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Minutes: October 18, 2006

3 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, 2007
School of Medicine Administration, Board Room 103

PRESENT: Drs. Bhatti, Bluemke, Brayton, Dagnelie, Efron, Geller, Holcroft, Honeycutt, Huang, Kravet, Lehmann, Maragakis, McCarthy, Mooney, Pidcock, Schramm, Sterni, Wang, Whitmore, Zellars, Mr. Pirruccello, Mss. Foy and Sandone.

ABSENT: Drs. Aucott, Bergles, Caterina, Chan, Choi, Cormack, DeLeon, Denmeade, Flynn, Gultekin, Iacobuzio-Donahue, Liu, Lorsch, MacDonald, Magaziner, Mears, Peters, Robinson, Roper, Schulick, Siberry, Tompkins, Tufaro, Walker, Woolf, Yaster, Zhu, Messrs. Kobayahsi, Prucz, Rais-Bahrami, and Watkins, Ms. Cohen.

GUESTS:   Dr. Dorman, Mr. Blakeslee

I.  Minutes

The minutes of the January 17, 2007 meeting were approved.  The February 2007 meeting was cancelled due to inclement weather.

II. Continuing Medical Education, Part II – Dr. Todd Dorman, Associate Dean and Director of CME

                 Dr. Dorman’s presentation was a continuation from his December 13, 2006 discussion with the council.  He spoke of the goal of CME leadership in lifelong learning and its educational value.  The Hopkins CME program was last accredited in 2005 and received a six year accreditation, with commendations.  Dr. Dorman noted there are over 380 CME activities a year with over 55,000 physician attendees and 30,000 non-physician attendees.  The CME programs are also a source of physician referrals as evidenced by some 1700+ patient referrals by Bermuda physicians over the last 15 years.

                The office provides a CME tracking mechanism for Johns Hopkins physicians and professional staff with participation of over 2,100 individuals.  There are opportunities for research and on a national basis some 26% of academic CME offices are involved in research projects.  It was noted that one-third of the Johns Hopkins full time faculty participated in CME activities last year.

                A goal of the program is to change medical practice.  In the accreditation process, programs will be evaluated on their success in making a difference in the way participants use materials presented to alter medical care practices.  Dr. Dorman cited scholarly activities in conjunction with the American College of Chest Physicians as examples of the impact of CME on medical practices and as an example of opportunities for scholarly contributions.

                Dr. Dorman reported on the financial contributions CME makes to the city.  Over 8,000 room nights in city hotels plus food, beverage, and tourist dollars are contributed to the city’s economy annually.

                The CME administration goals and objectives were discussed.  Dr. Dorman noted internal and external controls have been put in place.  There are now standardized office procedures; processes are being redesigned; benchmark and metric oriented evaluations are in place; and an improved website is in the making.  The office theme for this year is “customer service”.  Dr. Dorman noted all policies and procedures must be approved by the CME Advisory Board and all activities must have Johns Hopkins University faculty as a director or co-director.

                Results from course director surveys indicated 92.5% reported course objectives were met, 73.3% reported practice changes as a result of a CME course, 96.2% reported the course was free of commercial bias.  Overall, 99% of respondents reported organization and content was useful.

                Speaking to areas needing improvement, efforts will be made to assist faculty in preparing the course syllabus.  Dr. Dorman identified A/V support (which is not under CME control) as an area that needs improvement.

                In response to questions, it was noted that web-based information providing faculty with details about setting up a course is being planned.  There are tools through JHMSIS for podcasts and this area is being explored.  With regard to the future, Dr. Dorman sees more opportunity for faculty to develop courses using multimedia formats, which are more effective than a single format.  With the expansion of definitions in the revised “Gold Book”, there are now more opportunities for faculty to develop teaching portfolios using technology.

                Dr. Sterni thanked Dr. Dorman for his presentation.


III. Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer – Mr. Wes Blakeslee

Mr. Wes Blakeslee, the newly appointed Executive Director of the Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer Office provided an over-view of the technology transfer operation.

The purpose of the office is to convert JHU inventions to real world products by licensing to companies that can advance the technology or to assist in creating new companies to develop the products.

                Prior to the Bayh-Dole Act in 1980 the federal government owned inventions funded by federal support.  The Bayh-Dole Act granted universities the right to take title to inventions developed under federal support and outlined specific obligations universities must adhere to.  Obligations include disclosing each new invention, filing patent applications, attempting to license inventions to develop the technology, and a sharing of license revenues with inventors and using remaining revenue to support research and education.                Johns Hopkins University intellectual property policy obligates faculty and staff to report inventions made with University resources and to assign title to the University in exchange for a share of net income from licensing inventions. 

                The revenue sharing formula assigns 35% to the inventor, 15% to the inventor’s lab, 15% to the inventor’s department, 30% to the school, and 5% to the University.  For royalties exceeding $300,000, 25% goes to the school, and 10% to the University.  A recent example was cited where three inventors shared $315,000.

                Mr. Blakeslee outlined the process for reporting an invention and referenced the website for additional resources.  An on-line submission process is under development.

                The funding and staffing of the technology transfer operation was outlined.  Mr. Blakeslee noted the technology transfer expenses are not included in F & A calculations for federal funding, but are paid for by the various schools from their dean’s office budgets.  Financial data on the last three years was presented with net income in the range of $3.5 million to $4.8 million.

                Data was presented on peer school staffing in relation to research dollars which showed Johns Hopkins is under-staffed for their research volume.  Data was also presented on the low number of invention reports relative to research dollars.  Reasons given for this were much research is in basic science which is far removed from a commercial product and there is not a great interest by licensees.  Primary interest has been in advancing technology, not revenue.  Faculty are not fully informed about benefits of commercialization nor is entrepreneurship internally encouraged or rewarded.

                Mr. Blakeslee outlined activities the Technology Transfer Office is undertaking to increase faculty participation and revenues.

                In response to questions, Mr. Blakeslee reported the schools pay the costs for securing a patent which can exceed $250,000.  He also reported on discussion with Forest City regarding activities planned for the Biotech Park and an interest from industry leaders through a Johns Hopkins industry alliance program.

                Dr. Sterni thanked Mr. Blakeslee for his presentation.  Mr. Blakeslee is available to make presentations at departmental faculty meetings.  Slides from today’s presentation will be posted on the Medical School Council website (

IV. Other Business

Dr. Honeycutt asked for member input regarding moving the Medical School Council membership list from the internet to the intranet. 

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.

April 18, 2007

May 23, 2007

June 20, 2007