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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, Louise Slaughter CR 1-9555 unless stated otherwise):
- Tues., September 1, 2015 (CEL Rm. 2-7534)
- Tues., November 3, 2015
- Tues., January 5, 2016 (CEL Rm. 2-7534)
- Tues., March 1, 2016 (CEL Rm. 2-7534)
- Tues., May 3, 2016 (Natapow Rm. 1-9545)
- No meeting July 5th
- Tues., September 6, 2016 (Natapow Rm. 1-9545)
- Tues., November 1, 2016 (LeChase Hall, Rm. G-9576)
- 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.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
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:
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)
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:
Medical Faculty Council Vice Chair
Department of Biomedical Engineering
MFC Student/Trainee Travel Award Winners Winter 2016:
The recipients of the December 2015 URSMD MFC Student/Trainee Travel Awards for Winter 2016 are:
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.
MFC Student/Trainee Travel Award Winners Spring 2015:
The recipients of the second round (May 2015) of URSMD MFC Student/Trainee Travel Awards 2015 are:
Grayson O. Sipe, GSc, from Dr. Ania Majewska's lab in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, won the basic science award. This allowed him to attend the Gordon Research Conference on Glial biology, where he presented his work on the role of purinergic signaling in glial cells in synaptic remodeling.
Abigail L.H. Kroening, MD, working with Dr. Susan Hyman in the Department of Pediatrics, won the clinical science award. She presented her work on the importance of medical inerpreters in pediatric developmental screening at the North American Refugee Health Conference.