MUSC Psychiatry Chair Update | November 11, 2021
November 11, 2021
MUSC Psychiatry Chair Update
Thomas W. Uhde, M.D.
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Institute of Psychiatry
Research in the Department
Ranked 11th in the nation among departments of psychiatry in total research funding from the National Institutes of Health, MUSC Psychiatry is the single largest research department in the College of Medicine.
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences would like to thank all of our veterans and their families for their sacrifice and service to our nation.

Congratulations to Cori Herring on winning the 2021 ABCD Staff Member of the Year Award for her outstanding service to the ABCD Study! This was awarded to one person across all 21 sites and Nora Volkow (the Director of NIDA) presented her the award virtually during the annual ABCD Meeting this month. 


Congratulations Cori! I am so glad your efforts across this national study have been recognized! Thank you for being such a wonderful team member (both locally and nationally) and CONGRATS! What a huge award and a great spotlight on MUSC!

-Dr. Lindsay Squeglia

Congratulations to Dr. Pat O'Neil who was chosen for a major award from The Obesity Society

The George A. Bray Founders Award recognizes an individual for significant contributions that advance the scientific or clinical basis for understanding or treating obesity and for extensive involvement with The Obesity Society.

The award also involves an invited lecture by the recipient, which he presented last week as part of the meeting. The title was:


Our own worst enemy:

How behavioral approaches to obesity limit their effectiveness and relevance


George Bray Founders’ Award Lecture

Congratulations to the Youth Collaborative's Helen Liu and Dr. Anna Kirkland for receiving 1st place for their MUSC Research Day presentations!


Helen presented on Adolescent Alcohol Use is Related to Alcohol Demand


Dr. Kirkland presented an oral presentation on Gray Matter Neurometabolite Alterations Associated with Heavy Alcohol Use: A Meta-Analysis of Proton Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Studies.


Helen is currently an MUSC 1st-year medical student who works part-time as a research assistant with the Youth Collaborative and Dr. Kirkland is a postdoctoral fellow with the Youth Collaborative. Kudos to both of them for their excellent work!

Congratulations to Martha Gomez on being chosen as the recipient of the South Carolina Immigrant Victim Coalition's Patricia S. Ravenhorst Trailblazer Award for outstanding service and leadership to immigrant survivors! Martha was nominated by Meg Wallace, Dr. Michael de Arellano, Dr. Alyssa Rheingold, Virginia Green, and Dr. Rosaura Orengo-Aguayo. 
Martha will be recognized at the virtual Winter Statewide Immigrant Victim Coalition Meeting on December 9, 2021. Thank you to Martha for all of her hard work at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center and congratulations on this well-deserved award!
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.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) have joined together to declare a National State of Emergency in Children’s Mental Health

To learn more about the worsening crisis in child and adolescent mental health, please refer to the declaration published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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


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


On September 9, 2021, President Biden signed Executive Order 14042, “Ensuring Adequate COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors.” This Executive Order requires most federal contractors, including the Medical University of South Carolina, to comply with specific COVID-19 guidance. This guidance includes the implementation of a mandatory vaccine policy for all “covered” employees and adherence to CDC guidelines regarding masking. MUSC has been assessing the impact of this executive order on our operations and its intersection with state law for employees covered under this federal definition.


After extensive due diligence with internal and external stakeholders, including Clemson University and the University of South Carolina, MUSC leadership has decided to comply fully with this executive order and therefore maintain our federal contracts. Failure to comply with this order puts at least $102 million dollars in federal MUSC contracts at risk in this year alone. In a worst case scenario, MUSC could lose as much as $190 million dollars in federal contracts. The loss of that revenue would be devastating for our institution and our ability to deliver our tripartite mission.


We realize this is short notice, and we regret the potential inconveniences and added stress that complying with this mandate may result in for some individuals during the next several weeks. As we continue to assess the impact of this executive order on our operations and plan next steps in light of the most recent guidance and continued due diligence, we are able to offer the following information at this time.


Who must get vaccinated in order to comply with this federal order?

  1. All university employees directly named on a federal contract, even if they work remotely.
  2. All university employees who in any way support a federal contract (legal team, business administrators, research administration team, etc.) even if they work remotely.
  3. All university employees interacting with people in #1 and #2 above including those working and/or meeting regularly (including teaching) in the same buildings.

How will I know if I need to get vaccinated?


We will be reaching out to all employees who fall into any of the categories above in the next few days to inform you that you must either get fully vaccinated by December 8, 2021, or be approved for a medical or religious exemption before that date. You are considered "fully vaccinated" when it has been two weeks after the last dose of the vaccine.


Please note that as new federal contracts are received or more of our current contracts are amended by federal agencies to include this vaccine mandate, we will be reaching out to inform more employees that they now fall under this policy and are required to get a COVID-19 vaccine.


