Medical University of South Carolina’s
Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH)
Faculty Career Development K12 Program in Neurosciences
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MUSC BIRCWH Leadership
The Steering Committee (SC) is composed of the PI (Brady), the PD (McGinty), and faculty representing programs and four colleges across the MUSC campus. This group is responsible for assisting in the recruitment and selection of BIRCWH scholars. They will assist in promoting BIRWCH through their colleges/programs to ensure a pool of qualified applicants. They will meet quarterly to assess applications and select scholars, monitor and track the Scholars’ career development plans and progress to ensure that the research experience is interactive and integrated with the program plan and objectives, and to help organize activities such as seminar series, workshops/symposia and relevant courses. The constituency of the SC ensures multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives in recruitment, selection, and mentoring activities to achieve our stated objectives for a broad base of knowledge and skills, information exchange and interaction, continuous learning, networking, and outstanding career development opportunities in women’s health research.
In addition to Drs. Brady and McGinty, the Steering Committee members are:
- Jeannette Andrews, PhD, RN, FNP, FAAN, Associate Dean for Research, Professor, College of Nursing, who has mentored several K awardees and serves on the MUSC Mentoring Task Force.
- Marc Chimowitz, MB, ChB, Professor, Department of Neurosciences, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Director of the SCTR KL2 Program. Dr. Chimowitz will provide a liaison with SCTR training and career development programs.
- Steven Kautz, PhD, Chair and Professor, Department of Health Sciences, College of Health Professions, who has mentored junior faculty primarily through VA-sponsored Career Development Awards.
- Aimee McRae-Clark, PharmD, BCPP, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, College of Medicine, and Clinical Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy, an active gender-focused clinical researcher who has served as preceptor and mentor for clinical pharmacy fellows and junior faculty.
The Advisory Committee (AC) is comprised of leaders in women’s health and research training from MUSC and other universities. We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Etta Pisano, the new Dean of the College of Medicine and an experienced researcher in women’s health, join the AC for this renewal application. In addition, we are fortunate to have Dr. Eugene Orringer serve as the AC Chairperson. Dr. Orringer has been an invaluable member of the AC for the past 4 years. He is the Director of the successful UNC BIRCWH and the Director of the Education, Training, and Career Development (ETCD) Core of the UNC CTSA. He has an established track record of interdisciplinary research, and research training program development. His innovative integration of the BIRCWH and CTSA KL2 training programs at UNC served as the model for the synergistic integration of the MUSC BIRCWH and SCTR described below.
The AC meets annually and provides oversight and direction in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the BIRCWH Program. The AC includes four internal members who represent key components of university administration and constituent colleges or departments, and two external members who have national recognition and direct experience in women’s health research, mentorship and research career development (see table below). The AC directly consults with and advises the PI and PD. They evaluate the overall conduct of the BIRCWH Program and advise on recruitment and retention of a cadre of scholars with appropriate diversity of racial, ethnic, gender and disciplinary backgrounds, use of program resources, and future research directions and opportunities.
Area of Expertise
Deborah Deas, MD, MPH
Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Associate Dean of Admissions, College of Medicine,
& Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, MUSC
Harriet de Wit, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience,
University of Chicago
Interdisciplinary and translational neuroscience research
Gary Gilkeson, MD
Professor of Rheumatology & Immunology,
& Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Faculty Development, College of Medicine, MUSC
Women’s health/interdisciplinary clinical and translational research
Eugene Orringer, MD
Professor of Medicine & Director, Education/Training/Career Development Core- NC TraCS Institute,
University of North Carolina
Training and mentorship/ CTSA- BIRCWH interactions
Etta Pisano, MD
Vice President for Medical Affairs & Dean, College of Medicine,
Joann Sullivan, PhD
Professor of Library Science & Informatics,
& Director for the Office of Research Development, MUSC
|Updated Feb 2013|