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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

Pathology Chair Search

The search committee for the Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, chaired by Dr. Andrew Kraft, has been hard at work over the past several months.  They have just released the names of the initial group of candidates invited to interview for this position.  The candidates currently invited to interview are- Steve Carroll (University of Alabama, May 22-23); Alan Wells (University of Pittsburgh, May 29-30); Dan Brat (Emory University, June 18-19); David Lewin (MUSC, June 20-21); Clayton Wiley (University of Pittsburgh, June 24-25); Elaine Bearer (University of New Mexico, June 27-28); Charleen Chu (University of Pittsburgh, July 17-18); Michael Kelner (UC-San Diego, July 22-23); and Michael Cohen (University of Utah, July 24-25).

Letter to MUSC Employees from Mark Sothmann and Lisa Montgomery

I’d like to call your attention to a letter issued earlier this week by Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Mark Sothmann and Executive Vice President for Finance and Operations Lisa Montgomery regarding discussions related to promoting stronger integration between MUSC and the College of Charleston.  A copy of that letter can be found at

Tools for Mentors and Mentees Offering

The Apple Tree Society and the Mentor Leadership Council invite all faculty and staff to attend the fifth in a series on Tools for Mentors and Mentees presented by President Ray Greenberg on April 30, 12:00-1:00 p.m., in Room 112 Bioengineering Building.  Light refreshments will be provided following the presentation.

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  The Provost’s Office has extended the deadline for nominations to May 10 – please submit nominations to Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Mark Sothmann.

Applications being accepted for John R. Raymond Mentoring Fellowship

Applications are being accepted for the John R. Raymond Mentoring Fellowship, being sponsored by the Women Scholars Initiative and Office of the Provost.  The fellowship provides some financial support for a full-time female faculty member to initiate a relationship with a mentor affiliated with an outside institution.  More information about this fellowship can be found at  Applications are due by May 1 and should be submitted to

Annual Conflict of Interest Disclosures Due April 30

It is time for all MUSC employees to complete the mandatory annual Conflict of Interest Disclosure.  As a public institution concerned with patient care, education and research, MUSC must solicit and review financial interests and outside activities in order to identify and manage any conflicts of interest for those who work here.  A secure internet-based program allowing you to confidentially transmit information is used for the online disclosure and can be found at The deadline for completion of this form is April 30.  Questions and comments regarding the COI disclosure should be sent 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.  Event details and registration information can be found at

Graduation Week Activities

Preparations for Commencement are well underway, and we are looking forward to the festivities that graduation week will bring.  One of the most important commencement week events for the College of Medicine is the oath ceremony – this is the occasion when our graduates take the Hippocratic Oath and are “hooded” with their academic hoods.  The Oath Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, May 16, 7:00 p.m., at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.  Members of the college are welcome to attend the oath ceremony, and I would especially like to encourage members of the faculty to participate in this important occasion.  Other activities during graduation week include the Pearls Lecture, the Student Awards Ceremony and the Senior Ball, all of which take place on Wednesday, May 15.  And, of course, commencement itself takes place on Friday, May 17, at 9:00 a.m. at the Citadel Field House.  Commencement 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