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Minutes: October 21, 2009



                  3 p.m., Wednesday, October 21, 2009

                  School of Medicine Administration, Board Room 103

PRESENT: Drs. Ahn, Brayton, Carroll, Chou, Comfort, Cooke, Fine, Goldstein, Gottesman, Herman, Ishii, Matunis, McCarthy, Meffert, Molinaro, Nyhan, Reading, Regan, Resar, Schramm, Stivers, Williams, Wolfgang, Wong, Mr. Mandell, Mss. Fairman,  Foy, Matthys, and Nguyen.

ABSENT: Drs. Abuav, Armstrong (excused), Barker, Bastian, Chuck, Cromwell, Green, Leahy, Pavlovich, Shapiro, Tis, and Tufaro, Mr.Bicket

GUESTS: Dr. Cofrancesco, Mss. Conway and Hayes. 

                  In the absence of Dr. Deborah Armstrong, Dr. Joseph Herman chaired the meeting.

I.  Minutes
The minutes of the September 16, 2009 meeting were approved. 
II. Fall Benefits Update – Heidi Conway, Senior Director for Benefits and Charlene Hayes, Vice President for Human Resources

            Ms. Conway updated the council on changes in faculty and staff benefits effective January 1, 2010.  There will be no increase in the health insurance rates until July 1, 2010.  The University has eliminated the $100 benefit dollar supplement for completing the Health Risk Assessment Questionnaire (HRA).  Total benefit dollars have increased by $100 to $900.  Employees earning less than $40,000 as of September 1, 2009 will receive $200 additional benefits dollars for a total of $1,100 rate relief.  The HRA will no longer be administered through the University.  It will now be optional through each health plan provider.  Mental health benefits have been enhanced effective January 1, 2010 due to legislation putting mental health benefits on parity with physical health benefits.

                  The University will be offering a Voluntary Benefits Program though payroll deduction for home and auto insurance.

                  Ms. Conway announced dependents covered under university plans must now provide Social Security Numbers, relationship to subscriber, date of birth, and gender in order to be covered.

                  The open enrollment period is from October 23rd through November 10th.  A new on-line system using JHED sign-on has been implemented.  Faculty and staff were encouraged to complete the on-line feedback survey after completing enrollment.

                  A number of questions addressing the following were discussed:

(Q): Has the Health Risk Assessment Questionnaire made an impact?

(A): Over the next year a group of faculty will be convened to work with Human Resources in assessing data from the HRA questionnaire.

(Q): Why is Blue Choice HMO no longer being offered to new subscribers?

(A): The cost of the program is more expensive than other options; current enrollees may continue in the plan.

(Q): What is the cost of the health care plans?

(A): $90-100 million annually.  Health care consumes 1/3 of the fringe benefit rate applied to salaries.  All JHU plans are self insured to control costs.  At the end of 2009 each faculty and staff member will receive a Total Rewards Statement showing a summary of compensation and the dollar amount of all benefits provided.

(Q): Why will JHU School of Medicine Psychiatry Department not participate in the BC/BS plan offered by JHU?

(A):  Ms. Hayes will contract the department director to explore the issue.

                  The website for benefits is

                  Dr. Herman thanked Ms. Conway and Ms. Hayes for their presentation.

III. Overview of the New Institute for Excellence in Education – Dr. Joseph Cofancesco Jr., Director

                  Recognizing the competing demands on faculty (RVUs, grant competition, regulatory requirements, etc.), teaching was being “squeezed out”.  Over two years ago the Dean established a committee under the leadership of Dr. Martin Abeloff to review the role of teaching and teachers in order to maintain our position as world leaders in medical education.

                  The committee recommended an Institute for Excellence in Education (IEE) be established that would be open to all faculty, full and part time, with the following mission statement: “The mission of the Institute for Excellence in Education (IEE) at Johns Hopkins is to promote, value and advance the educational mission of the School of Medicine while enhancing the SOM’s leadership role in medical and medical sciences education nationally and internationally.”

                  The first task of the IEE leadership will be to measure teaching activities and develop teaching credits along the lines of an educational RVU; a formula for developing teaching credits has been recommended.  Various categories of teaching (lectures, small group, clinical, etc.) have been indentified and an activity factor and quality adjustment metric will be applied.  It is anticipated that course directors will provide much of the data for an electronic system that will be coded and storable by learner level. 

                  Quality of teaching will be evaluated by learners, peers, and outcome measurements.  An educator’s portfolio will be created to support promotion.  Faculty development courses will be established to assist faculty interested in enhancing their teaching skills.  It is anticipated that new teaching awards will be created to recognize outstanding educators.  As funding becomes available competitive small internal grants will be established to support scholarly activities.  The Institute will be governed by a Board of Directors with broad representation including faculty, students, administration, alumni, trustees, etc.  Dr. Joseph Cofrancesco has been appointed the first Director of the Institute.


                  After responding to questions from the Council, Dr. Herman thanked Dr. Cofrancesco for his presentation.

IV. United Way- Stephanie Reel, Vice President for Information Services

Mr. Mandell, speaking in place of Stephanie Reel, reminded the Council of the importance of supporting the United Way Campaign especially this year when the economic downturn has created a greater need for the less fortunate.  Johns Hopkins is the number one contributor to the United Way in Maryland, last year providing over $1.5 million.  He pointed out that 95% of donations go directory to those in need.  This is a change from previous years when a larger share of donations went toward administrative expenses.

There is an option again this year to direct donations to charities supporting activities in the neighborhoods surrounding the Johns Hopkins campuses. 

Council members were asked to encourage their constituents to support the campaign.  An on-line giving option is available as well as paper enrollment.  Details are available at

V. Other Business

                  There being no further business this meeting was adjourned at 4:25 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.



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