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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

MUSC Physicians Non-Compete

Last week, the MUSC Physicians (MUSCP) Non-Compete Ad Hoc Committee sent an email to MUSCP membership providing a summary of the issues discussed at their town hall meeting held on March 5.  Included in that email was a link to the slides shared at the March 5 town hall meeting, as well as a link to non-compete “Frequently Asked Questions.”  The ad hoc committee is chaired by Dr. Scott Reeves and its membership is comprised of Drs. Dee Ford, Wanda Gonsalves, Susan Harvey, and David Soper, all of whom are at-large members of the MUSCP Board and were elected to those positions by the members of MUSCP.  Since the town hall meeting, the committee has been reviewing the comments received and has now begun the process of drafting a new non-compete document.  Once a draft is completed, the committee will hold another town hall meeting to present and discuss the new draft with the MUSCP membership.  The committee has no arbitrary timeline for completion of this process, and is committed to developing a non-compete that serves the interest of the entire clinical enterprise.

Faculty Survey Regarding Department Mentoring Plans

The Associate Deans for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development have prepared a brief survey to gather data on the implementation of departmental faculty mentoring plans.  All faculty are asked to complete this survey by April 24.  The survey can be access at


Annual Conflict of Interest Disclosures Due April 30

It is time for all MUSC employees to complete the mandatory annual Conflict of Interest Disclosure.  As a public institution concerned with patient care, education and research, MUSC must solicit and review financial interests and outside activities in order to identify and manage any conflicts of interest for those who work here.  A secure internet-based program allowing you to confidentially transmit information is used for the online disclosure and can be found at The deadline for completion of this form is April 30.  Questions and comments regarding the COI disclosure should be sent to


Women’s Health Research Day

MUSC's Women's Research Center will be holding its first annual Women's Health Research Day on Thursday, April 18.  The dynamic and diverse program will include scientific presentations and poster sessions highlighting sex and gender-based work conducted across campus.  For more information and draft agenda, please visit: or contact Women’s Research Center coordinator, Sarah Gainey at


Graduation Week Activities

Preparations for Commencement are well underway, and we are looking forward to the festivities that graduation week will bring.  One of the most important commencement week events for the College of Medicine is the oath ceremony – this is the occasion when our graduates take the Hippocratic Oath and are “hooded” with their academic hoods.  The Oath Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, May 16, 7:00 p.m., at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.  Members of the college are welcome to attend the oath ceremony, and I would especially like to encourage members of the faculty to participate in this important occasion.  Other activities during graduation week include the Pearls Lecture, the Student Awards Ceremony and the Senior Ball, all of which take place on Wednesday, May 15.  And, of course, commencement itself takes place on Friday, May 17, at 9:00 a.m. at the Citadel Field House.  Commencement information can be found at


Faculty Bridge Funding Program

A principal goal of the College of Medicine is to support and strengthen research capabilities of our faculty.  One mechanism utilized to facilitate this goal is our Bridge Funding Program.  The purpose of this program is to support investigators with established clinical or basic research programs during periods when a competitive renewal was not funded.  Program details and the application format are available at  The application deadline for the current cycle is April 15.  Applications may be emailed to Mary McConnell at  Faculty with questions about this program should contact Senior Associate Dean for Research Craig Crosson.


Nominations being accepted for Faculty Awards

Nominations are being accepted for the 2013 MUSC Foundation Distinguished Faculty Service Award and the 2013 MUSC Foundation Outstanding Clinician Awards.  More information about each of these awards can be found at  Nominations are due April 22 and should be submitted to Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Mark Sothmann.


Applications being accepted for Mitcham Interprofessional Fellowship

Applications are being accepted for the Maralynne D. Mitcham Interprofessional Fellowship for faculty and professional staff.  The purpose of this fellowship is to prepare faculty and staff to successfully assume new roles in interprofessional education, research, practice, and/or administration.  Two fellowships will be awarded per year, and each fellowship provides funding in the amount of $5,000.  Applications for this fellowship are due April 26; more information can be found at


Mentor Training Retreat

On May 3, the SCTR Mentor Leadership Counsel and MUSC Apple Tree Society will be hosting a retreat focused on academic, clinical & research mentoring.  Dr. Mitchell Feldman, Director of the UCSF Faculty Mentoring Program, will provide a keynote presentation on “The Importance of Defining & Establishing a Mentoring Culture” and an afternoon session on “Building your Career Development Plan”.  Throughout this day-long event, participants will discuss essential components of effective mentoring and review lessons learned from the innovative faculty mentoring program at UCSF and from our own MUSC Mentor Champions.  Registration is free, yet required.  Event details and registration information can be found at


SCTR SCresearch Expo

SCTR Institute is pleased to announce its third annual research recruitment fair – SCresearch Expo – which will be held on May 7, from 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the MUSC Horseshoe.  This is an opportunity to learn about SCTR’s services for MUSC researchers, and study teams campus-wide will share research opportunities and education with patients and their families, visitors, faculty, employees, and students.  For more information, please visit


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.