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Minutes: October 22, 2003

3 p.m., Wednesday, October 22, 2003
 School of Medicine Administration, Board Room 103

PRESENT: Drs. Bhattacharya, Caterina, Chan, Clark, Denmeade, Dintzis, Francis, Gabrielson, Johnson-Greene,  Koenig, Kolodkin, Leffler, Liu, Lorsch, Martinez, Martins, Miller, Nicolaou, Niv, Ivan Mikalaenko (for Roper), Sandone, Sterni, Sunness, Walker, Woolf, Messrs. Grelotti and Watkins, Mss. McCall and Foy.
ABSENT: Drs. Adger, Ain, Belzberg, Blok, Campbell, Colecraft, Hattar, Hillis (excused), Iacobuzio-Donahue, Lee, Pomper, Ross, Schulick (excused), Smith, Sukumar, Ziegelstein, Ms. Wahba

GUESTS:  Dean Miller, Dr. Clements, Mr. Gilbert

I.  Minutes

The minutes of the September 17, 2003 meetings are approved with the following modification:

VII. Junior Faculty Advancement Committee Update was presented by Dr. Doug Clark.

II.  Chairman’s Report – Dr. Clark

Dr. Clark reported the following agenda items will be discussed at future meetings:  Updates on ACGME issues; the Biotech Park; the impact of HIPAA; and discussions of modifications to the Gold Book as proposed by Dr. Neil Miller and the Associate Professor Reappointment Review Committee.   Dr. Sunness suggested the issue regarding “percent effort on grants” also be discussed.  The Junior Faculty Advancement Committee has a draft report and a final report will be submitted to the MSC when the results of the Faculty Gender and Diversity Committee questionnaire are complete.  It was noted not all chairs were interviewed by the Junior Faculty Advancement Committee.

III. Dean’s Report – Dr. Janice Clements 

Dr. Clements reported all of the search committees are on schedule.  A Biophysics Search Committee, chaired by Dr. Philip Cole, has been appointed and will start work next month.

IV. Revised Changes of Definition of Special Faculty Ranks – Dr. Clements

A revision to the definitions of special faculty ranks was circulated with the agenda.  The changes in the definitions reflect the input of the Medical School Council expressed at the September meeting.  The new definition of Adjunct no longer requires an individual to be from a “for-profit” organization.  The Visiting title will be used for appointments in excess of three months.  A new category “Guest Faculty” will be used designate individuals who are appointed for not more than three months.  The Medical School Council unanimously endorsed the revised definitions.  The recommendation will be forwarded to the November Advisory Board meeting for approval.

V.  Dean Miller’s annual report to the Medical School Council – Dr. Miller

Building Projects

Dr. Miller reported on the following building projects: A new 1,200 space parking garage is being built on Madison Street by the Kennedy Kreiger Institute; 600 spaces are being leased to the School of Medicine.  The Broadway property south of Orleans will be the site of a 2,200 space parking garage that will replace the Broadway garage.  A new power plant, loading docks, and hospital kitchen will also be part of this structure.  A bridge will be built across Orleans Street to enter on the east side of the Weinberg Building.  Upon completion of the new parking garage on Orleans, the Broadway garage will come down, as well as the laundry and the Jefferson Building.  In mid-2005 construction will start on a Women’s and Children’s center and a Cardiovascular Complex with an anticipated completion date of 2008.  These buildings will have underground parking.  A second Cancer Research Building is under construction now and will mirror the original CRB.  In July 2004, construction will begin on a new Basic Science Research Building to be located north of Madison Street, adjacent to the Basic Science Complex.  A major donor has committed to this project and it is anticipated construction will take 28 months.  When the new clinical and new research buildings are completed, several Monument Street buildings will come down to provide green space and a food court.  Outside interests are looking at student housing and will be making proposals to the Administration.  A number of non-clinical offices have moved off campus to Charles Street and to the Fells Point area.  A new educational building has been discussed, however funding is not in place at this time.

Johns Hopkins Singapore

Dr. Miller then outlined the activities within the new division of Johns Hopkins Singapore.  The Institution is about to sign a $75 million, five-year agreement with Singapore for research support.  This agreement will provide 30,000 square feet of research space in Singapore.  Johns Hopkins is in the process of recruiting a director for the Immunology Program in Singapore.  There is also an arrangement for graduate students and for our faculty to go to Singapore for research activities. 

