September 24, 2020
MUSC Psychiatry Chair Update

Thomas W. Uhde, M.D.
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Institute of Psychiatry
Did you know that many racial and ethnic minority groups
in the United States experience cancer health disparities?
Chanita Hughes-Halbert, Ph.D. was recruited to the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences to expand our mental health disparities and diversity program initiatives. Dr. Hughes-Halbert is a national expert in disparities in cancer prevention.

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) released its inaugural Cancer Disparities Progress Report: Achieving the Bold Vision of Health Equity for Racial and Ethnic Minorities and Other Underserved Populations. MUSC Hollings Cancer Center researcher Chanita Hughes-Halbert, Ph.D., not only contributed to this first-of-its-kind report as a member of the steering committee, but she was part of the virtual congressional briefing that unveiled the report to the nation.

Hughes-Halbert said the report tracks the progress that has been made to understand and address cancer health disparities and highlights the multilevel determinants of racial and ethnic disparities in cancer risks and outcomes. “It underscores the importance of the continued efforts and investments that are needed to conduct transdisciplinary translational research that can transform our health care systems, public health programs and the communities in which we live.”

Among the findings in the report were:

  • African Americans have had the highest overall cancer death rate of any racial or ethnic group in the United States for more than four decades.

  • Hispanics have the lowest colorectal cancer screening rate of any racial or ethnic group in the United States.

  • American Indians/Alaska Natives have the lowest breast cancer screening rate of any racial or ethnic group in the United States.

  • Complex and interrelated factors contribute to cancer health disparities in the United States. Adverse differences in many, if not all, of these factors are directly influenced by structural and systemic racism.

  • Racial and ethnic minorities are severely underrepresented in clinical trials and understanding of how cancer develops in racial and ethnic minorities is significantly lacking.

  • Many of the U.S. population groups that experience cancer health disparities — in particular, racial and ethnic minorities — are also experiencing disparities related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Many of the factors driving COVID-19 disparities overlap with the factors that contribute to cancer health disparities.

  • Experts predict that the COVID-19 pandemic will exacerbate existing cancer health disparities as a result of the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on racial and ethnic minorities and other underserved populations.

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Awards Three Year $3.378 Million Grant to National Crime Victim Research and Treatment Center in Department of Psychiatry to Continue the National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center (NMVVRC)

Mass violence incidents (MVIs) in the U.S. have killed and injured thousands, affected the physical and mental health of countless others, and taken away our freedom to enjoy life without fear. OVC established the NMVVRC on October 1, 2017 to improve the nation’s capacity to respond to MVIs, and OVC recently announced that it will provide three additional years of funding for the NMVVRC in the form of a $3.378 M grant starting October 1, 2020. The continuation grant has three aims. Aim 1: To develop and provide education, training, and related resources to victims, as well as criminal, victim service, and mental health professionals and other stakeholders, to build capacity and resilience related to mass violence and terrorism; Aim 2: To leverage technology to develop and deliver a variety of services and products that support victims, communities, victim service providers, first responders, and other stakeholders involved in mass violence and terrorism planning and response; and Aim 3: To support victims and communities affected by mass violence and terrorism incidents directly and indirectly. To accomplish these aims, the NMVVRC will collaborate with several national consultants and partners including the American Hospital Association, the National Governors Association, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Psychiatry Administration

ICCE Chief (UNIV, Full-Time): The Chief of the Mental Health Integrated Center for Clinical Excellence reports to the Chief Physician Executive of MUSC Health and works in close collaboration with other MUSC Health leaders including the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer. As Vice Chair, this position also reports to the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. The ICCE Chief is expected to provide at least 75 percent administrative time in the role devoted to strategic leadership and administrative activities.

Addiction Sciences Division

Open Rank/Assistant Professor (UNIV, Full-Time): The successful applicant for this position will have either an MD or a PhD degree and will be expected to have an established and independent research program that will interface with the multidisciplinary NIAAA P50 Charleston Alcohol Research Center at MUSC. 

Open Rank/Professor (UNIV, Full-Time): The successful applicant for this position will have either an MD or a PhD degree and will be expected to have an established and independent research program that will interface with the multidisciplinary NIAAA P50 Charleston Alcohol Research Center at MUSC.

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Division

Social Worker (MUSCP, Full-Time): This position is for a licensed independent social worker (LISW-CP) who will be working in a team environment in the Outpatient Clinic of the Child and Adolescent Division of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Services at the Medical University of South Carolina. Specific responsibilities include interviewing clients and or families; developing and discussing proposed treatment plans with the client and detailing the recommendations and the reasoning for them; monitoring and documenting the progress of clients, and making service treatment plan adjustments as necessary.

