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Minutes: September 15, 2004

3 p.m., Wednesday, September 15, 2004
 School of Medicine Administration, Board Room 103

PRESENT: Drs. Awad, Belzberg, Bhatti, Bhattacharya, Blok, Caterina, Choi, Clark, Colecraft, Cooper, Cormack, DeLeon, Denmeade, Dintzis, Gabrielson, Holcroft, Honeycutt, Iacobuzio-Donahue, Johnson-Greene, Jun, Liu, Martins, Miller, Sandone, Sterni, Zellars, Messrs. Grelotti and Watkins, Mss. McCall and Foy.
ABSENT: Drs. Adger, Ain, Chan, Francis, Hattar, Hillis (excused), Kolodkin,  Leffler, Lorsch, Martinez, Nicolaou, Niv, Pomper, Schulick, Segev, Walker, Woolf, Ziegelstein

GUESTS:  Drs. Abeloff and Miller, Mr. Gilbert

I.  Minutes

The minutes of the June 23, 2004 meeting were approved.

II.  Introduction of New Members – Dr. Douglas Clark 

Dr. Clark introduced the new members and reviewed both the process for election of officers and the responsibilities of the officers.

III. Annual Discussion with Dean Miller – Dr. Edward Miller

Dr. Miller opened discussion by reporting the School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Medicine met or exceeded the FY04 budget in every category.  He commented on the importance of meeting budget as the institution moves forward with its building plans.

Dr. Miller reported a new cancer research building will open in 15 months and, due to the generosity of a donor, a new auditorium has been added in a connecting building between the two cancer research buildings.  On the south side of Orleans construction is underway on a replacement 2200 space parking structure, a new hospital kitchen, loading docks and power plant.  A tunnel and bridge will provide access under and over Orleans Street. When the garage construction is complete, the Broadway garage and the Maryland Hospital Laundry will come down to make space for new hospital buildings. The Pratt branch library will be relocated across from Dunbar High School on Orleans Street and a family building for oncology patients and families will be constructed on the current library site.  A new outpatient pediatrics building will also be part of the south of Orleans construction site.  The new parking garage will have structural support to accommodate offices on top of the garage if needed in the future.

Dr. Miller updated the council on the East Baltimore Development Group’s progress and noted proposals from three developers will soon be reviewed. The first phase of the current plan is to construct a biotech building that will house both Johns Hopkins scientists (49%) and biotech companies (51%).

Dr. Miller indicated he is working with department directors on the financial impact of effort reporting.  President Brody has been actively working on this issue at the national level, as well.

During the past academic year many ACGME programs were reviewed internally as well as externally.  The School of Medicine had an institutional site visit in June and is expecting a satisfactory report by the end of the year. Dr. Miller thanked the faculty for all their efforts in the review process.

 Dr. Miller reported the Licensing and Technology Office is recruiting new leadership and the faculty can expect improved services in the future. He emphasized the importance of this office as the Biotech Park progresses.

With regard to clinical expansion, the Dean reported on a second facility at White Marsh and on plans for a Fort Meade site. There’s no interest at this time in expanding in the D.C. area or for any out of state sites. The Singapore operation continues to evolve with an active oncology unit and research program.

The Curriculum Reform Committee continues to work under the leadership of Drs. Nichols and Wiener.  Recommendations will be brought to the Medical School Council as they are developed.

Fund raising activities continue at a brisk pace. The University has raised $1.5 billion of its $2 billion goal. One billion is earmarked for Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Dr. Miller noted 27 of 32 chairs have been appointed in the last six years. The institution is now using an outside firm to assist the search committees. The goal is to look for more diversity in candidates, help with the structure of the interview process, and to get better information on how the candidates function at his/her home institution.  The following update was provided: Anesthesiology and Urology – in final negotiations; Physiology and Neuroscience – beginning process; Biophysics – in interviewing process.

Dr. Miller, in addressing questions from the floor, commented as follows:

Faculty office space – Facilities is looking at creative ways to retrofit space for offices. 

Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences – Fundraising is underway. There is a $30 million commitment in place.

Faculty recruitment – It is difficult to raise dollars for faculty support. Donors prefer to support programs. A large amount of endowment is necessary to support faculty salaries when the School receives a 5% return  on endowments.

Blue Cross/Blue Shield Contract – A new contract, more favorable to Johns Hopkins Medicine, was recently signed.

Dr. Clark thanked Dr. Miller for his presentation.

IV. United Way Campaign – Dr. Martin Abeloff

Dr. Abeloff asked members to encourage their colleagues and staff to participate in the campaign.  He noted this year’s campaign will be limited to two weeks in early October, although contributions will be accepted at any time.  Last year Johns Hopkins Medicine’s participation was 16.7%.  The emphasis this year is to increase the participation.

V. Update: Committee on Clinician Educators – Drs. Clark and Sterni

The Committee on Clinician Educators, chaired by Dr. Weisfeldt, has been actively addressing issues of promotion and rewards for the clinical educator. The committee has several working sub-committees addressing specific topics such as mentoring, finances, and Gold Book issues. The committee has reviewed promotion processes at peer institutions which primarily have multiple promotion tracks. The Gold Book sub-committee acknowledges the diversity of the faculty and has recommended several changes that the committee will be considering this fall. All changes to the Gold Book must be approved by the Medical School Council.

VI. Election of Officers

The following officers were elected:

Chair (by ballot): Dr. Argye Hillis
Vice-Chair (by acclamation): Dr. Laura Sterni
Member-at-Large (by acclamation): Dr. Brenda Ross

VII. Other Business

There being no further business this meeting was adjourned at 5:10 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.

October 20, 2004

November 10, 2004

December 15, 2004

January 12, 2005

February 9, 2005

March 23, 2005

April 20, 2005

May 11, 2005

June 22, 2005