Tuesday, June 30, 1998 / 3 p.m. / 814th Meeting
Members Present: Drs. James Anthony, John Breitner, Diane Griffin, John Groopman, Bernard Guyer, Robert Lawrence, Ellen MacKenzie, Roger McMacken, W. Henry Mosley, Jonathan Samet, John Scocca, Alfred Sommer, Donald Steinwachs, Scott Zeger, and Barry Zirkin; and Ms. Amanda Cline, for Robin Fox.
Members Absent: Drs. Robert Black and William Brody.
Guests: Drs. Sue Donaldson, Sharon Krag; and Mss. Diane Glover and Kathy Sabatier.
Meeting Convened: Dean Alfred Sommer convened the meeting at 3:15 p.m by announcing that today is Dr. W. Henry Mosley's last meeting as a member of the Advisory Board. The Dean thanked Dr. Mosley for the many years of service to the School and to the Department of Population Dynamics. Dr. Bernard Guyer will chair the newly formed Department of Population and Family Health Sciences, also effective July 1, 1998.
Approval of the Minutes: Minutes of the 812th meeting on May 12, 1998 were approved with minor edits. Also approved were the minutes of the 813th meeting on May 19, 1998.
Remarks by the Dean
The Dean asked Dr. Lawrence to report on the meeting held earlier today on the Graduate Certificate/Executive MPH Program. Dr. Lawrence commented that the meeting was very productive. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and finalize the course offerings for the 1998-99 cohort.
In the program's first year few applications were received. This year approximately 350 applications were received by the CDC and over 100 were accepted for matriculation at one of the four participating schools of public health. Thirty-two students of the second cohort will start at Johns Hopkins on June 29. This second cohort of students comes from broad backgrounds and seems very mature and sophisticated. Dr. Lawrence commended Dr. Mosley for leading the distance education movement.
Dr. Sommer briefly informed the Board members that his office staff were temporarily relocated to W1020 while the office is undergoing renovations. Faculty of the Department of Population Dynamics hand delivered a memo to Board members earlier this week suggesting the Board develop a policy to handle any future significant reorganizations of a department. This stems from the recent decision to dissolve the departments of Population Dynamics and of Maternal and Child Health, and combine the faculty of the two departments into a new department provisionally named "Population and Family Health Sciences."
The Dean commented that the decision was the result of recommendations made by two independent departmental review committees and an ad hoc committee consisting of faculty from the two departments. The Board did not feel at this time that developing a policy for such ad hoc situations was necessary, and on reflection, would not change the process used in this particular case.
The Department of Biostatistics recently advertised for a tenure-track position. Dr. Sommer felt the ad was very well done. The ad represents the School, University and Department of Biostatistics as being the best; the broad description will attract candidates from different backgrounds, and it states "JHHI are among the top worldwide and provide a research environment in which energetic faculty can achieve excellence." A copy of the advertisement was circulated to Board members for their interest.
Report of the Faculty Senate: There were no items to report.
Faculty Reappointments for 1998-99
The School of Nursing is a young school at the University and has been working towards building a reputation of excellence. Through collaboration with the Hospital, and other divisions of the University, the School of Nursing hopes to build strong programs that benefit all involved. Dr. Donaldson feels the joint MSN/MPH program is a great asset to the School. The School of Nursing might also be interested in collaborating with the School on its joint program (with the School of Medicine) in Clinical Investigation and on the genetic counseling program.
Dean Donaldson feels there would be a market for these programs at the School of Nursing. She welcomed ideas of possible collaboration in areas of mutual interest. The School of Nursing was recently rated in the top ten of similar schools and hopes to exceed that in the near future. Dr. Sommer thanked Dean Donaldson and Ms. Sabatier for updating the Board on the School of Nursing's progress. Anyone who thinks they have a program the School of Nursing may be interested in will contact either Dr. Donaldson or Ms. Sabatier directly.
Revision to the PPM on Fraud in Research - Dr. Krag Dr. Sharon Krag presented to the Board a revision of the PPM on Fraud in Research to be voted on. Dr. Krag reviewed with the Board some minor rewording suggested by Frederick Savage, of the University General Counsel's Office, that were not reflected on the copies distributed in the meeting packets.
Two points brought up by the Faculty Senate remain in question despite the revised PPM and will be addressed this coming year: 1) legal counsel cannot be present at the hearing; and 2) reciprocity among divisions. There was considerable discussion regarding the definition of "fraud in research." Some Board members felt the words "...practices that seriously deviate from those that are commonly accepted..." were not acceptable and could easily be misconstrued as inhibiting. It was noted that the definition in the PPM is that of the Federal government and was not changed from the current version of this PPM.
Dr. Krag strongly suggested the Board vote to accept the revised PPM as it protects the School and its faculty more than the current version. Dr. Sommer noted that the Board can later decide if the PPM still requires rewording in specific areas. The Board voted to accept the revised PPM with one abstention. Dr. Sommer thanked Dr. Krag for her dedication and efficiency in rewriting a very important School policy.
Development of the "Hopkins Summer Institutes" - Dr. Sommer Dr. Sommer briefly reviewed the plan to centralize summer programs offered in the School under the new "Hopkins Summer Institutes." He noted that the vote today would be to implement the plan and that the financial aspects of the Institute will be discussed in September. The School of Medicine's Continuing Medical Education Office requires six months advance notice of any programs being offered for CME credit. It is imperative that all departments participating in summer programs be aware of the deadlines so that a "Hopkins Summer Institutes" brochure can be developed and mailed out well in advance.
For this year only, the CME Office may waiver the deadline for us. The Board voted to accept the plan for a "Hopkins Summer Institutes." There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:30 p.m.
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