MUSC Psychiatry Chair Update | October 14, 2021
October 14, 2021
MUSC Psychiatry Chair Update
Thomas W. Uhde, M.D.
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Institute of Psychiatry
Did you know that October is
Domestic Violence Awareness Month?
MUSC marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month every October and has specialists who deal exclusively with cases of intimate partner violence. The MUSC Advocacy Program (MAP) features a social work response team available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to calls from any staff member who suspects a patient has been the victim of domestic violence, child abuse or neglect, elder abuse or neglect or human trafficking.
No one deserves to be hurt by their partner.
If you need help, resources are available.

MUSC Advocacy Program: 843-792-2123

MUSC Women’s Health has statewide resources available, by county.

My Sisters House: 843-744-3242

SC Legal Services: 888-346-5592

Charleston Area Consolidated Dispatch (Non-Emergency): 843-743-7200

MUSC National Crime Victim Center (NCVC): 843-792-8209

National Domestic Violence Hotline:
Congratulations to Dr. James Prisciandaro who is a Fall 2021 College of Medicine Research Excellence Award receipient!
Dr. Prisciandaro was recognized for his work and article titled "Effects of Gabapentin on Dorsal Anterior Cingulate Cortex GABA and Glutamate Levels and Their Associations With Abstinence in Alcohol Use Disorder: A Randomized Clinical Trial," published by the American Journal of Psychiatry July 14, 2021.

Congratulations to our FY2022 Employee of the Quarter winners! Thank you for your outstanding contributions to the Department and for going above and beyond on a daily basis!



Virginia Green – Employee of the Quarter Winner for FY22 Q1:

From Left to Right:

  • Virginia Green, Human Services Coordinator I, National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVRTC)
  • Martha Gomez (on screen), Human Services Coordinator II, National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVRTC)
  • Dr. Rosaura Orengo Aguayo (on screen), Associate Professor, National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVRTC)
  • Amy Simmons (on screen), Business Manager, National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVRTC)
  • Meg Wallace, Clinical Instructor & Associate Director of Clinical Operations, National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVRTC)
  • Dr. Alyssa Rheingold, Professor & Director of Clinical Operations, National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVRTC)


Cori Herring – Employee of the Quarter Winner for FY22 Q1:

From Left to Right:

  • Dr. Lindsay Squeglia, Associate Professor, Addiction Sciences Division
  • Townsend Langley, Division Administrator, Addiction Sciences Division
  • Cori Herring, Program Manager I, Addiction Sciences Division
  • Katie Gracar, Administrative Coordinator, Addiction Sciences Division
  • Jacelyn Lane, Administrative Manager, Addiction Sciences Division
  • Renee Rountree, Program Coordinator I, Addiction Sciences Division
  • Hannah Vander Wall, Program Coordinator I, Addiction Sciences Division
Do you know an employee who has gone the extra mile recently? Nominate them for the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences' MVP Award! This award will be given quarterly to an employee nominated by their peers for going above and beyond in the workplace. For more information or to nominate an employee, please visit our Employee Recognition Page on the Horseshoe.

On July 29, 2021, FDA approved a modification to the Clozapine REMS. The modification to Clozapine REMS will go into effect on November 15, 2021. Important changes include:

  • All prescribers and pharmacies must be re-certified by November 15, 2021, or they will no longer be able to prescribe/dispense clozapine.
  • Prescribers must re-enroll their patients who will continue clozapine by November 15, 2021. Patients who are not re-enrolled by that day will no longer be able to receive clozapine. 
  • Re-certification and re-enrollment can begin on August 16, 2021.
  • Pharmacies will no longer be able to use the telecommunication verification (also known as the switch system) to verify safe use conditions. The authorization to dispense will be obtained either through the contact center or online via the REMS website.
  • A new Patient Status Form will document absolute neutrophil count (ANC) monitoring for all outpatients. This form must be submitted monthly. Patient monitoring must continue per the Prescribing Information.

To re-certify and re-enroll in the Clozapine REMS, please see the Important Program Update at More information about changes and Clozapine REMS requirements can be found here.


The Psychiatric Pharmacy group will be disseminating some additional information in the next few weeks you can or you can contact the group at if you have questions.

All MUHA and MUSCP care team members are required to have the influenza vaccine or have completed a declination.
Flu Shot Locations

Visit any of the convenient MUSC Health locations below to get your flu shot. Remember to bring your picture ID and insurance cards with you. Many insurances cover the shot with no out-of-pocket expense. 

  • MUSC Pharmacies:
    • Rutledge Tower Pharmacy
    • Ashley River Tower Pharmacy
    • Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital Pharmacy
  • Mobile unit-based rounding
  • MUSC Health Primary Care


Off-Site Flu Vaccination Documentation & Declination


Please note that if you get your flu shot at any location outside of MUSC, you will need to upload your documentation to the tracking system below.


