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Minutes: September 28, 2005

3 p.m., Wednesday, September 20, 2006
School of Medicine Administration, Board Room 103

PRESENT: Drs. Bhatti, Bluemker, Brayton, Choi, Dagnelie, DeLeon, Efron, Gultekin, Hillis, Holcroft, Honeycutt, Kravet, Lehmann, Liu, MacDonald, McCarthy, Mears, Pidcock, Schramm, Siberry, Sterni, Tufaro, Whitmore, Zellars, Zhu, Messrs. Kobayashi and Watkins, Mss. Foy and Sandone.

ABSENT: Drs. Aucott, Bergles, Caterina, Chan, Cormack, Denmeade, Flynn, Huang, Iacobuzio-Donahue, Lorsch, Magaziner, Mooney, Peters, Robinson, Roper, Schulick, Tompkins, Walker, Wang, Woolf, Yaster, Mr. Prucz. Ms. Cohen.

GUESTS:   Dr. Williams and Ms. Heiser.

I.  Minutes

The minutes of the June 21, 2006 meeting were approved.

II. New Member Welcome

Dr. Hillis introduced and welcomed newly elected council members.

III. MSC Orientation

As background for new members, Dr. Sterni presented an overview of the charter, history, function, and structure of the Medical School Council and its relationship to the Advisory Board.  She commented on recent accomplishments including establishment of day care, development of a parental leave policy, revisions to the Gold and Silver Books, and the MSC leadership role in gender and diversity issues.  During the past year, council members have represented faculty on committees addressing important topics including oversight for Faculty Development and Gender, Faculty Efforts for Teaching, Advisory Board Agenda Committee, and the Clinician-Educator Committee, among others.

Dr. Hillis stressed the importance of MSC members communicating with faculty in their departments regarding issues discussed at council meetings.  Directing faculty to the MSC web-site (http://www.hopkinsmedicine. org/medschoolcouncil/), sharing minutes, and presenting at faculty meetings were suggested communication tools.

Dr. Hillis reported on a well attended faculty forum held in early September which addressed recent changes in the Gold and Silver Books and what they mean for promotion.  The Medical School Council will monitor changes to determine if the revised promotion guidelines are working.

IV. Election of Officers

Dr. Laura Sterni, current vice-chair, was elected chair for the 2006-2007 academic year.  Dr. Nancy Honeycutt was elected vice-chair for 2006-2007.  A member-at-large will be elected at the October meeting.  Several faculty were suggested for this position and will be contacted by Dr. Sterni regarding their interest in serving.  The council thanked Dr. Hillis for the leadership she provided over the past two years as chair.

V. Agenda Committee Membership

Dr. Sterni asked for volunteers to serve on the Medical School Council Agenda Committee.

VI. Topics for Future Meetings

Dean Miller and Vice-Dean Nichols will address the council in November. 

Suggested topics for future agendas include:

- Update on curriculum reform

- Results of the annual faculty salary study

- Institutional planning for short term “bridge funding” for faculty between grants vs. across-the-board faculty salary increases

- Challenges scientists face in not speaking with one voice in the public arena regarding funding priorities

- Continuing Medical Education policies, and communication of policies to faculty

- Indirect cost allocations back to investigators

VII. Update on Past and Future Postdoctoral Association Activities – Drs. Simon Williams and David Gultekin

Dr. Williams reported the Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association collaborates with many groups including the Graduate Student Association, the Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Association, the Professional Development Office, the postdoctoral associations in Public Health and Nursing, and the NIH postdoctoral fellow community.

The association sponsors general monthly meetings as well as social events and an invited speaker series.  The association communicates through its web-site,, a newsletter, and a member listservice.  Officers participate in the National Postdoctoral Association which began some five years ago with input from the Hopkins Chapter at that time. 

In addressing current activities, Dr. Williams noted the association’s successful accomplishment in getting a reduced tuition ($800 vs $7,000) rate for a limited number of fellows in the SPSBE Leadership Management Program in Life Sciences.  He also reported David Allen will speak soon on “Managing Workflow” as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series.  An orientation program is planned for new postdoctoral fellows on September 21st

Dr. David Gultekin, the 2006-2007 president, commented on the following planned activities for the academic year:

- Further collaboration between the Graduate Student Association and the Postdoctoral Association

- Plans for quarterly orientation sessions

- Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Association Alumni talk series

- Closer working relationship with the Professional Development Office to better serve the needs of fellows

- Continuation of the Distinguished Speaker Series

- Training workshops on selected topics of interest to fellows

Dr. Gultekin noted the Postdoctoral Association is represented on several major committees including the Medical School Council, the Graduate Medical Education Committee, the University Health Service Student Advisory Committee, and the Research Postdoctoral Committee.

In summary, Dr. Gultekin noted the role of postdoctoral fellows in the research workforce; the continuity they provide for grants, the new ideas and innovation they provide to the enterprise, and as a training venue for future faculty.

Speaking on behalf of the Postdoctoral Association, Dr. Gulteken asked for MSC support in seeking a formal Office for Postdoctoral Training that would provide additional resources for this growing population.

The council commended the officers on the accomplishments of the Postdoctoral Association.

VIII. 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 18, 2006
November 8, 2006
December 13, 2006
January 17, 2007
February 14, 2007
March 21, 2007
April 18, 2007
May 23, 2007
June 20, 2007