Minutes of the meeting of the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Medicine held on Monday, April 26, 2004 at 4:00 p.m.


                                        In the Chair: Dr. Gerald D. Fischbach


Present:           Brown-Nevers, Castaldi, Colten, Enochs, Giesow, Greenup, Hutcherson, Jennette, Kessin-G, Kornfeld, Lewis, Lewy, Loweff, Merten, Molholt, Nolting, Rubinstein, Spotnitz, Szmulewicz, Tenenbaum, Wolgemuth.


Absent:            Bayne, Bell, Benson, Blaner, Bodur, Bollinger, Brinkley, Charon, Crowley, Davis, Drusin, Falk-Kessler, Franck, Frantz, Frommer, Gasparis, Gipson, Granick, Goldberg, Green, Harris, Herman, Housepian, Jacobson, Jordan-Davis, Karlin, Kass, Kessin-R, Kirby, Lantigua, Leach, Lemieux, Lewy, Moore, Nicholson, O’Connor, Riley, Robin, Rosner, Rubin, Santoni, Sohn, Spilker, Szmulewicz, Wagner, Walton, Warren, Weinberger, White, Yandolino.


Present:           Alexandropoulos, Amory, Anzalone, Braun, Brown, Cimino, Collins, Connolly, D’Armiento, Driscoll, Estes, Fink, Fischbach, Grant, Herbert, Kass-R, Kaufman, Kelly-K, Kriegstein, Kronenberg, Lebwohl, Ludwig, Malaspina, Marks, McKinley, Pitt, Rao, Rozenshtein, Sheth, Singh, Starren, Truman, Wardlaw.


Absent:            Alderson, Allikmets, Arkow, Atzrott, Barlow, Barrett, Barsanti, Benson, Berman, Bestor, Bickers, Bigliani, Bornia, Brenner, Brittenham, Brown-S, Budorick, Burke, Calame, Capps, Chalazonitis, Chang, Chrisomalis, Close, Cohen, Comer, Corwin, Costantini, Covey, Croen, Curry, Daines, D’Alton, Dauer, Davidson, Deckelbaum, DiLorenzo, DiMauro, Ditkoff, Dodd, Downey, Dulchin, Elkind, Emala, Figurski, Fisch, Flynn, Freed, Garrett, Gershon, Gilliam, Gingrich, Ginsberg, Glick, Gliklich, Goland, Gottesman, Granowetter, Grissler, Gurland, Hall, Haskal, Herman, Heyer, Hirsch, Honig, Hripcsak, Johnston, Kaiser, Kaplan, Karlin, Kelly-R, Killackey, Klink, Klitzman, Knipp, Koester, Kohn, Krasna, Lee, Leibel, Lesser, Levitt, Lieberman, Lieberman, Link, Lowe, , Luban, MacDermott, Marboe, Markowitz-B, Markowitz-G, Maron, Matti-Orozco, Mayeux, McKiernan, Mercado, Mercer, Meyers, Middlesworth, Mosca, Nobler, Olsson, Palmer-A, Palmer-J, Papp, Pardes, Parsons, Patterson, Pedley, Rader, Ramirez, Ratan, Racaniello, Riordan, Robin, Rose, Rothman, Saiman, Schandler, Schiff, Shelanski, Shortliffe, Silverstein, Smith-L, Smith-S, Solomon, Sordillo, Sparrow, Spitzer, Srinivasan, Stein, Stiller, Storper, Strauch, Strauss, Streck, Thys, Tuckfelt, Van Heertum, Walsh, Weidenbaum, Westhoff, Wheaton, Whittington, Wood, Wuu, Zou.


1.                 Approval of the March 22, 2004 Minutes - - The minutes were approved.


2. New Business

            A. Report of the Executive Committee of the Faculty Council

             -Dr. Jeanine D’Armiento: Assistant Professor of Medicine


The Executive Committee discussed the following matters:

·        Faculty Participation The Executive Committee has discussed and made plans to encourage more faculty participation in the meetings and the discussion of issues such as the status of women at P&S. Recommendations are being solicited for the Nominating Committee to prepare a slate for election to the Executive Committee. In order to increase communication, the Executive Committee is recommending that email be used as the official medium for communication.


            B. The Status of Women in Medical Science at P&S:

            - Dr. Joanna Rubinstein, Associate Dean for Institutional Affairs


Dr. Rubinstein presented data that described the distribution of women faculty at P&S as compared with national averages and AAMC findings. Of 2000 faculty members, 41% are women. In the 16 clinical departments, women represent 41% of total faculty and approximately the same in the basic science departments. This is higher than the average of U.S. medical school. Women represent only 18% of full professors in the clinical departments and 28% in the basic science departments. The average for P&S is 20% which is better than the national average. A smaller proportion of women are represented in the higher academic ranks.


