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:

  • Making it clear that the MFC works closely with the Dean’s Office, particularly with the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, who will coordinate MFC meeting agendas with the MFC officers to ensure that the desired communication and alignment of efforts take place.
  • Allowing more flexibility in how each department selects its representative, while providing for alternate representatives and accountability for engagement so that all faculty members have active representation in the MFC’s work.
  • Changing the MFC officers’ structure to provide more continuity of this leadership group across the years.
  • Making it clearer that, while the MFC retains the right to call special faculty meetings independent of the Dean’s Office, this is to be done only under special circumstances after consultation with the University President.
  • Allowing MFC electronic voting for time-sensitive issues requiring MFC approval.
What are some of the accomplishments of MFC ?


  • Invited speakers to inform MFC members on a variety of topics.
  • Participated in the process related to the Dean's reappointment.
  • Provided a competitive travel award twice per year (2 Clinical, 2 Basic Science per year).
  • Provided input to the revised promotion/tenure criteria adopted in 2014.
  • Composed the required elements of the annual faculty review adopted in 2015.
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
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 Spring 2016:

The recipients of the second round (May 2016) of URSMD MFC Student/Trainee Travel Awards 2016 are:

  • Basic Science Research Award:          Claire E. McCarthy, BA
  • Clinical Science Research Award:       Amy LaLonde, MA

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.



Medical Faculty Council University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Student/Trainee Travel Awards 2016 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). A second call for applications will be announced in the Spring. This award is best suited to advanced students for whom conference attendance can be expected to have the largest career impact.


Eligible applications for the current cycle are for travel between

March 1, 2016 and August 31, 2016.

Submission Deadline:  May 6, 2016, 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:

  1. Submitted abstracts that have not yet been accepted to the specified meeting within the above specified dates
  2. Abstracts that have been accepted to the specified meeting within the above specified dates
  3. Abstracts that have been accepted and already presented at the specified meeting within the above specified dates

Note:  The next RFA will be released in November 2016 for travel between September 1, 2016 and February 28, 2017.  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)

Conference submission

  • Copy of the abstract (unedited) submitted to the meeting. 
  • If the abstract has already been accepted for presentation at the meeting, please include a copy of its acceptance containing the indication of the type of presentation (e.g., poster or oral).
  • If you are submitting more than one abstract for the same meeting, please limit your application to describe no more than two. Both must be presented by the applicant. The work in both abstracts must be connected to the applicant’s main research area, so that it may be described appropriately within the personal statement.

Personal statement (limit to 1 page)

  • The Personal Statement should briefly describe the science to be presented in straightforward language intended for reviewers who do not have expertise in the field. The applicant should also address the importance of attending the meeting to the applicant’s career, and the steps the trainee will take to help develop her/his career through attendance.

Applicant’s current CV

Recommendation Letter from the Applicant’s Mentor

Submission Details:

  • Applications that are not in the requested PDF format will not be processed. 
  • Please include the attached cover sheet, fully completed, as it contains information that is important for processing your application.
  • Regarding whether the application should be considered for a “clinical science” or “basic science” award:  This should be determined primarily by the type of study and not the type of meeting to be attended.  If an investigator is uncertain if the project should best be judged as a “clinical” or “basic science” application, please forward the abstract to the MFC Vice Chair (Dr. Scott Seidman), who will make a recommendation.
  • Please combine all application materials into a 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: laura_francz@urmc.rochester.eduPlease use the PDF title as the subject line of the email.

Instructions to Mentors:

The applicant’s mentor should provide a letter of support for the application, in which the following are addressed:

  • Promise shown by the applicant for growth and contribution in her/his discipline
  • The significance of the meeting where the work has been submitted
  • The potential for this experience to advance the trainee’s career
  • The quality of the work that will be presented

Selection Process:

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:

  • Promise of trainee in her/his discipline
  • Significance of the meeting
  • Potential for this meeting to advance the trainee’s career
  • Quality of science

Notification of awards will occur approximately 2-3 weeks after application deadline.

Other terms:

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:

Scott Seidman

Medical Faculty Council Vice Chair

Department of Biomedical Engineering

(585) 273-2122


MFC Student/Trainee Travel Award Winners Winter 2016:

The recipients of the December 2015 URSMD MFC Student/Trainee Travel Awards for Winter 2016 are:


  • Basic Science Research Award:          Eva-Stina Edholm, PhD
                                                                        Helen Wei, PhD
  • Clinical Science Research Award:       Josef Bartels, MPH

Dr. Eva-Stina Edholm, from the lab of Dr. Jacques Robert of Microbiology and Immunology and Dr. Helen Wei, of Neurobiology and Anatomy / Neuroscience,   mentored by Dr. Maiken Nedergaard split this year’s Basic Science Award.  Dr. Edholm presented at CD1-MR1 2015, Mantra Lorne Victoria, Australia, on the critical role of innate T cells in adult Xenopus antiviral immunity, showing that these cells are specifically recruited at the site of infection within a few  hours where they serve as immune regulators polarizing macrophage effector functions towards more effective antiviral states.  Dr. Wei presented at the 2015 Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting.  Her work used two-photon microscopy techniques to show that  during functional hyperemia following sensory stimulation in mice, cerebral blood flow increases begin in capillaries prior to arterioles, suggesting that the initiating signal for functional hyperemia comes from capillaries and not from arterioles.


Josef Bartels, MPH is the awardee of the Clinical Science award for ne of two presentations presented at the 13th International Conference on Communication in Healthcare, October 25-28, 2015.  Mr. Bartels was mentored by  Ronald Epstein, MD, of SMD.  He presented an empirical description of poignantly compassionate silences arising in medical encounters between oncologists and patients with advanced cancer, comparing them to silences caused by other factors, such as computer use.