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Minutes: May 26, 2010



                  3 p.m., Wednesday, May 26, 2010

                  School of Medicine Administration, Board Room 103

PRESENT: Drs. Ahn, Armstrong, Brayton, Comfort, Cooke, Cromwell, Gottesman, Herman, Meffert, Molinaro, Regan, Schramm, Shapiro, Wolfgang, Mss. Fairman,and Foy

ABSENT: Drs. Barker, Bastian, Carroll, Chou, Chuck, Fine, Goldstein, Green, Ishii, Leahy, Matunis, McCarthy, Nyhan, Pavlovich, Reading, Resar, Stivers, Tis, Tufaro, Williams, Wong, Messrs. Bicket, Mandell, and Ruzevick, Mss. Matthys and Nguyen

GUESTS: Drs. Flynn and Minor

I.  Minutes

The minutes of the April 21, 2010 meeting were approved. 

II. Chair’s Report- Dr. Armstrong

                  Dr. Armstrong reported the benefits issues discussed at a recent meeting are off-the-table at present.  The institutional contribution to the retirement plan will not be changed as of July 1.

III. Provost’s Report- Dr. Lloyd Minor

                  Dr. Minor reviewed the organizational structure of the University and outlined the role of the Provost in a decentralized organization like Johns Hopkins.  He pointed out differences in the role of the provost in centralized organizational institutions like Stanford and Princeton versus Johns Hopkins.  The pros and cons of a decentralized system were addressed.  At Johns Hopkins resources reside with the Schools, and within the Schools resources are invested in departments and their faculty.  He questioned whether an extreme style of decentralization will continue to serve us well in the future.  A goal is to maintain decentralization and the strengths that come with it.

                  The Provost has eight Vice-Provosts who assist in managing the broad range of academic issues within the ten entities of the University.  Dr. Minor provided a brief overview of each entity.  The School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., the Applied Physics Lab, the Peabody Conservatory, the Carey Business School, the School of Medicine, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the School of Nursing, the School of Education, the Whiting School of Engineering, and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

                  In addressing questions, Dr. Minor noted Johns Hopkins has over 130 active international affiliations and has campuses in both Italy and China.  He mentioned several international outreach programs of the School of Medicine in the Middle East and other parts of the world and the opportunities these provide to support the academic mission in a time of declining revenues.

                  Dr. Armstrong thanked Dr. Minor for his presentation.

IV. Proposal for a Master of Education Degree in the Health Professions- Dr. John Flynn


                  Dr. Flynn, as co-chair of a university faculty committee, presented a proposal for a Master of Education degree for health professions educators taught by faculty from the Schools of Medicine, Public Health, Nursing, Education, and Business.

                  The goal of the program is to produce leaders in health professions education and educational research.  The master’s degree is a 33 credit program consisting of six core three credit courses and five three credit courses in two tracks.  The degree would be granted jointly by the School of Education and one other school.  In addition to the degree program, a certificate is proposed for completing an 18 credit program.  Dr. Flynn reviewed the required courses for each track of the proposal.

                  A three year timeline for implementation and the governance structure was presented.  A preliminary survey of School of Medicine faculty interest in the program was conducted and some 50+ expressed interest.  Further interest is anticipated as details of the program are made available through department presentations.  Faculty participating in the program may use the tuition remission program for up to $5,250 per calendar year.  Using this University benefit, faculty could complete the certificate program in just over two years and the Master’s degree in two additional years.

                  Financial support for startup funding is being requested from the participating schools in the form of loans with a five year pay-back schedule.  As with all new degree programs, once all University approvals are secured the proposal will be submitted to the Maryland Higher Education Commission for state approval.  The full proposal is available on the School of Medicine Faculty Development website:

                  Dr. Flynn addressed questions regarding time commitment, program relevance to basic science faculty, and support for part time faculty who participate.

                  Dr. Armstrong thanked Dr. Flynn for his presentation.

V.  Other Business

Suggestions for discussion at the next meeting included a report on services provided by the Work-Life office and a report on the activities of the Joint Oversight Committee.

                  Newly elected Medical School Council members will be invited to the June meeting.

There being no further business this meeting was adjourned at 4:30 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 23, 2010