What do I do if I am notified that I must get vaccinated or file for an exemption?


If you are fully vaccinated (all roles): There is no action you need to take at this time. MUSC has access to a statewide database that includes the names of all individuals who have received the vaccine in the U.S.


If you are currently unvaccinated:


Students – If you are not on clinical rotations that require a COVID-19 vaccine and are not considered an employee of MUSC, you are not required to be vaccinated.

If you are a student and also considered an employee of MUSC, you may be required to become vaccinated if you are notified that you are a “covered” employee and you do not qualify for a medical or religious exemption. If you do not have an exemption on file and would like to submit one for consideration, please visit here.


Faculty – If you have already filed a medical or other exemption in relation to the MUSC Health COVID-19 vaccination policy, you do not need to take any action at this time. If you do not have an exemption on file and would like to submit one for consideration, please visit here.


If you do not qualify for a medical or other exemption and are notified that you are a “covered” employee impacted by a federal contract, you will be required to get vaccinated. Noncompliance with the mandate will be addressed in keeping with MUSC’s guidelines for disciplinary action.


Employees/Staff – If you have already filed a medical or religious exemption in relation to the MUSC Health COVID-19 vaccination policy, you do not need to take any action at this time. If you do not have an exemption on file and would like to submit one, please visit here.


If you do not qualify for an exemption and are notified that you are a “covered” employee impacted by a federal contract, you will be required to get vaccinated. Noncompliance with the mandate will be addressed as needed in accordance with MUSC’s guidelines for disciplinary action.


As noted above, employees who are defined as “covered” employees will receive more information in the coming days; however, please note that every effort must be made to comply with the this mandate (become fully vaccinated or receive confirmation of an exemption) by December 8, 2021. We recommend pursuing either the Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, as the Moderna series requires a longer time frame.


Regarding our masking guidelines, we are currently aligned with the executive order and will continue to remain in compliance. For more information obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine, including scheduling, locations and more, please visit If you have an MUSC My Chart account, you can use that platform to schedule vaccination appointments at preferred MUSC locations.


Thank you for your help in complying with this important federal mandate, and please stay tuned for more information in the coming days.




David J. Cole, M.D., FACS


Lisa K. Saladin, PT, Ph.D., FAPTA
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost


Lori McMahon, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research


Rick Anderson
Executive Vice President for Finance and Operations

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.

Eligible full-time staff can carry up to 360 annual leave hours and 1,440 sick leave hours. The cutback leave date for staff is always December 31 each year.


Please reach out to your designated timekeeper if you are unsure of how much leave you have.


Due to the ongoing pandemic, MUSC Executive Leadership has extended the Faculty Annual Leave cutback date to December 31, 2021 (normally 6/30). Based on the December 31 faculty cutback 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.

The MUSC Teen Science Ambassador program is an internship offered by the Youth Collaborative for individuals from groups that are underrepresented in STEM and have a passion for science. Dr. Lindsay Squeglia and Ren Rountree are happy to announce that the program is now funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences R25 Science Education Partnership Award. With this funding, MUSC’s Youth Collaborative has started recruiting local high school students. The application deadline is December 1st. For more information, contact Ren Rountree at


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 


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 Division


Open Rank/Faculty (UNIV, Full-Time): This candidate will primarily provide inpatient services to children and adolescents (6-12yo) in the Institute of Psychiatry. They will be responsible for the care of patients and the supervision of medical students, residents, and Child Fellows for one of our interdisciplinary care teams. This candidate will also have a small portion of their effort dedicated to another service that may consist of telemedicine, outpatient care, and/or residential care depending on candidates preferences and effort availability.


Open Rank/Faculty (UNIV, Full-Time): This candidate will work as a consultant and liaison for the Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital + Pearl Tourville Women’s Health Pavilion providing psychiatric consultation and care to patients in inpatient and urgent care in that facility. This candidate will also supervise and provide education to C&A Fellows and other APPs who help staff this service. This candidate will also provide supervision for general residents and fellows in the Child and Adolescent Outpatient MUSC ED Walk in Clinic, helping to establish care for families who were recently seen in the MUSC Pediatric Emergency Room.


Assistant Professor (UNIV, Full-Time): The Medical University of South Carolina's (MUSC) Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences is recruiting for clinician-educator faculty positions in downtown Charleston, SC. According to the candidate’s preferences they may be involved with clinical services across a variety of clinical settings including outpatient, day treatment, inpatient and residential programs. Direct patient encounters and tele-psychiatry services may also be included. Desire to work with medical students, residents, and child fellows preferred.


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.



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:

Like our Facebook page: Comprehensive Psychiatric Care Specialists





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”

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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