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Minutes: May 11, 2005

3 p.m., Wednesday, May 11, 2005
School of Medicine Administration, Board Room 103


Drs. Belzberg, Blok, Choi, Cormack, Dagnelie, DeLeon, Dintzis, Hansel, Hillis, Honeycutt, Johnson-Greene, Martinez, Sterni, Walker, Messrs. Bagga and Watkins,  Mss. Foy, McCall, and Sandone,.

Drs. Adger, Ain, Awad, Bhattacharya, Bhatti, Caterina, Chan, Colecraft, Cooper, Denmeade, Gabrielson, Hattar, Holcroft, Horana, Iacobuzio-Donahue, Kolodkin,  Leffler, Liu, Lorsch, Martins, Miller, Nicolaou, Niv, Pomper, Roper, Ross, Schulick, Segev, Woolf, Zellars, Ziegelstein, and Mr. Grelotti.


Dr. Fivush, Mss. Freemen, Molnar, White

I.  Minutes

The minutes of the April, 2005 meeting were approved.

II. Update on Use of the Internet/Website at JHU – Elaine Freeman, Vice President, Coroporate Communications, and Heather Molnar, Web Center Director
Ms. Freeman provided an overview of the web services available to the Johns Hopkins Medicine community through the JHM Web Center under the auspices of Corporate Communications. Web Center services provided include:

  • Mission definition
  • Information architecture
  • Project management
  • Site design
  • Content writing and copy editing
  • Content management system (CMS) training
  • Usability testing
  • Application development

Ms. Molnar described the Content Management System which is a tool designed to allow individuals with minimal technical training to manage the content of a web site. This product separates content creation/updating from the design and technology associated with maintaining an on-line presence.  Selected features of the product include speed and ease of updating, time sensitive deletion and addition of site content, permission based publishing with signoff parameters and audit trails, and automatic link maintenance as content is moved or deleted.

Ms. Molnar displayed old and new websites and discussed the plans for redesigning the School of Medicine website.

Dr. Belzberg addressed the search capabilities of the current JHM website. A Google search is viewed as “user unfriendly” to JHM sites. He provided several examples of searches for specific diseases that did not bring up Johns Hopkins. Ms. Freeman thanked Dr. Belzberg for the input and will discuss his concerns with the Marketing Department.

A document was circulated that outlines the purpose, services, and policies of the JHM Web Center. 

III. Women’s Leadership Council – Dr. Barbara Fivush, Co-chair WLC

Dr. Fivush provided a brief history of the Women’s Leadership Council which was created in the early 1990’s as a result of several initiatives at the University and School of Medicine including a 1991 Medical School Council report on the status of women which made specific recommendation for environmental changes.
The WLC is composed of all women professors and associate professors who have been at rank for four or more years. The WLC sponsors educational activities, a mentoring program, and a website.  Dr. Fivush described a number of educational activities the WLC has recently sponsored aimed at developing professional skills. Dr. Fivish discussed plans for a fall 2005 100 Women Professor Celebration. 

Dr. Fivush also addressed a number of other initiatives undertaken by the School of Medicine that will improve the environment for all faculty including the recommendations from the Committee on Faculty Development and Gender and the Gold Book revisions.

IV. Update on the Johns Hopkins Family Center – Christine Whie, Assistant Dean for Medicine

The Johns Hopkins Family Center opened in September 2001 in the Church Hospital Professional Building. The center operates from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., five days a week. The center can accommodate 156 children in various age groups. Th e most sought after slots are for infants and toddlers. There is always a waiting list for the 24 infant slots. The infants and toddlers drive up the cost as laws governing the center require a one to three ratio for these groups. Tuition is based on age group and runs from approximately $1,000 to $1,250 per month. There is some need-based scholarship money available to assist residents, housestaff, and fellows. The center is managed by Bright Horizon and has recently received national accreditation. There is a very high level of satisfaction from faculty, housestaff, fellows, and students who use the facility. Dr. Hillis thanked Ms. White for her efforts in bringing the center to fruition.

V. Gold Book Minor Revisions – Drs. Hillis

Dr. Hillis circulated a document suggesting five revisions to the previously approved Gold Book.  Each revision related to revising statements referring to the “Silver Book”. The Silver Book is a guide to assist faculty in interpreting the Gold Book. The suggested changes have been endorsed by the Clinical Educator Committee and University Legal Counsel.

The Medical School Council voted to approve the changes presented by Dr. Hillis.

VI.  Other Business

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

Respectfully submitted,

Mary E. Foy