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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

 Dear Colleagues:

Employee Satisfaction Survey

The College of Medicine and MUSC Physicians have once again engaged Morehead Associates, a national survey research firm, to conduct our employee (both faculty and staff) satisfaction survey.  This is separate from the physician/clinician satisfaction survey that is conducted by the Medical Center.  Our faculty and staff are our most valuable resource, and employee satisfaction is vital to our continued success.  This survey is a great opportunity to share your perceptions across a variety of key areas that affect your satisfaction, and will help us work to improve our workplace.

Each faculty and staff member in both the College of Medicine and MUSC Physicians should have received an email yesterday directly from Morehead Associates containing a link to the survey and a personalized PIN number.  The survey will be open for two weeks, with a scheduled end date of May 23.  All survey data will be kept on a Morehead Associates server and individual survey responses will not be accessible by anyone at MUSC or MUSC Physicians.  If you have any questions or concerns about the survey process, please contact Frances Glanville (College of Medicine) or Michelle Wiles (MUSC Physicians) for assistance.

I would like to encourage all faculty and staff to participate in this survey – we want to hear from you.

MUSC Receives “A” Hospital Safety Score

Earlier this week, MUSC was recognized by the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit devoted to patient safety, with a Hospital Safety Score of “A”.  Congratulations to all members of our clinical enterprise for your efforts in patient safety, and to Pat Cawley and his team for their leadership in this area – it is because of your hard work that we were able to achieve this recognition.

Annual CATTS Mandatory Training

It is time for all employees to complete the University’s annual CATTS mandatory training modules.  Completion of all modules is due by June 30.  The system is easily accessed online at using your NetID and password.  Questions regarding this training should be directed to your supervisor or respective human resources office.

Graduation Week Activities

Commencement is next Friday, and we are all looking forward to the festivities graduation week will bring.  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 Thursday, May 16, 7:00 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 Wednesday, May 15.  And, of course, commencement itself takes place on Friday, May 17, at 9:00 a.m. at the Citadel Field House.  Commencement information can be found at

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