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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

Appointment of MUSC Chief Research Information Officer

Yesterday, Drs. Mark Sothmann and Kathleen Brady announced the appointment of Dr. Les Lenert as MUSC’s Chief Research Information Officer and SmartState Endowed Chair in Medical Bioinformatics.  Dr. Lenert, who earned his MD from UCLA and his MS in Biomedical Informatics from Stanford University, joins us from the University of Utah, where he holds an appointment as Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Informatics.  His recruitment to MUSC marks an important step in the advancement of biomedical informatics on this campus.  More information about Dr. Lenert’s appointment can be found at

College of Medicine Dean's Diversity Colloquium

Dr. Nadine Kaslow, President-Elect of the American Psychological Association and Professor at Emory University, will be the speaker this year’s Dean's Diversity Colloquium.  She will give the keynote address, “Understanding Privilege: Creating Individual and System-Wide Pathways to Authentic Relationships”, on November 21 at 4:00 p.m. in the Drug Discovery Auditorium, with a reception to follow.  Dr. Kaslow will spend the day at MUSC and will engage in interactive sessions with faculty, staff, residents and students.  A special session focusing on leadership will be held on November 21 at 2:00 p.m., and junior faculty members are encouraged to attend.  Faculty members interested in attending this session should RSVP to Natalie Johnson at

Faculty Affairs Roundtables

The College of Medicine Faculty Affairs Team invites faculty to attend the next sessions in the series of Faculty Affairs Roundtables.  These sessions will be presented by Marc Chimowitz and Tom Hulsey on the topic of “Mentoring and the Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Process” and will be offered twice – on November 4 at 4:00 p.m. in 601 Clinical Sciences Building and on November 21 at 12:00 p.m. in 429 Clinical Sciences Building.  These sessions are intended to be highly participatory and foster discussion.

Interested faculty are encouraged to participate in this event; please RSVP to Mary McConnell ( for these sessions.  For more information about the Faculty Affairs Team and services provided, please go to

“What’s the Buzz?”

In this week’s “What’s the Buzz?” video series, we’re pleased to introduce you to Matt Wain, the new Chief Operating Officer for MUHA.  This week’s edition can be found at

The “What’s the Buzz?” series consists of short videos addressing some of the most talked about issues within or affecting the College.  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.

Women Scholars Initiative Mini Mentoring Initiative

The MUSC Women Scholars Initiative (WSI) invites faculty to join a database of faculty members willing to provide one-hour, one-on-one “Mini” Mentoring Sessions to junior and mid-level women faculty.  Both senior and mid/early career (i.e., peer) mentors are invited, as well as both male and female mentors.  As a mentor, faculty will be asked to provide a one-hour, one-on-one Mini Mentoring Session on a given topic, which span a wide array of professional development areas and cross MUSC’s research, clinical, and teaching missions.  This program, which is distinct from departmental mentoring plans, has been developed to help advance the careers of MUSC’s women faculty through brief but targeted sessions with outstanding faculty across campus.  Often, a primary mentor cannot provide mentorship in all areas that a mentee needs; this program seeks to provide important supplementary support to "fill in the gaps" and aid the next generation of MUSC's women faculty in achieving their professional goals.

To sign up for this program, faculty should complete a brief survey to provide mentoring interests and contact information at  Those having questions regarding the WSI Mini Mentoring Sessions Program should contact Dr. Kristyn Zajac at

Social Media

What do the AAMC, medical students, local television stations and some state legislators all have in common? They all follow the College of Medicine on Twitter.  In our continuing effort to grow our communication efforts and share the good work being done in the College, we are meeting members of our community in these forums where discussions can take place.  I hope you will visit our Twitter page at, become a follower and join the conversations we are having on social media.  We are also excited to have recently launched a new College of Medicine Facebook page which you can ‘like’ at  These are places to share your stories and achievements, ask questions and stay informed on relevant topics of the day.

Applications Being Accepted for Pilot Project Program Grants

Applications are now being accepted for pilot project program grants from the MUSC Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center for Rheumatic Diseases in African American.  The application deadline is November 29; more information, including the full request for applications and the on-line application, may be found at

Nominations Being Accepted for S.C. Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Science

Nominations are now being accepted for the S.C. Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Science.  The deadline for submission of nominations to Dr. Steve Lanier is November 22; more information about these awards and the nomination guidelines can be found at

MUSC Trident United Way Campaign

The MUSC Trident United Way Campaign is underway – the goal for this year’s campaign is $150,000.  The Trident United Way provides support to numerous non-profit organizations in the area, including the MUSC Foundation.  Gifts can be made by payroll deduction, check, or credit card – pledge forms and brochures will be sent through campus mail to all employees, and employees can also make a gift online by going to  For more information about the campaign, please contact Whitney McLuen at 792-1973 or

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 – and to continue excellence in our research and education missions.  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