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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 holding 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.  If you have any particular topics you’d like me to address, you can raise them in person during the meeting and/or email them in advance to  The next town hall meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 20, at 4:00 p.m. in 110 Drug Discovery Building.  I hope all members of the college who are able will plan to attend.

New Master Grand Rounds and Seminars Calendar

I am pleased to inform you that a new grand rounds and seminars calendar has been launched on the COM website to further enhance communication and make important information easier to locate.  This calendar, located at, provides a tool to post, search for, and view upcoming events throughout the COM.  Departments may submit events directly to the calendar from the website; events may also be submitted for inclusion on the calendar via email to  We hope this new tool will help streamline the sharing of grand rounds and seminar information with colleagues throughout the college.

Congratulations to Dr. Emmanuel Chandler

Dr. Emmanuel Chandler, who is a Resident in our Department of Pediatrics and a graduate of our College of Medicine, was recently selected as an American Pediatric Association New Century Scholar.  This mentorship program is aimed at increasing the diversity of the academic general pediatric workforce.  Under-represented in medicine pediatric residents in their second year of residency who have an interest in pursuing careers in academic general pediatrics or related fields are selected for this program and are matched with junior and senior mentors who provide ongoing career planning support.  Please join me in congratulating Dr. Chandler on his selection for this program.

White Coat Day

A couple of weeks ago, we had the opportunity to participate in White Coat Day – an initiative organized by the South Carolina Hospital Association to collectively lobby legislators to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act.  MUSC was well-represented with approximately 60 of our busy clinicians traveling to Columbia on Tuesday to participate in this event.  Several people have asked for copies of the information we shared with legislators on this topic – for those who are interested, those talking points, which were prepared by the South Carolina Hospital Association, can be found at

Homecoming Weekend Oyster Roast

All College of Medicine faculty are invited to attend this year’s Homecoming Weekend Oyster Roast, scheduled for Friday, March 22, from 7:00-10:00 pm, at Shem Creek.  Advanced registration is required - no tickets will be sold at the door – and dress is casual.  Please register for this event at  Plenty of oysters and non-seafood items will be served.  We hope you join us for what is sure to be a fun evening.

MUSC Alert System

In an effort to provide the MUSC community with relevant, timely information regarding campus-related emergencies, all faculty, staff and students have the opportunity to receive text message alerts via their mobile devices through the MUSC Alert system.  Desktop alerts (MUSC-networked computers only) and email alerts will be sent as well in the event of a dangerous situation that would impact our campus.  For more information and to register for the MUSC Alert system, please visit

Faculty Applications Being Accepted for MUSC Presidential Scholars Program

Faculty applications are being sought for the MUSC Presidential Scholars Program.  One faculty member from the College of Medicine will be selected to serve a three-year term and join current faculty from the other colleges; a small stipend is provided.  Applications are due Friday, March 8, and more information, including instruction on how to submit an application, can be found at

Faculty Affairs Roundtables

The College of Medicine Faculty Affairs Team invites you to attend the next session in the new series of Faculty Affairs Roundtables.  This session will be presented by Drs. Leonie Gordon and Paul McDermott on the topic of the Academy of Medical Educators and will be offered twice – on February 21 at 4:30 p.m. and on February 26 at 12:00 p.m.  These sessions are intended to be highly participatory and foster lively discussion.  Please RSVP to Mary McConnell ( for these sessions.

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

SCOR Request For Pilot Project Proposals

In order to catalyze women's health-related research throughout the MUSC campus, the Specialized Center of Research (SCOR) on Sex and Gender Factors Affecting Women’s Health is pleased to announce a request for pilot project proposals focused on sex and gender-related issues in neuroscience.  The pilot program will provide short-term start-up funds (up to $15,000) to promising postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty (less than 5 years from post-doctoral training/terminal degree) to collect initial data for an RO3, R21, or R01 submission.  The project must focus on a neuroscience-related topic and explore either sex/gender differences or disorders/treatments as they uniquely relate to women.  The project can be either clinical or basic science, but consistent with the NIH Roadmap Initiative and the vision of MUSC's South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute (SCTR).  Projects involving multidisciplinary teams and/or translational research efforts are especially encouraged.  Applications are due by noon on March 1.  For more information visit or contact Sarah Gainey(

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