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Medical Faculty Council
Medical Faculty Council Officers, 2016 - 2017:
Scott Seidman, PhD, Chair
Sarah Kerns, PhD, MPH, Associate Chair
Timothy Doerr, MD, Secretary
Anne Nofziger, MD, 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 Dates/Meeting Notes
- Meeting Dates (all dates are 4 - 5:30 pm):
- Tues., September 6, 2016 (Natapow Rm. 1-9545)
- Tues., November 1, 2016 (CEL Rm. 2-7520)
- Tues., January 3, 2017 (Natapow Rm. 1-9545)
- Tues., March 7, 2017 (Natapow Rm. 1-9545)
- Tues., May 2, 2017 (Louise Slaughter Rm. 1-9555)
- No Meeting in July
- Tues., September 5, 2017 (Louise Slaughter Rm. 1-9555)
- Tues., November 7, 2017 (Natapow Rm. 1-9545)
- Click here to see the meeting notes/summary notes from each meeting of the Medical Faculty Council
- The following is the link to Dr. Steven Dewhurst's presentation from the Jan. 7 meeting: Strategic Plan - S. Dewhurst - 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
RFA MFC Travel Award
Medical Faculty Council University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Student/Trainee Travel Awards 2017 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 $1,000 will be given this funding cycle (one for clinical research and one for basic sciences research). This award is best suited to advanced students for whom conference attendance can be expected to have the largest career impact. The most competitive applications will thus be from presenting authors (either poster or platform presentations) who are in mid to late stages of their education experience, as opposed to early students and middle authors.
Eligible applications for the current cycle are for travel between
March 1, 2017 and August 31, 2017
Submission Deadline: May 5, 2017, at 6 pm
The purpose of this award is to assist students and trainees in the URSMD to attend important national or international 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. We also intend for this award to serve as a means of recognizing outstanding research on the awardee’s CV. 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 November, 2017, for travel between September 1, 2017 and February 28, 2018. Please look for the formal request for applications in the Fall.
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 3-4 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:
Sarah Kerns, PhD, MPH,
Medical Faculty Council Vice Chair
Department of Radiation Oncology
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:
MFC Student/Trainee Travel Award Winners Fall 2016:
The recipients of the Fall 2016 (Dec. 2016) URSMD MFC Student/Trainee Travel Awards are:
Li Xie, MSc, of the Department of Biomedical Genetics, is mentored by Dr. Xin Li. Dr. Xie Mr. Xie presented his work on Piwi-interacting RNA (piRNA) and an unconventional function of the ribosome in processing non-coding RNAs at the Translational Control conference. This conference is hosted by the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and provided Mr. Xie with an excellent opportunity to learn cutting-edge science and network with leaders in his field of research.
Nicole Strong, DO, of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, is mentored by Dr. Jean Nickels. Dr. Strong presented her work comparing outcomes between glioblastoma multiforme and other neurological patients in the acute rehabilitation setting at the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Annual Assembly. This work was selected for an oral presentation and was highlighted at the session for Best Neurological Rehabilitation Research Podium Presentations.
MFC Student/Trainee Travel Award Winners Spring 2016:
The recipients of the second round (May 2016) of URSMD MFC Student/Trainee Travel Awards 2016 are:
Claire E. McCarthy, BA, of the Department of Environmental Medicine, is mentored by Dr. Patricia Sime. Ms McCarthy presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference on the biological impact of biomass smoke on the lung.
Amy LaLonde, MA, of the Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology, is mentored by Dr. Tanzy Love. She presented at the World Meeting of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis in Sardina, Italy, on the effects of geography and surgeon experience on total costs and patient charges for neurological surgeries.
CV Materials for MFC
Below is a draft of a revised CV template. The goals were to minimize redundancies, increase clarity, and allow better descriptions of teaching and other faculty activities. As with the current CV template in the SMD Regulations of the Faculty, the use of the new format would be strongly encouraged but not strictly required.
CV URSMD Draft
Below are sample CVs in the new format.
CV Van Orden
Below are drafts of revised self-assessment forms used for senior rank promotions, one to describe teaching/education, the other to describe research/scholarship as applicable.
Appendix C of Revised Evidence of Faculty Teaching Research Scholarship
Below is a draft of a short-version educator portfolio, as an option for faculty on education-centric career paths to use toward promotion.
Promotional Educator Portfolio Template