Employee Health Services cannot accept faxed copies of flu vaccination documentation or declination forms. All documentation must be submitted online using the documentation tracking system at


Login: flu2021

Password: flu2021


Non-Compliance Disciplinary Actions


MUSC Health Care Team Members, trainees, students/visiting students, volunteers, contract staff, members of the medical staff, temporary workers, medical residents, and volunteers who do not receive the flu vaccine or submit an appropriate declination by November 15, 2021 by midnight; will be subject to the following:

  • Employees will be placed on leave without pay until the flu vaccine is received or the required declination is submitted to Employee Health Services.
  • Employees who fail to comply by December 1, 2021 will be terminated from employment.
  • Non-compliant employees on approved leave of absence (including FMLA or Military leave) on December 1, 2021, must receive the flu vaccine or submit a declination, before returning to work during the flu season.
  • Contract staff, volunteers, trainees, students/visiting students may not return to any MUSC Health facility, except to receive care, until the flu vaccine is received, or the required declination is submitted to Employee Health Services.

For more information about the flu vaccine, documentation, frequency asked questions, and more please visit the MUHA Intranet flu info page.


The Chair’s Research Development Fund (CRDF) supports several goals related to maintaining high quality research training programs. Primary goals are:

  • Increase the number of extramurally--funded junior investigators
  • Encourage integration of trainees into research projects
  • Enhance mentor-mentee collaborations within and across department divisions
  • Increase minority representation among funded junior investigators


The CRDF will support a number of awards each year to be determined by available financial resources. The maximum requested award amount will be $25,000. Most awards will be in the $10,000 – 25,000 range. 



The PI must a) have a primary faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the rank of Assistant Professor or below or b) be a trainee within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences with a commitment from Division/Program of faculty appointment.

Award recipients are eligible to receive only one CRDF pilot research grant; once they have received a CRDF grant, they are not eligible to apply for another.


Application Submission Dates

There are two submission dates each year as funds are available:  May 1 (with funding to begin on August 1) and November 1 (funding to begin on February 1).  Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on those dates to be eligible for review. 


The application is available within InfoReady here.


Full program guidelines can be found here


Applications now being accepted:
“Career Development Program: Leadership and Advancement”


March 24 & 25, 2022


Applications are now being accepted for a virtual two-day intensive Career Development Program (CDP) focused on leadership and career advancement on Thursday, March 24 & Friday, March 25, 2022 from approximately 8:30 am – 1:00 pm. The CDP is sponsored by ARROW (Advancement, Recruitment, and Retention of Women). The program is open to both women and men faculty in all ranks and tracks (tenure and non-tenure track) who are planning to submit their promotion or tenure application in the next two years. Early and mid-career faculty are highly encouraged to apply. 


The program will include panel discussions, as well as large and small group interactive sessions. The ARROW CDP is an excellent opportunity to learn leadership skills and career advancement tips in a high-level, interactive, and intensive program. To participate, you will be required to submit an updated CV and personal statement six weeks prior to the program for review by a faculty mentor. 


Before applying, please consult with your department chair and/or division director to ensure that you will be released from all duties to attend the entire two-day program. Space is limited; Priority will be given to applicants who have not attended one of the previous two-day programs held in 2018 and 2020. If you attended one of the half-day CDPs focused on promotion and tenure, you are welcome to apply. 


If you are interested in attending this program, please complete the application by November 12, 2021. Applicants accepted into the program will be notified by December 3, 2021. Please contact Rachel Simmons with any questions about the application or program. Thank you!




ARROW Career Development Program Planning Committee Chair,

Emily Johnson, Ph.D. and the ARROW Career Development Program Planning Committee 


Struggling with Depression?


We are currently seeking individuals between the ages of 21-70, diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) to participate in a research trial using repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS). Treatment and study related assessments will be provided at no charge.




Join the MUSC Psychiatry Team at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Charleston Area Walk!


So far, the team has 34 Team Members registered and

has raised $7,674.00 towards our team goal.




Date: 10/24/2021
Riverfront Park 
Event Time: 
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

To register for fundraising and participation:

Psychiatry Team Awareness Video/Photo Campaign:

We will be putting together a video to show awareness for suicide prevention and send a message of hope to survivors or those impacted by suicide. If you (or any family, friends, colleagues, etc) would like to participate, please send a photo or 30 sec-1 min video to by Friday, October 15th, 2021. These will be combined into a video to be shared on social media during the week leading up to the event. Shout out to the CDAP team (pictured below). Below are two examples of photos that will be included in the campaign.

Questions? Email Meg Wallace at

MUSC Executive Leadership has extended the Faculty Annual Leave cutback date to December 31, 2021. Based on the December 31 faculty cut back extension, all unused annual leave in excess of 360 hours, regardless of future leave approvals in the kronos system, will be cutback to 360 hours in January 2022.

