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Minutes: May 14, 2008

      3 p.m., Wednesday, May 14, 2008
      School of Medicine Administration, Board Room 103

PRESENT: Drs. Armstrong, Cooke, Cromwell, Dagnelie, Flynn, Honeycutt, Huang, Mears, Mooney, Pidcock, Schramm, Siberry, Stivers, Yaster, Zellars, Ms. Foy.

ABSENT: Drs. Allaf, Argani, Bergles, Bhatti, Bluemke, Brayton, Chan, Choi, Cormack, DeLeon, Efron, Geller, Goldstein, Halushka, Jia, Kravet, Leahy, Li, MacDonald, Magaziner, Maragakis, McCarthy, Peters (excused), Pomerantz, Robinson, Tompkins, Tufaro, Whitmore, Woolf, Yehia, Messrs. Pirruccello and Skelley, Mss. Fairman, Oliver, Nguyen, and Warner.

GUESTS:   Drs. Fivush and Sterni, Ms. Heiser, Mr. Rum

I.  Minutes

       The minutes of the April 16, 2008 meeting were approved.

 II. Chair’s Comments      

    Dr. Honeycutt reported the tuition remission policy will continue for Continuing Medical Education.     

III. Office of Women in Science and Medicine – Dr. Barbara Fivush

      Dr. Fivush, the director of the recently established Office of Women in Science and Medicine reported on the goals of the office and activities to date.

      Dr. Fivush reviewed the University’s past efforts in gender issues starting with the 1989 Provost’s Report on the Status of Women up to the Vision 2020 Report issued in late 2006.  She focused on School of Medicine initiatives over the last two decades which included salary equity studies, the formation of the Women’s Leadership Council, and the work of the Committee on Faculty Development and Gender and the Joint Oversight Committee which is charged with overseeing the recommendations of the Faculty Development and Gender Committee.

      Recommendations from the Faculty Development and Gender Committee that have been implemented include expanded institutional sexual harassment education, the appointment of an Assistant Dean with a focus on gender and equity issues, annual salary equity surveys, and the implementation of exit interviews for resigning faculty.

      Dr. Fivush reported on the work that led to the Vision 2020 report and the expected outcomes by 2020.  University level interventions must be developed to address the root cause of obstacles that affect career development.  Three significant areas indentified in the 2020 Report include:

      Leadership – By 2020, 50% of all professors and administrative leadership should be women

      Work Life Balance for all

      Substantial Culture Change is required - The report recommends institutionalizing equity through policies, procedure, training, organizational structures, and programs to recognize, understand, and eliminate gender inequity.

      As a consequence of the 2020 Report, the Dean has created an Office of Women in Science and Medicine to guide the School of Medicine development of recommendations in the report.  Dr. Fivush noted her office will work closely with the Joint Oversight Committee, the Medical School Council, the Women’s Leadership Committee, the Department of Medicine Task Force, the AMWA student group, the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Women’s Medical Alumna Association, the Faculty Development Office, and the Professional Development Office to accomplish its goals.

      Dr. Fivush presented a number of slides depicting the composition of the faculty.  It was noted that approximately one third of the faculty are women.

      There was discussion, pro & con, regarding the recommendation in the Faculty Development and Gender report that committee meetings be held within the standard work day to allow faculty with child care responsibilities to more easily participate.

      Dr. Fivush responded to questions from the council and asked members to contract her office with suggestions for furthering the goals of the Office of Women in Science and Medicine.

      Dr. Honeycutt thanked Dr. Fivush for her presentation and indicated the willingness of the Medical School Council to assist.

IV. Blue Book –Dr. Sterni

      Dr. Laura Sterni, Chair of the Committee looking at the Policies and Guidelines Governing Appointments, Promotions, and Professional Activities of the Part-Time Faculty discussed a draft of the committee’s report which was circulated prior to the meeting.  Dr. Sterni noted many of the changes recommended were to bring the part-time document into line with changes recently approved in the full-time faculty document (Gold Book).

      Dr. Sterni noted the part-time faculty is a very diverse group.  There are plans to survey the part-time faculty to assess what may be needed in the future.  The new curriculum will require more teaching and the part-time faculty may be called upon for more clinical teaching in the future. 

      The council reviewed the document and suggested the wording regarding the review process more closely follow that of the full-time faculty.

      It was suggested the document be modified to more clearly define the annual reappointment process and the process for “academic” review to discuss career progress.  Dr. Sterni will modify the draft based on today’s discussion and ask for a vote on the modified document at the June meeting.

      Dr. Honeycutt thanked Dr. Sterni and the committee for their work in revising the Blue Book.   

V. Johns Hopkins Family Campaign – Mr. Steven Rum, Vice President for Development, SOM

       Mr. Steve Rum announced a new fund raising initiative targeting faculty and staff.  Members of the Hopkins family will be invited to contribute to the Knowledge for the World Campaign with name recognition on a Johns Hopkins Family Campaign Wall in the new Cardiovascular and Critical Care Tower for donors who contribute $500 or more.  A payroll deduction option will be available to facilitate donating.  The campaign will start May 19th with a mailing to faculty and staff.      

VI. Other Business

       Dr. Honeycutt reported the survey on benefits may not go forward due to technical problems with Site-Executive.

       Provost Johnson will meet with the Medical School Council in June.  Questions for Dr. Johnson should be submitted to Dr. Honeycutt prior to the meeting.


       There being no further business this meeting was adjourned at 4:50 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.

June 18, 2008