Psychiatry Hospitalist Division

Open Rank - Psychiatry (UNIV, Full-Time): Candidate must be a psychiatrist with the ability to hold an unrestricted license to practice in South Carolina. The candidate must be board-eligible or board-certified if having completed residency training greater than five years ago. Candidate will be a member of the Psychiatry Hospitalist Division and provide inpatient care on a general adult psychiatry unit and provide coverage across other inpatient areas as needed. Candidate will provide care as a Consult Liaison, and have research coverage. *Note: This position is coded under an ECT identifier through Human Resources; however, it is not ECT for doctors. This position is for the Psychiatry Hospitalist Division.

Advanced Practice Provider (APP - NP/PA) (MUSCP, Part-Time): Part-time (20 hours per week) APRN/PA working in the Emergency Department in a collaborative role with the ED providers to assist in the triage and management of psychiatric patients who present to the MUSC ED, under the supervision/collaboration of a psychiatrist. Will work as part of a multidisciplinary team and work with a team of ED based psychiatrists as part of the Mental Health ICCE, within the Department of Psychiatry. Currently eligible or licensed as an Advanced Practice Nurse in the state of SC or Licensed (or certification eligible) as a Physician Assistant by the National Board of Medical Examiners or the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Requires certification in Basic Life Support.
This is an important reminder to the research community of the requirements to follow the latest University Directives for MUSC Faculty, Staff and Students for Staying Safe (some information updated as of 9/16). To clarify, these directives supersede recommendations issued to research teams in May 2020 for the incremental reactivation of research, including wearing masks indoors even when social distancing is possible. These requirements can be reviewed via the link above. We also urge you to review MUSC’s Academic Plans for Fall 2020.
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is pleased to announce that it will begin accepting applications for the Fall cycle of the Chair’s Research Development Fund Pilot Grant Program (CRDF) from junior faculty members (i.e. assistant professors or below in rank) or trainees within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. The CRDF provides funding for pilot research grants to collect preliminary data designed to enhance the viability and success of independent external funding in the future. The CRDF will support several awards each year to be determined by available financial resources. Most awards will be in the $5,000 – 10,000 range. Applications must be submitted to Romeka Washington ([email protected]) by 5:00 PM on November 1, 2020. Please see link for further details. Any inquiries should be directed to Dr. Alyssa Rheingold at [email protected].
A call for nominations is underway for the MUSC Advancement, Recruitment, and Retention of Women (ARROW) Award for Advancement of Women Faculty. The purpose of the award is to recognize the MUSC faculty member who best demonstrates excellence in his/her commitment to the advancement and promotion of women faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina.

A nomination form is attached and the deadline for submissions is 5:00 pm, Friday, October 9, 2020. Note that nominations will require a mentoring table (attached) to be considered. Please contact the ARROW program coordinator, Rachel Simmons at [email protected] if you have any questions.

2020-2021 GRAND ROUNDS
Dear Friends,

Every day brings a new challenge but also a ray of hope. This year’s NAMIWalks event is definitely both: an experiment in solidarity during a pandemic and an example of what true commitment to the cause can accomplish. Either way, thanks to you, we see bright things ahead for the NAMI programs and services you make possible.

The first challenge: How does someone participate in a virtual walk? Where do you begin? How do you get started on preparing for NAMIWalks Your Way Charleston: A Virtual Event on October 10? What’s training even look like? And where do you get your gear — whatever it is?

No need to fret. If you’ve walked with us before, you get ready for NAMIWalks the way you always have, minus the emphasis on the huffing and puffing perhaps. If you’re new to NAMIWalks, it’s easier and more fun than ever. Follow these sure-fire steps, including the three steps below.

  1. Register – If you previously registered for our 2020 walk, you are already registered for NAMIWalks Your Way: A Virtual Event on October 10. If you have not registered, go to
  2. Self-Donate – In times of uncertainty and flux, mental health services are needed more than ever. The best way to show your support is to make a self-donation on your fundraising page. People who self-donate raise 8x more than those who don’t!
  3. Decide What to Do – Will you track 3,500 steps, the equivalent of a 5K? Will you hula-hoop until you reach your fundraising goal? Will you sip and paint with your friends on Zoom? The only limit of NAMIWalks Your Way is the reach of your imagination and the breadth of your compassion.