Dean’s Retreat/ Other Issues

Dr. Miller reported he will be meeting with the senior leadership of the Institution to address two issues: 1) the impact of science on society; and 2) the promotion process and whether or not we should look at a two-track system.  With regard to technology transfer, Dr. Miller noted we are seen by the outside as difficult to deal with.  The institution is reviewing the technology transfer policies with the goal of streamlining the processes.  Dr. Miller reported on the current $2 billion campaign.  He noted $1 billion is earmarked for Johns Hopkins Medicine.  The campaign has been very successful to date and the School of Medicine anticipates raising $200 million this year.  Dr. Miller noted in the last seven years, 25 of 30 department chairs have been appointed and this has put a strain on resources.  He reported the Radiology, ENT, Rehabilitation, and Anesthesiology Search Committees will be completing their work soon.  He also reported Urology and Biophysics searches will begin.  Dr. Miller reviewed graduate medical education and the ACGME issues.  He reported the Department of Medicine has been site visited and a decision on the Medicine program is expected by December 14th.  He reported an institutional site visit will take place in early February and all graduate medical education programs will be reviewed before then.  The faculty and administration has been working hard to have all programs fully accredited.
Biotech Park

The Biotech Park will contain two million square feet of research space.  The 89 acre park will be developed over a ten year period.  Thirty million dollars is now available to start the development.  This project is a joint effort of the City, State, and Johns Hopkins, and will require approximately $800 million to complete.  In addition to the Biotech Park, a variety of housing will be available as well as a new school.  It is anticipated many employees will be purchasing homes in the redeveloped area.  Dr. Miller pointed out 25% of the residents of the new housing on the old Church Home and Hospital lot are Johns Hopkins employees.

 In response to questions from the council, Dr. Miller pointed out running a residency program is a major commitment and School of Medicine and hospital funds flow to programs to support administrative functions.  Dr. Miller recognized the degree of regulatory oversight is increasing and this has strained the resources.  The Dean reported a full-time compliance officer has been appointed to assist programs in addressing compliance issues.  He also noted a committee is looking at an easy way to track house staff hours and that duty hours compliance remains an issue. He also reported a committee is looking at a centralized program for training in the core competencies.  There will likely be more web-based testing and training for both faculty and house staff.  Dr. Miller then discussed the need for more central control to deal with regulatory issues.  In responding to a question concerning investment in capital versus people, the Dean noted there are major safety issues and the Hospital must rebuild. Very little new construction has taken place over the last 30 years and the Institution is in a catch-up phase.  Dr. Miller noted the administration is looking at the promotion process and criteria needed to be in place to reward faculty.  He also pointed out the CPA is now run like a real business and reimbursement has improved.  He reported the Institution has been aggressive in its contractual arrangements with third part payers and this has resulted in increased revenues for faculty.  Dr. Miller suggested young faculty be more vocal with regard to their views on the promotion system.  He noted faculty need to be creative in setting criteria for promoting teachers and educators.  It was also pointed out the last time the Medical School Council looked at a two-track system, it was not embraced as presented.  In response to a question about the salary freeze, Dr. Miller noted it was necessary for the bond rating for the new construction.  The Institution had a target to hit and this three month delay in salary increases provided the cushion that was needed.  He responded to a tuition benefit question and noted this is a excellent benefit that has not strained the Institution financially.  The University is looking at the fringe benefit rate which is now at 32%.  The Dean also responded to a question concerning the salary freeze as it relates to individuals who are fully funded by the NIH. 

 Dr. Clark thanked Dr. Miller for his comprehensive presentation.

VI. Other Business – Dr. Clark

 Dr. Clark reported he will attend the Dean’s retreat in late November.  As the two-track system will be on the agenda, he asked members to provide feedback on the promotion system so he can fully represent the views of the council.  Dr. Clark noted Dr. Chi Dang, the Vice-Dean for Research will be meeting with the council soon.  He asked for feedback regarding the relationship between the School of Medicine and the Biotech Park.

There being no further business this meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Sincerely 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.

  • November 12, 2003
  • December 10, 2003
  • January 14, 2004
  • February 18, 2004
  • March 24, 2004
  • April 21, 2004
  • May 19, 2004
  • June 23, 2004