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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

 Dear Colleagues:

Clinical Faculty Compensation Plan

As I communicated with College of Medicine clinical faculty via email last week, the college is developing a new compensation framework for our clinical faculty to be implemented beginning July 1, 2014.  A copy of that email message can be found at  All Clinical Department Chairs have been asked to discuss the proposed clinical faculty compensation plan at their next department faculty meeting.  In addition, I will be holding a special Town Hall Meeting next Tuesday, July 30, at 5:00 p.m. in the Drug Discovery Building Auditorium to discuss the clinical faculty compensation plan, and will be happy to answer questions at that time.

Town Hall Meeting for College of Medicine with Provost Mark Sothmann

Last week, Provost Mark Sothmann held a Town Hall Meeting open to all members of the College of Medicine, where he provided updates on university-wide topics of interest.  For those who were unable to attend, the video recording of this meeting can be found at

Academy of Medical Educators – New Member

The Academy of Medical Educators (AME) has recently announced a new member-

Dr. Olivia Titus (Department of Pediatrics) – Master Teacher

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Titus on her selection and in thanking her for her commitment to our educational mission.  More information about AME and the application process can be found at  The next deadline for applications is August 19.  Questions about AME may be directed to the AME Co-Directors, Drs. Debra Hazen-Martin, Leonie Gordon, and Paul McDermott.

Faculty Affairs Roundtables

The College of Medicine Faculty Affairs Team invites faculty to attend the next session in the series of Faculty Affairs Roundtables.  This session will be presented by Craig Crosson and Jennifer Nall on the topic of “Faculty Letters of Non-Renewal” and will be offered twice – on August 8 at 4:00 p.m. and on August 9 at 12:00 p.m.  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 ( no later than Friday, August 2, for these sessions.  For more information about the Faculty Affairs Team and services provided, please go to

Faculty Bridge Funding Program

A primary 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 August 15.  Applications may be emailed to Mary McConnell at  Faculty with questions about this program should contact Senior Associate Dean for Research Craig Crosson.

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 (please note the new date; had previously been scheduled for September 18.)  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.

2013 MUSC Faculty Convocation

This year’s MUSC Faculty Convocation will be held on Tuesday, August 20, at 4:30 p.m. in the Drug Discovery Building Auditorium, with a reception to follow.  Dr. Robert Sade will be giving this year’s keynote address on “Ethics in the Emerging Health Care System”.  I hope all members of the faculty will plan to attend this event.

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