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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

MUSC Physicians Revised Non-Compete Agreement

Earlier this week, an email was sent to all current MUSC Physicians (MUSCP) Members regarding the revised non-compete agreement that was recently finalized; a copy of that email can be found at and the attachment can be found at  As noted in that email, no current MUSCP Members are required to sign the revised non-compete agreement.  Those MUSCP Members who are currently under a non-compete agreement may elect to remain under their current non-compete agreement or switch to the revised non-compete; MUSCP Members who are currently not under a non-compete may elect to sign the revised non-compete if they so choose.  Department Chairs have been asked to share information with their clinical faculty regarding the revised non-compete agreement.  To ensure that all MUSCP Members have a clear understanding of the revisions and an opportunity to ask questions, a Town Hall Meeting has been scheduled for December 9, at 5:00 p.m. in the Drug Discovery Auditorium.

The members of the MUSCP Non-Compete Task Force, led by Dr. Scott Reeves, put a great deal of effort into the creation of the new non-compete, and we are appreciative of their efforts.  We also appreciate all of the feedback received from MUSCP Members on this important issue.  We are glad we took the time to hear from everyone on this important matter, and hope you will agree that the Task Force delivered an agreement that serves the interests of both MUSCP Members and our organization.

Clinical Faculty Compensation Plan

Thanks to all those who have given input into the discussion of clinical faculty compensation.  After complete analysis of all departmental compensation plans and sharing the information with the department chairs, we have decided to make the following changes to the proposal.

  • We have decided to delay implementation of linking individual faculty clinical compensation to institutional goals until our payer contracts require it.
  • Most clinical departments (13/17) are already in compliance with institutional goals for departmental compensation plans for July 2014.  Faculty in those departments will not experience changes in compensation driven by the College of Medicine's institutional goals.  Of course departmental or individual issues may still affect compensation.
  • Those 4 departments that are NOT currently linking salary to clinical and academic productivity are working actively to adjust their plans now, and the chairs of those departments will be discussing the proposed changes in individual compensation with the affected faculty.
  • We have created a Compensation Committee chaired by Dr. David Cole in his role as President of MUSCP. That group, which consists of a group of clinical chairs and dean's office personnel, will oversee proposed changes to the departmental plans moving forward.

Please discuss all of these changes with your chair or division chief as compensation schemas are quite complicated.  They understand the status of each of you as individuals and of your department better than we can possibly share in this summary email to all of you.

Again, I appreciate the thoughtful input we've received on this topic. As with most topics, this has allowed us to evolve the proposal to a better one that will better serve both the clinical faculty and the institution.  Our primary goal is to reward our most productive faculty, and we believe that will be accomplished across all departments and will be achieved through the changes being implemented this year.

2013 Golden Apple Awards Ceremony

All members of the College of Medicine are invited to attend the 2013 Golden Apple Awards Ceremony, which will be held on Friday, November 22, at 12:00 p.m. in the Drug Discovery Building Auditorium with a reception to follow.  These awards are presented to members of the College who are recognized by our students for their excellence.  I hope all who are able will join us for this special event.

Faculty Bridge Funding Program

A primary 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  The application deadline for the current cycle is December 16.  Applications may be emailed to Mary McConnell at  Faculty with questions about this program should contact Senior Associate Dean for Research Craig Crosson.

Congratulations to our Students and their Mentors

I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate the MUSC students who received the 2013 Ralph H. Johnson VAMC Student Research Awards.  In the poster category, Dayvia Laws (mentored by Mandy LaRue) won first place and Rebekah Walker (mentored by Leonard Egede) won second place.  In the oral category, Joseph Taylor (mentored by Mark George) won first place and Adam Akerman (mentored by Jeff Jones) won second place.  Camilo Mateus (mentored by Steven LaRowe) received the young investigator award.  Please join me in congratulating these students, and their mentors, on their accomplishments.

J.G. Reves Visiting Professor Lecture

Dr. Debra Schwinn, Dean of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, will be the speaker at this year’s J.G. Reves Visiting Professor Lecture.  She will be speaking on “Academic Medicine and Health Care Reform” on November 19 at 6:30 a.m. in 110 Bioengineering Building.  All members of the college are encouraged to attend this event.

College of Medicine Dean's Diversity Colloquium

Dr. Nadine Kaslow, President-Elect of the American Psychological Association and Professor at Emory University, will be the speaker this year’s Dean's Diversity Colloquium.  She will give the keynote address, “Understanding Privilege: Creating Individual and System-Wide Pathways to Authentic Relationships”, on November 21 at 4:00 p.m. in the Drug Discovery Auditorium, with a reception to follow.  Dr. Kaslow will spend the day at MUSC and will engage in interactive sessions with faculty, staff, residents and students.  A special session focusing on leadership will be held on November 21 at 2:00 p.m., and junior faculty members are encouraged to attend.  Faculty members interested in attending this session should RSVP to Natalie Johnson at

Faculty Affairs Roundtables

The College of Medicine Faculty Affairs Team invites faculty to attend the next session in the series of Faculty Affairs Roundtables.  This session will be presented by Marc Chimowitz and Tom Hulsey on the topic of “Mentoring and the Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Process” and will be offered on November 21 at 12:00 p.m. in 429 Clinical Sciences Building.  Interested faculty are encouraged to participate in this event; please RSVP to Mary McConnell ( for this session.  For more information about the Faculty Affairs Team and services provided, please go to

SCTR Lunch-N-Learn

SCTR will be sponsoring a Lunch-N-Learn session on Friday, November 22, 12:00-1:00 p.m. in 112 Bioengineering Building.  Heather Woolwine, MUSC Media Relations Director, will be presenting on “What’s Newsworthy? Tips and Tactics for Working with Mass Media.”  Those planning to attend this presentation should register at

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:

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.



Etta D. Pisano, MD

Vice President for Medical Affairs

Dean, College of Medicine