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Minutes: February 18, 2004

 3 p.m., Wednesday, February 18, 2004
 School of Medicine Administration, Board Room 103

 PRESENT: Drs. Adger, Belzberg, Bhattacharya, Blok, Clark, Denmeade, Dintzis, Francis, Gabrielson, Hillis, Johnson-Greene, Koenig, Kolodkin, Leffler , Liu, Lorsch, Martinez, Miller, Roper, Cynthia Holcroft (for Ross), Sandone, Segev, Sunness, Walker, Rajini Rao (for Woolf), Zellars, Messrs. Grelotti and Watkins, Mss. McCall and Foy.
ABSENT: Drs. Ain, Campbell, Caterina, Chan, Colecraft, Hattar, Iacobuzio-Donahue, Lee, Martins, Nicolaou, Niv, Pomper, Schulick, Smith, Sterni, Ziegelstein (excused), Ms. Wahba,

 GUESTS:  Drs. Desiderio, Wiener, Wolberger, Mr. Gilbert, Ms. Kingsley    

I.  Minutes

The minutes of the January 14, 2004 meeting were approved.

 II.  Vision of the Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences (IBBS) – Dr. Stephen Desiderio, Director

 Dr. Desiderio noted the basic science faculty has not grown significantly in the past 15 years.  Expansion space, not funding, has been a limiting factor.  The IBBS is still in an embryonic stage having been developed only eight years ago; initially under the direction of Dr. Thomas Kelly.  There is a 20 percent planned growth over the next eight years.  A $30 million commitment for recruitment has been made.  An additional 50,000 square feet of research space is needed for the basic science departments.  A new building is being planned for a site north of Madison Street with a 2007 completion target.  Over $13 million has been raised to date to support the building effort. The IBBS is working closely with the East Baltimore Development Group that is spearheading the biotech development effort.

The new building (100,000 – 140,000 square feet) would be a mixed-use facility with basic science and clinical science faculty working side-by-side.

The IBBS is recruiting for a director level fund raiser.   An administrative budget has been made available, and basic science directors will be able to steer resources of the basic science reserve to facilitate new initiatives. 

The model for the new research building will be similar to that in the recently opened Broadway Research Building where basic science and clinical faculty will be brought together in clusters to work on a particular scientific theme.  The Institute for Cell Engineering was noted as an example of this new collaborative effort.

There are plans for raising money for a fellows program and for developing educational initiatives including a multimedia approach to teaching.

In response to questions, Dr. Desiderio noted the NIH budget will not expand at the same rate in the next five years as it has in the recent past.  The new NIH roadmap initiatives will receive more funds and the collaborative approach being supported by the IBBS should be favorable to the School of Medicine in seeking NIH funding.

 III. Review of New Medical School Curriculum – Dr. Charles Wiener
Dr. Wiener is chairing a Curriculum Reform Committee appointed by Dr. Miller some nine months ago.  Dr. Wiener updated the Medical School Council on the activities of the committee to date.  He reviewed the recommendations of the 1986-89 Curriculum Committee and noted not all of the recommendations had been implemented.  Major changes were initiated in the first two years of the curriculum, but very few changes were made in the last two years.
Due to a variety of factors, including explosion of new knowledge, new technologies, hospital and patient changing demographics, societal concerns, multidisciplinary topics (aging, pain), communication, professionalism, community opportunities, LCME issues, competencies, etc, it was deemed appropriate to review what we are teaching and to recommend changes, if necessary.

The committee is divided into several working groups: sciences basic to medicine, clinical sciences, communication and professionalism, learning methods and assessment, and outcomes.  A “straw person” curriculum is being developed that will receive broad discussion and input from faculty and students.

Dr. Wiener addressed a number of challenges the committee will address including a buy-in from faculty and students, rewards and recognition for teaching, centralization versus independence, infrastructure, assessment, and evaluation.  Dr. Wiener noted additional faculty time will likely be required and the costs associated with curriculum reform are unknown at this stage.

A draft document on “The Advancement of Teaching” has been generated.  This document outlines the anticipated need for faculty teaching and proposes several infrastructural changes to support the teaching mission. 

The proposed timeline for implementation was initially September 2005.  A 2006 date is probably more realistic due to the impending 2005 LCME site visit.

Dr. Wiener responded to several questions concerning the need to educate the educators.

IV. Faculty Survey – Dr. Cynthia Wolberger

Dr. Wolberger, Co-Chair of the Diversity and Gender Committee asked for the council’s assistance in promoting faculty participation in a soon to be distributed faculty survey.  The survey will address a number of faculty development issues including resources, protected time, and mentoring.  The results will be tabulated by the Biostatistics Department in the School of Public Health.  The survey will identify issues to be addressed by the institution.  Email will be used as the mechanism for faculty participation.  The survey will be released as soon as all IRB approvals are received.

V.  Effort Reporting: Difficulty Cases – Lynn Kingsley

Ms. Kingsley from the Controller’s Office reviewed the University’s position on effort reporting and responded to several questions.  She reminded faculty that grants will not be submitted after May 1st unless the faculty member has taken the effort reporting course.  She indicated department directors are aware there will be financial shortfalls in some instances that will require subsidization; the full impact on salary support is unknown. Several members reported their constituents’ concerns.  Ms. Kingsley circulated a five page Q&A effort reporting guide that will be electronically distributed to faculty within the next week.

 VI. Other Business

 There being no further business this meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.

Sincerely 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.

  • March 24, 2004
  • April 21, 2004
  • May 19, 2004
  • June 23, 2004