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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

“What’s the Buzz” – New Communication Initiative

As I mentioned in last week’s email, we’ve implemented a new communication initiative within the College of Medicine.  “What’s the Buzz?” will consist of short videos addressing some of the most talked about issues within or affecting the College.  The idea is to provide you with information in a transparent and easily accessible way, and to do so “face-to-face”.  These video segments will be shared through my weekly emails and will be posted on the College of Medicine website at  This week’s video is on the topic of the new Clinical Faculty Compensation Framework.

If you’d like to have issues of interest or concern addressed in this forum, you can send an email to, drop a note in the comment box in the lobby of 601 Clinical Sciences Building, post a question to one of our COM discussion forums, or send me an email directly.  All topics are welcome.  I hope you will find these videos an easy way to stay informed and have issues addressed in a convenient and timely way.

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.  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.

Core Clinical Research Training Program

Registration is currently open for the Core Clinical Research Training Course.  The course supplies participants with the knowledge needed to manage the many phases of clinical research, from study initiation to close out, and will be useful in preparation for coordinator certification exams and building the skills needed to successfully navigate the IRB application process.  The course begins Monday, September 9, 8:30–12:30 p.m. and continues each Monday, Wednesday and Friday through September 20.  More information on this course can be found at, and interested individuals can also contact the SCTR SUCCESS Center at 792-8300/

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 on Monday, September 30, 4:00 p.m., in 110 Drug Discovery Building.  All members of the MUSC community are invited to attend this presentation.

CARES Clinic Seeks Physician Volunteers

The CARES Clinic, a student-run free medical clinic in Mt. Pleasant, is looking for additional physician volunteers.  CARES is a primary care setting for uninsured members of the community, operating Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the year.  CARES relies heavily on the generous support of physician volunteers who serve as the teaching force for healthcare student volunteers.  All fully-licensed physicians at MUSC - from 2nd year residents to full professors - are eligible to volunteer.  Physicians are asked to volunteer from 7:00-9:30 p.m. during the clinic’s hours of operation. Those interested in participating should contact Amartha Ogburu at  More information about the CARES Clinic can be found at

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