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February 24, 2012


Vol. 30, No. 26

Inside Tobacco-free campus


To promote a healthy environment, the MUSC campus will be smoke-free as of March 1.

healThy Vending Dr. R. Gregg Dwyer heads up MUSC’s Forensic Psychiatry Program and the Sexual Behaviors Clinic and Lab, which opened April 2011. To see the video, visit

Forensics program targets sexual abuse

By Dawn Brazell Public Relations


hough many people were shocked by the prominent child sex abuse scandals that hit the news last fall, psychiatrist R. Gregg Dwyer wasn’t one of them. The director of MUSC’s Forensic Psychiatry Program and the Sexual Behaviors Clinic and Lab knows well the prevalence rate and the need for research so that sexual abuse behaviors can be better understood and prevented. The clinic, located in West Ashley, is one of a few on the East coast with the capacity to conduct in a single location clinical, psychological, and physiological assessments of sexual behaviors for use by the criminal justice system and treatment professionals. “We work where there’s the intersection of psychiatry and the legal system. That could

We work where there’s the intersection of psychiatry and the legal system.

—Dr. R. Gregg Dwyer be the criminal legal system or the civil legal system,” said Dwyer, M.D., Ed.D., explaining the program’s roles in consulting, education and research. Thomas Uhde, M.D., chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, said that the department is one of the few centers in the country that both treats victims of abuse and is developing

more effective ways to prevent future abuse by sexual predators. “Limitations in funding for the study of human sexual behavior hinders the development and implementation of more effective predator prevention programs. Perhaps the tragic news highlighted in the media will promote research in this area and lead to more effective efforts to address this major public health problem.” In addition to research, the MUSC Forensic Psychiatry Program is the site of the Sexual Behaviors Clinic, which is one of two in the state with a research certification. Program personnel serve as consultants to several state agencies and the federal government on the topic of sexual offending and to educators, providing presentations to legal and health care professionals. Dwyer, who was recruited by Udhe in 2010

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Nominations for clinician, faculty awards being accepted

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ouTsTanding clinician awards Nominations for the Outstanding Clinician Award are being accepted by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. The Outstanding Clinician Award honors full-time faculty of any duration of service who have made outstanding contributions to patient care at MUSC. Currently active clinicians that commit a significant proportion of their time caring for patients in ambulatory or inpatient settings are eligible for this award. Awardees will have demonstrated a high level of professionalism, integrity, and devotion to patient care. Their clinical excellence and

service commitment identify them as role models for residents, students and their faculty colleagues. An additional consideration will be their abilities to collaborate in an effective interprofessional manner. The monetary reward of $3,000 will be used at the discretion of the awardees. The nomination packet should consist of the full curriculum vitae of the nominee with an expanded description of the section of clinical activity; three letters of support, with at least one from a peer; and a statement from the nominator (not to exceed 1,000 words) outlining the candidate’s qualifications for the award.

disTinguished faculTy serVice award The Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost is accepting nominations for the Distinguished Faculty Service Award from faculty, staff and students. This award was enacted by the university board of trustees to recognize and honor MUSC faculty members who have provided exceptional contributions in teaching, research, health care or public service to the university and the citizens of South Carolina. Up to three awards may be made each year and each honoree will receive a $3,000 contribution from the MUSC Foundation. In order to nominate someone,

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provide a written justification to include a typed or printed narrative of no more than two single-spaced pages directly addressing the contributions made to MUSC and those the institution serves. A copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae or professional resumé should be enclosed. Additional letters of endorsement are encouraged in order to demonstrate the breadth of the nominee’s contributions. The deadline for both nominations is April 23 and should be submitted to Mark S. Sothmann, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, 179 Ashley Avenue, Colcock Hall, MSC 002, MUSC. The Catalyst is published once a week. Paid adver tisements, which do not represent an endorsement by MUSC or the State of South Carolina, are handled by Island Publications Inc., Moultrie News, 134 Columbus St., Charleston, S.C., 843-849-1778 or 843-958-7490. E-mail:

MUSC’s Carol Boyer accepts breakfast from Drs. Frank Clark, right, and Roger Poston, both from the Office of the Chief Information Officer, Feb. 13. Serving breakfast to the OCIO staff are Dave Northrup, from left, Mark Daniels and Kurt Nendorf. The OCIO leadership team serves up an annual breakfast to the staff to acknowledge and thank its employees for achieving high scores in the MUSC Excellence survey. To watch the breakfast video, visit http://bit. ly.OCIOBreakfast.

