program details and the application format are available at  The application deadline for the current cycle is December 16.  Applications may be emailed to Mary McConnell at  Faculty with questions about this program should contact Senior Associate Dean for Research Craig Crosson.

Women Scholars Initiative Seminar

The Women Scholars Initiative is sponsoring a seminar on “Managing Challenges in Career Advancement and Family Responsibilities” on November 13, 3:00-5:00 p.m., in 110 Drug Discovery Building.  This seminar is open to all MUSC faculty, post-docs, and students, and will be followed by a reception in the Drug Discovery Lobby.  Registration is required; those planning to attend should email

J.G. Reves Visiting Professor Lecture

Dr. Debra Schwinn, Dean of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, will be the speaker at this year’s J.G. Reves Visiting Professor Lecture.  She will be speaking on “Academic Medicine and Health Care Reform” on November 19 at 6:30 a.m. in 110 Bioengineering Building.  All members of the college are encouraged to attend this event.

SCTR Funding Opportunities

SCTR is now accepting applications for several pilot project program grants.  The application deadline for the COBRE in Lipidomics and Pathobiology pilot project program is November 15 and the application deadline for the application deadline for the Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center for Rheumatic Diseases in African American is November 29.  Additionally, SCTR Discovery Grant pre-applications are due on November 22, SCTR Fast Forward Seed Grant applications are due on February 14, and SCTR High Innovation/High Reward Grants are also due on February 14.  More information on each of these programs may be found at

College of Medicine Dean's Diversity Colloquium

Dr. Nadine Kaslow, President-Elect of the American Psychological Association and Professor at Emory University, will be the speaker this year’s Dean's Diversity Colloquium.  She will give the keynote address, “Understanding Privilege: Creating Individual and System-Wide Pathways to Authentic Relationships”, on November 21 at 4:00 p.m. in the Drug Discovery Auditorium, with a reception to follow.  Dr. Kaslow will spend the day at MUSC and will engage in interactive sessions with faculty, staff, residents and students.  A special session focusing on leadership will be held on November 21 at 2:00 p.m., and junior faculty members are encouraged to attend.  Faculty members interested in attending this session should RSVP to Natalie Johnson at

Faculty Affairs Roundtables

The College of Medicine Faculty Affairs Team invites faculty to attend the next session in the series of Faculty Affairs Roundtables.  This session will be presented by Marc Chimowitz and Tom Hulsey on the topic of “Mentoring and the Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Process” and will be offered on November 21 at 12:00 p.m. in 429 Clinical Sciences Building.  Interested faculty are encouraged to participate in this event; please RSVP to Mary McConnell ( for these sessions.  For more information about the Faculty Affairs Team and services provided, please go to

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:

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.



Etta D. Pisano, MD

Vice President for Medical Affairs

Dean, College of Medicine