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General Medical Faculty & Faculty Governance

The next Faculty Advisory Committee - Faculty Senators Quarterly Meeting with the Dean will be on Wednesday, September 29th, 2021 at 5pm via ZOOM.

The next General Medical Faculty Meeting is Wednesday, October 6th at 5pm in the Hutchinson Main Auditorium 1st floor.

The General Medical Faculty includes all full and part time appointed faculty in the School of Medicine. Voting members include all full time faculty with the rank of Assistant Professor or higher. Meetings are held at least 4 times during the academic year. At the meetings, administrators report on issues of concern or interest to the faculty, and faculty address issues or concerns relevant to the Medical School, Hospital, and/or University.

General Medical Faculty Committees 2021-2022

General Medical Faculty Committees Responsibilities and Meeting Schedule

University Faculty Handbook

Meeting Minutes

General Medical Faculty Bylaws

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Revised and Approved July 2018

Article I - Roster of Members of the General Medical Faculty

  1. Administrative Support
    1. The General Medical Faculty will receive administrative support from the School of Medicine Dean’s Office of Faculty Affairs.
  2. Roster of Members of the General Medical Faculty:
    1. A current list of the membership of the voting General Medical Faculty shall be maintained by the Office of Faculty Affairs in the School of Medicine and is available to the Chair of the General Medical Faculty.

Article II -Meetings of GMF

  1. There shall be quarterly scheduled meetings of the General Medical Faculty (GMF) to be called by the Chair during each academic year.
     
  2. Special meetings shall be called by the Chairman:
    1. Upon the receipt of a request signed by 10 members of the voting General Medical Faculty; or
       
    2. At the request of a majority of the Faculty Advisory Committee of the General Medical Faculty.
  3. Under extraordinary circumstances, the Chair, without consultation with the Faculty Advisory Committee, may call a special meeting of the General Medical Faculty, but only for the purpose of transmitting urgent information to the members. No major business may be transacted at such extraordinary meetings.
     
  4. A quorum for a meeting of the General Medical Faculty shall be 25% of the voting members of the General Medical Faculty.
     
  5. To disapprove actions of the Dean and Executive Faculty, a simple majority of the voting members of the General Medical Faculty shall be required.
     
  6. All proceedings of the General Medical Faculty shall be conducted according to Robert's Rules of Order (revised) insofar as they are not inconsistent with any provisions of the Constitution and By-Laws.
     
  7. Voting shall be by electronic ballot. An individual may request that his or her vote be cast by paper ballot.
     
  8. All proceedings shall be recorded in Minutes, which shall be approved at the next meeting, and a copy of the approved minutes will be archived in the University Archives.

Article III -Basic & Clinical Science Divisions

  1. The General Medical Faculty shall include two groups:
    1. Basic Science Faculty
       
    2. Clinical Science Faculty
  2. Membership of these groups shall be as follows:
    1. A person shall be considered to be a member of the faculty group based on their primary departmental affiliation.
       
    2. Any individual with dual areas of professional training may petition the General Medical Faculty Advisory Committee to change their membership to the other faculty group.
  3. Meetings of either of these faculty groups may be called by the Chair of the General Medical Faculty, or at the request of a majority of the General Medical Faculty Advisory Committee, or at the request of at least five faculty members of the respective faculty group, to discuss and make recommendations to the General Medical Faculty regarding matters of unique concern to that group. These meetings shall be presided over by the Chair or Vice-Chair of the General Medical Faculty.
     
  4. A quorum for these meetings shall consist of 25% of the voting members of the respective faculty group.

Article IV -Officers of GMF

  1. The officers of the General Medical Faculty shall be: a Chair, a Past-Chair, a Vice-Chair, and a Secretary-Treasurer, each of whose terms shall be for one year beginning July 1, or until a successor is installed. Selection of the Current Chair will alternate between the Basic Sciences and the Clinical Sciences. The Vice-Chair shall be the Chair for the next year. Only members of the voting General Medical Faculty shall be eligible for these offices.
    1. Chair
      1. The Chair shall preside at all regular and special meetings of the General Medical Faculty, and its Basic Science and Clinical Science Divisions, and shall be responsible for ascertaining that the plans and policies decided upon by the General Medical Faculty are executed..
         
      2. Appoint members to the ad hoc committees of the General Medical Faculty with the approval of a majority of the members of the Advisory Committee of the General Medical Faculty.
         
      3. Present recommendations of the General Medical Faculty to the Dean and the Executive Faculty, and when so directed by both the General Medical Faculty and Executive Faculty, present recommendations to the School of Medicine Dean and the University, Provost, or President.
         
      4. Present, as immediate Past-Chair, at the first regularly scheduled meeting of the General Medical Faculty, a report summarizing the major developments occurring during his/her year as Chair of the General Medical Faculty.
         