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Smoke-free campus policy goes into effect March 1

By susan Johnson, Ph.D. MUSC Employee Wellness

MUSC will implement a tobaccofree campus policy March 1. The policy provides a healthy environment, minimizes the negative effects of passive smoke and tobacco use, maximizes fire safety and promotes wellness and good health habits within all MUSC facilities. This also includes all MUSC affiliates, and the surrounding campus. The use of any tobacco product will be prohibited in all buildings, grounds and spaces either leased or owned by MUSC. Tobacco products include, but are not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes and other smokeless tobacco products. Because e-cigarettes are used by some as a smoking cessation tool, it is important to clarify what e-cigarettes are and why they are not permitted for use at MUSC.

What are electronic cigarettes? Electronic cigarettes, also known as

drug-delivery devices? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in April that it would regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products, not as drug-delivery devices. Last year, the FDA lost a court case after it tried to treat e-cigarettes as drug-delivery devices, which must satisfy stricter requirements than tobacco products, including clinical trials to prove they are safe and effective. FDA tests found that the liquid in some e-cigarettes contained toxins besides nicotine, as well as cancer-causing substances found in tobacco.

The smoking hut, located at the entrance to the university hospital, will be gone March 1. For information on the tobacco-free policy, visit http:// e-cigarettes, are battery-operated products designed to deliver nicotine, flavor and other chemicals. They turn nicotine, which is addictive, and other chemicals into a vapor that is inhaled by the user. Most look like cigarettes, cigars or pipes

and when used, look like the person is smoking because when the user exhales, there’s a cloud of PEG (propylene glycol) vapor that looks like smoke.

Are e-cigarettes safe? According to the FDA, e-cigarettes may contain ingredients that are known to be toxic and may contain other ingredients that may not be safe. Additionally, these products may be attractive to young people and may lead them to try other tobacco products, including conventional cigarettes, which are known to cause disease and lead to premature death.

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currEnts FEb. 21 People – Fostering employee pride and loyalty

Human Resources related needs.

Lee Moody of Stryker Sustainability Solutions, presented the medical center with the 2011 Health Hospital Gold Award for outstanding performance in reducing environmental harm and improving overall hospital quality for medical device re-manufacturing and reprocessing. MUSC achieved an overall savings of $1,038,323 and a reduction of 10,290 lbs. diverted from waste landfills. This is the third year MUSC has received this award from Stryker.

Benefit for the Month Starting March 1, MUSC will be a tobacco-free campus. To help with this transition, the organization created the MUSC Pitch the Pack program, a tobacco cessation program available to MUSC employees and students free of charge through June. It offers classes, counseling and medications to help individuals kick the habit. Enroll at health1st.

HR update q CATTS – Due date for CATTS mandatory lessons will correspond with the universal review period, July 1 – June 30; mandatory lessons have been assigned and are due June 30. q Certification incentive – Approved certification list has been updated; $750 (initial); up to $500 (re-certification); Registration exam fee may be paid in advance; incentive will be paid upon successful completion of certification (total reduced by amount paid in advance); in the event fees are paid in advance and employee does not pass certification, he/she will be responsible for the cost to retake the exam. q Primary Source Verification – Renewals will be conducted by HR for RN’s only at this time. All others should continue to conduct primary source verifications until further notices. Nurses with S.C. licenses must renew their license prior to the expiration date of April 30. Contact Michelle Foreman, 792-6219 or q SuccessFactors – The business phone number from the phone directory is available in SuccessFactors. Employees can view this in the employee directory or on the employee files page. q HR team meetings – HR representatives will schedule quarterly meetings to increase employee communications; meetings will feature Q&As, benefits counseling appointments and help with other

AIDET refresher John Sanders, Children’s Services Service Line administrator, spoke about plans to roll out AIDET (Acknowledge, Introduce, Duration, Explain, Thanks) refresher training for all medical center employees. AIDET is a framework of interactions, introduced by MUSC Excellence that employees use to communicate with patients, visitors and coworkers. Sanders identified a team of five trainers who are available to lead AIDET training at department or unit meetings. Managers may contact any of these trainers to set up training. Service Excellence team Ali McAbee, Excellence Rewards and Recognition (R&R) team leader, gave an update. The R&R team coordinates details with employee and physician of the month, employee of the year, manages and distributes online and hard copy applause cards, I got caught stickers and star cards for employee recognition. The group is recruiting for team members. Visit medcenter/new_musc2/reward.html.

Service – Serving the public with compassion, respect and excellence

Lois Kerr, accreditation manager, gave an update about the upcoming triennial Joint Commission survey. Kerr reviewed new details including patient-centered communication standards, radiation

To Medical Center Employees MUSC Excellence is about aligning our operational practices and behaviors with our values and goals. It involves a framework that includes our service excellence teams, pillarbased goals, leadership development and our fiscal year action plan. The action plan is updated each year and is crafted based upon an assessment of progress and identification of opportunities for improvement. The MUSC Excellence steering team typically identifies 20 or more action plan topics, which range in scope and complexity, such as on-boarding of new leaders, improved use of patient satisfaction data, first impressions training, patient transportation needs, bedside shift report, discharge process, discharge phone calls, AIDET education and other topics. At the Feb. 21 communications meeting John Sanders, Children’s Services Service Line administrator, explained plans have been made for all medical center (MUHA) employees to have an AIDET refresher. AIDET is a simple but effective best practice that involves “key words at key times.” Sanders stated that he will be joined by Bill Spring, Service Line administrator, Heart & Vascular Center, Nancy Tassin, Musculoskeletal Service Line administrator, June Darby, Neuroscience Service Line administrator, and Joan Herbert, Organizational Performance director, in conducting training during staff meetings and other settings across the organization. The plan is to expose all employees to AIDET refresher training with the goal of improving patients’ experience. AIDET is an acronym for Acknowledge, Introduce, Duration, Explanation and Thank You. AIDET improves patients’ experience, reinforces coordination of care, and decreases patient anxiety and concern. AIDET is applicable to both clinical and non-clinical settings. On another matter, last week Dr. Pat Cawley, executive medical director, MUSC medical center, explained in a mass email that we have had a quiet season for influenza and this led to deferment of mask wearing requirement for those who did not receive the vaccine. Due to positive results of recent influenza tests, we initiated the mask wearing requirement effective Feb. 20. Currently the stop date is March 31. We will continue to monitor influenza activity and any changes to the stop date will be communicated. I want to thank everyone who attended the town hall sessions. Approximately 1,630 employees attended. We improved attendance by aligning town hall sessions with a number of large department-based meetings and we will continue this practice. A Tegrity recording of the presentation is posted at Engagement/townhall/townhallindex.htm. W. Stuart Smith Vice President for Clinical Operations and Executive Director, MUSC Medical Center safety, CMS discharge planning, and other news. She also spoke about high reliability which focuses on maintaining consistent excellence over time with a goal of zero quality failures and a culture of safety empathizing trust. For improvements, leaders are changing audit tools to reflect new findings, review validation methods, re-introduce Safety Wednesdays, and other plans. Immediate next steps include weekly audits for managers and individualizing the Safety Wednesday tool for non-inpatient units.