The proportion of women decreases as rank increases. The highest proportions of women with full professorial titles are in two clinical departments, Pediatrics and Obstetrics-Gynecology; and four clinical departments have no women faculty. The basic science departments range from higher proportions in Anatomy and Cell Biology to lower proportions and Biochemistry and Pharmacology.


Success rates for academic progress were reviewed. 7.4% of all women in clinical departments make it to the professorial rank and 24% of men; or only 1/3 of women faculty progress to professor as compared with men. The proportion of women with tenure is lower in the clinical departments than in the basic science departments. Finally we have two women chairs of clinical departments and no women chair in the basic science departments.


- Dr. Linda Lewis, Senior Associate Dean, Student Affairs


Dr. Lewis described a pilot study to compare faculty career development in three departments, Anesthesiology, Neurology and Pediatrics, including demographics, education, promotion, productivity, support, mentoring, responsibility, leadership, influence, and recommendations for correction of perceived deficiencies. The faculty was surveyed in the three departments in the 2002-2003 academic year. There were 176 responses from the 341 members of the full-time faculty in these departments.


The conclusions were:

Women earn less than men, no matter the rank.

Younger women earn less than younger men.

Women are paid less than men in Pediatrics.

Women progress more slowly than men in academic rank.

Childbearing has an effect on womens academic progress.

Full-time child care enables women to progress more quickly in salary and rank.

Mentoring is needed.

Feedback is needed.

Protected time is needed.

Faculty development on all levels is needed.


The recommendations from this pilot study were:

1. Faculty development is needed for all faculty members.

2. Men and women have many issues in common with progression through the academic ranks.

3. Every department should review their own department for the issues identified.

4. A task force for implementation should be appointed.

5. Central administration should assure opportunities and correction of the deficiencies.


-Dr. Lisa Mellman, Associate Clinical Professor, Psychiatry & Assistant Dean:


Dr. Mellman reported on a recent retreat sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry in collaboration with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The retreat was developed to: provide a forum for women faculty to meet and talk about shared issues; present data about women faculty in the department and compare that data with the data for men in department and nationally; inform participants about promotion; and develop an action plan to address the issues. Invitations were extended to women faculty at the MD and Ph.D. levels, the Executive Committee in Psychiatry, and one representative from every department at P&S. 65 people attended the forum.


The program included the following presentations:

·        -Data on women at P&S, national data and from the Department of Psychiatry

 - Brief summaries of the status of women in research, in clinical care and in leadership

 - Comments were provided from the Dean.

 - Orientation on the academic promotion process


·        Findings:

      -women advance more slowly than men

      -fewer women at the associate and professor levels

      -women are under-represented on policy-making and important committees including COAP.

 -women have less access to information

      -search committees do not often include or consider women

      -women tend to be less aggressive in negotiating salary and compensation

      -women tend to wait to be tapped for promotion  

      -women do not always let go of responsibilities they have and enjoy doing resulting in additional work

      -women publish less often and submit fewer grants than men; publications are lengthier

      -career paths are less linear because of child-rearing and other family responsibilities and part-time

      -little access to national meeting and career development

      -no oversight in terms of career development and goal setting

-both men and women can be excellent mentors; multiple mentors are often advisable. Mentoring should be institutionalized in the departments and should include evaluation and compensation.

-women with full-time child care are more productive; CUMC child care services are inadequate.



-          conduct annual departmental report cards on the issues

-          provide orientation for new employees on promotion and a promotion meeting for all faculty members

-          increase representation on important committees

-          establish programs for skill building (grants writing, publishing, media training)

-          increase access to child care

-          review all faculty members yearly for career development

-          annual poster session for young faculty

-          formalize and fund a mentoring process

-          fund attendance at national meetings


Following these presentations, Dr. DArmiento chaired a discussion about the following topics: recommended and mandatory reviews for faculty (annual or stated periods), information to faculty within each department regarding promotion, review of academic tracks for promotion, child care facilities at CUMC and at the Columbia School, salary levels and criteria for setting salaries.


It was decided to create a task force to meet and develop a priority list of recommendations for report back to the Faculty Council at the end of the summer.


A.                 Committee on Appointments and Promotions (COAP) Membership

            Appointments and Promotions


The nominations, which were approved by the appropriate faculty committees, and the Committee on Academic Appointments and Promotions, and which were distributed to the Faculty Council members at today=s meeting, were placed before the Faculty Council for consideration. A closed ballot was taken and the nominations were approved with 27 in favor and 1 opposed.


            The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,






Gerald D. Fischbach, M.D.

Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine