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Minutes: January 12, 2005

 3 p.m., Wednesday, January 12, 2005
 School of Medicine Administration, Board Room 103

PRESENT: Drs. Adger, Belzberg, Cooper, Dagnelie, DeLeon, Denmeade, Dintzis, Gabrielson, Hillis, Holcroft, Honeycutt,  Horana, Leffler, Martinez, Martins, Niv, Sandone, Sterni, Walker, Messrs. Bagga and Watkins,  Ms. Foy.
ABSENT: Drs. Ain, Awad, Bhattacharya, Bhatti, Blok, Caterina, Chan, Choi (excused), Colecraft, Cormack, Francis, Hansel, Hattar, Iacobuzio-Donahue, Johnson-Greene,  Kolodkin,  Liu, Lorsch, Miller, Nicolaou, Pomper, Roper, Ross, Schulick, Segev, Woolf, Zellars, Ziegelstein, Ms. McCall

GUESTS:  Drs. Ator and Newcomer

I.  Minutes

The minutes of the December 15, 2004 meeting were approved.

II.  State and Future Directions of the Animal Care Program – Drs. Nancy Ator and Christian Newcomer

      Dr. Newcomer presented the plans to consolidate animal facilities in the Broadway Research Building (BRB) and Ross Building.  Plans are being formulated to vacate animal facilities in the Wood Basic Science and Hunterian Buildings to state-of-the-art facilities without disrupting the research enterprise.  He commented on the innovations in the BRB including the use of robotics.

      Dr. Newcomer outlined the functions of the Rodent Advisory Committee and efforts to keep lines of communication open with researchers.

      Dr. Ator chairs the University-wide Committee on Animal Care and Use (ACUC).  The office manages protocols, provides training and educational resources, and assures University compliance with governmental standards and standards for an accredited program of animal care.  A listing of courses to be offered in 2005 was shared with the Medical School Council.  Outside vendors also present as part of the educational mission.  A website also provides educational resources.  Anyone participating in animal research needs training; access to animal areas is granted only after training is completed.

      Dr. Ator outlined the revised procedure that only funded grants are required to get ACUC approval.  A system has been developed with the Research Administration Office to streamline the process once a grant has been approved.

      An issue of concern is the recent Justice Department ruling that allows results of animal facility inspection reports to again be posted on a USDA website.  The National Association for Biomedical Research had been successful in temporarily stopping this information to be posted.  The last Johns Hopkins inspection resulted in only one citation.  The review process allows the inspection report to be discussed while site visitors are present.

      Drs. Ator and Newcomer responded to questions relating to training requirements.

III. Chair’s Report – Dr. Hillis

      Dr. Chi Dang has been invited to the February meeting to discuss Conflict of Commitment policies.  Questions about the restructuring of the Office of Technology Licensing may also be addressed.

      Discussions in the Clinician Educator Committee have focused on options to generate additional funds to support the educational programs.  Several suggestions have been proposed.  Dr. Hillis asked the MSC to think about the implications of a Dean’s tax on income received as honoraria for outside professional activities.  Other questions to consider are whether the Institution should regulate what faculty say when giving professional talks outside of Johns Hopkins and what is Hopkins’ liability if wrong information is presented.
IV. Gold Book Changes – Dr. Hillis

      Dr. Hillis asked the MSC for feedback from constituents regarding proposed Gold Book changes presented last month.   She reviewed the most recent changes to the Gold Book discussed by the Clinician Educator Committee earlier today.

 These include:

 Program Development  - Emphasized as career pathway to promotion.

 Teaching - Under criteria for promotion to Professor changed to read “outstanding records of  scholarly  achievement including teaching.”

 Scholarly Achievement – The phrase “as documented by scholarly accomplishments” was changed to  “scholarly achievements.”

 Contracts to Retirement – “In unusual circumstances” added to the option for contract to retirement.

      Dr. Hillis noted the Gold Book is a work in progress; a comparative document outlining changes will be distributed within the next two weeks.  Members were encouraged to read the document and to discuss changes with constituents.

V.  Other Business

 There being no further business this meeting was adjourned at 4:25 p.m.

                                     Respectfully submitted,

                                     Mary E. Foy

Future Medical School Council meetings:

All meetings will be held in the School of Medicine Board Room (SOM 103), 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

February 9, 2005

March 23, 2005

April 20, 2005

May 11, 2005

June 22, 2005