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Minutes: March 18, 2009

    3 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2009
    School of Medicine Administration, Board Room 103

PRESENT: Drs. Armstrong, Brayton, Chou, Chuck, Cooke, Fine, Goldstein, Halushka, Ishii, Maragakis, McGrath-Morrow, Molinaro, Mooney, Nussbaum, Pomerantz , Regan, Schramm, Wong,  Mss. Fairman, Nguyen, and  Foy.
ABSENT: Drs. Allaf, Barker, Bennett, Bergles, Cromwell, DeLeon, Efron, Flynn, Green, Herman, Huang, Leahy, Magaziner, McCarthy, Pidcock, Reading, Resar, Robinson, Sargent, Stivers, Tompkins, Tufaro, Yaster, Yehia, Zhen,  Messrs. Chen, Feng, and Pirruccello, Mss. Bruno and Oliver.

GUESTS:  Drs. Hughes, Sterni, and Slavney, Mss. Garrity and White.

I.  Minutes

The minutes of the February 18, 2009 meeting were approved.  

II. Chair’s Report – Dr. Armstrong

    Dr. Armstrong reported:

- Dean Miller, Mr. Peterson, and Mr. Grossi will present a financial update at a faculty meeting scheduled for March 26th at 5:00 p.m. in Turner Auditorium.

- Representatives from the various university faculty senate groups are participating in benefit discussions with the University Human Resources Office.

- Dean Miller will meet with the Medical School Council on May 6th.  Questions for Dr. Miller should be submitted to Dr. Armstrong in advance of the meeting.
    - Work continues on the Conflict of Commitment document.

    - Provost Johnson has been offered a position in the Obama administration as Undersecretary of Energy.

III. Johns Hopkins Child Care and Early Learning Center Report – Ms. Chris White, Executive Assistant to the Dean/CEO and Assistant Dean for Medicine

    The center opened in September 2001 upon recommendation of the Medical School Council.  Enrollment has grown from 26 in 2001 to 140 in 2009.  The center is located in the Church Hospital facility on N. Broadway and is managed by Bright Horizons, a Fortune 500 company with over 700 client partners.

    Ms. White reviewed the fee structure for the three groups of children served noting that infants are most costly due in part to the mandated ratio of provider to number of infants.  There is a scholarship program that provides some financial assistance to 10% of children.  Ms. White described the educational programs that address each child’s potential.  There is an active parent partnership group that works with the center’s administration.

    The center maintains a waiting list for infant placement.  There is no “sick-child” program as part of the center.  There are no expansion plans for the current facility.  It was noted Homewood is looking at establishing a center.  The importance of providing day care in recruitment of house staff and faculty was discussed.  

    Dr. Armstrong thanked Ms. White for her presentation.

IV. Berman Institute of Bioethics Consulting Services – Dr. Mark Hughes

    Dr. Hughes presented an overview of the new Research Ethics Consulting Service.  The project is a joint effort of the Berman Institute of Bioethics and the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.  The goal of the service is to help raise awareness of and to assist investigators in resolving issues of ethics in human subject research.  Dr. Hughes and staff are available to department and division directors for seminars, grand rounds, and faculty meetings for informational presentations.  Request for a consultation can be made to

    Dr. Armstrong thanked Dr. Hughes for his presentation.
V. Blue Book – Dr. Laura Sterni

    Dr. Laura Sterni, Chair of the Part Time Faculty Appointment and Promotion Committee (Blue Book), presented changes incorporated into the document since the last presentation to the Medical School Council in 2008.

    A draft of the Blue Book incorporating all changes made since the 2003 revision was circulated prior to the meeting.  Dr. Sterni reviewed the major changes focusing on the following modifications.

- General criteria for appointment and promotion and termination of medical staff appointment sections were rewritten to conform to changes made in the Gold Book.

- A new statement was added requiring use of the modifier “part-time” whenever part time faculty make reference to their faculty status in publications, curriculum vitae, and in self-identification in public representations.

- It is suggested that each department provide part time faculty members with clear written expectations that are agreed upon by the faculty member and department director.

- It is recommended that activities of part time faculty to be reviewed by the department director or designee every two years (review is currently required).

- Conflicts of interest must be disclosed in accordance with School of Medicine policies.

There was discussion on the important role part time faculty play in the education of medical students and of the need for additional participation when the Genes to Society curriculum is implemented.

    Upon motion duly made and seconded the Council voted to approve revisions to the Blue Book as presented.  It was noted the Conflict of Commitment policy is under review and will be incorporated into the Blue Book as appropriate.

    Dr. Armstrong thanked Dr. Sterni for her presentation.

VI. Procedures for Dealing with Issues of Professional Misconduct – Dr. Philip Slavney and Ms. Shelia Garrity
     Dr. Slavney reviewed recent changes to the Procedures for Dealing with Issues of Research and Professional Misconduct proposed by the Standing Committee on Discipline.  The revised Professional Misconduct Procedures apply only to faculty; the Research Misconduct Procedures apply to all faculty, trainees, and staff of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine insofar as they are engaged in any manner of scientific inquiry.  The language in each policy was changed where appropriate, resulting in more parallel structure between the two policies.  The Office of Policy Coordination and General Counsel’s roles were clarified.  The role of the “ombudsperson” was expanded and changed to an “advisor” to the accused person.

    Dr. Slavney distributed documents outlining the changes recommended.

    After a brief Q & A session, Dr. Armstrong thanked Dr. Slavney for his presentation.  As this presentation was information, no MSC action was required.

VII. Other Business    

There being no further business this meeting was adjourned at 4:20 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 15, 2009
May 6, 2009
June 17, 2009