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Minutes: December 12, 2007

3 p.m., Wednesday, December 12, 2007
School of Medicine Administration, Board Room 103

PRESENT: (By email response after meeting): Drs. Argani, Bluemke, Brayton, Cooke, Cromwell, Dagnelie, Geller, Goldstein, Honeycutt, Li, Maragakis, McCarthy, Mears, Mooney, Pidcock, Pomerantz, Schramm, Yehia, Zellars,  Mr. Pirruccello, Mss. Fairman, Foy, and Oliver.

ABSENT: Drs. Allaf, Armstrong, Bergles, Bhatti, Chan, Choi, Cormack, DeLeon, Efron, Flynn,  Halushka, Huang, Jia, Kravet, Leahy, MacDonald, Magaziner, Peters, Robinson, Siberry, Sterni, Stivers, Tompkins, Tufaro, Whitmore, Woolf, Yaster, Mss. Nguyen and Warner.


Dr. Shochet, Mr. Driskin, Mss. Haldeman and Smith.

I.  Minutes

The minutes of the November, 2007 meeting were approved. Dr. Melissa McCarthy’s name was added as being present. 

II.  Member-at-Large

Dr. Gail Geller, Associate Professor of Medicine, was re-elected as member-at-large for the 2007-08 academic year.

III. Presentation by Dalal Haldeman, Vice President, Marketing and Communication for Johns Hopkins Medicine

Dalal Haldeman reviewed the reorganization of the Marketing and Communication Office that has taken place over the last several months.  Funding has been made available to hire additional staff for web development; web staff has increased from 0.8 to 3.  Ms. Haldeman noted some other major academic centers of similar size have 15-18 staff in web development.

Ms. Haldeman outlined the changing methodology U.S. News and World Report uses to evaluate hospitals and reported on proactive measures being taken to maintain the Hopkins ranking including targeted mailings to physician informing them of innovations in patient care and research.

Mr. Drew Driskin, the newly appointed Director of E-Strategy reviewed plans for improving the web services and outlined needs identified in focus groups that took place over the summer.  He encouraged Medical School Council members and faculty to communicate with his office the content and delivery method they would like to see implemented as new websites are being developed.  He can be reached at

IV. College Advisory/Clinical Skills Program – Dr. Robert Shochet

Dr. Shochet reviewed the history of the program which began in 2005.  There are 24 core faculty in the four colleges which are named for distinguished faculty (Florence Sabin, Vivian Thomas, Helen Taussig, and Daniel Nathans).  The goals of the core faculty are to foster a vibrant learning community dedicated to the personal and professional development of medical students.  A major teaching responsibility is college faculty teaching Clinical Skills.

The original concept for college advisors was a 3-5 year term.  The term concept is currently under review as the learning phase for advising is close to three years.  The seasoning for educators for Clinical Skills teaching is likewise several years.  Dr. Shochet pointed out there is no planned faculty turnover in any other courses.  He noted four of the original twenty-four advisors have left the program.  The impact of departing advisors is much greater on students than on faculty.

Dr. Shochet is asking the Medical School Council for its input on whether there should be term limits for advisors.  It was the sense of the MSC that there should be an evaluation system in place and that student input should be taken in to consideration on whether an advisor stays in position.  A term limit model was not viewed as being in the best interest of the students.

V. Other Business

The written “MSC Response” to the benefit discussion at the November 14, 2007 meeting was reviewed and modified as follows:

Section D)“Communication and Transparency”

1) no change

2) no change

3) Request for Town Hall meeting deleted- section rewritten as follows:

“In keeping with the goals of communication and transparency, we request a public explanation detailing the breakdown of how the faculty’s 34% fringe benefits are being apportioned.”

4) add – Medical School Council representation to benefit decision making process – section rewritten as follows:

“The faculty should not only be informed well in advance of any decisions that wholly and directly influence their salary package, including benefit dollars, but also have a Medical School Council representative participate in the discussion phase of these matters."

Note added January 24, 2008: The response to the MSC letter referenced above is here (page 1, page 2)

V. Other Business

There being no further business this meeting was adjourned at 5:20 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.

January 23, 2008

February 20, 2008

March 19, 2008

April 16, 2008

May 14, 2008

June 18, 2008