We encourage participants to take photos and video and share their activities on social media—use the hashtags #NotAlone and #MentalHealthForAll—as a way to stay connected.

Together in the difficult times — and because of them — we can and will prevail.

If you have questions or ideas, reach out to us at (843) 467-5224 or [email protected]

Warm regards,

Kelly Troyer

P.S. On October 10, we will be joined by multiple NAMIWalks sites across the country in a day of solidarity and awareness. The day itself will be called A National Day of Hope. We are grateful that you and other NAMIWalks supporters will be a part of it.
The following resource provides MUSC Health lab and testing options pertaining to COVID-19. Included on this page is information regarding drive-thru and “pop-up” mobile COVID testing locations, antibody or serology tests, drive-in lab and nurse visits, and original/classic lab testing.

In addition to updates provided by MUSC Enterprise, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences will also provide updates through our employee intranet, The Horseshoe. Updates will be provided regularly as new information becomes available. For your convenience, direct links are provided below.


Given the COVID-19 pandemic and until further notice, all volunteers and observers are barred from participation in departmental and MH-ICCE based activities. If there are circumstances wherein this policy causes a significant and critical issue, it should be brought to my attention for consideration of a written waiver (on an individual basis) of this policy. Thank you.

Thomas W. Uhde, M.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Due to the activity of COVID-19 within the hospital and community, all employees, residents, fellows and students within all MUSC entities are directed to begin daily self-monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms. This applies regardless of whether you have been working remotely on a full-time or intermittent basis. You need to continue daily self-monitoring, even if symptoms are not present.

NAMI Connection and NAMI Family Support Offered Online 

Social distancing does not mean that you have to go through difficult times alone. NAMI is here to help! We are offering NAMI Family Support and NAMI Connection online. 
NAMI Connection Support is offered every Monday at 6PM until further notice.

NAMI Family Support Group is offered the 2nd and 4th Thursdays
of the month at 6PM until further notice.

By clicking HERE you can sign up to receive the meeting login information or you can email us at [email protected] or call/text 843-284-3091. 
UPDATE: Due to COVID-19, executive leadership has extended
the completion date for mandatory training modules to September 30, 2020.

Starting January 17, 2020, MUSC will begin assigning the annual mandatory online lessons in MyQuest. New this year, will be the opportunity to provide feedback via survey for each lesson. This will be the only official announcement regarding mandatory assignments from the University. Reminder emails will be sent to employees by MyQuest beginning in April. Listed below is the breakdown of the mandatory assignments:
2020 MUSC
General Mandatories

  • Crime Prevention and Jeanne Clery Act Training

  • Code of Conduct and HIPAA

  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

  • Prohibited Discrimination and Harassment

  • Information Security

  • Active Shooter

  • OSHA Review

  • Tuberculosis (Charleston only)
2020 MUSC Health
Mandatory Training
(Chas., Florence, & Lancaster)

  • MUSC Health General Compliance (includes Billing)

  • Culture of Safety

  • Emergency Management Campus Security

  • Infection Control for Healthcare Workers

  • Stroke and Heart Early Recognition

  • Meeting the Unique Needs of Patients

  • Workplace Violence

  • MR Safety for Healthcare Workers
2020 Annual Clinical Education (MUSC Health Clinical Care Teams Only)
  • Varies depending on your clinical role
2020 MSO Mandatories (Credentialed Providers Only)
  • To be assigned dependent upon Medical Executive Committee approval.
2020 Conflict of Interest Training (Hourly Care Team Members and University Staff Only)
  • Hourly employees are excluded from the annual COI disclosure process. To ensure they continue to receive conflict of interest policy training, a COI module has been developed and assigned to those employees in MyQuest.
  • Salaried employees of the MUSC enterprise receive annual COI training every April, in combination with their annual COI disclosure form; training modules precede the mandatory disclosure.
Overview of Research at MUSC (Research Role-Based Only)
Leadership Diversity Requirement
  • Designated leaders are responsible for completing a minimum of 4 hours of Diversity and Inclusion training by June 30, 2020. Education is available in the MyQuest Diversity catalog.
All the annual mandatory training modules must be completed no later than June 30, 2020 September 30, 2020. University employees who fail to complete annual mandatory training requirements will be subject to disciplinary action. If you have any questions, please email the MyQuest Administrators at [email protected].
If you would like to submit content to include in next week's
Chair Update, please submit to Dr. Jamie Fisher
by 12:00 pm on Monday. Thank you.