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Welcome to the Fall 2014 issue of Progressnotes

Progressnotes is the quarterly magazine of the Medical University of South Carolina. Our mission is to keep you abreast of the latest clinical and scientific innovations through engaging and scientifically sophisticated prose. Browse our latest articles below and sign-up for electronic notifications of exclusive digital-only content and print ahead of publish content.

Front Desk

MUSC Receives National Quality Improvement Award” MUSC Medical Center is one of five hospitals in t6he nation that have been recognized by the American Hospital Association (AHA) for leadership and innovation in quality improvement and safety. 

In Short

In Short articles are 400-500 word articles that concisely describe innovative procedures, diagnostic tools, or treatment approaches available at MUSC, sometimes as part of a clinical trial; present important public health information; summarize interesting preliminary findings from MUSC research; and cover topical stories related to medicine.

An On-Off Switch for Consciousness?

Targeting neurons in the locus coeruleus to trigger arousal from anesthesia

New Drug Target Identified for Alzheimer's Disease

Researchers zero in on one of the main causes of this disabling disease

Special Delivery

Personalized drug packaging to reduce organ rejection

Restoring Tarnished Gold

Assay could identify compounds effective against antibiotic-resistant bacteria



Feature articles explore a clinical or research innovation at MUSC in some depth, highlighting how it advances or could potentially expand treatment options over traditional therapy. These articles provide a balanced survey of some of the relevant literature, providing evidence from clinical trials on the safety and efficacy of the innovation and acknowledging possible complications or side effects. The focus of these articles is how such innovations can improve patient care. Featured research typically has clear translational potential.


MUSC Nurses are integrating research into service throughout the medical center  


Progressnotes CME Articles

Progressnotes is pleased to offer continuing education opportunities in an effort to meet the educational needs of our audience of health care professionals and to address the health care challenges of South Carolina, particularly its high burden of chronic illness. Each issue of Progressnotes, with the exception of the Year in Review, will offer one CME-eligible article along with a sister telepresentation on a related subject through the South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium’s SCHOOLS program. The telepresentation is typically scheduled within a month or so of the article’s publication, recorded as enduring CME, and made available at

New Directions

in the Endoscopic and Surgical Management of Chronic Pancreatitis

Running Out of Breath

Dispelling myths that impede guideline-based treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease


Responding to the Prescription Opioid Abuse Epidemic





MUSC Welcomes One of Its Own as New President

New Physicians

Richard R. Bayer II, M.D., B. Joseph Elmunzer, M.D. MSc, Jean Marie Ruddy, M.D., Joshua H. Lipschutz, M.D., Rochelle L. Ringer, M.D., Jacob Klapper, M.D.