Finance – Providing the highest value to patients while ensuring financial stability Steve Hargett, medical center controller, presented the hospital’s financial results for the seven month

period ending January Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 and FY 2011. The hospital reported net assets of $12.7 million ($2.4 million under budget). Hargett reported that the budget variance is due mainly to a difficult October but the spring months are usually the busiest and should get MUSC back to budget. Volume adjusted indicators showed that supply costs and labor costs were down. Payments from commercial payers were delayed due to changes in the national conversion system and clearinghouse claims format. Cash on hand is at $47 million compared to $14.4 million in January 2011.

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MUSC recognized as Gold Apple hospital T

he South Carolina Hospital Association and North Carolina Prevention Partners recognized MUSC for providing the highest standard of excellence for the healthy food environments offered to employees, patients and visitors. Hospitals receiving this acknowledgment are considered Gold Apple Hospitals as a part of the Working Well initiative. MUSC joins three other South Carolina hospitals in receiving this award. Working Well is an effort to improve the health of hospital employees across the state of South Carolina by creating worksite wellness environments where the healthy choice is the easy choice. It is funded by The Duke Endowment, based on NC Prevention Partners’ success in developing infrastructure for effective worksite wellness programs in North Carolina, and is managed by the S.C. Hospital Association. Susan Johnson, Ph.D., wellness program coordinator, said the award is important recognition that MUSC sets access to healthy food as a priority. “As a center of excellence and Gold Apple recipient, we are held accountable for not only meeting the highest standards set forth by the Working Well project, but also sharing our successes and experiences with others.” In order to receive this recognition, MUSC addressed several aspects of how it provides, prices and markets healthy food options, as recommended by NC Prevention Partners. MUSC worked with its food management company, Sodexo, to provide healthy options at every station and to post nutrition information for all items in the cafeteria. Fresh, local produce is available through weekly farmers markets held on campus as well as delivery service of locally sourced food and produce through Community Supported Agriculture programs. Healthy vending machines serving only all-natural, organic and preservative-free items have been

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National Nutrition Month 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 1 Library portico Live cooking demonstration Free samples available Recipes, nutritional information Farmers market Local food vendors Gold Apple presentation

installed in several buildings on campus and existing vending machines feature a “traffic lite” system to identify healthy choices. A 5 cent surcharge has been added to unhealthy items, with proceeds benefiting the MUSC Heart Health pediatric weight management program, part of the Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness. MUSC President Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D., said MUSC appreciates the recognition and looks forward to the expansion of wellness and health promotion beyond the campus. “As a leader in health education in South Carolina, we feel a responsibility to create an environment in which people can learn about and pursue healthy eating.” In addition to changing food environments, MUSC also is using education and benefits to support healthy behaviors. Newsletters, weekly columns in MUSC’s newspaper The Catalyst, daily broadcast message tips and Facebook provide information on healthy eating and special events. These special events include live cooking demonstrations and “eat this, learn that” lunch and learn sessions. Coming this spring, a new MUSC Community Garden will be made available as a living classroom where a variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs grown in South Carolina will be harvested for use by staff, faculty and the community. MUSC’s Nutrition Services website also offers educational resources and teaching opportunities to faculty and staff. Jen Wright, Working Well manager,

Dr. Susan Johnson stands next to the healthy vending machine at the Wellness Center. A healthy vending machine also is in the lobby of the Colbert Education Center & Library. Jen Wright, Working Well manager, will be presenting MUSC executive leadership and members of the wellness team with the Gold Apple recognition at noon March 1 during a celebration event in the Horseshoe. praised MUSC’s efforts. “Already recognized as a Working Well Center of Excellence, MUSC is once again proving their leadership in employee wellness. This initiative and the Gold Apple recognition aren’t about taking away options; they’re about eliminating excuses and making it easier to choose health. MUSC has done this by providing increased access to healthy food while taking away the economic

burden by making the healthy choice the less expensive one.” Johnson said the award represents an important shift in attitude. “I believe that what will sustain this effort is the cultural change that we are creating throughout the organization. My hope is that as this shift continues, making healthy choices and eating fresh, local food will become the norn, not the exception.”