      5. May represent the General Medical Faculty as an observer at meetings of the School of Medicine Board of Governors.
    2. Vice-Chair
      1. The Vice-Chair shall perform the duties of the Chair in the event of the latter's absence and shall assume the duties of the Chair if the Chair is unable to complete his/her term of office.
         
      2. The Vice-Chair shall chair the Nominating Committee.
         
      3. The Vice-Chair shall ensure that the By-Laws and Constitution are reviewed every five years.
    3. Secretary-Treasurer
      1. The Secretary-Treasurer shall prepare the minutes of the proceedings of each meeting of the General Medical Faculty. This shall be posted online within 30 days after the meeting. The minutes shall be approved at the beginning of each meeting.
         
      2. The Secretary-Treasurer shall prepare and distribute (with the assistance of the Office of Faculty Affairs) an agenda for all regular and special meetings of the General Medical Faculty at least one week in advance of the meeting, except as indicated in II. C.
         
      3. The Secretary-Treasurer shall, at the direction of the Chair, conduct all special correspondence of the General Medical Faculty. Electronic copies of all correspondence will be maintained in the Office of Faculty Affairs.
         
      4. The Dean’s Office of Faculty Affairs provides an annual operating budget for the General Medical Faculty meetings. The annual report on the Budget of the General Medical Faculty shall be presented by the Secretary-Treasurer at the last regular General Medical Faculty meeting of the academic year.

Article V – Representatives to the University Senate

  1. The representatives to the University Senate from the General Medical Faculty shall be elected for a term of three years.

Article VI – Representatives to the University Senate Committee on Faculty Tenure, Freedom and Responsibility

  1. The representatives to the University Senate on Faculty Tenure, Freedom and Responsibility from the General Medical Faculty shall be elected for a three-year term and may be re-elected. S/he shall have been a member of the voting General Medical Faculty for at least three years and shall have tenure.

Article VII - Standing Committees of the School of Medicine: Faculty Advisory Committee

  1. There shall be an Advisory Committee of the General Medical Faculty consisting of twelve elected members from the voting General Medical Faculty in addition to the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary-Treasurer, and immediate Past-Chair of the General Medical Faculty. The Chair of the General Medical Faculty shall serve as Chair of the Committee. The Dean shall meet regularly with the Advisory Committee of the General Medical Faculty to apprise them of major decisions made by the Dean and by the Executive Faculty.
    1. The functions of this Committee shall include:
      1. recommending actions to the General Medical Faculty.
         
      2. providing feedback on the agenda for meetings of the General Medical Faculty.
         
      3. consulting with the officers of the General Medical Faculty on matters of policy.
         
      4. reviewing the financial status of the Medical School with particular respect to conformity with short-and long-term goals of the Medical School.
         
    2. Membership
      1. Four members shall be elected each year for three year terms
         
      2. There shall be six members from the Basic Sciences and six from the Clinical Sciences.
         
      3. The Dean may include part time faculty as non-voting members by appointment.
         
      4. No more than two elected members shall be from the same department, except that for the purposes of this provision, a section shall have same status as a department.
         
      5. One of the elected members from the General Medical Faculty shall be a voting member from the Executive Faculty other than the Chair and immediate Past-Chair of the General Medical Faculty.

    Article VIII -Standing Committees of the School of Medicine: Grievance Committee

    1. Membership: The Grievance Committee shall elect its own Chair and function as the Executive Committee as designated in the University statement on Academic Freedom, Tenure and Responsibilities. It shall consist of the Chair of the General Medical Faculty, ex-officio, six representatives elected from the General Medical Faculty (three from Clinical and three from Basic Science Departments); and the Dean, ex-officio, or a representative appointed by him or her. The elected representatives shall serve for three-year terms. One new Basic Science member and one new Clinical Science member shall be elected each year. It is expected that a committee member who feels unable to rule objectively in a given case will withdraw from consideration of that case. The Chair of the General Medical Faculty will appoint a replacement from the respective clinical or basic science faculty.
       
    2. Jurisdiction: Matters appropriate for consideration by the Grievance Committee include, but are not limited to:
      1. Matters relating to academic freedom, tenure, and responsibilities.
         
      2. Complaints relative to dismissal of non-tenured faculty (but excluding the non-renewal of an appointment of non-tenured faculty, for which there exists no right to grieve).
         
      3. Complaints against faculty alleging a violation of the Tulane Equal Opportunity / Anti-Discrimination Policies.
    3. Procedure: The procedure for dealing with faculty grievances as outlined under B (1) and B (2), above shall be as follows:
      1. Informal Resolution: Prior to submission of a written complaint, the faculty member should attempt to resolve the matter through negotiation with the appropriate party or immediate superior (e.g., Section Chief, Department Chair or Dean). If negotiation is unsuccessful, the faculty member may take the matter to the next in authority (e.g., Department Chair, Dean or the Provost).
         
