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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

 Dear Colleagues:

Dr. Pat Cawley Appointed Vice President for Clinical Operations and MUHA Executive Director

Earlier this week, President Greenberg announced the appointment of Dr. Pat Cawley as Vice President for Clinical Operations and MUHA Executive Director, effective April 1.  In order to allow for a smooth transition in leadership, Dr. Cawley will serve as Executive Director Designate, working closely with Interim Executive Director Kester Freeman through the end of March.  A copy of President Greenberg’s entire message can be found at

On behalf of the College of Medicine, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Dr. Cawley on his appointment to this important position.  Pat has been an excellent partner to me and other senior leaders in the College during his service as Executive Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer, and we look forward to working with him in his new role.

Town Hall Meetings

For those unable to attend my Town Hall Meeting last Thursday, a video of the meeting may be viewed at  I appreciate the opportunity to speak to you and, more importantly, to hear from you directly about issues of importance to the college.  As you know, I am planning to hold several town hall meetings this winter and spring to further our conversations.  I will be back in touch once a date/time has been scheduled for the next meeting.

Foundations in Teaching and Learning: A Series for Educators

The Apple Tree Society is offering a new program targeted towards faculty who are fairly new to teaching, but available to any educator interested in improving his or her teaching skills.  This new series, which will be comprised of six one-hour sessions, begins on February 14.  Faculty who are interested can find more information about this series, including registration information, at  The registration deadline is January 31.

26th Annual Charity Ball

All members of the college are invited to attend the 26th Annual Charity Ball, which is hosted by our medical students.  This year’s Charity Ball is scheduled for Saturday, February 16, from 7:00-11:00 pm at Memminger Auditorium.  Each year students from both the College of Medicine Student Council and Medical Student Alumni Council work together to make this event a success.  The proceeds from the MUSC Charity Ball and its silent auction are disbursed each year to local charities.

Music for the evening will be provided by Permanent Vacation and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served, along with a cash bar that will serve beer and wine.  Tickets for this black tie optional event are $50.00 per person.  Alumni may purchase 2 tickets for $45 each.  Tickets are now available at the College of Medicine Dean’s Office (601 Clinical Sciences Building) from Marta Rivell or Alexzandrea Brown.

Nominations for MUSC Foundation Teaching Excellence Awards

Nominations are invited for the MUSC Foundation Teaching Excellence Awards.  Awards may be given in the following categories:  Clinical/Professional (Educator-Mentor), Scholarship/Academic (Educator-Mentor), Educator-Lecturer, and Developing Teacher.  Nominations are due January 28, and more information about the awards and the nomination process can be found at

9th Annual Aging Research Day

The MUSC Center on Aging will be hosting the South Carolina Aging Research Network’s 9th Annual Aging Research Day on Friday, March 8, at Charles Towne Landing.  This conference focuses on maintaining cognitive health with aging, healthy aging and age-related disorders.  Additional information and details on how to register 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.