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Family Fund accepting 2012 grant applications The YES (Yearly Employee Support) Family Fund is accepting applications for 2012 grants. The submission form must include name and title, department phone, work address, name of project or program and the total amount requested (not to exceed $2,500). On a separate sheet of paper, provide a brief summary explaining the project (not to exceed one page). Your grant will be denied without the summary; describe how the request would improve your department’s ability to positively impact the mission of MUSC (not to exceed one paragraph); list other sources of support and the

amount to which they support your program; and a copy of yearly budget for program (must be submitted with proposal to be considered). All grants must be in compliance with the MUSC Foundation guidelines and cannot be made for any requests of unallowable expenses as defined by the foundation. For information, call 792-1973 or email Applications are due March 31. Send via campus mail to: Office of Development, YES Campaign, 261 Calhoun St., MSC 182. To download the application, visit archive/2012/co1-27familyfund.html.

Delivering posies to patients

Linda Selby, center, joins Francesca Bradshaw, from left, Gwen McCurdy, Karen Gemmill and Susan Wamsley, as they arrange and prepare flower arrangements to deliver to adult patients. The effort is part of the MUSC Women’s Club annual Posies for Patients project. Between 200 to 300 arrangements were delivered by a corps of volunteers Feb. 16. Women’s Club members donate the flowers, vases and their time in this effort.

Applause Program The following employees received recognition through the Applause Program for going the extra mile: Medical Center

Ericka Gray, Children’s Services; Thomas Johnson; Hollings; Darryl Lee, Business Operations; Robin Edwards, Hollings; John Parlor, Volunteer & Guest Services; Kellie Adams, Radiology; Karma Thompson, Radiation Oncology; George Magrath, Ophthalmology; Ann Peterson, Safety & Security/Volunteer & Guest Services; Doris Thomas, Medical Records; Tawana Gadsden, Medical Records; John Carson, 10W; Bonnie Treado, Oncology & Medical/Surgical Srvs; Amanda Jolly, Radiology; Melissa Martin, Oncology & Medical/Surgical Srvs; Clarice Dorsey, Radiology; Kelly Lewis, Radiology; Jenny Keeter, 3W; Suzy Davis, Clinical Neurophysiology Srvs; Randall Smalls, Charleston Memorial Hospital; Vanessa Stewart, Safety & Security/ Volunteer & Guest Srvs; Melissa Leslie, GI Clinic; Melissa Youngblood, GI Clinic; Shaunisha Hampton, Meduflex Team; Suzanne Ramage, Safety & Security/Volunteer & Guest Services; Dennis White, Safety & Security/Volunteer

& Guest Services; Katie Johnson, Med/ Surg ICU; John Ikonomidis, Surgery; Sam Jacks, Surgery; Adam Franklin, Residents Surgery; Gladney Brooks, CT Surgery; Amanda McGarrigle, Respiratory Therapy; Virginia O’Connell, 9PCU; Diana Evans, 9PCU; Crystal Lindler, CTICU; Kristen Hottel, CTICU; Todd Dantzler, Gastroenterology & Hepatology; Mary Morgan, SEI; David Marcum, 6W; Sally Key, 6W; Ashley Sevier, 6W; Nancy Austin, 6E; Misty Kahmke, 6W; Melissa Parker, 6W; Terrie Hopkins, 6E; Edward Litwin, 6E; Terri Dunbar, 6W; Laura Droege, Otolaryngology; Melvena Nelson, Environmental Services; Barbara Kniceley, 8W; Ian Guthrie, CTICU; Carolyn Defeo, 7A; Shawn Gregg, Environmental Services; and Paul Herndon, Transplant Center. University

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from the University of South Carolina’s Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has the legal and medical background he needs to navigate how the fields intersect. Dwyer received his doctor of education from Virginia Tech and doctor of medicine from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. After serving in the Navy, Dwyer was commissioned a civilian special agent with the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), serving in field, headquarters, operational and staff positions and critical incident peer counseling. Dwyer, an associate professor in MUSC’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, is board certified in general, child and adolescent and forensic psychiatry and is a certified sex therapist with the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists. The forensics program will augment victim services already provided at MUSC. The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, directed by Dean Kilpatrick, Ph.D., has a long history of research and clinical service to victims. MUSC’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) program targets helping sexual assault victims get the medical and legal assistance they need. Dwyer said the Forensic Psychiatry Program further establishes MUSC’s expertise in forensic health care and it will be influential in spearheading research in an area too few academic centers are targeting. “We need a lot more research on sexual abuse cases. It’s difficult to get it funded, and it’s difficult to conduct it because the people you’re trying to study, in many

