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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

University Campus Safety

An MUSC committee is developing several new policies related to campus safety, as well as a coordinated approach to better educate the campus about safety.  Provost Mark Sothmann and Associate Provost Darlene Shaw issued a memo on this topic last week – a copy of that memo can be found at http://goo.gl/5D7ra.  While the committee has not yet made its final recommendations, it was agreed that it is important to provide students, faculty, and staff with information about the steps to take in the event of an active shooter on campus or a similar critical event.  A video is being made available to address this topic; it can be viewed at http://www.readyhoustontx.gov/iwatchhouston/videos.html.

Alumni Loyalty Fund Travel Grant Program for COM Students

Earlier this week, our COM Office of Student Affairs announced to COM students the establishment of the COM Alumni Loyalty Fund Travel Grant Program.  This program, which is supported by donations from COM alumni, will provide funding for COM students to travel and present at state, national, and international conferences.  We are so very grateful to our alumni who are helping to support this opportunity for our students to gain valuable experience in presenting their research at professional meetings.  More information can be found on the education discussion forum at https://sp.musc.edu/com/discuss/education/.

Extended Hour Preference Survey

Earlier this week, a survey was distributed to all MUSC, MUSC Physicians, and MUHA employees.  The goal of this survey is to help the institution better understand our employees’ preferences for extended hours and access to health care providers.  The results of the survey will be used to help us design and offer additional health care services to our employees in the future.  All employees are encouraged to participate in the survey, which can be accessed at https://redcap.musc.edu/surveys/?s=IIy2MP.

Congratulations to Dr. Rosalie Crouch

I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Rosalie Crouch was recognized earlier this month with the 2013 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Scientific Research.  Dr. Crouch, Distinguished University Professor in our Department of Ophthalmology and Provost Emerita, has served MUSC with distinction for many years.  This award recognizes Rosalie’s significant scientific achievements and expertise in the field of vision research and her contributions in the numerous leadership positions she has occupied.  Rosalie is highly deserving of this recognition – please join me in congratulating her on this accomplishment.

Congratulations to Senator Fritz Hollings

Earlier this week, Senator Fritz Hollings, along with six other World War II veterans from South Carolina, was honored with the Order of the Legion of Honor, the highest honor bestowed by France.  The award, which is for eminent military or civilian services rendered to the Republic of France, was bestowed upon this group of veterans to honor them for their help in liberating France during World War II.  More information can be found at http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20130622/PC16/130629854/1009/hollings-other-wwii-vets-being-honored-by-france-on-monday-in-charleston&source=RSS.  Please join me in congratulating Senator Hollings on this wonderful recognition.

Town Hall Meeting for College of Medicine with Provost Mark Sothmann

Provost Mark Sothmann is scheduling town hall meetings with each of the MUSC Colleges during the summer to provide updates on university-wide topics of interest.  The town hall meeting for Dr. Sothmann with the College of Medicine has been scheduled for Wednesday, July 17, at 5:00 p.m. in the Drug Discovery Building Auditorium.  All members of the College of Medicine are encouraged to attend to hear from Dr. Sothmann and ask him questions.

Annual CATTS Mandatory Training

Just a reminder that the deadline for all employees to complete the University’s annual CATTS mandatory training modules is June 30.  The system is easily accessed online at www.musc.edu/catts using your NetID and password.  Questions regarding this training should be directed to your supervisor or respective human resources office.

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:

https://sp.musc.edu/com/discuss/research/

https://sp.musc.edu/com/discuss/clinical/

https://sp.musc.edu/com/discuss/education/

https://sp.musc.edu/com/discuss/general/

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.

Sincerely,

Etta

Etta D. Pisano, MD

Vice President for Medical Affairs

Dean, College of Medicine