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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

COM Finance Presentation

Many thanks to everyone who attended my Town Hall Meeting focused on College of Medicine Finances earlier this week.  As I related during that meeting, I remain an enthusiastic supporter of the university-wide funds flow model and believe it will continue to create greater transparency and effectiveness throughout the institution.  I hope I also conveyed my optimism about the state of College of Medicine finances – despite years of various challenges including decreases in state funding, a flattening NIH budget, and the like, our faculty and staff continue to thrive and to provide top quality education and clinical care and to undertake cutting-edge research.  For those who were unable to attend, the video and slides from my talk can be found at

Guest Speaker – Dr. Melva “Cookie” Newsom

I’m pleased to announce an upcoming seminar by Dr. Melva “Cookie” Newsom on “Acknowledging difference, seeking common ground: Avoiding cultural discontinuities between patient and doctor”.  I was first introduced to Dr. Newsom when we worked together at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she held the role of Director of Diversity Education and Assessment.  Her seminar will be held this coming Monday, September 30, 4:00 p.m., in 110 Drug Discovery Building.  All members of the MUSC community are invited to attend this presentation.  CME credit will be provided for this seminar.

Call for Nominations – Advancement of Women Faculty Award

The Women Scholars Initiative is accepting nominations for the Advancement of Women Faculty Award.  This award is intended to recognize the MUSC faculty member who best demonstrates excellence in his/her commitment to the advancement and promotion of women faculty at MUSC.  The deadline for submissions is October 11, and more information can be found at

MUSC Trident United Way Campaign

The MUSC Trident United Way Campaign is officially 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.  I look forward to hearing from you - either in person or via email.



Etta D. Pisano, MD

Vice President for Medical Affairs