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Minutes: September 28, 2005

3 p.m., Wednesday, September 28, 2005
School of Medicine Administration, Board Room 103

PRESENT: Drs. Aucott, Bergles, Choi, Dagnelie, DeLeon, Efron, Flynn, Guity, Hillis, Holcroft, Honeycutt, Mooney, Niv, Peters, Pidcock, Robinson, Sterni, Thompkins, Yaster, Messrs. Bagga and Watkins, Mss. Foy, and  Sandone.
Drs. Adger, Ain, Bhatti, Blok, Caterina, Chan, Colecraft, Cooper, Cormack, Denmeade, Gabrielson, Hattar, Horana, Huang, Iacobuzio-Donahue, Lehmann, Liu, Lorsch, Martins, Miller, Pomper, Roper, Ross, Schulick, Segev, Walker, Woolf, Zellars, Mr Grelotti.

GUESTS:  Drs. Hunt and Schochet

I.  Minutes

The minutes of the June 22, 2005 meeting were approved with the attendance section modified to include Dr. Frank Pidcock as attending.

II. Update on the Johns Hopkins Simulation Center – Dr. Elizabeth Hunt

The School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Hospital have allocated $4 million to fund a Simulation Center to be located in the Outpatient Center.  The first phase will be a 10,000 sq/ft facility on JHOC 8 to open in Fall 2006.  A second 10,000 sq/ft expansion is planned for a later opening.

The mission of the center is to improve patient care and safety, improve the educational experience, and to conduct publishable research. There is increasing data being published supporting the use of simulation in training physicians and other health care providers. 

A needs assessment is ongoing to determine the types of simulation equipment necessary to support student and physician training.   Dr. Hunt asked Medical School Council members to ask their constituents how they would use the center.  It is important at this point in the planning process to know what equipment will be required and the number of rooms required for the various teaching programs.

Dr. Hunt described several examples of simulators available and gave examples of how they could be used for training.

The current clinical education center on Blalock 4 will be moved to the new center.  A major goal is to support faculty by providing space, equipment, and support staff in one location on an as needed basis.

Dr. Hunt encouraged faculty to contact her ( with ideas about teaching activities that might take place in the facility and type of simulation equipment required.

III. College Advising System – Dr. Robert Shochet

Dr. Shochet reviewed the goals of the new medical student advisory system that was implemented in September.  Past advisory systems did not met the students’ needs so a new approach with dedicated faculty to act as both advisors and instructors in Clinical Skills was designed. 

Students will be grouped in four colleges, with a cadre of faculty assigned to each college.  Each college will consist of 120 students, with 30 from each class.  Additional faculty will be called upon to assist the college faculty in providing mentoring and social interactions.  The advisors will help students become familiar with Baltimore and the Hopkins community.  Academic counseling will be offered to assist students in learning “the roadmap” of medical education.  Social events, both within and among the colleges will facilitate students getting to know students in all years of the curriculum.

In addition to Dr. Shochet and an administrative assistant, Dr. Scott Wright has been appointed to serve as Coordinator of Research for the Colleges Program.  Dr. Wright will encourage a scholarly focus to this work which will offer opportunities to both faculty and students.

Dr. Shochet responded to a number of questions relating to the continuation of the big-sib program and the naming of the colleges.

IV. MSC Business – Drs. Hillis and Sterni

Dr. Hillis reported all Gold Book changes have been approved by the Advisory Board and all full-time faculty received the new Gold Book with their 2005-2006 faculty appointment letters.

Dr. Sterni reported the Silver Book Committee continues to work and a draft will be submitted to the Medical School Council for input later this year.

Following the recommendation in the Report of the Committee on Faculty Development and Gender the Medcial School Council will appoint a standing committee to monitor the recommendations of the Faculty Development and Gender Committee.  Members interested in participating should contact Dr. Sterni.

Dr. Edward Miller will address the Medical School Council at the October meeting.  A series of questions will be presented to Dr. Miller prior to the meeting.  Members were asked to contact Dr. Hillis for specific topics for Dr. Miller.

Medical School Council members interested in joining the MSC Agenda Committee were asked to contact Dr. Sterni.

Election of Officers; Chair, Vice Chair, and Member-at-large:  As there was one nomination for each of these positions, each nominee was selected by acclamation as follows: Chair, Dr. Argye Hillis; Vice-Chair, Dr. Laura Sterni; Member-at-large, Dr. Jeffrey Magaziner.

V.  Other Business

There being no further business this meeting was adjourned at 4:35  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 19, 2005
November 16, 2005
December 14, 2005
January 25, 2006
February 15, 2006
March 15, 2006
April 19, 2006
May 24, 2006
June 21, 2006