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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

Thank You

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our faculty, staff, trainees and students for your efforts and cooperation during the ice storm.  Because of you, MUSC was able to maintain essential operations and continue to provide outstanding care to our patients during this challenging time.  Events like this provide us with an opportunity to appreciate how well the MUSC community works together, and to reflect on how fortunate we are to be a part of this outstanding organization.

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Employee Commitment/Satisfaction Survey

Our faculty and staff are our most valuable resource, and employee commitment and satisfaction are vital to our continued success.  The College of Medicine, MUSC Physicians, and Medical University Hospital Authority (MUHA), which comprise MUSC Health, have once again engaged national survey research firm Morehead Associates/Press Ganey to conduct our employee commitment survey.  For the first time this year, all three entities will be using a single survey, with all employees (faculty and staff) responding to the same set of core questions.  Another major improvement to this year’s survey is that the MUHA physician/clinician satisfaction survey, traditionally administered by MUHA on an annual basis as a separate survey for our physicians/clinicians, has been incorporated into the employee commitment survey.

Each faculty and staff member will receive an email on February 10 directly from Morehead Associates/Press Ganey containing a link to the survey and a personalized PIN number.  The survey will be open for two weeks - February 10-24.  We are committed to ensuring the confidentiality of all individual survey responses.  All survey data will be kept on a Morehead Associates/Press Ganey server and will not be accessible by anyone at MUSC, MUSC Physicians, or MUHA.  If you have any questions or concerns about the survey process, please contact Frances Glanville (College of Medicine), Michelle Wiles (MUSC Physicians), or Julie Floyd (MUHA) for assistance.

This survey is a great opportunity to share your perceptions across a variety of key areas that affect your satisfaction, and will help us improve our workplace.  I would like to encourage all faculty and staff to participate in this important survey – we value your input and we look forward to hearing from you.

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Department of Regenerative Medicine Chair Search

We are initiating the search process for a new Chair of the Department of Regenerative Medicine.  Dr. Roger Markwald, who has ably served as Chair of that department for many years, announced his desire to step down as Chair several months ago.  I am so appreciative of Dr. Markwald’s stewardship of the department, and am committed to identifying a worthy successor for this position.  This search committee is chaired by Dr. Ken Tew and search committee members include Chris Davies (Biochemistry), Bruce Elliott (Surgery), Gary Gilkeson (Medicine), Lotta Granholm-Bentley (Neurosciences), Sherron Jackson (Pediatrics), Brad Schulte (Pathology), Alison Smith (Comparative Medicine), Steve Tomlinson (Microbiology), and Shane Woolf (Orthopaedics).  I will be meeting with the committee in the near future to provide their charge.  Anyone with an interest in the search should send their feedback to the search committee.

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“What’s the Buzz?” – Introducing Dr. John Vena

In this week’s “What’s the Buzz?” video series, we’re pleased to introduce Dr. John Vena, who joined the College as Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences on January 1.  This video is available at

The “What’s the Buzz?” series consists of short videos addressing some of the most talked about issues within or affecting the College.  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.

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Tools for Mentors and Mentees Presentation

The Apple Tree Society and the Mentor Leadership Council invite all faculty and staff to the next presentation in a series on Tools for Mentors and Mentees - “How to Develop an Academic Career as a Clinician-Educator” – presented by Ben Clyburn and Elisha Brownfield.  This session will be held on February 4, 12:00-1:00 p.m., in Room 405 of the Library.

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FAIR CV Database

The MUSC FAIR System (faculty CV database) provides a central source for faculty CVs as well as a data source for college and university administration.  CVs are initially input during the faculty appointment process.  To ensure that data is complete and accurate, it is important that all faculty update their CVs on a regular basis.  FAIR can be accessed at using your net id.  If you need assistance with the FAIR system please contact your department’s Business Manager or email

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Charleston’s “Best Of” Voting Now Open – Help Support MUSC

Voting for Charleston’s “Best Of” for 2014 is now open and will run through February 4.  MUSC is in the running in several categories including best hospital, best place to work, best place to give birth, best physician, and best plastic surgeon.  We won last year for best hospital and best place to work, which reflects the high quality patient care we provide and the enormous talent and dedication of our faculty and staff.  Please consider supporting MUSC again this year - the ballot can be accessed at

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Discussion Forums

As a reminder, we have 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:

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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.



Etta D. Pisano, MD

Vice President for Medical Affairs

Dean, College of Medicine