MUSC Psychiatry Chair Update | August 18, 2022
August 18, 2022
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.
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.
Roundtable Talk

Join a COM Faculty Development Roundtable!


The MUSC College of Medicine Faculty Affairs, Faculty Development and Wellness Team invites you to join an upcoming Faculty Development Roundtable. Visit the website for additional information and programming with a mix of presentations and recordings. Mark your calendar!


August 25 @ 12:00-1:00 "Mitigating the Potential Effects of Implicit Bias in Patient Care, Education, and Recruitment/Retention in Academic Medicine" with Michael deArellano


Learning Objectives - Participants will be able to:

  1. Define implicit bias and cultural competence.
  2. Gain a better understanding of how implicit bias can have an impact on decision making.
  3. Identify strategies to mitigate the effects of implicit bias in patient care, education, and recruitment/retention for faculty and staff.


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All presentation dates/times subject to change.


Please contact Mary McConnell if you have questions, or suggestions for future programming.

Visit the website for additional information and programming.

The Faculty Affairs, Development and Wellness Team, Marc Chimowitz, Gary Gilkeson, Paul McDermott, and Cassy Salgado


CME May be available. Toll-Free Number is: 833-558-2111

CME recorded by individuals via CME Tracker utilizing the App or text message to claim CME credit.  Attendees will be responsible for claiming their credit. Send provided code CMETracker, or a text, to record attendance within 7 days.  
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CME AMA PRA Category 1.0 Credit:   

The Medical University of South Carolina is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The Medical University of South Carolina designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


In accordance with the ACCME Essentials & Standards, anyone involved in planning, presenting or moderating this educational activity will be required to disclose any financial relationships with any ineligible companies. Speakers who incorporate information about off-label or investigational use of drugs or devices will be asked to disclose that information at the beginning of their presentation.


Unless otherwise noted, the faculty, staff, moderators, and planning committee have no financial relationships with any ineligible companies.

Do you have
and use CANNABIS?
If so, you may be eligible to participate in a confidential research study being conducted at MUSC. Compensation is available to those who qualify. If interested, call (843) 792-7500 or email
IRB Number: Pro00112593
Date Approved 7/8/2022


Cannabis & Tobacco (CAT) Study


Many people want to quit smoking but think it's too hard. The purpose of this study is to better understand tobacco quit outcomes among tobacco users using a well-known stop smoking medication called varenicline, cessation counseling and financial incentives. All participants will receive treatment (varenicline and counseling) for 12 weeks. This study will recruit adult tobacco users (ages 18-40) who are motivated to quit smoking cigarettes. If you are interested in participating, please click here:


To learn more about Project Quit and their active studies visit

Pain rehab flyer
The purpose of this research is to test out a new way of treating generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) with low intensity focused ultrasound pulsation (LIFUP). If the subject agrees to participate in the research study, the participation will last approximately 10.5 hours over seven (7) days. The visits are as follows: 1- consent and MRI, 2- and 3- focused ultrasound will be delivered outside of the MRI environment, 4- MRI plus focused ultrasound, 5- assessments 1 week post focused ultrasound, and 6- one month follow-up assessments. Research studies are voluntary and include only people who agree to take part.
IRB Approved at the Study Level
Sep 10, 2020
Weight Loss
Research Study
For Overweight Men and Women
Medical University of South Carolina
Weight Management Center

The MUSC Weight Management Center is conducting a clinical research study to determine the safety and effectiveness of an investigational capsule that may assist weight loss for people who are overweight and otherwise generally healthy. The study capsule must be taken twice daily via mouth throughout the study.
To qualify, you must be at least 18 years of age, overweight or obese, not have any other significant illness or disease (such as diabetes or heart disease), not be taking any medications for weight loss, and meet other criteria. Qualified participants will receive dietary and activity counseling sessions, as well as medical exams, lab work, and weight monitoring.

There is no charge for participation.
This study requires a twenty-eight week commitment.

