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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

 Dear Colleagues:

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 http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/esl/em/records/commencement/.

14th Annual Frontiers in Neuroscience Meeting

The Neuroscience Institute will host the 14th Annual Frontiers in Neuroscience meeting on April 8 in Founders Hall at Charles Towne Landing.  Additional information and details on how to register can be found at http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/neuroscience_institute/events_news/frontiers/.

Faculty Bridge Funding Program

A principal 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 http://www.musc.edu/com/research/bridgefunding.htm.  The application deadline for the current cycle is April 15.  Applications may be emailed to Mary McConnell at mcconnem@musc.edu.  Faculty with questions about this program should contact Senior Associate Dean for Research Craig Crosson.

Center for Global Health Funding Opportunities

The MUSC Center for Global Health (CGH) is pleased to announce a request for applications (RFA) for faculty pilot project grants.  The CGH anticipates awarding between four to six grants through this funding process, which will provide MUSC faculty recipients up to $20,000 for a 12-month period.  Projects that have the best potential for future growth and external funding will be prioritized for funding, and applications that include matching funds will be given preference.  Applications are due by noon on April 10, and more information can be found at https://sctr.musc.edu/index.php/programs/pilot-projects.

The CGH is also pleased to announce the availability of international travel grants for travel to low and middle-income countries of up to $2,000 each for MUSC students and resident trainees for a 12-month period.  The goal of the awards is to assist recipients in furthering global health research or training projects in low- or middle-income countries.  The application deadline is April 19, and more information can be found at http://globalhealth.musc.edu/trainee-global-health-travel-grants.

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