      2. Complaint and Gatekeeping: If the matter cannot be informally resolved, the aggrieved faculty member shall then submit the complaint, in writing and with specific details on its basis to the Chair of the General Medical Faculty, who may refer the matter to the Grievance Committee. The Chair of the General Medical Faculty will not refer grievances to the committee unless the procedure outlined in C (1) above has been followed. If the complaint appears to be frivolous, the Chair of the General Medical Faculty may decline to transmit the matter to the Grievance Committee and will notify the aggrieved faculty member of the decision within a reasonable time period (barring exceptional circumstances, within five business days). If the aggrieved does not agree with the decision, the aggrieved faculty shall then be entitled to a review following a written request to the Chair of the Grievance Committee within five business days. The Grievance Committee may, in its sole discretion, override the decision of the Chair of the General Medical Faculty and further review.
         
      3. Hearing: In case of complaints or grievances, the Grievance Committee may decide to hold a hearing, or decide that a case does not warrant a formal hearing. If the Grievance Committee decides that a hearing is warranted, the hearing should be conducted in a timely manner (generally, within 30 calendar days following receipt of the complaint, barring extenuating circumstances). Attorneys may not participate in the hearing or advocate for the parties in the process.
         
      4. Grievance Documentation:The parties may submit documents and information regarding the grievance. Documents submitted regarding the grievance should be shared with the parties and the Grievance Committee within a reasonable time before the hearing. This is not a legal process, and the rules of evidence and discovery do not apply. The process will be guided, at the Chair’s direction, by notions of fairness and reason.
         
      5. Voting/Report: The Grievance Committee shall decide the merits of the complaint and, where appropriate, recommend remedial actions or sanctions. All findings and recommendations by the Grievance Committee shall be decided by a vote of two-thirds of the members of the Grievance Committee. The Chair of the Grievance Committee or his or her designee shall reduce to writing the findings and recommendations of the Grievance Committee and send the report to the Dean. The report should include the facts upon which the Committee’s decision is based. The report should be signed by the Grievance Committee members. In the event that two-thirds consensus cannot be reached, the grievance will be referred to the Dean of Tulane University School of Medicine for decision. All deliberations of the committee are, by nature, confidential.
         
      6. Notice of Grievance Committee Findings: The Chair of the Grievance Committee shall, within a reasonably prompt period of time, send to the aggrieved faculty and the Dean a written notice describing the Grievance Committee’s findings and recommendations.
         
      7. Sanction/Remedial Measures Implementation: If sanctions or remedial measures are implemented by the responsible Tulane supervisor (i.e., the Dean or Department Chair) as a result of the Grievance Committee’s findings, the responsible supervisor should provide prompt notice of same to affected personnel, on a need to know basis. Sanctions or remedial measures should be implemented within a reasonably prompt period of time.
         
      8. Appeal Rights: The aggrieved faculty has the right to appeal decisions to the Faculty Tenure, Freedom, and Responsibility Committee, which is a sub-committee of the University Senate.
    4. Alleged Violations of Tulane’s Equal Opportunity/Anti-discrimination Policies: The procedure for dealing with grievances against faculty as outlined under B (3), above shall be as follows: Complaints against faculty alleging a violation of the Tulane Equal Opportunity / Anti-Discrimination Policies shall be governed by Tulane’s Equal Opportunity/Anti-Discrimination Policies and/or guidance provided by Tulane’s Office of Institutional Equity
       
    5. Confidentiality: All deliberations of the Grievance Committee are, by nature, confidential.

    Article IX -Standing Committees of the School of Medicine: Nominating Committee

    1.  In the first quarter of each year, the Dean or his or her designee shall inform the Nominating Committee of positions to become vacant in the Standing Committees and establish criteria for membership. The Nominating Committee shall propose at least two nominees for each position, with the exception of the Admissions Committee and the Student Professionalism and Promotion Committee positions, to be filled and transmit the list of nominees to the Dean or his or her designee.
      1. Membership
        1. The General Medical Faculty will establish the Committee of six elected members by July 1 of each academic year.
           
        2. The Committee shall consist of seven members to include three elected from the Basic Sciences and three elected from the Clinical Sciences; chaired by the Vice-Chair of the General Medical Faculty. Members will be elected for a three-year staggered term (i.e. three members will be elected yearly). A faculty member may serve only two consecutive terms.
      2. Functions of the Committee
        1. The Committee shall propose at least two nominees for each position to be filled either as an officer, member of the Faculty Advisory Committee of the General Medical Faculty, Grievance Committee, Curriculum Committee, Personnel and Honors Committee, Representative to the University Senate, and Representative to the Senate Committee on Faculty, Tenure, Freedom, and Responsibility or the subcommittees of the Senate.
           
        2. The list of nominees for each position shall be made known to the General Medical Faculty prior to May 15, and the Nominating Committee shall solicit further names from the General Medical Faculty at this time.
           
