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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

 Dear Colleagues:

Graduation Week Activities

What a wonderful week this has been!  The Pearls Lecture took place on Wednesday morning, featuring Drs. Gabe Virella, Mia Amaya, Paul McDermott, and Donna Kern.  Dr. Virella, Professor Emeritus of Microbiology and Immunology, told our students to treat their patients and colleagues as they wish to be treated and to copy the practices of those teachers who they admire and respect.  Dr. Amaya, of the Department of Pediatrics, told the students that child abuse is a common problem, that they as doctors need to look for it and report it, and that adult survivors of child abuse or neglect have many long-term medical problems.  Dr. McDermott, of the Department of Medicine, riffed on Yogi Berra and the wisdom that great baseball player imparted through his many Yogi Berra-isms.  Most memorable was the immortal expression – “If you get to the fork in the road, take it!”  Dr. McDermott told the students this meant that they should trust their guts.  Finally, Dr. Kern, of the Department of Family Medicine, relayed some of the poignant experiences she had as an intern and how our graduates will be challenged in the coming year as they have never been before, but she assured them “You have what it takes.  You will represent MUSC well!” 

The University’s Honors Graduate Luncheon was held on Wednesday afternoon.  Three College of Medicine graduates were among those honored - Stephen Ramey (Doctor of Medicine, First Honor Graduate), Amy Turner (Doctor of Medicine, First Honor Graduate), and Kyle Strickland (Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy, Distinguished Graduate Student Award).  Congratulations to our Honors Graduates and their families!  We are proud of your accomplishments!

Later in the day, we celebrated the accomplishments of the Class of 2013 at the Awards Convocation.  One of the many students honored was Amy Brown, who was selected to receive the Excellence in Public Health Award from the U.S. Public Health Service, which recognizes select medical students throughout the nation who are addressing the mission of the Public Health Service in protecting, promoting, and advancing the health and safety of the nation through work in their local community.  The Hiram B. Curry Humanitarian Award was awarded posthumously to Lauren Baldwin Baccari and was accepted by her husband, Greg Baccari.  In addition to the many students who were recognized at this event, the Class of 2013 honored one of our faculty members, Dr. E. Baron Short, with the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Faculty Award presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, for his consistent demonstration of compassion and empathy in the delivery of care to patients and his service as a role model.  Congratulations to all the award recipients and their families!

Yesterday we had a lunch for the “Golden Grads”, honoring and celebrating the Class of 1963.  It was wonderful to have those alumni return to MUSC to celebrate the commencement activities with us - their appreciation for and commitment to their alma mater was quite evident.  The Oath Ceremony was held last night at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.  Dr. Donna Kern gave the invocation at the ceremony, and Dr. Shakaib Rehman and Class President Ted James spoke at the event.  We then had the hooding ceremony followed by the Oath.  As always, it was a privilege to take part in the ritual that marks the passage of our students into the profession of medicine.  It was made more meaningful by our new tradition (as of 2012) of the students selecting individuals who have played significant roles in our graduating students’ lives as their hooders.  Capping off a wonderful week of celebrations, Commencement was held earlier today.  Congratulations to all our graduates and their families!

Members of the Class of 2013 are now embarking on their next adventure – residency training, new experiences, new colleagues.  We are pleased that some members of the class will be staying with us for their training, and we wish all of our graduates the very best in their future endeavors.  We are so proud of you, and hope you will return often to your alma mater.  I also want to take this opportunity to thank all of the individuals who worked so very hard to make the graduation week activities such a success.

Employee Satisfaction Survey

As a reminder, the College of Medicine and MUSC Physicians have once again engaged Morehead Associates, a national survey research firm, to conduct our employee (both faculty and staff) satisfaction survey.  This is separate from the physician/clinician satisfaction survey that is conducted by the Medical Center.  Our faculty and staff are our most valuable resource, and employee satisfaction is vital to our continued success.  This survey is a great opportunity to share your perceptions across a variety of key areas that affect your satisfaction, and will help us work to improve our workplace.

Each faculty and staff member in both the College of Medicine and MUSC Physicians should have received an email on May 9 directly from Morehead Associates containing a link to the survey and a personalized PIN number.  The survey has a scheduled end date of May 23 – all faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in this survey – we want to hear from you.  All survey data will be kept on a Morehead Associates server and individual survey responses will not be accessible by anyone at MUSC or MUSC Physicians.  If you have any questions or concerns about the survey process or need assistance in accessing your link/PIN number for the survey, please contact Frances Glanville (College of Medicine) or Michelle Wiles (MUSC Physicians) for assistance.

Annual CATTS Mandatory Training

It is time for all employees to complete the University’s annual CATTS mandatory training modules.  Completion of all modules is due by June 30.  The system is easily accessed online at using your NetID and password.  Questions regarding this training should be directed to your supervisor or respective human resources office.

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