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Minutes: March 23, 2005

3 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, 2005
School of Medicine Administration, Board Room 103


Drs. Belzberg, Bhattacharya, Bhatti, Blok, Choi, Cormack, Dagnelie, Denmeade, Gabrielson, Hillis, Holcroft, Honeycutt, Horana, Johnson-Greene, Kolodkin, Leffler, Martins, Ivor Berkowitz (for Martinez), Niv, Sterni, Walker, Zellars, Mr.Watkins, Mss. Foy and McCall.


Drs. Adger, Ain, Awad, Caterina, Chan, Colecraft, Cooper, DeLeon, Dintzis, Hansel, Hattar, Iacobuzio-Donahue, Liu, Lorsch, Miller, Nicolaou, Pomper, Roper, Ross, Sandone, Schulick, Segev, Woolf, Ziegelstein, Mr. Bagga.



Drs. Clements, Miller and Thomas, Mr. Gilbert, Ms. McConnell


I. Minutes

The minutes of the February 9, 2005 meeting were approved.

II. Allocation of Space for the New Hosptial

Ms. Sally McConnell


Ms. McConnell reviewed the plans for the proposed adult tower and maternal and childrens hospital. Space allocations for each floor of the facility were presented. Medical education space will be incorporated into each inpatient unit. Resident work rooms and conference rooms will be strategically placed throughout. On-call rooms as requested by departments and a resident lounge have been incorporated into the plan. A limited number of faculty offices will also be housed in the facility. Departments will be asked to sign off on preliminary plans in early April so the next phase of design development may begin. Construction is planned to start April 2006 with a completion target in 2009.

It is anticipated the new garage south of Orleans Street will be ready for occupancy in August 2005 at which time the Broadway garage will be demolished and the new hospital construction will begin. The new garage will provide 550 additional parking spaces.

Ms. McConnell responded to questions relating to faculty office space and discussed plans for having additional MRI machines throughout the new facility. It was noted there are no plans to duplicate a Marburg 3 type inpatient area in the new construction.

III. Proposed Gold Book Changes

Drs. Hillis and Sterni


A draft (3/16/05) of the Gold Book was circulated with the agenda. Dr. Hillis outlined the changes the Medical School Council is being asked to vote on today. The primary changes relate to defining the Silver Book earlier in the document and punctuation or grammatical changes.

The Medical School Council suggested a slight modification in the Institutional Goals section to read as follows:

The mission of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine is to educate medical students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows in accordance with the highest professional standards; to prepare clinicians to practice patient-centered medicine of the highest standard; and to identify and answer fundamental questions in the mechanisms, prevention and treatment of disease, in health care delivery and in the basic sciences. Faculty members are encouraged to assume leadership roles in teaching, research, clinical practice, and/or administration. The pursuit of these goals reaffirms the historic role of this school.

The committee voted approval of the document with the above modification.

Dr. Weisfeldt commended Dr. Hillis for her hard work in revising the Gold Book and for representing the Medical School Council well in the process. He noted the Gold Book changes emphasize education as important and provides a broader view of what constitutes scholarship.

Dr. Hillis is hopeful the Gold Book will go to the Advisory Board in April for final approval. The Silver Book is now under revision by the same committee that revised the Gold Book.

IV. Report from the LCME Institutional Self-Study

Dr. Pat Thomas


Dr. Thomas updated the Medical School Council on the self study that precedes the LCME institutional site visit. The self study began in September 2004 for the anticipated February 2006 site visit.

The LCME has 128 standards on which medical schools are judged and we must show evidence how they are met. Dr. Thomas identified five areas of concern: student advising; quality of teaching (faculty/resident development as teachers and educators); curriculum management; assessment in clinical years; and facilities for student learning. She commented on a number of initiatives that have been planned to address these issues.

V. Role of the Ombudsman

Dr. Neil Miller


Dr. Neil Miller described the ombudsman program in the Department of Ophthalmology. Dr. Miller has assumed the role of ombudsman to provide advice and support to junior faculty outside of the formal division director/department director route. The program was set up to stimulate junior faculty and others to talk about career plans and other issues relating to their academic life. The program has been successful in providing a non-judgmental person that is available to discuss issues and provide advice.

Dr. Hillis indicated the Neurology Department has a highly effective advising system (full professors) for junior faculty that fufills a similar role.

Medical School Council members were encouraged to discuss the concept of establishing an advisor/ombudsman system with their chairs as an effective mechanism to assist junior faculty.

VI. Update on Effort Reporting

Dr. Sterni reported the institution is at a 99.6% compliance rate for reporting. Faculty are encouraged to monitor activities so reporting will be an accurate reflection of activity.


VII. Update on International Revenue from the CPA (informational item)

Dr. Hillis

Dr. Hillis distributed a chart showing the increase in international patient revenue between 2004 and 2005. this data was presented in response to a question raised at the February 9, 2005 Clinical Practice Association presentation to the Medical School Council.

VIII. Other Business

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

  • April 20, 2005
  • May 11, 2005
  • June 22, 2005