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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

 Dear Colleagues:

Search for Director, Center for Genomic Medicine/Director, Darby Children’s Research Institute

We established the Center for Genomic Medicine under the leadership of Interim Director, Dr. Steve Ethier, effective January 1, 2013.  The Center has made a great deal of progress over the past year under Dr. Ethier’s leadership, and we are now moving forward with re-opening a national search for a permanent Director of the Center for Genomic Medicine, who will also serve as Director of the Darby Children’s Research Institute.  The person in this position will report directly to me as Dean of the College of Medicine and to Rita Ryan as Chair of the Department of Pediatrics.  This position has been posted on the University’s HR website and ads are being placed in appropriate journals; a copy of the ad can be found at http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/com/cominfo_comm/headlines/index.htm.  I am confident that we will be able to recruit an excellent person to fill both of these important roles.  If you know of individuals who would be a good fit for this position, please encourage them to review the ad and consider submitting an application.

Implementation of New MUSC International Travel Policy

Earlier this week, Interim President Mark Sothmann sent a letter to MUSC faculty, staff, and students regarding the implementation of a new International Travel Policy; a copy of his letter can be found at http://globalhealth.musc.edu/musc-international-travel-policy-memorandum-mark-sothmann-phd.  The goal of the policy is to promote safe, international travel and to ensure MUSC is better positioned to locate and communicate with faculty, staff, trainees and students traveling abroad in the event of a crisis.  MUSC has contracted with International SOS to provide emergency medical, security and travel assistance to those traveling abroad for university-related purposes.  Before departing for international travel, faculty, staff, trainees and students traveling for university-related purposes are required to register their travel plans with International SOS.  Please refer to the full policy at http://globalhealth.musc.edu/blog/musc-international-travel-policy for additional information.

Gold Humanism Society Clothing Drive

The Paul B. Underwood Chapter of the Gold Humanism Society at MUSC is undertaking an initiative to provide clothes for patients who need them when they leave the emergency room.  Many who leave our facility must do so without this most basic need.  Desired clothing for the closet includes items comfortable and appropriate to leave the hospital after an illness or accident.  There is a particular need of undergarments and larger sizes (XL, 2XL, 3XL).  Donation boxes are in place in the library lobby, Main Hospital information desk, Clinical Sciences Building information desk, and Basic Sciences Building lobby.  The clothes closet will officially open on February 14.

Faculty Affairs Roundtables

The College of Medicine Faculty Affairs Team invites faculty to attend the next sessions in the series of Faculty Affairs Roundtables.  Drs. Marc Chimowitz and Gary Gilkeson will be presenting on the topic of “Modified Faculty Track” on January 16 at 12:00 p.m. and January 23 at 4:00 p.m. in 601 Clinical Sciences Building.  Interested faculty are encouraged to participate in this event; please RSVP to Mary McConnell (mcconnem@musc.edu) for these sessions.  For more information about the Faculty Affairs Team and services provided, please go to http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/com/faculty/.

Internal Search for Director, MUSC Tissue Biorepository Network

We are pleased to announce an internal search for Director of the MUSC Tissue Biorepository Network.  The Tissue Biorepository Network is the result of efforts by the MUSC Biorepository Steering Committee over the past year.  The Steering Committee has recommended the establishment of this leadership position; the selected individual will be expected to drive this initiative forward, to include both logistical and operational processes.  The Director of the Tissue Biorepository Network will be expected to devote 10- 20% effort to this position, and will report to COM Senior Associate Dean for Research Craig Crosson in this role.  Additional information regarding this position can be found at https://sp.musc.edu/com/discuss/research/default.aspx.

The search is open to current MUSC faculty.  Candidates should have experience in biobanking and/or the use of human specimens for research, a strong record of grant funding and publications, experience with IRB and compliance issues, and leadership experience to including project management.  Nominations of individuals for consideration and applications should be submitted electronically to Dr. Crosson in care of Mary McConnell at mcconnem@musc.edu by January 17.  Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter and current CV.

Center for Global Health Funding Opportunities

The MUSC Center for Global Health (CGH) is pleased to announce opportunities for international travel grants in low and middle-income countries of up to $2,000 each to MUSC students and resident trainees for a 12-month period.  Funds must be used within 12-months from the date of the award.  The goal of the awards is to assist recipients in furthering global health research or training projects in low- or middle-income countries.  The proposal deadline is February 12, 2014; more information can be found at http://globalhealth.musc.edu/trainee-global-health-travel-grants.

MUSC/Quintiles Partnership

In 2013, MUSC was selected to become a Quintiles partner organization.  Quintiles, one of the leading contract research organizations globally, selects only a limited number of high performing sites to join their partner site program.  Participation in this program brings with it many benefits for the MUSC research community, including access to a steady flow of research opportunities, the ability to work closely with a Quintiles Relationship Manager who acts as a communication link between MUSC and Quintiles, and training, tools and ongoing assistance to help maximize clinical trials performance.  The MUSC/Quintiles partnership involves a mutual commitment to improve productivity and efficiencies across all studies.  For this reason, MUSC's overall performance in areas such as enrollment, volume of studies, start-up times, and quality assessment monitoring findings is reviewed on a regular basis.  It is essential that MUSC maintains a high level of performance across all studies in order to maintain a partnership with Quintiles.

The Quintiles/MUSC site partnership is managed locally by Signe Denmark with the SCTR Research Nexus.  Signe works to match new research opportunities with appropriate investigators, often assists investigators with the start-up process, and is class="apple-style-span"available throughout the span of a trial to provide ongoing support and to navigate investigators and study teams to the many SCTR resources that are also available to assist with study success.  She also works with the Quintiles Relationship Manager to identify and overcome any hurdles to the start-up process and to monitor trial progress after study initiation.  class="apple-style-span"Please do not hesitate to contact Signe at denmarks@musc.edu or 792-4146 for assistance.

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 July 2014, and will receive 2-3 years of salary support commensurate with 75-100% effort per year to pursue multidisciplinary clinical and pre-clinical research.  Applicants should develop a research topic in consultation with an eligible mentor (experienced faculty with NIH research funding) and submit their applications by noon on March 3, 2014.  For more information and application instructions visit www.musc.edu/bircwh or contact Sarah Gainey at smithsar@musc.edu or 792-8207.

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:

https://sp.musc.edu/com/discuss/research/

https://sp.musc.edu/com/discuss/clinical/

https://sp.musc.edu/com/discuss/education/

https://sp.musc.edu/com/discuss/general/

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