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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

Town Hall Meetings

As you know, I am very interested in hearing from our faculty and all members of the college, and am planning a series of town hall meetings this winter and spring to further our conversations.  These town hall meetings are intended to be another opportunity for me to hear from you about issues of importance to the college.  The first of these town hall meetings is scheduled for Thursday, January 17, at 4:00 p.m. in 100 Basic Science Building.  I hope all members of the college who are able will plan to attend.

26th Annual Charity Ball

All members of the college are invited to attend the 26th Annual Charity Ball, which is hosted by our medical students.  This year’s Charity Ball is scheduled for Saturday, February 16, 2013, from 7:00-11:00 pm at Memminger Auditorium.  Each year students from both the College of Medicine Student Council and Medical Student Alumni Council work together to make this event a success.  The proceeds from the MUSC Charity Ball and its silent auction are disbursed each year to local charities.

Music for the evening will be provided by Permanent Vacation and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served, along with a cash bar that will serve beer and wine.  Tickets for this black tie optional event are $50.00 per person.  Alumni may purchase 2 tickets for $45 each.  Tickets are now available at the College of Medicine Dean’s Office (601 Clinical Sciences Building) from Marta Rivell or Alexzandrea Brown.

Nominations for MUSC Foundation Teaching Excellence Awards

Nominations are invited for the MUSC Foundation Teaching Excellence Awards.  Awards may be given in the following categories:  Clinical/Professional (Educator-Mentor), Scholarship/Academic (Educator-Mentor), Educator-Lecturer, and Developing Teacher.  Nominations are due January 28, and more information about the awards and the nomination process can be found at

Faculty Affairs Roundtables

The College of Medicine Faculty Affairs Team invites you to attend the next session in the series of Faculty Affairs Roundtables.  This session will be presented by Dr. Gary Gilkeson on the topic of Modified Research Track Faculty and will be offered on January 17, 11:30-12:30 p.m., in 628H Clinical Sciences Building.  This session is intended to be highly participatory and foster lively discussion, and faculty are encouraged to participate in this event.  Please RSVP to Mary McConnell ( no later than January 11 for this session.

The Faculty Affairs Team welcomes input on topics of interest to be covered during future Faculty Affairs Roundtables.  Please share your thoughts on the discussion forum at  For more information about the Faculty Affairs Team and services provided, please go to

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.