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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

Faculty Convocation – Award Winners

The Faculty Convocation was held earlier this week.  Dr. Robert Sade was the keynote speaker and gave a wonderful talk on “Ethics in the Emerging Health Care System”.

Several College of Medicine faculty were recognized for their excellence.  Dr. Dorothea Jenkins (Pediatrics) was presented with the Academic-Scholarship/Educator-Mentor Teaching Excellence Award and Dr. Shakaib Rehman (Medicine) was presented with the Clinical-Professional/Educator-Mentor Teaching Excellence Award.  Two of our faculty were recognized with Developing Scholar Awards – Dr. Michael McCart (Psychiatry) and Dr. Katherine Sterba (Public Health Sciences).  Both recipients of the Peggy Schachte Research Mentor Award are from the College of Medicine – Dr. Gary Gilkeson (Medicine) and Dr. Ashli Sheidow (Psychiatry).  Dr. Eric Graham (Pediatrics) was recognized with the Outstanding Clinician Award.  Two of our faculty were honored with Distinguished Faculty Service Awards – Dr. Ian Aaronson (Urology) and Dr. Patrick O’Neil (Psychiatry).

We are very proud of each of these individuals and congratulate them all on the well-deserved recognition of their accomplishments.

“What’s the Buzz” – New Communication Initiative

I’m pleased to introduce “What’s the Buzz?” – a new communication initiative I’m implementing within the College of Medicine.  “What’s the Buzz?” will consist of short videos addressing some of the most talked about issues within or affecting the College.  The idea is to provide you with information in a transparent and easily accessible way, and to do so “face-to-face”.  These video segments will be shared through my weekly emails and will be posted on the College of Medicine website at  If you’d like to have issues of interest or concern addressed in this forum, you can send an email to, drop a note in the comment box in the lobby of 601 Clinical Sciences Building, post a question to one of our COM discussion forums, or send me an email directly.  All topics are welcome.  I hope you will find these videos an easy way to stay informed and have issues addressed in a convenient and timely way.

Mobile Device Management System and 2-Factor Authentication Program

Earlier this week, the Provost’s Office announced implementation of a Mobile Device Management System and 2-Factor Authentication program to help safeguard data and prevent data breaches.  A copy of the memo from the Provost, which includes information on how to enroll in these programs, can be found at  The enrollment deadline for these programs is October 1, 2013.  Those who have questions and/or need assistance with enrollment are encouraged to contact the OCIO Help Desk at 792-9700, email, and/or visit the following website for details regarding information sessions

Faculty Members Needed to Assist with Medical Student Interviews

The College of Medicine Admissions Committee is seeking additional faculty to assist with the interview process for the upcoming year.  Faculty who are interested in helping with this important process should contact Wanda Taylor, Assistant Dean for Admissions, at  There will be a training session for new faculty interviewers on Thursday, August 29, at 4:30 p.m. in 628H Clinical Sciences Building.  Please plan to attend this informative session.

Presentation for Physicians on CAHPS: What Every Physician at MUSC Needs to Know

MUHA is sponsoring a presentation by Dr. Jeff Morris on “CAHPS:  What Every Physician at MUSC Needs to Know” on Friday, September 20, 8:00-11:00 a.m. in the Basic Science Building Auditorium.  Dr. Morris will discuss value based purchasing, CMS Physician Compare reporting, CAHPS surveys, and how to manage patients’ experiences and improve compliance and outcomes while reducing risk.  More information about this presentation can be found at

Congratulations to Dr. Yi-Te Hsu

Dr. Yi-Te Hsu, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and leader for the Molecules and Energetics theme in our Year One medical school curriculum, was awarded the Certificate for Essential Skills in Medical Education by the International Association of Medical Science Educators.  Please join me in congratulating Dr. Hsu on this accomplishment.

Call for Nominations – Advancement of Women Faculty Award

The Women Scholars Initiative is accepting nominations for the Advancement of Women Faculty Award.  This award is intended to recognize the MUSC faculty member who best demonstrates excellence in his/her commitment to the advancement and promotion of women faculty at MUSC.  The deadline for submissions is October 11, and more information can be found at

Town Hall Meetings

As I’ve done the past two years, I will elaborate on our accomplishments over the past year and on our plans for the future in my State of the College address, which will be held on Monday, September 9, at 4:00 p.m., in the Drug Discovery Building Auditorium.  As we continue to implement the university-wide funds flow process and as financial pressures continue to challenge our institution, I will also be presenting a Town Hall meeting focused on college financial issues – this will be held on Monday, September 23, at 4:00 p.m. in the Drug Discovery Building Auditorium.  I hope all members of the college who are interested will plan to attend these meetings.  As always, I look forward to hearing your input and feedback.

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