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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

New Laboratory Setup and Relocation Policies

I’d like to make you aware of two new policies designed to support and facilitate research within the College of Medicine – a Laboratory Setup Policy and a Laboratory Relocation Policy.  These documents can be accessed at  These policies were developed by COM administrators and department business managers under the leadership of Bob Marriott, have been discussed with COM department chairs and business managers, and have also been adopted by the University as policy.  As the college continues recruitment of research faculty and as we undertake necessary relocations and renovations of space throughout the college, adherence to these new policies will be of the utmost importance.

2012 Golden Apple Awards Ceremony

All members of the College of Medicine are invited to attend the 2012 Golden Apple Awards Ceremony, which will be held on Thursday, November 29, at 12:00 p.m. in the Drug Discovery Building Auditorium.  A reception will follow the ceremony.  Sponsored by the American Medical Student Association and the College of Medicine, these awards are presented to members of the College who are recognized by our students for their excellence.

Congratulations to MUSC Research Day Winners

I’d like to take this opportunity to recognize the winners at this year’s Perry V. Halushka Research Day, which was held this past Friday.  A full list of those honored can be found at  Please join me in congratulating these individuals on their achievements.

BIRCWH K12 Program Accepting Applications

The Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Career Development Program supports the research career development of junior faculty members who have recently completed clinical training or postdoctoral fellowships (less than 6 years of research training), and who have mentorship and a solid plan for training in basic, translational, clinical and/or health services research relevant to women's health in all areas of the neurosciences.  Scholars will be selected for a career development award to begin March–July 2013, and will receive 2-3 years of salary support commensurate with 75-100% effort per year to pursue multidisciplinary clinical and pre-clinical research.  The program includes a supportive environment, start-up research funds, and access to core faculty who provide expertise and guidance in research design, measurement techniques, study coordination, data management, biostatistical analysis, publishing and presenting research, and grant writing.  Applicants should develop a research topic in consultation with an eligible mentor (experienced faculty with NIH research funding) and submit their applications by 12:00 p.m. on January 7, 2013.  For more information and application instructions visit or contact Sarah Gainey at or 792-8207.

SCTR Survey About Research Support Needs

As a reminder, SCTR has developed a survey to gather information about your research support needs.  They would like everyone associated with research at MUSC to help with this important project, and will use the information gathered in planning SCTR's research services, resources, and tools to ensure that SCTR and the CTSA funds are used to support your identified research needs.  Survey responders completing the survey and providing an email address will be entered into a drawing for an IPAD and Wickliffe House gift certificates.  Please complete the survey by 11:00 p.m. Monday, November 12, to be eligible for the drawing.  If you have any questions, please contact the SCTR SUCCESS Center at (843) 792-8300 or Royce Sampson at  The survey may be accessed at class="apple-style-span"

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:

Faculty Breakfast Meetings

Faculty who are interested in attending one of my breakfast meetings should contact Beverly Carson ( and indicate which area of focus (research, clinical, education, administration) is of greatest interest to them.  These meetings will typically be held on Thursday mornings at 7:30 a.m.  I hope all faculty who would like to participate in these discussions will sign up for a future breakfast meeting.

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.