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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

 Dear Colleagues:

White Coat Ceremony

As a reminder, all faculty, students, and staff are invited to attend the White Coat Ceremony this Sunday, August 18, at 12:00 p.m. at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.  This will be a wonderful and meaningful ceremony for our incoming students, and I hope many of you are able to attend.

Congratulations to Alisha Joyner

I am pleased to share the news that fourth year medical student Alisha Joyner was selected as a recipient of the American Medical Association (AMA) Physicians of Tomorrow Award.  Alisha is one of twenty medical students in the country selected to receive this prestigious $10,000 award from the AMA Foundation.  Please join me in congratulating Alisha on this wonderful accomplishment.

Annual Quality and Safety Report

MUHA has recently completed its Annual Quality and Safety Report, a full copy of which can be found at  Some highlights from that report include achievement of a ranking of 16th in the nation on the University Health Consortium’s (UHC) Quality and Accountability Scorecard, receipt of a UHC Rising Star Award for tremendous progress in quality, recognition by Leapfrog with a Hospital Safety Score of “A”, and 2013 Healthgrades awards for Neurosciences Excellence, Stroke Care Excellence, and Outstanding Patient Experience.  Congratulations to all of our clinicians, staff, and leadership who have contributed to these successes.

Congratulations to Dr. Donna Kern

Dr. Donna Kern, Associate Dean for Curriculum –Clinical Sciences, in the College of Medicine has been selected to participate in a Communication Skills Task Force at the National Board of Medical Examiners.  The Task Force will be assisting with a validity study of the current communication assessment tools, and will explore how teachers’ ratings of communication skills compare to observed communication scores on the Step 2 Clinical Skills Examination.  Please join me in congratulating Dr. Kern on her selection to this task force.

Charleston Alcohol Research Center Request for Pilot Project Proposals

The Charleston Alcohol Research Center (ARC) has issued a request for applications to its pilot project core.  The purpose of the ARC pilot project core is to provide faculty and qualified post-docs with funds to collect preliminary data that will ultimately support an R-series NIH application.  More information on this program can be found at  Proposals are due by September 16.

2013 MUSC Faculty Convocation

The MUSC Faculty Convocation will be held next Tuesday, August 20, at 4:30 p.m. in the Drug Discovery Building Auditorium, with a reception to follow.  Dr. Robert Sade will be giving this year’s keynote address on “Ethics in the Emerging Health Care System”.  I hope all members of the faculty will plan to attend this event.

Town Hall Meetings

As I’ve done the past two years, I will elaborate on our accomplishments over the past year and on our plans for the future in my State of the College address, which will be held on Monday, September 9, at 4:00 p.m., in the Drug Discovery Building Auditorium.  As we continue to implement the university-wide funds flow process and as financial pressures continue to challenge our institution, I will also be presenting a Town Hall meeting focused on college financial issues – this will be held on Monday, September 23, at 4:00 p.m. in the Drug Discovery Building Auditorium.  I hope all members of the college who are interested will plan to attend these meetings.  As always, I look forward to hearing your input and feedback.

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