To have more detailed information sent to you, please call 843-792-5428 or 843-792-CARE. You may also send an email to Mary Harley at or to the Weight Management Center at

For all research faculty, personnel, and students:


We announce the Fellowship in Clinical and Translational Research Ethics. The Fellowship program is open to anyone involved in research. The program is offered entirely online, can be completed over 1 or 2 years, and is currently free for MUSC employees and full-time students. The Fellowship is designed to provide health professionals and trainees with an understanding of the ethical and regulatory aspects of biomedical research and the practical skills to analyze and address ethical issues in research. The Fellowship certificate of completion is a valuable indication of competence in research ethics on CVs and grant applications, especially given the increasing value placed on research ethics performance, education, and credentials. For MUSC faculty and research staff, Fellowship completion may count towards promotion/tenure or salary premiums.For MUSC students, the coursework may satisfy Interprofessional Education (IP) elective requirements depending on program of study. Graduates of the program include junior and senior faculty, postdocs and fellows, masters and doctoral students, research coordinators, and technical personnel.


For more information or to apply, please visit the Fellowship website ( or contact Dr. Andrea Boan with questions. Applications accepted through August 24th for Fall 2022 matriculation.

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Charleston Alcohol Research Center
Research Funding Opportunity:
Request for Pilot Project Proposals on Alcohol Addiction Science
The Charleston Alcohol Research Center (ARC), an NIH/NIAAA funded P50 research enterprise, invites applications for its Pilot Project Program. The ARC Pilot Project Program funds innovative basic science and clinical projects focused on issues that are consistent with the ARC’s overall mission of improving treatment of alcohol use disorder through cutting-edge research. The purpose of ARC pilot funding is to provide early-stage investigators and faculty new to the alcohol field an opportunity to collect preliminary data that will ultimately support an R01 application. Please see the Charleston ARC’s website to learn more about its mission:

Projects are funded for 1 year with an option for a second year based on a competitive renewal application. Additional information regarding eligibility, deadlines, and submission procedure is given below.

Eligibility: MUSC faculty and advanced postdoctoral fellows are eligible. Women and individuals from ethnic and racial populations that are underrepresented in medicine are strongly encouraged to apply.
Proposal Receipt Deadline: Thursday, September 1, 2022 at 5 pm
Award Notification: October 1, 2020
Funding: $15,000 (direct costs only)
Funding Period: January 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023

Submission Guidelines:
  1. All proposals should be submitted electronically as a single PDF file.
  2. Applications should include the following sections:
               a. Title page that contains the project title, investigator name(s), department,

                   and contact information (email, phone, office address)
               b. Specific Aims (1-page limit)

               c. Research Strategy (4-page limit, excluding references), including
                   significance, innovation, and approach
               d. Relevance to the mission of the Charleston ARC (1/2-page limit)
  3. NIH-formatted biosketch for each investigator
  4. Budget with brief justification for requested categories using the PHS 398 Forms - $15,000 direct cost limit
  5. Postdoctoral fellows should also submit a letter of support from a faculty research mentor
Applications or inquiries should be sent via email to Pilot Project Co-Directors at:
Drs. Patrick J. Mulholland ( and Sudie Back (
Funding for the Charleston ARC is provided by the NIAAA P50AA010761 grant in partnership with MUSC.
Women's Health Interest Group Flyer
Out of the darkness walk

It’s time for the 2022 Charleston Area AFSP Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk!


The MUSC Psychiatry Team will be walking this year in support of suicide prevention. Last year, the MUSC Psychiatry Team raised OVER $5,000 and was the Top Fundraising Team for the event! Let’s show our support again this year!

Walk Date: Sunday, 10/16/2022

Walk Time: Registration starts at 1:00pm; Ceremony Begins at 2:00pm

Walk Location: North Charleston Riverfront Park


For questions, email Meg Wallace at

Want to play a part in saving lives right here in the Lowcountry? Join hundreds of other riders November 5 for LOWVELO22. The annual event is back and better than ever this year! 100% of rider-raised money benefits lifesaving cancer research at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center.
Registration is now open. Sign up today to help save lives and make a difference in the fight against cancer!

As part of the new MUSC Health and Wellness Institute that recently opened in Mount Pleasant, SC, a newly established Mindfulness Center will be offering a range of mindfulness and resiliency-based classes, workshops, individual sessions, and retreats.  These offerings are not considered mental health counseling, therefore will not be billed through any insurance or be diagnosis driven. However, they may be a useful complementary service for patients seen within Psychiatry, for trainees themselves, as well as for faculty and staff. 


Of note, we will be starting up a 4-week closed group series on Introduction to Mindfulness beginning the first week in March (5:30pm Monday March 7th) and will repeat monthly. This closed group is great for anyone wanting to learn more about the basic principles of mindfulness in a welcoming and nonjudgmental environment. 


