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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

Family Medicine Chair Search

The search committee for the Family Medicine Chair position submitted their recommendations to me several weeks ago.  I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Rita Ryan, who chaired the search committee, and all of the other search committee members for their hard work and commitment to the task.  After reviewing the search committee’s recommendations and considering the feedback I have received on each of the candidates, I am pleased to announce that several candidates for the Family Medicine Chair position have been invited back for second round visits over the next several weeks.  Those individuals are Dr. Peter Carek (MUSC), Dr. Diane Harper (University of Missouri-Kansas City), and Dr. Richard Lord (Wake Forest School of Medicine).

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 - “Motivating Mentees & Team Building” – that will be presented by Dr. Amy Blue.  This session will be held on June 3, 12:00-1:00 p.m., in MUSC Library Room 405.

Proposed Center for the Achievement of Human Potential

Over the past year, two workgroups within the College of Medicine have been working to develop recommendations for how we can better serve the needs of our patients with ADHD and Autism spectrum disorders, while also promoting enhanced research and educational opportunities in these areas.  I met with members of those workgroups earlier this spring to discuss their proposals, both of which recommended that comprehensive centers be established.  While we unfortunately do not have the resources needed at this time to fund comprehensive centers focused on clinical, research, and educational objectives identified by those groups, we would like to begin by forming a center that could perhaps better address the clinical needs of these patient populations.  This center would then be expected to develop over time into a more comprehensive center inclusive of research and educational efforts.  The “Center for the Achievement of Human Potential” has been recommended as a working title for this new center, which would initially pull together the clinical services for both child and adult patients with ADHD and/or Autism spectrum disorders.  One goal would be to physically co-locate as many clinical services as possible to make caring for these populations more convenient for the patients and their families.

I am initiating an internal search for a College of Medicine clinician to serve as director for this new center.  Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest and CV to me by June 14.  Nominations of individuals for consideration should be submitted to me by June 7.

Annual CATTS Mandatory Training

It is time for all employees to complete the University’s annual CATTS mandatory training modules.  Completion of all modules is due by June 30.  The system is easily accessed online at using your NetID and password.  Questions regarding this training should be directed to your supervisor or respective human resources office.

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