        3. Additional nominations for these posts may be made from the floor at the fourth quarterly meeting. Nominations from the floor must be accompanied by an assurance that the nominee will serve if elected.
      3. Quorum
        1. A quorum shall be 50% of the members of the committee.

        Article X -Standing Committees of the Executive Faculty

        1. These standing committees shall report to the Dean and the Executive Faculty.
          1. Admissions Committee
             
          2. Student Professionalism and Promotion Committee
             
          3. Personnel and Honors Committee
            Standing committees may be added to this list or deleted from it by the Dean with the consent of the Executive Faculty.  
        2. Membership
          Membership of all the Standing Committees of the Executive Faculty shall be determined according to the following procedures: The structure of each committee shall be determined initially by the Dean, in consultation with the Executive Faculty, with regard to providing appropriate representation of Basic and Clinical Science interests. With the exception of the Admissions Committee and the Student Professionalism and Promotion Committee, the term for faculty members on standing committees shall be for three-years and will be staggered to ensure continuity. Faculty completing an elected term will be eligible for reelection for one consecutive elected term. After completing the second consecutive term, elected faculty are not eligible for reelection to the same committee for a period of three years. Depending on the needs of the committee and the School, faculty may be appointed by the Dean or his/her designee to standing committees for renewable three-year terms. Each year, in the first quarter, the Dean or his/her designee shall present to the Executive Faculty and to the Nominating Committee of the General Medical Faculty a list of positions to become vacant in the Standing Committees of the Executive Faculty. Potential nominees can be proposed by Departmental Chairs, the Chairs of the Standing Committees, or by other members of the General Medical Faculty. All nominees identified shall be reviewed by the Dean for his/her consideration.
           
        3. Admissions Committee
          1. Membership

            The Admissions Committee consists of four components:

            1. Screeners: The sole responsibility of the screeners is to review every applicant to Tulane University School of Medicine and decide who will be invited for an interview. The screeners are select individuals from the admissions review committee and select admissions senior staff members.
               
            2. Interviewers: The sole responsibility of the interviewers is to conduct interviews and submit narrative and numerical interview reports. This group consists of approximately 80 faculty and staff members and 50 medical students. Each applicant has three interviews, one of which is conducted by a faculty/staff member.
               
            3. Review Committee: The sole responsibility of the Review Committee is to decide who will be offered admission, offered a spot on the waitlist or not offered admission to Tulane University School of Medicine. Twenty faculty members, two senior staff members, and 10 medical students serve as the review committee.
               
            4. Special Groups Sub-Committee: The sole responsibility of this committee is to advise the review committee on admission’s decisions of select applicant groups. These select applicant groups are early decision, early assurance, and waitlist applicants. The committee consists of members of the review committee.
               
            5. The current chair of the committee is the Assistant Dean of Admissions and is appointed by the Dean of Tulane University School of Medicine.
               
            6. Membership will consist of faculty, staff, and students who represent the diversity of Tulane University School of Medicine. Faculty members will constitute a majority of voting members on the committee. All members are appointed and serve one-year terms with the possibility for renewal.
          2. Function:
            1. The Admissions Committee will review and evaluate all applicants to Tulane University School of Medicine leading to a degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD).
               
            2. The Admissions Committee is responsible for and has the sole authority to evaluate applicants and select matriculates to Tulane University School of Medicine.
        4.  Student Professionalism and Promotion Committee
          1. Membership
            1. The Student Professionalism and Promotion Committee is appointed annually by the Dean of the School of Medicine.
               
            2. The Committee will be comprised of basic and clinical faculty actively involved in the assessment of medical students. The individuals are typically but not exclusively course directors. All members are appointed and serve one-year terms with the possibility for renewal.
               
            3. Three student voting members shall be included: the Chair of the Honor Board, the President of Medical Student Government, and the President of the Senior Class.
               
            4. The Committee Chair is appointed annually by the Dean and must be a full-time faculty member in the School of Medicine.
               
            5. The Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs serves an advisory ex officio role on the committee without vote.
               
            6. The Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, the Assistant Dean for Admissions. the Director of Student Support and Wellness, the Manager of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Director of the Office of Medical Education shall serve ex officio.
               
            7. Other members of the faculty may serve as invited guests if approved by the Chair of the Committee.
               
            8. Members with conflicts of interest are required to recuse themselves whenever appropriate.
          2. Function
            1. The Committee is an Advisory Committee to the Executive Faculty.
               
            2. The Committee evaluates student performance in all courses and rotations.
               
            3. Evaluates student performance on licensing exams.
               
            4. Identifies students with academic difficulties and proposes assistance and remediation for them.
               
            5. Reviews reported student breaches in professional behavior and recommends appropriate action to the Executive Faculty.
               
            6. Reviews all students for promotion and graduation and makes recommendations to the Executive Faculty regarding promotion, graduation, course or rotation repeat, and dismissal.
               
