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Medical Faculty Council
Medical Faculty Council Officers, 2014 - 2015:
Gabrielle Yeaney, MD, Chair
Anne Nofziger, MD, Associate Chair
Martha Gdowski, PhD, Secretary
Julie L. Ryan, PhD, MPH, Past Chair
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:
|What are some of the accomplishments of MFC ?|
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 Meeting Minutes & Summary 11-5-2013 (Intranet Link)
- MFC Meeting Minutes & Summary 1-7-2014 (Intranet Link)
- MFC Meeting Minutes & Summary 3-4-2014 (Intranet Link)
- MFC Meeting Minutes & Summary 5-6-2014 (Intranet Link)
- MFC Meeting Minutes & Summary 6-3-2014 (Intranet Link)
- MFC Meeting Minutes & Summary 9-2-2014 (Intranet Link)
- MFC Meeting Minutes & Summary 11-4-2014 (Intranet Link)
- MFC Meeting Minutes & Summary 1-6-2015 (Intranet Link)
- MFC Meeting Minutes & Summary 3-3-2015 (Intranet Link)
- MFC Meeting Minutes & Summary 5-5-2015 (Intranet Link)
- The following is the link to Dr. Steven Dewhurst's presentation from the Jan. 7 meeting: Strategic Plan - S.Dewshurst - 1-7-2014 (Intranet Link)
- The following is the link to Dr. Edith Lord's presentation from the June 3rd meeting: Graduate Programs Overview - E.Lord 6-3-2014 (Intranet Link)
- The following is the link to Dr. Jean Bidlack's presentation from the March 3rd, 2015, meeting:Tuition Benefits Summary - J.Bidlack 3-3-2015 (Intranet Link)
- The following is the link to Dr. Robert McCann's presentation from the May 5th, 2015, meeting:Accountable Health Partners - R.McCann 5-5-2015 (Intranet Link)
MFC Membership List
The following is the membership list for the Medical Faculty Council. Also below is the same list with photos of members.
MFC Membership List
MFC Membership List with Photos
The following is an updated listing of all MFC members with a new field showing when each representative's term ends. While our new Charter gives each rep a 3-year term, we decided that for these initial MFC appointments we would arbitrarily assign the rep terms to be either 1, 2, or 3 years. That way, as of 2015 every rep will have a 3-year term but staggered, so only 1/3 of the MFC turns over in any given year. Therefore, one-third of the current reps have terms that end this July. Such reps are certainly welcome to let their Chair know if they want to be considered to re-up for a new 3-year term. (The Charter allows reps to serve up to 2 consecutive terms on the MFC.)
MFC Member List Dept. End of Term
MFC Travel Awards
MFC Student/Trainee Travel Award Winners 2015:
The recipients of the first round (January 2015) of URSMD MFC Student/Trainee Travel Awards 2015 are:
Jomy Jo Varghese, M.Sc., is in his third year of the MSTP program and first year of a PhD program in Biomedical Engineering under the mentorship of Dr. Danielle Benoit. Jomy will present his work on “Nanoparticle-mediated siRNA delivery to Salivary Glands: Tracking Cell Survival and Function Post Radiotherapy” at the Gordon Research conference in Galveston, TX in February 2015. Jomy’s project focuses on development of clinically-translatable nanoparticle-mediated drug delivery strategies to salivary glands to prevent xerostomia (dry mouth) secondary to injuries such as radiation (for head and neck cancers) or from autoimmunity (Sjogren’s syndrome).
Marielena Velez de Brown, M.D., is in her first year of residency in Preventive Medicine and Public Health, and previously completed residency in Family Medicine. Under the mentorship of Drs. Scott McIntosh and Jacob Adams, she has focused her scholarly work on tobacco use policy in colleges and universities in New York. She will be presenting “The American Cancer Society’s Dean’s List: A Survey of Tobacco Policies and Compliance among Colleges and Universities in New York State” later this month at Preventive Medicine 2015, the annual conference of the American Society of Preventive Medicine. Working with the Eastern Division of the American Cancer Society, she has updated, administered and analyzed a survey of all institutions in New York, which will allow institutional rating for comparison to peers and demonstration of progress over time. Data collected from students and staff will be used to “assist universities and colleges in making evidence-based policies and taking steps to encourage compliance with such policies. This work will further the ACS goal of preventing all forms of cancer by curbing the use of tobacco in young adults, a population which is establishing their life-long health habits.”
