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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

State of the College Address

As a reminder, my State of the College address will be held on Monday, September 10, at 4:00 p.m., in 110 Drug Discovery Building.  This will be an opportunity to discuss our accomplishments over the past year and our plans for the future, and to address questions on any topic.  Following my State of the College address, I will have an additional presentation regarding the university-wide funds flow model and College of Medicine finances.  I hope many of you will plan to attend and I look forward to hearing your input and feedback.  For those unable to attend, these presentations will be made available online.

College of Medicine Dean’s Professionalism Award

Dr. Deborah Deas, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education, and the EDAS (Education, Diversity, Admissions, and Student Affairs) Council are pleased to announce the establishment of the College of Medicine Dean's Professionalism Award.  This award is designed to recognize and reward individuals who work diligently and intentionally to foster a positive learning environment which promotes the development of explicit and appropriate professional attributes in medical students.  Recipients of the award will demonstrate integrity, trustworthiness, impartiality, respect, stewardship, confidentiality and compliance with policies.  An award will be given annually to a basic science faculty, a clinical science faculty, and a resident during the Spring Awards Ceremony.

A mechanism is already in place through E*Value for students to submit "Praise Cards" and "Complaint Cards" regarding the learning environment.  Students are encouraged to utilize the E*Value system to acknowledge those individuals who foster a positive learning environment.  Please review the applicable policy at

Congratulations to MUSC Transplant Programs

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced a new award program for transplant programs based on outcome measures including post-transplant survival rates and mortality rates after being placed on a waitlist.  Only 23% of the programs across the U.S. received any award.  MUSC received bronze awards in four programs – heart, kidney, liver, and lung.  This is a tremendous accomplishment that speaks to the excellent quality of care delivered by our transplant teams.  Congratulations to all those associated with this wonderful achievement.

Faculty Breakfast Meetings

In order to allow for more robust conversations around central missions of the college, I have decided to target specific areas of focus – clinical, research, education, administration - for these faculty breakfast meetings.  Faculty who are interested in attending should contact Beverly Carson,, and indicate which area of focus is of greatest interest to them.  These meetings will begin on September 6 and will typically be held on Thursday mornings at 7:30 a.m.

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 (