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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.
Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

 

Graduation Week Activities

We are looking forward to next week’s graduation festivities.  One of the most important commencement week events for the College of Medicine is the oath ceremony – this is the occasion when our graduates take the Hippocratic Oath and are “hooded” with their academic hoods.  The Oath Ceremony is scheduled for May 15, 6:00 p.m., at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.  Members of the College are welcome to attend the oath ceremony, and I would especially like to encourage members of the faculty to participate in this important occasion.  Other activities during graduation week include the Pearls Lecture, the Student Awards Ceremony and the Senior Ball, all of which take place on May 14.  And, of course, commencement itself takes place on May 16, at 9:00 a.m. at the Citadel.  More information about these upcoming activities can be found at http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/com/stu_affairs/events_activ/Graduation_Week_2014.pdf.

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ARROWS Programs for Women Scientists

The Center for ARROWS has established two programs for women scientists that are supported by the recently funded NSF ADVANCE grant.  The External Grant Review Program will facilitate/arrange for and pay an external expert in the faculty member’s field of study to complete an NIH style in-depth review of the faculty member’s research grant application (NIH, VA, DOD, Foundation, etc.).  The external grant review is currently available for women faculty submitting research grants as the PI.  For more information or to request an external grant review please visit: http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/arrowinitiative/arrows/external-research-grant-form.htm.

The Short-Term Teleconferencing Program includes an iPad loaded with HIPAA compliant software for use while on leave that can be used to hold/attend meetings, student presentations/defenses and remain in contact with lab personnel/staff.  The teleconferencing equipment is currently available to all women faculty.  For more information or to request use of this equipment please visit: http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/arrowinitiative/arrows/teleconferencing.htm.

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Thank You to Our Nurses

As we celebrate National Nurses’ Week, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the nurses who work across the MUSC clinical enterprise.  Your skilled service and dedication to your patients enables us to truly “change what’s possible” in healthcare at MUSC.  Thank you for all you do for your patients, the interprofessional teams with which you work, and for MUSC – it is greatly appreciated.

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Student Satisfaction Survey Results

We have received the results of the annual Student Satisfaction Survey, which is administered by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, and I wanted to share some of the survey data with you.  I am pleased to report that 94% of our College of Medicine students participating in the survey believe they made the right choice in selecting MUSC for their training and have received a high quality education at MUSC and would recommend MUSC to prospective students.  I’d like to thank all members of the College who have contributed to these excellent results.  While we strive to continually improve the educational environment for our students, we are pleased to know that our students believe they are being well-served.

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Tools for Mentors and Mentees Presentation

The Apple Tree Society and the Mentor Leadership Council invite all faculty and staff to the next presentation in a series on Tools for Mentors and Mentees - “Negotiation Skills” – presented by Dr. Barbara Edlund.  This session will be held on May 21 at 12:00 p.m. in Room 405 of the Library.

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SCTR Scientific Retreat on Pain Research

SCTR will be hosting a Scientific Retreat on Pain Research on May 23 from 9:00-3:00 p.m., in the Bioengineering Building Auditorium.  The keynote address on “The Chronic Pain Epidemic: Translational Challenges and Opportunities” will be given by Dr. Roger B. Fillingim, President of the American Pain Society.  For more information or to register, please visit https://sctr.musc.edu/index.php/sctr-scientific-retreat-on-pain-research or contact Dayan Ranwala at ranwala@musc.edu.

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Annual CATTS Mandatory Training

All employees must complete the University’s annual CATTS mandatory training modules by the June 30 deadline.  The system is easily accessed online at www.musc.edu/catts using your NetID and password.  Questions regarding this training should be directed to your supervisor or respective human resources office.

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MUSC YES Campaign

The MUSC YES (Yearly Employee Support) Campaign is now underway, with a goal of raising $300,000 in support of the 1,300 funds within the MUSC Foundation.  Employees can direct their donations to support the fund(s) that matter the most to them personally; payment options include payroll deduction, checks, credit cards, planned gifts or gifts of stock.  For more information on the YES Campaign, please contact Whitney McLuen at mcluen@musc.edu or visit https://giving.musc.edu/yes/.

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Discussion Forums

As a reminder, we have electronic discussion platforms focusing on various aspects of our mission.  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/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