The sTaTisTics Adult retrospective studies show that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men were sexually abused before the age of 18 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2006). This means there are more than 42 million adult survivors of child sexual abuse in the U.S. Source: Darkness to Light

cases, are in the custody of a government agency that creates issues in getting access for research.” Funding can be a challenge given the stigma and confusion about offenders’ behaviors. “Typically that person doesn’t want to engage in that behavior. If it’s the result of an illness, they certainly didn’t decide they wanted to have that illness any more than someone wakes up in the morning and says they want to have insulin-dependent diabetes or heart disease or cancer or bipolar disorder. Nobody wants those and would like to get rid of them if they could.” Two federal research grants he currently is working on are “Protecting Children Online: Using Research-Based Algorithms to Prioritize Law Enforcement Internet Investigations,” and “Internet Crimes Against Children: Development of a Typology of Offenders for Use in Prevention, Investigations and Treatment.” Dwyer said the widespread use of the internet, especially given children’s access and comfort with mobile technology, opens up vast new areas of research in terms of sexually abusive behaviors and the internet’s impact on interpersonal relationships.

The goal is to provide an educational component for schools and parents about how to be safer in that electronic environment, inform law enforcement about how best to catch sexual predators who are using the internet and therapists about the best treatment for them. Dwyer recommends that parents and educators address the issue openly with children. There is useful information and resources provided by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children on helping children avoid internet sexual predators. It is information he plans to update and revise as MUSC research sheds more light on the different types of predators and why and how they operate the way they do, he said. “Part of safety of children in any environment is being aware of what a child is doing in any setting and for a child to be comfortable reporting to that person when something happens or that is uncomfortable or upsetting,” he said. “One of the ways that someone who abuses children is able to do that is by keeping it a secret and by keeping someone who may be able to do something about it out of the picture – isolating a child in some form or fashion. The more connected the child is with a caregiver in their life — that reduces the chance that this will happen in their life.” The other critical component is for researchers and therapists to understand the people who engage in abusive acts to know how to stop the behavior to prevent the victimization of others. “When we’re treating one person, we’re potentially treating a whole bunch of others. An infectious disease physician who treats one person has potentially prevented tens, hundreds, maybe thousands of people from contracting whatever that illness might be.”

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q “Pitch The Pack” Smoking Cessation Clinics: Monthly three-session cessation clinics facilitated by a team of physicians, psychologists and trained staff free of charge for MUSC employees, students and family members. The next clinic will be held at 5:30 p.m., Feb. 27 in Room 102, Colbert Education Center & Library. Visit http:// Susan Johnson health1st and click on “Smoking Cessation Enrollment Form” to register or email musc-empwell@musc. edu. q Tobacco Free Tuesday: “Pitch the Pack” Visit the registration table in the university hospital near Starbucks from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Feb. 28, to learn about this free smoking cessation program offered to MUSC employees

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and students. Classes, counseling and a one-month supply of medications are available to eligible participants, who will receive a success kit with gifts at enrollment. q Lunch & Learn: “Quit and Stay Quit — Strategies for Success.” Join Matthew Carpenter, Ph.D. for a presentation on current treatment approaches for smoking cessation, including use of medication and behavioral strategies as well as novel, alternative tobacco products on Feb. 29 from 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. in Colbert Education Center & Library 103. Email musc-empwell@ to register. q Farmers market: Fruits and vegetables are available from local farmers from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Friday in the Horseshoe and in the grassy area next to Ashley River Tower behind Charleston Memorial Hospital. Email to become involved in MUSC employee wellness. Events, classes, or any other ideas are welcome.

