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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

Funds Flow and COM Finance Presentation

Many thanks to everyone who attended my presentation regarding the university-wide funds flow model and College of Medicine finances earlier this week.  I am an enthusiastic supporter of the funds flow model and believe it will create greater transparency and effectiveness throughout the institution.  I hope I also conveyed my optimism about the state of College of Medicine finances – despite years of various challenges including decreases in state funding, a flattening NIH budget, the end of ARRA funding, and the like, our faculty and staff continue to thrive and to provide top quality education and clinical care and to undertake cutting-edge research.  For those who were unable to attend, the slides from my talk can be found at

Mandatory training underway for Epic Emergency module, “ASAP”

With the Epic Ambulatory Electronic Medical Record now four months into its implementation, we turn our sights to the deployment of the next Epic module to go live.  On November 1, 2012, ASAP, the Epic emergency department module, will launch in all three of the MUSC emergency medicine sites.  ASAP basic training began on September 17 and will run through October 17, followed by personalization labs which will be held October 18-29.  It is imperative to know that if you will be going live on ASAP, or will be using it for any purpose, you MUST self-enroll in CATTS for training.  A “fast track” training program is available for those with previous Epic ambulatory training.  Please visit for more information about ASAP and to sign up for classes.

Seminar by Dr. Jeannette South-Paul

As a reminder, the College of Medicine Diversity Committee, Academy of Medical Educators, and Faculty Affairs are pleased to present a seminar by Dr. Jeannette South-Paul this coming Monday, September 24, 4:00-5:00 p.m., in the Drug Discovery Building Auditorium.  Dr. South-Paul is the Andrew W. Mathieson Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.  The topic of her seminar will be “The Future of Health Disparities in the Age of Healthcare Reform”.  A reception will follow in the lobby of the Drug Discovery Building, and CME credit will be available.  All members of the College are invited to attend.

First Annual Women’s Health Research Day

The MUSC Women’s Health Research Center will be holding its first annual Women’s Health Research Day on Thursday, April 18, 2013, in the Institute of Psychiatry Auditorium.  Investigators from across campus are invited to submit their gender/sex-based research for presentation.  For more information, please visit

New 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 new 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 excited there is a new way for it to be heard.  You can access the different forums by using the following links and your net ID and password:

Faculty Breakfast Meetings

Faculty who are interested in attending one of my breakfast meetings should contact Beverly Carson,, and indicate which area of focus (clinical, research, education, administration) is of greatest interest to them.  These meetings will typically be held on Thursday mornings at 7:30 a.m.  I hope all faculty who would like to participate in these discussions will sign up for a future breakfast meeting.

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 (