            7. Deliberations of the Committee are by nature held in strict confidence.
          3. Quorum
            1. A Committee Quorum is defined as a majority of voting members.
        5. Personnel and Honors Committee
          1. Membership
            1. Of the twelve members of the Personnel and Honors Committee, six will be appointed by the dean or his/her designee and six will be elected by the General Medical Faculty. The six members to be elected will be tenured senior faculty members (Associate or Full Professors), three from Basic Science and three from Clinical Science Departments.
          2. Function
            1. The Personnel and Honors Committee reviews all School of Medicine faculty appointments, promotions, three-year reviews and tenure decisions presented by departments in the School of Medicine and makes recommendations to the Executive Faculty.
               
            2. No voting member of the Executive Faculty shall be a member of the Personnel & Honors Committee. The Personnel and Honors Committee shall elect its own chair and vice chair. The candidates for chair and vice chair must be willing to serve.
          3. Quorum
            1. A Quorum of the Committee shall be 50% of the voting members of the Committee.

          Article XI: Curriculum Committee

          1. Curriculum Committee
            1. Membership
              1. The ex officio members are the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, who serves as the Chair; the Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions; the Senior Associate Dean for Public Health; the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education; and the Director of Office of Medical Education. Other members of the Dean’s staff may be appointed as ex-officio members. Twelve at-large voting members shall be elected from the General Medical Faculty (6 Clinical Science and 6 Basic Science faculty); in addition, two faculty shall be appointed by the Chair. The president of the Owl Club, one student each from the Sophomore, Junior, and Senior classes, the senior class member of the Organization of Student Representatives (OSR), and the Director of the Foundations in Medicine Program shall be voting members. The Chair can appoint other non-voting members who participate in curriculum management (e.g., resource librarian, others).
                 
              2. Other faculty members that are part of the Dean’s staff may be appointed at the Dean’s discretion to serve as ex officio members.
                 
              3. The Chair votes only in the case of a tie.
                 
              4. Elected faculty are for a term of three years and may be renewed once. If an elected member is unable to complete his/her term, the Chair of the General Medical Faculty, with the consent of a majority of the Faculty Advisory Committee, shall name an interim member to fill out the term at the pleasure of the Chair.
                 
              5. Student terms can be from one to three years and the term will be determined by the Constitution of the Medical Student Body, Tulane University School of Medicine.
            2. Function
              1. The Curriculum Committee oversees the medical education program as a whole and has responsibility for the overall design, management, integration, evaluation, and enhancement of a coherent and coordinated medical curriculum.
                 
              2. The Committee provides a forum for faculty discussion of curricular issues.
                 
              3. The Committee is not advisory and reports directly to the Dean of the School of Medicine.
            3. Quorum
              1. A Quorum of the Committee shall be 50% of the regular voting members.

            XII. Basic & Clinical Science Councils

            1. There shall be two major councils:
              1. the Basic Science Council
                 
              2. the Clinical Science Council
            2. These councils shall be advisory to the Dean and Executive Faculty on manners pertaining to their constituent departments, and they shall elect their own Chair.
               
            3. The Councils shall be composed of the Basic and Clinical Science Chairs, respectively, and with the consent of the Dean, any other persons they may wish to invite. The Dean shall be an ex-officio member of the Councils.
               
            4. Biomedical Sciences Program
              The Biomedical Sciences Steering Committee shall be advisory to the Dean and Executive Faculty on all major policy decisions affecting the Graduate Programs in the Biomedical Sciences of the Medical School. The Committee will make recommendations to the Dean on admission requirements, recruitment, financial aid, curriculum and program development.
               
            5. Assistant Dean for Biomedical Sciences reports to the Dean and serves as the Director of the Biomedical Sciences Program. The Dean may appoint a co-director(s) who reports to the Assistant Dean for Biomedical Sciences. The Assistant Dean for the Biomedical Sciences and the co-director(s) shall be ex-officio members of the Biomedical Sciences Steering Committee
               
            6. The Biomedical Sciences Steering Committee shall be composed of one member elected or appointed from each Basic Science department or program in the Medical School, one clinical department representative who is appointed for a one-year term by the clinical department chairs on a rotating basis, and one representative from the Tulane National Primate Research Center.

            Article XIII –Elections

            1. Officers of the General Medical Faculty, the Standing Committees of the General Medical Faculty, Representatives to the University Senate and the University Senate Standing Subcommittees shall be elected by majority vote of the voting members of the General Medical Faculty prior to July 1st.
               
            2. If a committee member position, filled from the General Medical Faculty, falls vacant before the end of the three-year term, the Chair of the General Medical Faculty, with the consent of a majority of the Faculty Advisory Committee, shall name an interim member to serve until the next election.
               
            3. Election of members of the Personnel and Honors Committee.: The process for nominating and electing members of the Personnel and Honors Committee will be the same as in Section X:(E), and Section XIII: (A). The term will be for three years.
               