We encourage you to review the annual leave balances for the faculty members in your areas and determine if you have individuals who stand to lose leave when the automatic reduction occurs, and if so, we ask that you share this information with them. We also ask that you update all leave records as necessary to ensure we have the correct leave balances on file before the automatic reduction occurs. Leave balances can be viewed directly using MyRecords, found on the Horseshoe under the Employee Corner,

Faculty members are eligible to donate annual leave to the catastrophic leave pool per the HRM Policy 48: Catastrophic Leave policy. Due to the extension, the Leave Donation Form must be completed and sent to the HRM Leave Administrator ( or Fax 843-792-9533) by December 15, 2021.

If you have questions concerning annual leave cutbacks or accruals, please contact Monique Robinson at or 843-792-7225.

Supervisors are asked to distribute this information to the employees in the area in which they are responsible. Thank you.

The CPCS office is currently taking referrals for youth and adults for outpatient therapy and/or medication management. The CPCS office is located at 26 Bee Street and is seeing patients either virtually or in the office. All patients are self-pay at the time of the appointment and will be provided with the necessary paperwork to submit for reimbursement from their insurance companies. All department of psychiatry faculty members are eligible to see private patients in CPCS.


To make a referral or schedule an appointment, call 843-792-9396.


For more information about making a referral or joining the practice, feel free to contact Hilary Bernstein, LISW, DHA at


Check out our website:

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The Medical University of South Carolina's values are the heart of the institution and each day these values are exhibited by employees who help to fulfill MUSC's vision statement, leading Health Innovation for the Lives We Touch.
Each year, the President's Values in Action award recognizes five deserving employees who demonstrate MUSC's five values: compassion, respect, innovation, collaboration, and integrity.
Award Submission Process
  • Fill Out the Nomination Form
    • Nomination information must include:
      • Sponsor Name, Email, Department
      • Nominee Name, Email, Department
      • Value Demonstrated: Compassion / Respect / Innovation / Collaboration / Integrity
      • A letter of recommendation from the sponsor, addressed to President Cole, explaining why the nominee is worthy of the award.
  • The deadline for nominations is October 19, 2021.
  • Nominees will be notified upon receipt of nomination. Sponsors will be copied on this notification as well. All nominees receive a certificate of nomination; sponsors of the five individuals selected for awards will receive a separate notification and details about award presentations in early November 2021.
  • Winners will be chosen by President Cole based on the award criteria outlined below:
    • Nominations are submitted to recognize an individual who has demonstrated one of the five institutional values within the course of the current calendar year between February and September 2021. Only five winners will be chosen during this time; one winner per MUSC value.
    • Nominees can be submitted from any department across the MUSC enterprise, including the MUSC Regional Health Network.
    • Nominations for individuals will be accepted. Self-nominations and team nominations will not be accepted.
    • Diversity, equity and inclusion is a priority for the criteria of the Values in Action award, as the aim is to offer an award and recognition opportunity to all department and team members. This will provide an inclusive opportunity to recognize values that are demonstrated from a variety of backgrounds and skill sets.



For specific questions regarding the Values in Action award, please contact Heather Woolwine.


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.





The use of the powerful opiate drug, FENTANYL is on the rise, accounting for a large share of overdose deaths in SC, and the greater US.


Previously, urine drug testing at MUSC could not detect Fentanyl use. The Clinical Neurobiology Laboratory has recently completed an extensive validation of a qualitative (positive vs negative) urine test for the presence of Fentanyl which can be used to distinguish this drug from other commonly used/abused opiates such as oxycodone, buprenorphine and morphine. This test should aid clinicians in the evaluation of patients in multiple clinical settings, especially when illicit drug use is suspected.


Simply order: “Fentanyl, Urine, Qual (IOP LAB)” or “LAB9066”


Program for Researchers Affected by Pandemic


COVID-19 Voucher Program

The College of Medicine, Hollings Cancer Center, and South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research Institute (SCTR) are pleased to offer a new funding opportunity open to all MUSC tenured and tenure track faculty members whose research has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding of up to $2,000 is available to help investigators gather preliminary data for inclusion in a grant proposal by covering the cost of supplies and/or core and laboratory services; pay for publication costs; or develop a translational focus to their research. Vouchers cannot be used to fund computer purchases, PI or staff salary, or travel. These funds will be distributed through SCTR. A total of $200,000 is available to support these awards.


Who is eligible?

To be eligible to receive a voucher an individual must be a tenured or tenure-track faculty member and serve as PI on an active research grant. A faculty member can receive only one COVID voucher.



To apply for a voucher, select the COVID-19 Voucher Program in SPARCRequest. Awards will be made on a rolling basis until all funds are expended.

Individuals needing to contact the MUSC COVID Vaccine Call Center can utilize the information below:

The COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force will be posting updates on the COVID-19 Vaccine intranet site, including information about the vaccine safety and efficacy, so our care team members can make an informed decision.


**Updated University Directives can be found here.** 



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.


MUSC Health Lab & Testing Options



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.




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.

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.
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