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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.
Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Department of Surgery

I am pleased to announce that Dr. David Adams has agreed to serve as Interim Chair of the Department of Surgery.  He will assume full responsibility for departmental activities effective July 1, as Dr. David Cole begins his term as President of MUSC, and will begin working with Dr. Cole to ensure a smooth transition.  I am confident that Dr. Adams 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.

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CME Credits Available for Completing Annual CATTS Mandatory Training

All employees must complete the University’s annual CATTS mandatory training modules by the June 30 deadline.  The system is easily accessed online at www.musc.edu/catts using your NetID and password.  We are pleased to announce that arrangements have been made through MUSC Continuing Medical Education to provide a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credits for those physicians (including residents with a permanent license) who have medical staff privileges at MUHA.  CME credit will be offered after the successful completion of the CATTS training modules by the June 30, 2014 deadline; eligible physicians will receive an email notification with an evaluation that must be completed and, at the completion of the evaluation, will be able to print out their CME credit letter.

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Reception Honoring Steve Lanier

A reception honoring Dr. Steve Lanier for his many years of service as Associate Provost for Research will be hosted by the Interim President/Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost on Friday, June 6, 4:00-5:30 p.m., at Colcock Hall.  Light refreshments will be served.  Dr. Lanier will be leaving MUSC mid-June for a position at Wayne State University.  All members of the MUSC community are invited to attend this event.

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Congratulations to our Faculty

One of the key performance indicators for the education mission of the university is the percent of faculty that are rated as effective teachers.  The MUSC Office of Institutional Effectiveness assesses this by examining student evaluation scores, looking at what percentage of faculty in each college achieve an average score of 4.0 or higher (on a 5 point scale) on five E*Value questions related to teaching effectiveness.  I am so pleased to share with you the good news that 96% of College of Medicine faculty were rated as effective teachers during the time period including Summer 2013, Fall 2013, and Spring 2014.  I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank all of our faculty who are involved in educating our students – we greatly appreciate all of your efforts, and it’s clear from these results that our students do as well.

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SCTR Pilot Project Program

SCTR’s Pilot Project Program aims to facilitate new and innovative high-impact translational research with emphasis on diseases demonstrative significant prevalence in South Carolina.  The primary objectives of pilot funding are to support new and innovative, scientifically meritorious projects to collect critical preliminary data for submission of extramural grant applications and to publish research findings.  SCTR places a premium on interdisciplinary team science and new collaborations; therefore those applying for this grant mechanism are required to have a multidisciplinary collaboration with at least one Co-Investigator/Collaborator from a different discipline.  Additional information regarding the Pilot Project Program, including application deadlines, can be found at https://sctr.musc.edu/index.php/programs/pilot-projects.

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Mini Mentoring Sessions for Female Faculty

The MUSC Initiative for the Advancement, Recruitment, and Retention of Women (ARROW – formerly the Women Scholars Initiative) is pleased to announce a new program for female faculty.  The ARROW Mini Mentoring Sessions Program provides female faculty with an opportunity to meet with mentors across campus with expertise in a variety of domains, spanning professional development and MUSC’s research, clinical, and teaching missions.  Female faculty can request a one-on-one mentorship meeting in a specific area and will be “matched” with a mentor on campus.  To learn more about the program or to sign up for a Mini Mentoring Session, please go to http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/arrowinitiative/career_development/mini-mentoring-sessions.htm.

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MUSC Parking Rate Increase

 

Earlier this week, the MUSC Office of Parking Management shared a reminder regarding the parking rate increase effective July 1.  Information on parking rates can be found at http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/vpfa/operations/Parking/employee/FY15%20Rate%20Implementation%20Summary.pdf.  Questions regarding the new rates should be directed to Melinda Anderson (792-2597) or Debby Humbert (792-6760).

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Epic Q&A Drop-In Sessions

The Epic Team has begun offering Q&A Drop-in Sessions open to all members of the faculty and staff who have any questions related to the Epic project, Epic training, etc.  Sessions are currently scheduled for 9:00-10:00 a.m. on the following dates- June 6, 13, 20, and 27 (1st floor ART Auditorium); and July 3 and 10 (1st floor ART Auditorium).  All those with questions are encouraged to attend one of these sessions.  For additional information, please contact Rebecca Freeman at freemaj@musc.edu.

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Discussion Forums

As a reminder, we have electronic discussion platforms focusing on various aspects of our mission.  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/general/

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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 – and to continue excellence in our research and education missions.  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