            4. Election of members of the Curriculum Committee:
              1. Elected faculty are for a term of three years and may be renewed once. If an elected member is unable to complete his/her term, the Chair of the General Medical Faculty, with the consent of a majority of the Faculty Advisory Committee, shall name an interim member to fill out the term at the pleasure of the Chair. Student terms can be from one to three years and the term will be determined by the Constitution of the Medical Student Body, Tulane University School of Medicine.

Revised and Approved July 2018

General Medical Faculty Constitution

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Revised and Approved July 2018

 

Article I - Key Constituents

  1. General Medical Faculty
    1. The General Medical Faculty comprises all persons holding appointments (includes full time, part time) in the School of Medicine as professor, associate professor, assistant professor or instructor, including all tracks.
       
    2. The members of the General Medical Faculty who shall have the right to vote will, henceforth, be referred to as the voting General Medical Faculty. The voting General Medical Faculty shall comprise the full-time professors, associate professors, and assistant professors in the School of Medicine, including all tracks.
  2. Executive Faculty
    1. The Executive Faculty shall consist of:
      1. President of the University (ex officio)
         
      2. Senior Vice President for the Health Sciences (ex officio)
         
      3. Dean (Chair, ex officio)
         
      4. Vice-Dean(s), Senior Associate, Associate, and/or Assistant Dean(s) (ex officio)
         
      5. Directors of Divisions, Centers, or Programs (ex officio)
         
      6. Chairs of all departments which are included under the administration of the Medical School
         
      7. Chair of the General Medical Faculty
         
      8. Immediate past Chair of the General Medical Faculty
  3. Dean
    1. The Dean shall be the chief administrative officer of the School of Medicine.
       
    2. The procedure for making his/her appointment as well as specifying his/her responsibilities and authority shall be consistent with the rules and regulations established by the University.
  4. Medical School Committees
    1. Committees shall be divided into standing and ad hoc committees.
       
    2. The standing and ad hoc committees will be specified in the Bylaws.

Article II Organization

  1. The School of Medicine is one of the professional schools of Tulane University.
     
  2. The faculty of the School of Medicine consists of the President of the University (ex officio), the Senior Vice President for the Health Sciences, the Dean, the Vice-Dean(s), the Senior Associate, Associate and Assistant Dean(s), the standing members of the Executive Faculty, and the General Medical Faculty..
     
  3. The major entities shall be Divisions, Centers, Programs, and Departments, each having representation on the Executive Faculty.
     
  4. Administrative heads of divisions, centers, clinics, laboratories, institutes, and programs shall be designated as Directors, those of Departments as Chairs, those of sections as Chiefs.
     
  5. Directors of centers, institutes, and programs involving more than one Department or discipline, report to the Senior Vice President and Dean.
     
  6. Departments represent the commonly recognized major disciplines included in conventional undergraduate medical curricula. A department may be organized into sub-units by the Chair of the Department with the consent of the Dean.
    1. Sections are sub-units within a Department or division which have a recognizable functioning program and may be established when warranted.
  7. Personnel comprising Divisions, Departments, or Sections include:
    1. Faculty members responsible for teaching, patient care, service and/or research.
       
    2. Staff members, serving in capacities such as administrative or research assistants, secretaries, clerks, technical specialists, and technicians.
  8. Regular Faculty Appointments
    1. There shall be the following regular faculty appointments:
      1. Professor
         
      2. Associate Professor
         
      3. Assistant Professor
         
      4. Instructor
         
    2. There shall be the following regular faculty tracks:
      1. Tenure track
         
      2. Clinical track
         
      3. Research track
         
      4. Education track
    3. Certain faculty appointments are denoted by the following prefixes:
      1. Clinical or Adjunct, as a prefix to the rank signifies regular part-time service on the Faculty
         
      2. Visiting, as a prefix to the faculty rank signifies the status of a faculty member from outside of Tulane University, when the appointment is either temporary or intermittent.
         
      3. Emeritus may be recommended, at the discretion of the Executive Faculty, as a mark of recognition of a faculty member retiring by reason of age or health. If the faculty does not meet the criteria to be designated as "Emeritus" upon retirement, the suffix "Retired" will be used when the Executive Faculty wishes to recognize past services.
         
    4. Special faculty appointment indicates an appointment which neither leads to tenure nor is to be regarded as a probationary appointment that may lead to tenure. The following are examples of special appointments:
      1. prearranged restricted term of service
         
      2. appointment as a visiting professor
         
      3. appointment for a summer session only
         
      4. appointment for a special project
         
      5. appointment for a definite time limit
         
      6. appointment concerned with a project for which continued financial salary support is not assured.
         
    5. Other designations on the instructional track are:
      1. Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Professor of the Practice, or Senior Professor of the Practice. See the faculty handbook for description.
         
