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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

 

Employee Commitment/Satisfaction Survey

MUSC Named to America’s Best Breast Centers

Medical Student Career Planning: Helping Students Find Their Fit

HSSC/SCTR Pilot Grant Announcement

SCTR Research Lunch-N-Learn: Clinical Trials Opportunities & Quintiles Partnership

Speakers Abstracts Due for SCTR Scientific Retreat on “Pain Research”

Neuroscience Institute Pilot Grants for Collaborative Translational Neuroscience Research

Discussion Forums

Dear Colleagues:

Employee Commitment/Satisfaction Survey

On February 10, each faculty and staff member should have received an email from Morehead Associates/Press Ganey containing a link to our employee commitment survey and a personalized PIN number.  The survey will be open until February 24 – if you have not already done so, please participate in this survey.  The MUHA physician/clinician satisfaction survey, traditionally administered by MUHA on an annual basis as a separate survey for our physicians/clinicians, has been incorporated into the employee commitment survey.

As of today, the College of Medicine has a 63% response rate and MUSC Physicians has a 75% response rate on the employee commitment survey.  The physician/clinician response rate for the associated MUHA physician/clinician satisfaction survey is currently 50%.  We would, of course, like to increase these participation rates if possible and encourage all those who have not yet completed their survey to do so on or before February 24.

We are committed to ensuring the confidentiality of all individual survey responses.  All survey data will be kept on a Morehead Associates/Press Ganey server and will not be accessible by anyone at MUSC, MUSC Physicians, or MUHA.  If you have any questions or concerns about the survey process, please contact Frances Glanville (College of Medicine), Michelle Wiles (MUSC Physicians), or Julie Floyd (MUHA) for assistance.

Our faculty and staff are our most valuable resource, and employee commitment and satisfaction are 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 improve our workplace.  We value your input and we look forward to hearing from you. (back to top)

MUSC Named to America’s Best Breast Centers

Earlier this week, we received the excellent news that MUSC’s Breast Center/Hollings Cancer Center has earned the Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Breast Centers by WomenCertified, Inc., the voice of female patients.  Fewer than 300 breast centers are being honored with this designation.  Congratulations to all those associated with our achievement of this wonderful recognition! (back to top)

Medical Student Career Planning: Helping Students Find Their Fit

College of Medicine faculty and clinical advisors are encouraged to attend an upcoming seminar on “Medical Student Career Planning: Helping Students Find Their Fit” being presented by Jeanette Calli, Program Manager for the AAMC Careers in Medicine program.  This free seminar is eligible for up to 3 AMA PRA Category 1 credits.  Two sessions will be offered on Monday, February 24, in the Storm Eye Auditorium – the first will be held from 9:00-12:00 p.m. and the second from 3:00-6:00 p.m.  Interested participants should RSVP to Gabrielle Redding at reddingg@musc.edu and indicate which session they plan to attend. (back to top)

HSSC/SCTR Pilot Grant Announcement

Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC) and the S.C. Clinical and Translational Research Institute (SCTR) have announced a collaborative pilot grant program designed to encourage patient-centered research teams with an emphasis on patient-reported outcomes research.  All activities must incorporate the HSSC Clinical Data Warehouse.  More information can be found at http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/com/cominfo_comm/headlines/.  Key dates include a notice of intent due by March 10 and application deadline of April 10. (back to top)

SCTR Research Lunch-N-Learn: Clinical Trials Opportunities & Quintiles Partnership

Signe Denmark, Program Manager of MUSC’s Research Opportunities and Collaborations Program, will be presenting a SCTR Research Lunch-n-Learn on February 26, at 12:00 p.m. in the Library, Room 109.  Signe will provide an overview of available clinical trial opportunities and the Quintiles Partnership and will be joined by the Quintiles Relationship Manager - they look forward to meeting with MUSC investigators and research staff.  Please register to attend this Lunch-n-Learn at http://musc.us6.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=ab1221ded4850af6256f400fd&id=83a6f532f9(back to top)

Speakers Abstracts Due for SCTR Scientific Retreat on “Pain Research”

The Spring SCTR Scientific Retreat on “Pain Research” will be held on May 23, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Bioengineering Building Auditorium.  The keynote speaker will be Roger B. Fillingim, PhD., who serves as President of the American Pain Society, Professor at the University of Florida College of Dentistry, and Director of the UF Pain Research and Intervention Center for Excellence.  Potential speakers need to register by 12:00 p.m. on February 28 and include their abstract.  For more information and to register to attend, please visit https://sctr.musc.edu/index.php/sctr-scientific-retreat-on-pain-research.  This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.  Questions should be directed to SCTR at success@musc.edu or 792-8300. (back to top)

Neuroscience Institute Pilot Grants for Collaborative Translational Neuroscience Research

MUSC faculty are invited to apply for three pilot awards available from the Neuroscience Institute.  Each award is for one year and can be renewed for a second year pending acceptable progress and availability of funding, and is limited to $15,000 per year direct costs (no indirect costs or overhead is allowed).  The main objectives of these pilot awards are to foster new collaborative research in the neurosciences that is highly relevant to development of treatments for neural disorders and to provide pilot data that will lead to sustained funding from an external agency (e.g., NIH).  Each application must have two faculty co-PIs, and preference will be given to collaborations between clinical and basic scientists.  Applications should follow the guidelines of the NIH R21 application and include all sections described in the NIH SF424 guidelines.  Applications must also include an NIH-format other support statement that describes other research support available or pending for each of the co-PIs, and the relationship of that support to the project proposed.  The application should be submitted as one composite pdf file, in order as described in the SF424 guidelines for R21 applications, to Susan McLintock at mclintoc@musc.edu.  Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on February 28, and announcements of funding decisions will be made in March. (back to top)

Discussion Forums

As a reminder, we have 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:

https://sp.musc.edu/com/discuss/research/

https://sp.musc.edu/com/discuss/clinical/

https://sp.musc.edu/com/discuss/education/

https://sp.musc.edu/com/discuss/general/

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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 – and to continue excellence in our research and education missions.  I look forward to hearing from you - either in person or via email.

Sincerely,

Etta

Etta D. Pisano, MD

Vice President for Medical Affairs

Dean, College of Medicine