In addition, we will be running an 8-week closed Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) group beginning the first week in April (4:30pm Wednesday April 6th).


All services are currently virtual and do not require you to be in the state to participate!


Please see the attached brochure to learn more. 


Bio-behavioral Medicine


Social Worker (LISW) (MUSCP, Full-Time): Provide a wide variety of direct social worker services in a specialty psychiatric setting for a complex caseload of patients with comorbid medical and psychiatric illness including psychosocial assessment, active treatment and psychotherapy, discharge planning, case management, and related documentation in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary treatment team. The Licensed Social Worker (LISW) or Therapist reports to the Division Director. 


Community Clinic


Licensed Social Worker (LISW) or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) (MUSCP, Full-Time): The LISW or LPC reports to the Division Director. The candidate will provide a wide variety of direct social worker services in an acute care psychiatric setting for a complex caseload of patients including psychosocial assessment, active treatment, discharge planning, case management, and related documentation in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary treatment team.


Psychiatry Administration


Open Rank & Research Director (UNIV, Full-Time): The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (DPBS) at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is seeking a clinician-scientist with an MD and/or PhD degree(s) to serve as Research Director for the Eating Disorders Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. The Research Director will direct eating disorders research for the Friedman Eating Disorders Center. The Friedman Eating Disorders Center provides state-of-the-art, evidence-informed treatments of eating disorders (primarily anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa) by a multi-disciplinary subspecialty team of pediatricians, internists, nutritionists, and mental health providers (psychologists and psychiatrists).


Psychiatry Hospitalist Division


Social Worker I (MSW) (MUHA, Full-Time): Under clinical practice guidance of the Social Work Manager, this position provides a wide variety of direct social worker services in an acute care psychiatric setting for a complex caseload of adult/pediatric patients including psychiatric consults, psychosocial assessment, discharge planning, case management, and related documentation in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary treatment team. This position identifies risk factors that the patient may experience after discharge and applies discharge interventions to lower the patient risk of an undesirable event post discharge. The Social Worker (MSW) bridges the discharge to outpatient provider with the patient to address issues and questions.


This position will work primarily in the Adult Psych ED (DPOD) but assist with cross coverage as needed in the Children's Hospital (SJCH ED).


Open Rank (UNIV, Part-Time): Candidate must be a psychiatrist with the ability to hold an unrestricted license to practice in South Carolina. Candidate will be a faculty member of the Psychiatry Hospitalists Division at a .5 FTE (50% effort or 20 hours per week) and provide inpatient care across all adult inpatient units for attendings on leave. Candidate may also be required to cover some night call and weekend coverage as part of their clinical effort.


Sleep and Anxiety Research and Treatment Program (SATRP)


Clinical Instructor/Assistant Professor (UNIV, Full-Time): The Sleep and Anxiety Treatment and Research Program (SATRP) is seeking a full-time Clinical Instructor or Clinical Assistant Professor (rank dependent upon education and experience) to provide evidence based outpatient treatment for a wide variety of both sleep and anxiety issues. This position requires a psychologist who will see patients, supervise trainees, coordinate patient care, and participate in program activities (e.g., journal clubs, case conferences).


Assistant Professor (UNIV, Full-Time): The Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences is seeking an Assistant Professor/Clinical Psychologist to engage in clinical and research activities in the Sleep and Anxiety Research and Treatment Program (SATRP) at MUSC. The research areas may include ERPs (Event-Related Brain Potentials), fMRI, autonomic measures, psychophysiology of anxiety, or other areas as appropriate, towards a specific population of patients. If candidate will see patients or research participants in a clinical setting, the candidate must obtain a valid SC medical license or psychologist license beforehand. 


Licensed Social Worker (LISW)/LPC (MUSC, Part-Time): This clinician will provide evidence based mental health outpatient services for adults suffering from sleep or anxiety disorders with the Sleep and Anxiety Treatment and Research Program. The position includes both assessments and counseling via office based and remote work from home providing telehealth therapy. Experience with implementing cognitive behavioral therapy and treating sleep and anxiety disorders is recommended. Flexible weekday schedules are preferred to accommodate evening clinic. 

The CPCS office is currently taking referrals for youth and adults for outpatient therapy and/or medication management.

The CPCS office is located at 51 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


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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.

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