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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

 Dear Colleagues:

State of the College Address and Funds Flow and COM Finance Presentation

Many thanks to everyone who attended my State of the College Address earlier this week.  I very much enjoyed the opportunity to reflect on all of our collective accomplishments over the past year and to discuss some of the numerous ongoing activities.  For those who were unable to attend, the slides from my talk can be found at and the video can be viewed at

As a reminder, I will be giving a presentation regarding the university-wide funds flow model and College of Medicine finances next Wednesday, September 19, 4:00 p.m., in 100 Basic Science Building.  I hope many of you will plan to attend this session, and I look forward to hearing your input and feedback.

New Discussion Forums

One of the new initiatives I mentioned in my State of the College Address are additional efforts to improve communication within the college.  Our first step is the creation of four new electronic discussion platforms focusing on education, research, clinical affairs, and general information from the Dean’s Office and the College of Medicine.  These new 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.  We are calling the new pages “discussion forums” because they 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 excited there is a new way for it to be heard.

You can access the different forums by using the following links and your net ID and password:

MUSC Hospital named “Rising Star” by UHC

Yesterday UHC awarded its “Rising Star” honors in recognition of hospitals who have achieved significant improvements and exemplary performance in patient safety, mortality, clinical effectiveness, and equity of care.  MUSC was one of four institutions – along with Duke University Hospital, Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, and the Cleveland Clinic – to receive this award.  This is an outstanding accomplishment, and speaks to the real commitment to improving quality and patient safety here at MUSC.

Congratulations to MUSC Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Program

Congratulations to the MUSC VAD Program, which has recently achieved a 100% pass rate for the Joint Commission Disease Specific Care Certification Survey.  Special thanks go to Dr. Jennifer Peura, Medical Director of the VAD Program, and her entire team for their efforts in achieving this level of accomplishment and recognition.

Epic Enterprise Kickoff Meeting

All members of the MUSC community are invited to the Epic Enterprise Kickoff Meeting next Wednesday, September 19, from 1:30-3:00 p.m. in Baruch Auditorium.  The purpose of this meeting is to inform members of our organization about what Epic Enterprise will encompass and to provide an overview of the steps that will lead to successful implementation by July 1, 2014.  For more information about Epic Enterprise, feel free to contact Dr. Bob Warren, Chief Medical Information Officer, or Melissa Forinash, Epic Program Administrator.

Faculty Breakfast Meetings

In order to allow for more robust conversations around central missions of the college, I have decided to target specific areas of focus – clinical, research, education, administration - for these faculty breakfast meetings.  Faculty who are interested in attending should contact Beverly Carson,, and indicate which area of focus is of greatest interest to them.  These meetings will typically be held on Thursday mornings at 7:30 a.m.  I hope all faculty who would like to participate in these discussions will sign up for a future breakfast meeting.

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