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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

Faculty Excellence Award Winners

Earlier this week we held the Faculty Excellence Awards program, where faculty were recognized by our students for their excellence.  The winners were Dr. Michael Caplan (First Year Class), Dr. Laura Kasman (Second Year Class), Dr. Valerian Fernandes (Clinical Years) and Dr. Bassam Rimawi (Clinical Years).  The runners up for these awards were Drs. Nicholas Batalis, Pierre Giglio, Yi-Te Hsu, McIver Leppard, Paul McDermott, and Jerry Squires.  When you next see these honorees, please join me in offering your congratulations for their exemplary service to MUSC and the College of Medicine.

Faculty Evaluation of Provost, Deans, and Department Chairs

Earlier this week, faculty should have received an email from E*Value inviting them to complete evaluations for the Provost, Deans, Department Chairs and other administrators.  This evaluation process is administered by the Office of the Provost and the Faculty Senate.  The deadline is 5:00 p.m. on April 26.  All faculty are encouraged to complete these evaluations – we look forward to receiving your feedback, both positive and negative, and your constructive criticism.  Remember, it’s important to complete an evaluation even if you are happy with MUSC!

Student Satisfaction Survey

On Monday, April 22, students will receive an email with a link to the annual MUSC Student Satisfaction Survey.  This survey will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete, and your responses are anonymous.  Your input is valuable as it helps us know what we’re doing well and where we can improve.  It also helps the university determine how well the student services available to you are meeting your needs.  I ask that all of our students please take the time to complete this important survey.

Presidential Scholars Announced

I’d like to recognize and congratulate the College of Medicine students who were selected to join the MUSC 2013-2014 Presidential Scholars Program.  The COM students selected are Meghan Anderson, Lauren Benner, Janice Davis, Alex Kranc, Kimberly Lewis, Adam Pearlman, Saleh Rachidi, Stephen Thompson, and Lauren Wingo.  Please join me in congratulating these students on their selection.

New MUSC Student Leadership Society Members Announced

Earlier this week, the newest members of the MUSC Student Leadership Society were announced.  The COM students selected are Luke Dong, Alisa Joyner, and Thomas Beckham.  Please join me in congratulating these students for this achievement.

Faculty Survey Regarding Department Mentoring Plans

The Associate Deans for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development have prepared a brief survey to gather data on the implementation of departmental faculty mentoring plans.  All faculty are asked to complete this survey by April 24.  The survey can be access at

Nominations being accepted for Faculty Awards

Nominations are being accepted for the 2013 MUSC Foundation Distinguished Faculty Service Award and the 2013 MUSC Foundation Outstanding Clinician Awards.  More information about each of these awards can be found at  The Provost’s Office has extended the deadline for nominations – please submit nominations to Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Mark Sothmann as soon as possible.

Applications being accepted for John R. Raymond Mentoring Fellowship

Applications are being accepted for the John R. Raymond Mentoring Fellowship, being sponsored by the Women Scholars Initiative and Office of the Provost.  The fellowship provides some financial support for a full-time female faculty member to initiate a relationship with a mentor affiliated with an outside institution.  More information about this fellowship can be found at  Applications are due by May 1 and should be submitted to

Graduation Week Activities

Preparations for Commencement are well underway, and we are looking forward to the festivities that graduation week will bring.  One of the most important commencement week events for the College of Medicine is the oath ceremony – this is the occasion when our graduates take the Hippocratic Oath and are “hooded” with their academic hoods.  The Oath Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, May 16, 7:00 p.m., at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.  Members of the college are welcome to attend the oath ceremony, and I would especially like to encourage members of the faculty to participate in this important occasion.  Other activities during graduation week include the Pearls Lecture, the Student Awards Ceremony and the Senior Ball, all of which take place on Wednesday, May 15.  And, of course, commencement itself takes place on Friday, May 17, at 9:00 a.m. at the Citadel Field House.  Commencement information can be found at

Center for Global Health Special Seminar

class="apple-style-span"The MUSC Center for Global Health (CGH) will be hosting a seminar by Dr. James Curran, Dean of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, on April 26, 12:00-1:00 p.m. in 809 Storm Eye Institute.  The title of Dr. Curran’s talk is “Advancing Global Health and HIV/AIDS at Emory University”; welcoming remarks will be provided by Drs. Ray Greenberg and Michael Sweat.  Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP to by April 19.

Mentor Training Retreat

On May 3, the SCTR Mentor Leadership Counsel and MUSC Apple Tree Society will be hosting a retreat focused on academic, clinical & research mentoring.  Dr. Mitchell Feldman, Director of the UCSF Faculty Mentoring Program, will provide a keynote presentation on “The Importance of Defining & Establishing a Mentoring Culture” and an afternoon session on “Building your Career Development Plan”.  Throughout this day-long event, participants will discuss essential components of effective mentoring and review lessons learned from the innovative faculty mentoring program at UCSF and from our own MUSC Mentor Champions.  Registration is free, yet required.  Event details and registration information 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.



Etta D. Pisano, MD

Vice President for Medical Affairs

Dean, College of Medicine