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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

Welcome Class of 2017

The Class of 2017 arrives next week, and they are an outstanding group of students.  Our education team is busy preparing to officially welcome these students to the College of Medicine with a number of orientation sessions that culminate in the White Coat Ceremony next Sunday, August 18, 12:00 p.m. at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.  Dr. Deborah Deas, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education, has been selected by our students to give the Humanism in Medicine lecture.  All faculty, students, and staff are invited to attend this event, which will be a wonderful and meaningful ceremony for our incoming students.

MUSC has a rich tradition of educating physician leaders.  Our primary responsibility as faculty is to these students.  They are now an important part of the MUSC family, and we must prepare them to be outstanding doctors.  Please join me in welcoming the Class of 2017 to our campus.

CARES Clinic Seeks Physician Volunteers

The CARES Clinic, a student-run free medical clinic in Mt. Pleasant, is looking for additional physician volunteers.  CARES is a primary care setting for uninsured members of the community, operating Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the year.  CARES relies heavily on the generous support of physician volunteers who serve as the teaching force for healthcare student volunteers.  All fully-licensed physicians at MUSC - from 2nd year residents to full professors - are eligible to volunteer.  Physicians are asked to volunteer from 7:00-9:30 p.m. during the clinic’s hours of operation. Those interested in participating should contact Amartha Ogburu at  More information about the CARES Clinic can be found at

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 August 15.  Applications may be emailed to Mary McConnell at  Faculty with questions about this program should contact Senior Associate Dean for Research Craig Crosson.

Neurobiology of Addiction Research Center Request for Pilot Project Proposals

The Neurobiology of Addiction Research Center (NARC) has issued a request for pilot project proposals on addiction science.  The purpose of the pilot funding provided by the NARC is to provide faculty with an opportunity to collect preliminary data that will ultimately support an R01 application.  More information on this program can be found at; proposals are due by September 16, 2013.

2013 MUSC Faculty Convocation

This year’s MUSC Faculty Convocation will be held on Tuesday, August 20, at 4:30 p.m. in the Drug Discovery Building Auditorium, 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.

Town Hall Meetings

As I’ve done the past two years, I will elaborate on our accomplishments over the past year and on our plans for the future in my State of the College address, which will be held on Monday, September 9, at 4:00 p.m., in the Drug Discovery Building Auditorium.  As we continue to implement the university-wide funds flow process and as financial pressures continue to challenge our institution, I will also be presenting a Town Hall meeting focused on college financial issues – this will be held on Monday, September 23, at 4:00 p.m. in the Drug Discovery Building Auditorium.  I hope all members of the college who are interested will plan to attend these meetings.  As always, I look forward to hearing your input and feedback.

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