November 21, 1995
MEMBERS PRESENT: Drs. Daniel Nathans, Cheryl Alexander, Haroutune Armenian, Robert Black, Diane Griffin, John Groopman, Bernard Guyer, Wallace Mandell, Roger McMacken, Laura Morlock, W. Henry Mosley, Charles Rohde, John Scocca, Alfred Sommer, Donald Steinwachs and Scott Zeger; Ms. Robin Fox, staff.
GUESTS: Drs. Thomas Burke, Sharon Krag, Robert Lawrence and Noel Rose; Mss Estelle Fishbein and Diane Glover.
REMARKS BY THE DEAN: Dean Sommer commented that planning for the retreat to be held on February 2-4, 1996 is beginning, including consideration of a broad number of issues and how to best and most efficiently address them. He asked Dr. Armenian to followup on a suggestion by Dr. Leon Gordis that students in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program have the option of studying in the MPH or other degree programs.
1. Proposed revisions to the DrPH PPM Dr. Zeger recounted the discussion at the Committee of the Whole meeting on November 14 regarding changes to the DrPH program. He acknowledged the contribution of a number of persons and committees to the process of revising the DrPH program. He then reviewed the proposed modifications to the policy and procedures manual (PPM) in response to the concerns expressed by several members of the Committee of the Whole. Dr. Black thanked Dr. Zeger for making those changes but expressed concern that the explicit statement of provision of financial resources to the program would set it apart it from other academic programs. There was agreement that the goal is to provide resources for the effective administration of all academic programs so they are of the highest quality, however that goal is best accomplished. A program director will be designated, and the program will be refined as needed over time. After further discussion, the proposed PPM was approved after the deletion of one sentence.
2. Remittance of consulting payments to departments Mrs. Estelle Fishbein and Mr. Michael Taylor joined the group for a discussion of the most suitable procedures to provide monies to the School earned by faculty members from external consulting activities. There were questions regarding income tax liability and control of monies once paid over to the School. Mrs. Fishbein stated that the optimal procedure is for funds to be paid directly to the School, rather than to a faculty member who would donate to the School. Questions were raised regarding the mechanisms for establishing contractual agreements, invoicing procedures, confidentiality, and indemnification. Dean Sommer asked Mr. Taylor to convene a small group of faculty and administrators to gather information on the models used in the past, to determine if there should be a standard procedure, and to seek input from appropriate offices across the University. He asked that Mr. Taylor return to the Committee on the Whole when he has assembled the information, as it will prove helpful in continuing to develop the School's professional practice activities. Dean Sommer thanked Mrs. Fishbein and Mr. Taylor for their insights.
Recruitment of the director of the Risk Sciences and Public Policy Institute: Dr. Thomas Burke, co-director of the Risk Sciences and Public Policy Institute (with Dr. Samet), joined the group. Dr. Samet proposed a search for the executive director of the Institute. This will be an unusual search as job requirements, rank, title, and department of primary appointment will be flexible depending on the discipline and background of the candidate. The Advisory Board thanked Drs. Samet and Burke for the information and agreed that the position will bring expertise to the School in this area.
3. Revisions to Faculty PPM 1.8 to avoid real or perceived conflict of interest for part-time faculty Dr. Krag reviewed the rationale and procedures developed to avoid a real or perceived conflict of interest by part-time faculty. Faculty being considered for adjunct appointments will provide a letter from their employer stating that the adjunct appointment poses no conflict of interest. For faculty appointed to the positions of lecturer, associate and senior associate, the letter of appointment will state that they will inform their supervisor of the part-time appointment. The Advisory Board approved these procedures and the concomitant changes to PPM Faculty 1.8.
4. Research ethics requirement for all doctoral and ScM students Dr. Krag described the NIH requirement in research ethics for all students receiving support from NIH training grants. She proposed expanding the requirement to include all doctoral and ScM students so that they become familiar with issues involved in the responsible conduct of research as well as meet NIH guidelines. She noted that NIH is considering expanding the requirement to include any student who receives support from NIH during the course of his/her study. Several models to accomplish imparting these concepts to students were mentioned. Dr. Krag will develop a list of alternative options to fill this requirement. The Advisory Board approved this requirement for students who begin their courses of study in September, 1996 and beyond.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.
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