Faculty Senate Meeting Notes

Oct. 11, 2018

Assistant Dean Nana Coleman gave an update on the Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER), an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education program focused on supervision and accountability, patient safety, transitions of care, quality improvement, professionalism, and wellness and fatigue mitigation. A joint taskforce of the College, Ben Taub Hospital, DeBakey VA Medical Center, Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is in the process of implementing CLER goals and ensuring resources to maintain accreditation.

The Faculty Affairs & Benefits Committee proposed a draft resolution to develop and implement standards for promotion, equity and merit-based raises for tenured and non-tenured faculty. The committee also sought to address ongoing constituent concerns about the Faculty Group Practice compensation plan through draft resolutions calling for the analysis of the plan’s impact on scholarly activities and FGP faculty retention.

The Administrative Operations Committee discussed potential patient safety concerns related to hospital services moving to the McNair Campus. It presented a draft resolution to ensure early involvement of front-line faculty and staff in transition planning.

The Communications & Public Affairs Committee reported progress on improving faculty access to BCM email and websites from affiliate locations. The College’s Information Technology team worked with counterparts at Texas Children’s Hospital to resolve TCH access issues. A draft resolution from the committee calls for designated group viewing locations at affiliate sites for Baylor town hall meetings, grand rounds and seminars available via Zoom video conferencing.
Following a comment period for senators, each of the draft resolutions presented in the meeting will be subject to a Senate vote.

Aug. 16, 2018

Following an orientation session, new faculty representatives received a warm welcome at the Senate meeting. Jennifer Tessin, assistant vice president for SAP Re-implementation, provided an update on Concur, the travel and expense component that will be the first part of Project Mosaic to roll out to the College this fall. Concur establishes a single, streamlined process for employee reimbursement and P-card reconciliation. Pilot groups of senators and departments are identifying issues and providing feedback on Concur prior to its Oct. 22 launch.

The Senate Communications & Public Affairs Committee reported on its efforts to improve communications for faculty at affiliate sites. This includes access to BCM email and online information and availability of Zoom video conferencing. The committee is working with Information Technology to address technical issues and will make recommendations on policy issues.

The Strategic Planning Committee assisted in identifying experts in precision medicine and population health for an upcoming speaker series and will attend the Aug. 23 Strategic Planning Kickoff Meeting.

June 14, 2018

SVP Jim McDeavitt gave an overview of the McNair Campus at the meeting, which took place on the McNair Campus following a Senate Roadshow there. The College’s outpatient floors (6 – 10) are largely complete with clinics, offices and procedure rooms. The seventh floor is being built out for the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. McDeavitt addressed questions regarding the effect of the Faculty Group Practice compensation plan on physician recruitment and retention. There are no clear data to suggest an association at this time. FGP leadership will have a better idea of the plan’s effects after its implementation on July 1 and after the first quarterly payments are distributed in October.

The Faculty Affairs & Benefits Committee held a special session in May with Dr. McDeavitt to express concerns about the FGP compensation plan. The committee presented a proposed resolution calling for more effective communication between FGP leadership and FGP faculty. The resolution is under discussion and the full Senate will vote on it next week.

The Strategic Planning Committee reviewed the results of a survey of faculty leaders on precision medicine and population health initiatives at the College. In general, respondents were positive about integrative data strategies and goals and skeptical about implementation.

The Elections Committee certified the 2018 election results and announced new and returning senators. Nineteen faculty members are new to the Senate. Senators vote for basic sciences and clinical sciences representatives this week.