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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

Welcome Class of 2016

The Class of 2016 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 19, at 12:00 p.m. at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.  All faculty, students, and staff are invited to attend this event – it will be a wonderful and meaningful ceremony for our incoming students.

MUSC has a rich tradition of educating physician leaders.  It is our job to equip these students with the knowledge and skills required to serve humanity.  They are now an important part of the MUSC family.  Please join me in welcoming the Class of 2016 to our campus.

Department of Public Health Sciences Chair Candidates

Two candidates for the position of Founding Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences, have been confirmed for second visits.  Dr. Keith Muller will be making his return visit August 20-21; Dr. Muller is Professor of Health Outcomes and Policy, Head of the Statistics and Data Core, and Associate Director of the SE Center for Research to Reduce Disparities in Oral Health at the University of Florida College of Medicine .  Dr. George Howard will be making his return visit August 29-30; Dr. Howard is Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Happy Birthday to the MUSC Children’s Hospital

This week marks the 25th birthday of the MUSC Children’s Hospital.  The Catalyst ( has a terrific piece in this week’s issue highlighting the many accomplishments achieved by the Children’s Hospital over the years – if you haven’t already read it I encourage you to do so.  Congratulations to everyone who has contributed to the many successes of the Children’s Hospital.

MUSC Healthcare Simulation Center Reaccreditation

I am pleased to report that the MUSC Healthcare Simulation Center was recently awarded reaccreditation as a Level 1 Comprehensive Education Institute by the American College of Surgeons.  I’d like to extend my congratulations to Dr. John Schaefer and his team for this wonderful accomplishment.  More information about the Simulation Center and all it has to offer can be found at

MUSC/SCTR Fellowship in Clinical Research Ethics Certificate Program

The Institute of Human Values in Health Care has announced the availability of the MUSC/SCTR Fellowship in Clinical Research Ethics (CRE) Certificate Program.  The Program requires completion of four semesters of MUSC CRE courses (4 credit-hours) and selectives (2 credit-hours) from a list of available CRE courses.  A Certificate attesting to completion of the CRE Fellowship is awarded at the conclusion of the Program.  MUSC faculty and students (minimum bachelor’s degree) are eligible to apply (non-MUSC on approval of the course directors).  Detailed information about the Program is available at, and further question can be answered by the Institute’s Administrative Coordinator Megan Fier (; 843-876-0177).

Faculty Bridge Funding Program

Faculty are reminded that the application deadline for the next cycle of the Bridge Funding Program is August 15, 2012.  This program was implemented to support investigators with established clinical or basic research programs during periods when a competitive renewal was not funded.  Program details and application information can be found at

Faculty Breakfast Meetings

In order to allow for more robust conversations around central missions of the college, I have decided to target specific areas of focus – clinical, research, education, administration - for these faculty breakfast meetings.  Faculty who are interested in attending should contact Beverly Carson,, and indicate which area of focus is of greatest interest to them.  These meetings will begin on September 6 and will typically be held on Thursday mornings at 7:30 a.m.

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 (