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Minutes: May 6, 2009

    3 p.m., Wednesday, May 6, 2009
    School of Medicine Administration, Board Room 103

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

GUESTS:  Dr. Miller

I.  Minutes

The minutes of the April 15, 2009 meeting were approved. 

II. Chair’s Report – Dr. Armstrong

    Dr. Armstrong announced the revised Conflict of Interest Policy will be effective 7/1/09.

III. Dean Miller’s Annual Medical School Council Report- Dr. Edward Miller   

Dr. Miller updated the council on the following topics:

Stimulus Package
Three-fourths of all the Johns Hopkins University grants submitted under the stimulus package were from the School of Medicine.  The Grants Management Office worked over-time to process the applications.

Building Progress
The Armstrong Medical Education Building will be ready for occupancy this summer.  First and Second Year  medical student classes will be held in the building starting in August 2009.

The Smith Building is on target for completion.  The building will house Ophthalmology ORs and research laboratories.
The clinical towers are 55% complete, although three months behind schedule.

School of Medicine Finances
The School of Medicine deficit has decreased from $18 million to $10 million due to expense reductions.  One half of the deficit is related to NIH issues.  There was less indirect costs coming to the University than anticipated due to sub-contracts directing indirect costs to other institutions.

The FY10 budget is being planned with a zero deficit.  Faculty recruitment continues in the basic and clinical sciences.  The JHUSOM is in better financial shape than many institutions that depend on endowment income for a large percent of budget.

Suburban Hospital
Suburban Hospital will be merged into the Johns Hopkins Health System.  Suburban is a 238 bed, well-run community hospital in Bethesda with trauma and stroke centers.  Johns Hopkins has had a successful heart surgery affiliation with Suburban over the past two years.  Assets of Suburban will be transferred to JHHS when the merger is completed.  There is a cadre of 80 primary care physicians that will become part of the Johns Hopkins Community Physicians group.  The NIH is supportive of the merger as the NCI needs more clinical trial sites.  There is an on-going NIH cardiology research program with Suburban that could be expanded.  It is anticipated that other programs could be developed over time.  Plans are to build on the programs in place and then expand to other disciplines as the merger evolves.

Health Care Reform
Dr. Miller reported on meeting with President Obama’s health care reform team.

Q & A
In response to questions, Dr. Miller reported he will support keeping the tuition grant benefit intact as it is a small percentage of the benefits budget and an important tool for recruitment of faculty.

What happens when the stimulus money runs out?  There is hope for a % increase in the NIH budget.  Other options to be pursued include increasing partnerships with industry.

    No salary increases are budgeted for 2009-10 at this time.  The budget will be reviewed in three to six months to determine if dollars will be available to distribute.  Johns Hopkins has been more fortunate than some institutions in that there have been no reductions in force.

    Funding medical student financial aid is a priority and resources are being redirected to address this issue.  Even though the debt level of our graduates  is in the bottom quartile of all U.S. medical schools, the debt burden is significant.

    A new institute with a focus on schizophrenia research is in the planning stages.  The Leiber Institute will lease 26,000 sq/ft of space in the Rangos Building for research.  The institute will be modeled on the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Johns Hopkins will decide which scientists will hold faculty appointments.  Institute services will be purchased from the Johns Hopkins University.

    Talks continue between the Ministers of Health and Education in the United Arab Emirates and JHUSOM for curriculum development for a new medical school in the Middle East.

    The Provost has been offered a position in the Obama administration as Undersecretary of Energy.  A search committee will be formed to select a new provost.  Dr. Scott Zeger has been appointed interim provost.

    Dr. Armstrong thanked Dr. Miller for his presentation.

IV. Review of Peer Institution Sick Leave Policies- Dr. Sarah Reading

    Dr. Reading reported on a review of peer institution sick leave, vacation, and maternity policies (see attached.)  In general, few private institutions have clear policies; state schools appear to have more clearly defined policies.

    At the School of Medicine there are no consistent policies across departments.  It was pointed out that physicians appointed as Clinical Associates, an employee category, have clearly defined policies, but faculty physicians do not.

    After much discussion the MSC agreed that departments ought to be transparent about their sick leave guidelines.  It was recognized that some departments have larger issues than others and this could create differences in sick leave guidelines.

V. Other Business

    There being no further business this meeting was adjourned at 4:55 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 17, 2009