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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

Medical School LCME Reaccreditation Update

Our LCME Reaccreditation site visit took place earlier this week, and I am so very proud of our Education team and all members of the college and institution who participated in the site visit sessions.  While it will be several months before we expect to receive the formal report from LCME, the site visitors spoke very highly of our efforts and our educational programs during our exit interview.  While there are certainly areas in which we can further improve our educational efforts and initiatives, and we will work to do so, I believe we have made great strides over the past several years and that the commitment to providing the highest quality education for our medical students is strong.

I would like to thank our Education team and the many faculty, staff, and students, who, under the guidance and leadership of Deborah Deas, have worked diligently preparing for reaccreditation and made the site visit such a success.  Dr. Deas deserves special recognition for her leadership as Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education since July 1, 2011, and her preparing our team for this important site visit.

Town Hall Meetings

Many thanks to those of you who attended my Town Hall Meeting yesterday afternoon.  I appreciate the opportunity to speak to you and, more importantly, to hear from you directly about issues of importance to the college.  As you know, I am planning to hold several town hall meetings this winter and spring to further our conversations.  I will be back in touch once a date/time has been scheduled for the next meeting.

Langdon Hartsock, MD, Awarded Order of the Silver Crescent

I am so pleased to share with you the wonderful news that Dr. Langdon Hartsock has been awarded the Order of the Silver Crescent by Governor Haley.  The Order of the Silver Crescent is the second highest civilian award from the State of South Carolina and is given in recognition of exemplary performance, contribution and achievement within the community.  Dr. Hartsock received the award for his leadership in the field of Orthopaedic Surgery at MUSC.  Please join me in congratulating Langdon for this richly deserved honor.

Foundations in Teaching and Learning: A Series for Educators

The Apple Tree Society is offering a new program targeted towards faculty who are fairly new to teaching, but available to any educator interested in improving his or her teaching skills.  This new series, which will be comprised of six one-hour sessions, begins on February 14.  Faculty who are interested can find more information about this series, including registration information, at  The registration deadline is January 31.

Implementation of New F&A Rates

Earlier this month, the MUSC Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) announced the approval of a new Facilities & Administrative (F&A) Rate Agreement with DHHS.  We are pleased they were able to negotiate a higher rate for MUSC going forward.  There have been some questions about implementation of the new F&A rates.  A copy of the information initially distributed by ORSP can be found at, and additional information on this topic can be found at

26th Annual Charity Ball

All members of the college are invited to attend the 26th Annual Charity Ball, which is hosted by our medical students.  This year’s Charity Ball is scheduled for Saturday, February 16, 2013, from 7:00-11:00 pm at Memminger Auditorium.  Each year students from both the College of Medicine Student Council and Medical Student Alumni Council work together to make this event a success.  The proceeds from the MUSC Charity Ball and its silent auction are disbursed each year to local charities.

Music for the evening will be provided by Permanent Vacation and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served, along with a cash bar that will serve beer and wine.  Tickets for this black tie optional event are $50.00 per person.  Alumni may purchase 2 tickets for $45 each.  Tickets are now available at the College of Medicine Dean’s Office (601 Clinical Sciences Building) from Marta Rivell or Alexzandrea Brown.

Nominations for MUSC Foundation Teaching Excellence Awards

Nominations are invited for the MUSC Foundation Teaching Excellence Awards.  Awards may be given in the following categories:  Clinical/Professional (Educator-Mentor), Scholarship/Academic (Educator-Mentor), Educator-Lecturer, and Developing Teacher.  Nominations are due January 28, and more information about the awards and the nomination process can be found at

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.