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Minutes: February 9, 2011



                  3 p.m., Wednesday, February 9, 2011

                  School of Medicine Administration, Board Room 103

PRESENT: Drs. Ahuja, Akpek, Bienvenu, Carroll, Chanmugam, Comfort, Cooke, Cromwell, Goldstein, J. Green, Herman, Ishii, Molinaro, Poynton, Puttgen, Resar, Shapiro, Stivers, Williams, Messrs. Johnson, Mandell, and Skelley, Ms. Foy

ABSENT: Drs. Ahn, Armstrong, Barker, Bastian, Claypool, Crino, Fine, Gottesman, R. Green, Leahy, Matunis, Meffert, Nyhan, Pavlovich, Regan, Solomon, Tan (excused), Tis, Wolfgang, Messrs. McMillan and Ruzevick, Ms. Fairman

GUESTS: Dr. Nichols, Mss. Heiser and Stoltzfus


I.  Minutes

The minutes of the January 19, 2011 meeting were approved. 



II. The Johns Hopkins Malaysia Project – Dr. David Nichols, Vice Dean for Education

Dr. Nichols presented an update on the Johns Hopkins/Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine project.  The mission statement is as follows: To transform medical education, discovery, and patient care in Malaysia and the region with a new academic medical center based on the Johns Hopkins Medicine model.  Dr. Nichols outlined the reasons for starting an academic medical center in Malaysia which include diversification of revenue to support the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine academic mission, proof of the Genes to Society curriculum, an opportunity for additional research and development sites, access to Malaysian grant funding, and improving education, healthcare, and research in Malaysia.

The academic medical center will be a public-private partnership with 55% equity provided by Tan Sri Dr. Mohan Swami and 45% equity provided by the Malaysian government. 

Johns Hopkins has committed to supplying a dean and three vice deans, to assist in hiring world-class faculty, to assist in selecting students, to provide visiting faculty to teach segments of the Genes to Society curriculum, and to consult on campus design and hospital operations.

The ten year value of the project for Johns Hopkins is $87 million which includes a $25 million royalty fee to the School of Medicine plus $45 million to faculty and departments and $17 million to Johns Hopkins International.

Dr. Nichols noted the timeline for implementation is aggressive.  A contract with Perdana was signed in November 2010, an interim Dean/CEO and an admissions officer were appointed in January 2011, the first class will matriculate in September 2011, faculty recruitment began in January 2011, a permanent education building will open in 2013, and a teaching hospital in 2015.

A Johns Hopkins implementation team is working closely with the Perdana team and consultants to address issues unique to an international affiliation.

The Perdana governance structure is organized on the Johns Hopkins Medicine model with the Graduate School of Medicine and University Hospital reporting to the Dean/CEO.

Dr. Nichols reviewed areas of research that could take place and noted the opportunity for an integrated research master plan.  In addressing faculty recruitment Dr. Nichols noted program building, teaching excellence, and independent research experience as necessary qualifications.  He reviewed the process for faculty recruitment which include both an internal and external process.  A number of options are available to faculty for both short term and long term placement with compensation incentives for the faculty member and department.

                  In addition to funding provided by the Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine, Dr. Mohan Swami made a $20 million contribution to endow an Institute for International Medical Education at Johns Hopkins.

                  In response to questions, Dr. Nichols reported selection for executive positions is underway.  He noted there are different phases for the project so recruitment will continue as the process develops.  He commented on the value of the project in supporting the educational mission as new funding will be available.  He reported the MD will be awarded by Perdana, not Johns Hopkins, and that Hopkins requires “equal opportunity” in all of its contractual relationships.  Transformation of the residency system to the United States system of residency will be undertaken as the project evolves.

                  Dr. Ishii thanked Dr. Nichols for his presentation.

III. Elder Care Services through LifeSpan Services – Ms Meg Stoltzfus, Lifespan Services Specialist

                  Lifespan Services provides a starting point for faculty and staff as they investigate family and care giving resources across the life span.

                  Ms. Stoltzfus reviewed the services available through the program for elder care issues.  There are adult care consultations available with a geriatric care specialist that can provide information and referral on care issues.  There is also a program that provides emergency back-up care in the home for up to ten days of care per year which may be partially subsidized by Johns Hopkins based on the employee’s income.  A dependent care voucher program is also available to employees with net family income of less than $50,000 per year that reimburses a portion of care costs in a licensed facility or licensed in-home care.  A series of educational workshops are presented to provide information on topics relating to aging and care giving.

                  Ms. Stoltzfus encouraged members to inform their constituents of the services available through the Office of Work, Life, and Engagement.  The website is

IV.  Chair’s Report- Dr. Ishii

                  As a follow-up from last meeting, Dr. Ishii reported the URL for the Associate Professor on-line portal will be maintained by the department directors and provided to a faculty member approximately one year prior to their nomination to Associate Professor.

                  There have been 641 responses to the faculty compensation plan questionnaire.  A detailed summary of responses and further discussion will take place at the March meeting

V.  Other Business

                   There being no further business this meeting was adjourned at 4:45 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.

March 23, 2011

April 20, 2011

May 11, 2011

June 22, 2011