Because clinical studies about the safety and efficacy of these products have not been submitted to FDA, consumers currently have no way of knowing: q whether e-cigarettes are safe for their intended use, q what types or concentrations of potentially harmful chemicals are found in these products, or q how much nicotine they are inhaling when they use these products. Are e-cigarettes recommended as a cessation therapy? Some public health experts say the level of the cancer-causing agents is similar to those found in nicotine replacement therapy, which contains nicotine extracted from tobacco. However, both proponents and critics of e-cigarettes agree the devices should be studied and regulated more and should not be sold to minors. They may in fact be dangerous to use, based on a recent report by the Associated Press of a man in Florida who was

severely injured when a faulty battery in his e-cigarette caused it to explode in his mouth— news/nation-world/electric-cigaretteexplodes-in-1350193.html. Why does the policy apply to the use of e-cigarettes? Because the FDA classifies e-cigarettes as tobacco products, they are not approved for use on MUSC any indoor or outdoor property. In addition, because they are not regulated by the FDA, they may not be safe for use. If they were actually permitted for use on campus, because they look very similar to real cigarettes, it could cause confusion and an added enforcement burden for all those attempting to monitor policy compliance. For information on e-cigarettes, visit news/releases/2008/pr34/en/ and for information on the campus policy, visit http://academicdepartments.musc. edu/tobaccofree/.

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Items for Sale

West Ashley - Jervey St. 3BR/ 2BA brick, CH&A, new carpet, appliances, garage. Credit check & refs. req. $1095/mo. Varn Realty 766-1656

Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Physician's Plan One To One Weight Loss and Wellness is looking for a Midlevel Provider to work p/t hours at the West Ashley and/or Summerville offices. The primary job responsibility would be to consult with patients to initiate and monitor medication therapy while providing support and encouragement to each patient along their weight loss journey. Will work in conjunction with our team which provides nutritional counseling and support to our patients. Please submit resume to or contact Kim Uyak at 843-7695510.

Yamaha RX-V457 Ampli-tuner audio/video receiver. Brand new in box, 843-345-5251 best offer

Homes For Sale ISLE OF PALMS Beautifully Maintained 4BR/2.5BA home close to the marina. Short walk to the beach. $575,000 Frank Rutigliano 813-4961 Keller Williams Realty

Misc. Services Do you like esthetic dermatology? Have you thought about working at a Medispa? The Medical Director position at an established downtown Charleston Medispa will soon be coming available. You will be working with the latest technology in non-ablative lasers, injectables, skin care for women and men (and some teenagers). Please call 843209-0222 for more information.

Physician Physician's Plan One To One Weight Loss and Wellness is looking for a Provider to work p/t hours at the West Ashley and/or Summerville offices. The primary job responsibility would be to consult with patients to initiate and monitor medication therapy while providing support and encouragement to each patient along their weight loss journey. Will work in conjunction with our team which provides nutritional counseling and support to our patients. Please submit resume to or contact Kim Uyak at 843-7695510.


1265 Folly Road

Buy or Sell with the agents


who are doing business in today’s market


1 CLOSED transactions

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0 River Road Equestrian Opportunity

Call Lonnie Long 843-559-1200


This beautiful parcel of land has 11.92 acres with mature trees. It is across the street from Mullet Hall Equestrian Center, giving you access to miles of riding trails! Convenient to downtown Charleston, Kiawah and Seabrook Islands. $249,000 CM07-706673

so far in 2011 & another

12 under contract Call today to list your home!

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HAFA Short Sale Certified REALTORS Call us to see if you qualify for this Short Sale Program

Call Matt Poole at 830-0027 or Randall Sandin at 209-9667to learn more


Townhouse in Old Village, Mt P. 2BR/1.5BA, Approx. 1100 sq ft parking, W/D Updated appliances, design and new AC Walk to Shem Creek, Pitt St Bridge and Sullivan’s. $1200/ mo Call Tracy 843-729-3724 Avail. 3/1, don’t miss out!

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