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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

 Dear Colleagues:

College of Medicine Town Hall Meeting

Thanks to those who attended my town hall meeting on Wednesday.  I appreciate the opportunity to speak to you and, more importantly, to hear from you directly about issues of importance to the college.  For those unable to attend, a video of the town hall meeting may be viewed at  I plan to hold at least one more town hall meeting before the end of the academic year, and will be back in touch once a date/time has been scheduled for that meeting.

Faculty Bridge Funding Program

A principal goal of the College of Medicine is to support and strengthen research capabilities of our faculty.  One mechanism utilized to facilitate this goal is our Bridge Funding Program.  The purpose of this program is to support investigators with established clinical or basic research programs during periods when a competitive renewal was not funded.  Program details and the application format are available at  The application deadline for the current cycle is April 15.  Applications may be emailed to Mary McConnell at  Faculty with questions about this program should contact Senior Associate Dean for Research Craig Crosson.

COM New Faculty Directory

In an effort to strengthen connections between our faculty, I’m pleased to announce the New Faculty Directory.  This online tool will provide an easy way to learn about newly hired faculty, and is searchable by department.  New faculty members will be listed on this site for one year, with their photos, contact information, and clinical and/or research interests.  The New Faculty Directory is located at

Tools for Mentors and Mentees Workshop

The Apple Tree Society and the Mentor Leadership Council invite all faculty and staff to attend a session on “Stress Management and Work Life Balance” presented by Dr. Gail Stuart on March 26 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in Room 405 of the Library.

Faculty Affairs Roundtables

The College of Medicine Faculty Affairs Team invites you to attend the next session in the new series of Faculty Affairs Roundtables.  This session will be presented by Drs. Gary Gilkeson and Dan Smith on “Negotiating with your Chair” and will be offered twice – on March 27 at 4:30 p.m. and on March 28 at 12:00 p.m.  These sessions are intended to be highly participatory and foster lively discussion.  Please RSVP to Mary McConnell ( for these sessions.

The Faculty Affairs Team welcomes input on topics of interest to be covered during future Faculty Affairs Roundtables.  Please share your thoughts on the discussion forum at  For more information about the Faculty Affairs Team and services provided, please go to

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.  Mentors and mentees are welcome to attend and are invited to participate in a poster presentation session.  Interested faculty should submit an abstract along with their registration by April 5 to be considered for participation in the poster presentation.  Event details and registration information can be found at

SCTR SCresearch Expo

SCTR Institute is pleased to announce its third annual research recruitment fair – SCresearch Expo – which will be held on May 7, from 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the MUSC Horseshoe.  This is an opportunity to learn about SCTR’s services for MUSC researchers, and study teams campus-wide will share research opportunities and education with patients and their families, visitors, faculty, employees, and students.  For more information, please visit

Center for Global Health Funding Opportunities

class="apple-style-span"The MUSC Center for Global Health (CGH) is pleased to announce a request for applications (RFA) for faculty pilot project grants.  The CGH anticipates awarding between four to six grants through this funding process, which will provide MUSC faculty recipients up to $20,000 for a 12-month period.  Projects that have the best potential for future growth and external funding will be prioritized for funding, and applications that include matching funds will be given preference.  Applications are due by noon on April 10, and more information can be found at

The CGH is also pleased to announce the availability of international travel grants for travel to low and middle-income countries of up to $2,000 each for MUSC students and resident trainees for a 12-month period.  The goal of the awards is to assist recipients in furthering global health research or training projects in low- or middle-income countries.  The application deadline is April 19, and more information can be found at

Nominations being accepted for the MUSC Student Leadership Society

Nominations are being accepted for the MUSC Student Leadership Society.  The purpose of the Society is to recognize those students who have made notable contributions to the university through their character, service and commitment to enhancing the university environment.  Nominations are due March 29; more information can be found 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  Nominations are due April 22 and should be submitted to Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Mark Sothmann.

Applications being accepted for Mitcham Interprofessional Fellowship

Applications are being accepted for the Maralynne D. Mitcham Interprofessional Fellowship for faculty and professional staff.  The purpose of this fellowship is to prepare faculty and staff to successfully assume new roles in interprofessional education, research, practice, and/or administration.  Two fellowships will be awarded per year, and each fellowship provides funding in the amount of $5,000.  Applications for this fellowship are due April 26; more 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