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Minutes: November 10, 2004

 3 p.m., Wednesday, November 10, 2004
 School of Medicine Administration, Board Room 103

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

 GUESTS:  Drs. Dang, Desiderio, Nichols and Rybock, Mr. Amey

I.  Minutes

The minutes of the October 20, 2004 meeting were approved.

II.  ACGME Update – Dr. John Rybock

Dr. Rybock provided an update on Graduate Medical Education activities.  He noted the RRC’s are beginning to be specific regarding the time commitment training program directors must spend on program administrative functions.  These new regulations will likely impact funding for programs and the promotion process for faculty who will be spending significant time on teaching and program administration. 

Dr. Rybock also commented on the three electronic systems in place for tracking duty hours.  He is looking for ways of getting reports out of the various systems to lessen the reporting requirements of training program directors.

III. Update on Effort Reporting – Mr. Michael Amey

Mr. Amey updated the council on the effort reporting issue.  He reported there is still no federal definition on percent effort to guide institutions, although there is a national effort looking at alternative reporting options.  Mr. Amey distributed a handout outlining the “effort denomination problem” which graphically depicted the impact of percent effort based on a 40 hour versus 60 hour work week.  As total hours increase the effort value deflates for the same time commitment.

Mr. Amey reported the Dean’s Office is working with the departments and making adjustments in support where necessary.  The clinical departments have been impacted more than the basic science departments.  The Council indicated its willingness to be helpful to the administration on both an institutional and national level in resolving this issue.

IV. Faculty Web-site – Dr. Laura Sterni

Dr. Clements will report in December on plans to expand the faculty web-site to include links to other web-sites, making it user friendly for faculty to access information that is not now readily available.  She will be asking for input and assistance from the Medical School Council in designing an effective site. There will also be a component with information pertinent to part-time faculty.

V. LCME Self-Study Update – Dr. Argye Hillis

Dr. Hillis reviewed the activities of the LCME self study process to date.  The review focuses primarily on the medical education activities of the school.  A major emphasis will be on what process the institution has in place to teach teachers how to teach.  Several excellent examples were cited (Neurology, Ob-Gyn, JHBMC Department of Medicine) of processes currently in place to teach teachers.  There was enthusiasm expressed for a web-based teaching initiative that faculty could utilize.  Dr. Hillis commented that development of teaching resources could be part of a teaching portfolio.
VI. Update on the Institute for Cell Engineering – Dr. Chi Dang

Dr. Dang reported there are four core programs in the Institute for Cell Engineering (ICE): Immunobiology; Stem Cell Biology; Neuroregeneration and Repair; and Vascular Cell Engineering.  Recruitment of faculty to these programs is through departments.  An advisory board has been created to oversee the activities of ICE.

In reporting on allocation of space in new research construction, Dr. Dang noted space in the Cancer Research Building II has been programmatically allocated.  Labs will be moved to the facility to cluster cancer research. 

The Genetic Medicine Institute faculty hold primary appointments in departments but administratively report to the director who allocates space.

VII. Update on the Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences (IBBS) – Dr. Stephen Desiderio

The IBBS is a consortium of eight individual basic science departments with a goal of achieving economies of scale, such as core facilities.  Another function is to create centers for interdependent research which brings individual investigators together.  The HITS center is an example of such an enterprise. The plan is to create four to five centers each with a scientific theme.  The School of Medicine has committed to creating 16 faculty positions over an eight year period to support the center concept. The basic science directors will ask for proposals for these centers of interdisciplinary research which must originate in a basic science department with clinical faculty participation.  The goal is to have two of the centers operational in FY06.

Dr. Desiderio outlined the building plans for the area north of Madison Street which will contain a series of four to five life science buildings. Proposals are out for the first development phase which consists of some 20 acres. Three developers have submitted proposals which will be reviewed and acted upon before the end of the year. The first building will be a research building with approximately 80,000 square feet of which 50,000 square feet will be for the IBBS.

There is also a plan for residential housing which will consist of low income, market value, and subsidized homes.  It was noted Johns Hopkins is committed to building a school as part of the project.

VIII. Other Business

There being no further business this meeting was adjourned at 4:55 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.

December 15, 2004

January 12, 2005

February 9, 2005

March 23, 2005

April 20, 2005

May 11, 2005

June 22, 2005