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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

MUSC Faculty Convocation

The MUSC Faculty Convocation will be held next Tuesday, August 21, at 4:30 p.m. in 110 Drug Discovery Building, with a reception to follow.  Dr. Perry Halushka will be giving this year’s keynote address on “From Discovery to Improved Therapeutics: The role of entrepreneurialism”.  I hope all members of the faculty will attend this special event.

White Coat Ceremony

As a reminder, all faculty, students, and staff are invited to attend the White Coat Ceremony this Sunday, August 19, 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.

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 national recognition for achievements in safety, patient-centered care, use of technology, excellence in stroke care, and for having one of the top trauma programs in the nation, as well as accomplishments related to safety goals over the past year.

MUSC now has three programs that have achieved advanced certification from the Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program – diabetes, stroke, and ventricular assist device.  We continue to be a national leader with respect to pediatric patient safety indicators as evidenced in the most recent University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) report where we ranked second in all of UHC.  A great deal of effort was made over the past year to improve Post-Operative Respiratory Failure (PORF).  MUSC had previously been ranked by UHC as 112 out of 119 university academic medical centers in this area, but is now ranked 8 out of 119 institutions – this is a tremendous improvement and is to be commended.

Congratulations to all of our clinicians and hospital staff who have contributed to these successes.

College of Medicine Academy of Medical Educators

Faculty are reminded that the College of Medicine Academy of Medical Educators is accepting applications for membership as a Distinguished Teaching Scholar, Master Teacher, or Mentored Teaching Fellow.  The application deadline for this cycle is August 20, 2012.

The Academy of Medicine Educators was established to provide a forum for higher levels of participation, training, and recognition of faculty educators and to promote excellence, innovation, and scholarship in teaching and education.  Drs. Leonie Gordon, Debra Hazen-Martin, and Paul McDermott are serving as Co-Directors of this new initiative.  More information about the Academy of Medical Educators and the application process can be found at

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 begin on September 6 and will typically be held on Thursday mornings at 7:30 a.m.

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 (