    6. Ordinarily, a faculty member has a primary appointment in a single department, notwithstanding that he/she may participate in the program of other departments; such participation alone does not justify concurrent appointment in more than one department. (Examples: extra-departmental sharing of a research project, contributing occasional "service" to another department, either in the form of teaching or application of specialized knowledge and skill).
      1. Secondary appointments
        1. A full-time or part-time faculty member who contributes meaningfully to the mission of a department other than their primary appointment.
           
        2. Titles of faculty with secondary appointments will have a prefix of Adjunct.
           
        3. The professional qualifications and duties are appropriate, in the judgment of the secondary Department.
           
        4. The secondary appointment must be approved by both the primary department and secondary department and by the Dean.
      2. Dual appointment is justified when:
        1. A full-time faculty member has responsibilities which are clearly and substantially divided between two departments.
           
        2. The professional qualifications and duties actually suffice, in the judgment of the Committee on Personnel and Honors, and the Executive Faculty, for independent appointment in each of the departments concerned.

      Article III Responsibilities and Powers of the Principal Organs and Administrative Officers

      1. The General Medical Faculty

        1. Shall be apprised of all major decisions made by the Dean and by the Executive Faculty at regular quarterly meetings or at special meetings of the General Medical Faculty called for this purpose. At such meetings, all major actions made by the Dean and by the Executive Faculty shall be presented by the Dean for discussion. The Agenda for each meeting shall be circulated to each member of the General Medical Faculty at least one week prior to such meeting.
           
        2. May disapprove any of these decisions by a simple majority electronic vote of the voting members of the General Medical Faculty by electronic ballot. In the event of disapproval by a simple majority electronic vote of the General Medical Faculty of any major action made by the Dean and/or by the Executive Faculty these shall be referred back to the Dean and to the Executive Faculty for reconsideration.
           
        3. Shall consider and act upon, at the regularly scheduled or special meetings of the General Medical Faculty, those matters referred to it by the Dean and/or the Executive Faculty.
           
        4. May individually or as a group make recommendations to the Executive Faculty and the Dean.
           
      2. The Executive Faculty
        1. The Executive Faculty shall be the administrative committee of the Tulane School of Medicine. Ex officio members shall not have the voting privileges on the Executive Faculty except the Dean of the School of Medicine, who, in the case of a tie, may vote.
           
        2. The Executive Faculty shall:
          1. formulate and make decisions on School policy
             
          2. act upon and respond to recommendations submitted to it by the standing committees, ad hoc committees, the General Medical Faculty and the Dean within a reasonable time period, generally within 45 days of receipt.
      3. The Dean
        1. The Dean is the Executive Officer of the School of Medicine, and shall assume the responsibility for the continual review of the role and operation of the Medical School and for recommending measures appropriate to the changing needs of the School. The Dean shall:
          1. administer the affairs of the School with the assistance of Vice-Dean(s), Senior Associate, Associate and/or Assistant Deans, and the Department Chairs, and with the consent of the Executive Faculty and the General Medical Faculty;
             
          2. have the authority to appoint and remove Vice-Dean(s), Senior Associate, Associate, and/or Assistant Deans and other administrative personnel in accordance with established policies and practices of the University;
             
          3. select candidates for Department Chair on recommendation of the Search Committee for approval by the Personnel and Honors Committee, the Executive Faculty, and following consultation with the faculty of the relevant department.
             
          4. serve as the liaison between the General Medical Faculty and the Administration of the University;
             
          5. represent the School of Medicine as executive officer in all external matters including communications media and external agencies and individuals;
             
          6. (Dean or his/her designee) shall review all appointments and promotions recommended by the Department Chairs and refer these recommendations to the Personnel and Honors Committee, the Executive Faculty, and the University Provost (when indicated) for final action;
             
          7. (Dean or his/her designee) act on appointments and promotions recommended by Department Chairs, at the ranks of Lecturer, and Instructor, without referring to the Personnel and Honors Committee, the Executive Faculty, or the University Provost;
             
          8. appoint standing committees and ad hoc committees of the Executive Faculty;
             
          9. serve as an ex officio member of all committees appointed by the Dean.
             
      4. The Departmental Chairs
        1. They shall have the authority and responsibility for administering the affairs of their respective departments, in consultation with the departmental faculty and the Dean. This includes recommending appointments to the faculty, recommending changes in salary and rank, and assigning working space within the Department.
           

        Article IV Amendments to the Constitution

        1. Proposals to amend this Constitution may be originated by any voting member of the General Medical Faculty. The proposed amendment will be submitted electronically to the Chair of the General Medical Faculty with a copy to the Office of Faculty Affairs for presentation and review at regular or special meetings of the General Medical Faculty.
          1. Proposed amendments must be considered at a General Medical Faculty Meeting within three months of notifying the Chair of the General Medical Faculty.
             
