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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Mary Richardson has agreed to serve as Interim Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine when Dr. Jan Lage steps down from that role on November 1, 2012.  I am confident that Dr. Richardson will do a terrific job of sustaining the department’s excellence in clinical, educational, and research efforts while we conduct a search to identify a permanent Chair of the department.

Dr. Andrew Kraft has agreed to serve as chair of the search committee, and search committee members include Denise Carneiro-Pla (surgery), Jane Charles (pediatrics), Marc Chimowitz (neurosciences), Judy Dubno (otolaryngology), Wanda Gonsalves (family medicine), Martin Morad (regenerative medicine), Roger Newman (ob/gyn), Jim Oates (medicine), Steve Savage (urology), and Mike Swindle (comparative medicine).  I will be meeting with the committee in the near future to provide their charge, and Beverly Carson will provide support to the committee.  The committee will be reaching out to the department to learn about its needs shortly thereafter.  We expect candidates to visit campus later this academic year.  As part of those visits, they will give a scholarly talk open to the entire campus and meet with members of the faculty.  Anyone with an interest in the search should send their feedback to the search committee.

Guidelines to Support Entrepreneurial Activities

The College of Medicine is an advocate of the campus-wide initiative, under the University’s Strategic Plan, to create and sustain a culture that will support entrepreneurialism while promoting an ethical framework for pursuits.  As we encourage our faculty to become more entrepreneurial, it is important that we provide guidance regarding what activities are appropriate.  In response to this need, a group of faculty and administrators drafted “Guidelines to Support Entrepreneurial Activities” for faculty in the College of Medicine.  Those guidelines have been vetted and approved by the Dean’s Advisory Committee, the University attorney, Provost, and University Conflict of Interest Officer – to access the guidelines please click here.  As MUSC continues to develop university-wide policies with respect to entrepreneurial activities, these Guidelines will be in effect for faculty within the College of Medicine until they are superseded by other university policies or guidelines.

New Medical Student Lounge

Earlier this week we celebrated the opening of our new medical student lounge.  This wonderful space was designed especially for our students with a great deal of input from them, and provides a designated space for them to interact, study, and relax.  I hope all of our students take the time to visit this new facility sometime soon.

I’d like to thank Provost Mark Sothmann and Tom Basler, Director of Libraries, for their assistance and cooperation in making this space available to our students.  Bob Marriott and his team in my office and Phil Mauney from the university’s facilities office worked hard to make this facility happen, and for that I am very grateful.

Faculty Affairs Roundtables

The College of Medicine Faculty Affairs Team invites you to attend the next session in the new series of Faculty Affairs Roundtables.  The next session will include discussion of SCTR, research, and bridge funding resources.  Future topics will include a session targeted toward modified track faculty, the new Academy of Medical Educators, the faculty contract process, and negotiating with your Chair.

The SCTR/Bridge Funding roundtable session will be held on Thursday, November 15, 4:30-5:30 p.m. and is intended to provide an overview of the MUSC network of internal resources and tools for research activities.  The presentation will begin with a didactic presentation but is intended to be highly participatory and foster lively discussion.

Faculty are encouraged to participate in this event.  Please RSVP to Mary McConnell ( no later than Friday, November 9, for this session.

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:

Faculty Breakfast Meetings

Faculty who are interested in attending one of my breakfast meetings should contact Beverly Carson ( and indicate which area of focus (research, clinical, education, administration) is of greatest interest to them.  These meetings will typically be held on Thursday mornings at 7:30 a.m.  I hope all faculty who would like to participate in these discussions will sign up for a future breakfast meeting.

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.