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Minutes: June 23, 2010


                                                          391st  MEETING OF THE MEDICAL SCHOOL COUNCIL

                                                                                3 p.m., Wednesday, June 23, 2010

                                                         School of Medicine Administration, Board Room 103

PRESENT: Drs. Ahn, Armstrong, Bastian, Sara Poynton (for Brayton), Carroll, Chou, Gottesman, Stephanie Terezakis (for Herman), Ishii, Molinaro, Nyhan, Regan, Shapiro, Solomon, Williams, Mr. Mandell, Mss. Fairman and Foy

ABSENT: Drs. Barker, Chuck, Comfort, Cooke, Cromwell, Fine, Goldstein, Green, Leahy, Matunis, McCarthy, Meffert, Pavlovich, Reading, Resar, Schramm, Stivers, Tis, Tufaro, Wolfgang, Wong, Messrs. Bicket and Ruzevick, Mss. Matthys and Nguyen

GUESTS: Ms. Stoltzfus

I.  Minutes

The minutes of the May 26, 2010 meeting were approved. 

II. Chair’s Report- Dr. Armstrong

                  Dr. Armstrong noted, as is customary, newly elected members are invited to attend the last Medical School Council meeting of the academic year.  New members present were introducted.

III. LifeSpan Service- Ms. Meg Stoltzfus- LifeSpan Services Manager

                  Ms. Stoltzfus presented an overview of the services offered through the University Office of Work, Life, and Engagement.

                  The services provided at no cost to eligible faculty and staff include LifeSpan Services, the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, Live Near Your Work, relocation assistance for new faculty and staff, financial assistance programs, and community programs. 

                  Ms. Stoltzfus’ presentation focused on LifeSpan Services which guide and direct employees to multiple resources so they can make informed decisions.  Services include preparing for the birth of a child, support for adoption, and childcare assistance.  Referrals for childcare are provided through the Maryland Family Network.  There is a back-up child care program through Parents in a Pinch which provides access to emergency child care (as well as elder care) with a portion of the cost provided by the University.  There are also parent coaching strategies including individualized coaching from WorkLife staff, parenting groups, and referrals to counseling services.  There are also pre-retirement planning and pre-retirement seminars.  LifeSpan also provides services for aging parents including workshops on legal issues, creating a will, and advanced directives.  Grief, loss, and bereavement support is also addressed.

                  The Live Near Your Work program provides a cash grant to full-time benefit eligible employees who purchase homes in targeted areas.  The benefits for this program range from $2,500 to $17,000 based on the target area.

                  The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program is a life management resource that assists employees and their family members to identify and manage challenging issues.  Employees are eligible for an assessment and short-term assistance for managing challenges in their lives. 

                  The child care voucher program provides limited financial assistance to employees earning less than $50,000 per year for child care expenses.

                  There was discussion regarding eligibility for the services which are primarily limited to full time faculty and staff.

                  Ms. Stoltzfus encouraged Medical School Council members to access the WorkLife web-site for additional information on services provided. 

                  Dr. Armstrong thanked Ms. Stoltzfus for her presentation.  

IV. Update from the Joint Oversight Committee on Faculty Development and Gender- Dr. Lisa Ishii


                  Dr. Ishii provided background information on the evolution of the Joint Committee on Faculty Development and Gender (JOC).  A 2005 Committee on Faculty Development and Gender, after analyzing data from a faculty survey, made a number of recommendations including monitoring of faculty retention, an annual faculty salary study, and the creation of a joint Advisory Board and Medical School Council oversight committee.  The JOC, now chaired by Dr. Barbara Fivush, has re-surveyed the faculty to assess the current environment and has reviewed the annual faculty salary survey for equity. 

                  The Biostatistics Department in the Bloomberg School of Public Health has annually analyzed faculty based on a number of variables including degree, gender, years at rank, and salary.  The survey results have shown that female faculty are paid less than their male counterparts.  The JOC will be working with the Biostatistics Department to better understand the analysis.  It was noted that each department has its own compensation plan, many use an A, B, C system with A the base salary, B for additional roles, and C, a bonus component for meeting certain milestones. Department Chairs will be asked to provide their department compensation plans for posting to a web-site so faculty can be informed about the process.  The JOC is also working on a narrative that will accompany the faculty salary study that better explains the process and presents the data in a format that is easily understood.

                  Dr. Armstrong thanked Dr. Ishii for her presentation.

V.  Other Business

                  Dr. Armstrong reminded the Medical School Council that election of officers for 2010-2011 will take place at the September meeting.  Members rotating off the MSC were thanked for their service. 

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.

September 8, 2010

October 13, 2010

November 10, 2010

December 8, 2010

January 19, 2011

February 9, 2011

March 23, 2011

April 20, 2011

May 11, 2011

June 22, 2011