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Minutes: April 20, 2005

3 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, 2005
School of Medicine Administration, Board Room 103


Drs. Belzberg, Blok, Caterina, Choi, Cormack, Dagnelie, DeLeon, Dintzis, Gabrielson, Hillis, Holcroft, Honeycutt, Leffler, Martins, William Merritt (for Martinez), Miller, Sterni, Zellars, Mr.Watkins, Mss. Foy, McCall, and Sandone.


Drs. Adger, Ain, Awad, Bhattacharya, Bhatti, Chan, Colecraft, Cooper, Denmeade, Hansel, Hattar, Horana, Iacobuzio-Donahue, Johnson-Greene, Kolodkin, Liu, Lorsch, Nicolaou, Niv, Pomper, Roper, Ross, Schulick, Segev, Walker, Woolf, Ziegelstein, Messrs. Bagga and Grelotti.


Ms. Murray Welsh

I. Minutes

The minutes of the March 23, 2005 meeting were approved.

II. Report on the Faculty Survey

Dr. Cynthia Wolberger

This topic was postponed to a later meeting as the report is undergoing final revisions.

III. Medical Illustration Program

Ms. Corinne Sandone

Ms. Sandone described the Masters Essay Program in the Medical and Biological Illustration Graduate Program and invited interested faculty to propose thesis topics for students in the program. A summary of thesis titles and faculty preceptors of recent graduates was circulated. Students graduating in 2006 will be identifying thesis projects within the next month. Faculty interested in serving as thesis preceptors should contact Gary Lees, Department Director, or Cory Sandone, Assistant Professor of Art as Applied to Medicine.

IV. Visa/Immigration Issues

Ms. Murray Welsh

All international scholars on the East Baltimore and Bayview campuses are under the purview of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Office of International Services, directed by Ms. Murray Welsh. Since the events of 9/11 a number of constraints have been imposed by the federal government that makes bringing in international scholars more difficult. As a result of more restrictive regulations, the time it takes to process visa applications has increased. Ms. Welsh circulated a policy statement outlining the processing time for various visa categories. There are increased filing fees that the departments must provide as well as a premium processing fee ($1,000) if an application is to be expedited.

Ms. Welsh pointed out the importance of contacting the International Office if there are any changes in arrival or departure times for international scholars as the federal electronic tracking system is unforgiving in making retroactive adjustments.

Attention was called to a University web-site course entitled

"Guidelines for Export Controls", located at, that presents an overview on the nature of technology that is export controlled. The issue of international students working in a university laboratory where research is being conducted is a major concern of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Although not all international students are subject to control issues, the University has designed this course to inform faculty, staff, and students.

Ms. Welsh reviewed issues related to scam emails on visa lotteries and permanent residency issues.

V. Update on Proposed Gold Book Changes from the Clinician-Educator Committee

Drs. Hillis and Sterni

A number of additions to the Gold Book made by the Clinician-Educator Committee since the Medical School Council voted on Gold Book changes at the March 23, 2005 meeting were circulated. The changes were in the form of additions under "Obligations of the Full-time Faculty members to the School of Medicine" and "Criteria for appointment or promotion (at all ranks.)" Minor modifications were also made to the contracts to retirement and extended contracts portions.

With the assistance of Hospital and University legal counsel the section "Termination of Medical Staff Appointment" was rewritten to reflect concerns raised at the Advisory Board Agenda Committee. The revised wording includes a section relating to exclusions from the policies if termination or reduction in clinical privileges is related to a disability that limits a faculty member’s clinical practice or if termination of privileges is the result of technical errors that the faculty member promptly resolves.

The Medical School Council approved all modifications presented.

VI. Other Business

Dr. Hillis asked members to contact her with topics to be discussed at future meetings. The chair of the Curriculum Reform Committee will be asked to report back to the Medical School Council next academic year after more specifics on the proposed curriculum are available.

There being no further business this meeting was adjourned at 4:05 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.

  • May 11, 2005
  • June 22, 2005