Medical Faculty Council
Medical Faculty Council Officers, 2013 - 2014:
Julie L. Ryan, PhD, MPH, Chair
Gabrielle Yeaney, MD, Associate Chair
Martha Gdowski, PhD, Secretary
The Medical Faculty Council (MFC) has long provided a forum for faculty discussion and communication with School leadership. However, the Council had been inactive in recent months, as its role had become increasingly unclear. With an eye toward improving faculty's communication and connectedness to School governance (in part as a response to the AAMC Faculty Forward survey), MFC members drafted a revised charter for the approval of our School faculty, which was approved in July 2013.
|Why do we need a Medical Faculty Council (MFC)?|
|A vital, active MFC is an important mechanism for discussion and expression of faculty views, and for improving communication between our faculty members and School leadership. Items from School leaders for information or discussion can be brought to faculty in our Departments and Centers directly by their MFC representatives, rather than solely through department chairs and center directors. Faculty concerns also can be brought directly to School leaders in the Dean’s Office by the MFC.|
|Why did we revise the Medical Faculty Council Charter?|
|Members of the MFC increasingly felt that their role was unclear, in large part because its work felt disconnected from the Dean’s Office and other School leaders. Not surprisingly, the engagement of the MFC representatives had lessened.|
|So how did the MFC revise the charter?|
The revised charter includes the following main changes:
MFC Charter & By-Laws
The Charter and By-Laws describe the purpose, officers, representatives, and functions of the Medical Faculty Council.
Medical Faculty Council Charter & By Laws
MFC Meeting Notes
Listed here are summary notes from each meeting of the Medical Faculty Council. MFC Summary 1-7-2014. MFC Meeting Minutes 1-7-2014. The following is the link to Dr. Steven Dewhurst's presentation from the Jan. 7 meeting: Strategic Plan - S.Dewshurst - 1-7-2014
MFC Summary 11-5-13
MFC Membership List
MFC Travel Awards
MFC Student/Trainee Travel Award Winners 2014:
The results for the URSMD MFC Student/Trainee Travel Award have been completed. This was a competitive round of applications with 12 basic science and 11 clinical science submissions. The recipients of the first round of URSMD MFC Student/Trainee Travel Awards 2014 are:
Bethany Plakke, Ph.D. is a post-doc in the laboratory of Dr. Lizabeth Romanski in the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy. Dr. Plakke gave a poster and short oral presentation on her research entitled, “The role of ventral prefrontal cortex in auditory, visual, and audiovisual working memory” at the Advances & Perspectives in Auditory Neurophysiology (APAN) meeting associated with the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in November 2013. Her study investigated whether the ventral prefrontal cortex (VLPFC) was essential for an audiovisual non-match-to-sample task designed to test auditory and visual working memory. In rhesus macaques, Dr. Plakke showed that the VLPFC is necessary for cross-modal attention/switching and auditory working memory but not for visual working memory. A better understanding of the neural circuit underlying audiovisual and auditory processes will enable further elucidation of effects observed in autism, attention hyperactivity disorder, and schizophrenia.
Shira Black, D.O. is a fourth year resident in the Department of Anesthesiology under the mentorship of Dr. Jerrold Lerman. Dr. Black have an oral presentation on her research entitled, “Drug calculation errors in anesthesia residents and faculty” at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists in October 2013. Her study investigated the frequency of computational drug error rates in a national sample of anesthesiology residents (N=223) and faculty (N=163) from seven U.S. academic institutions. A standard questionnaire designed to determine the frequency of drug calculation errors, identify possible contributing factors to the error rate, and the type of errors made by the respondents. Dr. Black found that drug error rates by residents and faculty occur at a similar rate (2.5 error per test; 15% wrong answers). Additionally, CA-1 residents and senior faculty make the largest drug calculation errors and lack of sleep does not result in an increase in error rate. This study is the first step in developing methods for improvement in drug calculations performed by anesthesiologists.
Medical Faculty Council University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Student/Trainee Travel Awards 2014 Request for Applications (RFA)
Each application will be scored using a 1.0 to 5.0 scoring system (i.e., where 1.0 is perfect and 5.0 is terrible), for the following three criteria: 1) How the meeting will advance the applicant’s career; 2) Significance of the meeting; and 3) Quality of Science. Each application will be reviewed by 3 reviewers. The final score for the application will be an average of all three evaluation scores. Notification of awards will occur approximately 2-3 weeks after application deadline.
This award specifically funds travel to meetings at which the applicant will be presenting his/her work. Therefore, if the chosen award recipient is an applicant who submitted a “not-yet-accepted abstract” for this award, and the abstract is ultimately not accepted to the meeting, the applicant will forfeit the award. The travel award will then go to the next highest ranking abstract in its category (clinical or basic research).
We request that the applicant notify the MFC Chair if other travel funds have been awarded for the same abstract and meeting during the review of this grant, so that their application may be withdrawn.
Please combine all application materials into one single PDF with formatted title: “MFCTravelAward-applicant’s last name-Basic/Clinical”. (If applicant’s name is Jane Doe applying for Basic Science award, the title of the PDF would be: “MFCTravelAward-Doe-Basic”. Please deliver PDF by email to Laura Francz in the Office of Academic Affairs at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications that are not in PDF format will not be processed. Please use the PDF title as the subject line of the email.
For questions please contact:
Julie L. Ryan, PhD, MPH
Medical Faculty Council Chair
Departments of Dermatology and Radiation Oncology