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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

Department of Public Health Sciences Chair Search

Several candidates will be visiting over the next two months for the Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences.  The candidates currently invited to interview are – John Vena (University of Georgia College of Public Health, April 29-30); Varghese George (Medical College of Georgia, May 2-3); Elizabeth Mayer-Davis (UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, May 22-23); Anthony Alberg (MUSC, May 28-29); Sue Levkoff (University of South Carolina College of Social Work, May 30-31); and Charles Bennett (South Carolina College of Pharmacy, June 19-20).  Each of these candidates will be giving seminars open to all members of the college, and information on those seminars will be shared as it becomes available.

Academy of Medical Educators – New Members

The Academy of Medical Educators (AME) has recently announced the following new members-

Dr. Eric Lentsch (Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery) – Master Teacher

Dr. Madelene Lewis (Department of Radiology) – Mentored Teaching Fellow

Please join me in congratulating these individuals for their selection and in thanking them for their commitment to our educational mission.  More information about AME and the application process can be found at http://www.musc.edu/com/faculty/Academy_of_Medical_Educators/.  The next application deadline is April 22.  Questions about AME may be directed to the AME Co-Directors, Drs. Debra Hazen-Martin, Leonie Gordon, and Paul McDermott.

Congratulations to the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

Earlier this week, we received the wonderful news that the MUSC Comprehensive Epilepsy Center is being recognized as a Level 4 Center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers.  Level 4 Epilepsy Centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.  Please join me in congratulating Drs. Jonathan Edwards and Alex Vandergrift, and all those associated with the Epilepsy Center, on this terrific achievement.

Faculty Survey Regarding Department Mentoring Plans

The Associate Deans for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development have prepared a brief survey to gather data on the implementation of departmental faculty mentoring plans.  All faculty are asked to complete this survey by April 24.  The survey can be access at https://redcap.musc.edu/surveys/?s=iJ8GUZ.

Women’s Health Research Day

MUSC's Women's Research Center will be holding its first annual Women's Health Research Day on Thursday, April 18.  The dynamic and diverse program will include scientific presentations and poster sessions highlighting sex and gender-based work conducted across campus.  For more information and draft agenda, please visit: www.musc.edu/wrc or contact Women’s Research Center coordinator, Sarah Gainey at smithsar@musc.edu.

Faculty Bridge Funding Program

A principal goal of the College of Medicine is to support and strengthen research capabilities of our faculty.  One mechanism utilized to facilitate this goal is our Bridge Funding Program.  The purpose of this program is to support investigators with established clinical or basic research programs during periods when a competitive renewal was not funded.  Program details and the application format are available at http://www.musc.edu/com/research/bridgefunding.htm.  The application deadline for the current cycle is April 15.  Applications may be emailed to Mary McConnell at mcconnem@musc.edu.  Faculty with questions about this program should contact Senior Associate Dean for Research Craig Crosson.

Center for Global Health Special Seminar

class="apple-style-span"The MUSC Center for Global Health (CGH) will be hosting a seminar by Dr. James Curran, Dean of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, on April 26, 12:00-1:00 p.m. in 809 Storm Eye Institute.  The title of Dr. Curran’s talk is “Advancing Global Health and HIV/AIDS at Emory University”; welcoming remarks will be provided by Drs. Ray Greenberg and Michael Sweat.  Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP to huley@musc.edu by April 19.

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:

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.  I look forward to hearing from you - either in person or via email.

Sincerely,

Etta