          2. Proposed amendments will be reviewed during at least two meetings of the General Medical Faculty to include a first and second reading. Notice of the proposed amendment shall appear in the agenda of two meetings and shall be circulated electronically to all members of the voting General Medical Faculty at least one week in advance of the meetings.
             
          3. Changes in wording of the proposed amendment as previously circulated may be adopted provided such changes do not alter the original intent or sense of the amendments.
             
          4. A simple majority of the voting General Medical Faculty is required for approval. Voting will be done electronically.
             
          5. Proposed amendments approved by the General Medical Faculty will be forwarded to the Executive Faculty of the School of Medicine for review and approval.
        2. Proposed amendments of this Constitution may be presented in a regular or special meeting of the Executive Faculty.
          1. Changes in wording of the proposed amendment as previously approved may be adopted provided such changes do not alter the original intent or sense of the amendments.
             
          2. If substantially changed, the amendment shall be presented to the General Medical Faculty for action, as outlined in Article IV Part A.
             
          3. Amendments to this constitution after approval by the General Medical Faculty, and Executive Faculty will be forwarded to the Medical School Dean and the University Provost, and President. The Medical School Dean and the University Provost and President shall each have thirty days for review. If none of these reviewers rule to the contrary within their prescribed thirty days, then the amendment(s) shall be considered approved. The Board of Governors will be informed of the approved amendments.
        3. A copy of the current and any subsequently amended Constitution and By-Laws shall be maintained in the University Archives.

        Article V By-Laws

        1. Bylaws for the Constitution shall be established to outline in more detail the organization and management of the School of Medicine
           
        2. Proposed amendments to the Bylaws may be presented as follows:
          1. Amendments to the Bylaws may be originated and approved by the voting members of General Medical Faculty. Any proposed amendment may be submitted at a regular or special meeting of the General Medical Faculty and must be considered at a second meeting no less than one month and no more than three months later. Notice of the proposed action shall appear in the agenda of the first meeting at which the proposed amendment is considered and shall be circulated electronically to all members of the General Medical Faculty at least one week in advance of the second meeting. Any such amendments shall be adopted by a simple majority electronic vote, of all the voting members of the General Medical Faculty.
             
          2. Amendments or additions to the Bylaws may be proposed by action of the Executive Faculty. The amendment or addition shall then be presented to the General Medical Faculty for action as outlined in Part B, section 1 of this Article.
             
          3. Amendments to the Bylaws after approval by the General Medical Faculty in accordance with Article V; Part B, Section 2, must be approved by the Medical School Dean and the University Provost and President. The Dean, Provost, and the President shall each have ten days for review. If none of these reviewers rule to the contrary within their prescribed time limitation, then the amendment(s) shall be considered approved. The Board of Governors will be informed of the approved amendments.
             

Revised and Approved July 2018

AAMC Council Representatives

Dr. Geraldine Ménard is an Associate Professor Medicine at the Tulane University School of Medicine and the Section Chief of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. Dr. Ménard attended Northwestern University School of Medicine, where she received her medical degree in 1997. She completed her residency in internal medicine at McGaw Medical Center-Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. She returned to New Orleans after residency and has been on faculty at Tulane since 2000.

Dr. Ménard provides care for hospitalized medical patients, teaches medical students and residents, and is a consultant to the surgical services. She has been recognized for teaching with receipt of the Owl Club and internal medicine residency Faculty Excellence in Teaching awards. She is also involved in quality improvement and patient safety initiatives and serves on numerous hospital committees. She is a member of several national organizations including Society of Hospital Medicine, American College of Physicians and was the Co-Chair for the Society of General Internal Medicine 2014 Annual Meeting.

 

Dr. Michael J. O'Brien is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in shoulder and elbow reconstruction. He received his medical degree from the Tulane University School of Medicine in 2003. After completing his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the University of Maryland, and a Shoulder and Elbow Reconstruction fellowship at the Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, he returned to New Orleans in 2009 to become Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics at Tulane. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is an active member in orthopaedic societies locally and nationally. He is a member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Society (ASES), Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the Louisiana Orthopaedic Society, the Greater New Orleans Orthopaedic Society (GNOOS), and he is the Louisiana Counselor to the Southern Orthopaedic Association (SOA). Dr. O’Brien serves on the AANA Research and Technology Committees, Tulane eCW Steering Committee, and is the chairman of the Tulane Code Blue Committee. He is the assistant program director for the orthopaedic residency program. He is also Tulane’s newest member of the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Faculty and Academic Societies. He has over 25 articles and book chapters to his credit and lectures locally, nationally and internationally. His interests include arthroscopy of the shoulder and elbow, rotator cuff disease, shoulder and elbow reconstruction including total shoulder replacements and total elbow replacements, sports medicine, ligament reconstruction of the knee, and fracture care in both adults and children. He practices at the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine in uptown New Orleans, where he is a team physician for the New Orleans VooDoo of the Arena Football League, Tulane University, Loyola University New Orleans, and Brother Martin High School.