Medical Faculty Council University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Student/Trainee Travel Awards 2015 Request for Applications (RFA)
The Medical Faculty Council wishes to announce a pair of travel awards to support University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry (URSMD) medical student, graduate student, post-doctoral trainee, clinical resident, and clinical fellow presentations at meetings of national organizations. Two travel reimbursement awards of up to $1000 will be given this funding cycle (one for clinical research and one for basic sciences research). A second call for applications will be announced in the Spring.
Eligible applications for the current cycle are for travel between
September 1, 2014 and February 28, 2015.
Submission Deadline: December 19, 2014, at 6 pm
The purpose of this award is to assist students and trainees in the URSMD to attend important national meetings at which they will present their research and make professional connections. We hope this will assist mentors with limited funds to promote their trainees’ professional success. Funds may be used for registration and travel costs to national or international meetings. This award may be given in the form of reimbursement for a meeting where an applicant has already presented their research, or for anticipated meeting travel for presentation (reimbursement provided after travel). Applications will be accepted for:
Note: The next RFA will be released in April 2015 for travel between March 1, 2015 and August 31, 2015. Please look for the formal request for applications in Spring.
Instructions to Applicants:
Submission components: Applications for this travel award should be submitted as a single PDF containing the following components:
Cover sheet (see below)
Personal statement (limit to 1 page)
Applicant’s current CV
Recommendation Letter from the Applicant’s Mentor
Instructions to Mentors:
The applicant’s mentor should provide a letter of support for the application, in which the following are addressed:
Applications will be scored by three independent reviewers and an average will be used. Scoring will consider the specific evidence from materials presented by the applicant and the mentor in the following areas:
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.
For questions please contact:
Anne Nofziger, MD
Medical Faculty Council Vice Chair
Department of Family Medicine
Alan Grossfield, PhD
Medical Faculty Council Travel Award Co-Chair
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Medical Faculty Council Travel Award
Application submission cover page
Intramural Box #:
(Note: Notification letters will be mailed via intramural mail)
Should this work be considered for a clinical or basic science travel award (check one)?
Application cycle (check one):
Meeting and dates (must fall within the specified travel dates above):
Components in addition to this cover sheet:
Previous MFC Student/Trainee Travel Award Winners 2014:
The recipients of the 2nd round (May 2014) of the URSMD MFC Student/Trainee Travel Awards 2014 are:
Yelena Lerman is in her sixth year of the Pharamacology PhD program under the mentorship of Dr. Minsoo Kim in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology. Yelena gave an oral and poster presentation of her work on “Exacerbated tissue homing of neutrophils during sepsis and TLR2-induced cytokine production are regulated by integrin a3b1” at the American Association of Immunologists (AAI) meeting in May 2014. Her work evaluated the surface expression kinetics of b1 and b3 integrin heterodimers on neutrophils during sepsis in both mice and humans. She showed that only integrin a3b1 is significantly upregulated during sepsis. Previous studies suggested a role for IL-10 as a regulator of the transition from mild sepsis to irreversible septic shock. Thus, sepsis progression could be modulated by altering IL-10 release and α3β1 upregulation.
Dr. Makenzi Hillard, M.D. is in her final year of medical residency fellowship in Pediatrics under the mentorship of Dr. Peter Szilagyi. She recently attended the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting in May 2014. She gave a platform presentation on her fellowship research project entitled, “What did they learn – A qualitative study of pediatric resident critical incident essays.” Dr. Hillard conducted a large, qualitative analysis of critical incident essays written by pediatric residents at University of Rochester since 2002. Her results provided insight into the emotional triumphs and struggles of pediatric residents and suggest that reflective essays may be effective for evaluating the progress of residents through important areas of training. Additionally, Dr. Hillard contributed to two workshops with two other oral presentations, “Reflecting on Reflections – the How and Why of Fostering Reflective Capacity in your Learners” and “Applying Self-Determination Theory to Stimulate the motivation of Teachers and Learners.”
The recipients of the first round (January 2014) 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.