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UPCOMING FACULTY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS ......................... 1 CODE OF CONDUCT ............. 1 THE ART OF SELF PROMOTION........................... 1 SPOTLIGHT ON: HEATHER MACARTHUR, PH.D. .............. 2 JR. FACULTY FOCUS GROUP .............................................. 2 BY LAW REVISIONS .............. 2 NEW FACULTY ORIENTATION ............................................... 2 AMBULATORY CARE CENTER ............................................... 3 AAMC FACULTY DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR .... 3

Upcoming Programs

All Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development Program Information Available on our Website at:

Code of Conduct
Saint Louis University Medical Group (UMG) recently implemented a Code of Conduct for the purpose of establishing expectations for professional behavior amongst the faculty and staff of the UMG. The Code of Conduct encourages professional collaboration and promotion of a congenial workplace and learning environment. After the initial draft was approved by the UMG Clinical Operations Committee it was presented to the Clinical Chairs and the Faculty Affairs Committee. In February, 2012, the UMG Executive Committee approved the Code of Conduct as SLUCare Policy Number 6-108. All faculty and staff will be required to review and sign the policy at the time of their reappointment and/or annual review. The final, approved Code of Conduct policy can be found at Click on SLUCare and then choose Policies and Procedures.

The Art of Self Promotion: The Educators Academic Portfolio

On Monday June 11, Drs. Miguel Paniagua and Julie Gammack presented the above-entitled workshop. The goals of the workshop were to increase faculty understanding of promotion criteria and review opportunities for creating scholarship from daily activities. The participants were asked to bring their current CVs and/or educational portfolios for a real-time review and an opportunity for expert consultation. This program, along with other programs sponsored by the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, is available for viewing at

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Spotlight on: Heather Macarthur, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Pharmacological & Physiological Science

Dr. Macarthur has been a faculty member at Saint Louis University since 1997. During that time she has been involved in teaching, research and university service. She obtained her bachelor's degree in Pharmacology from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and earned her doctorate in Pharmacology from the William Harvey Research Institute, St. Bartholomew's Medical College, London. In addition to teaching and mentoring graduate students, Dr. Macarthur teaches in the Cardiovascular module for second year medical students, and leads small group sessions in the Pharmacology module for the first year students. Her research has focused on investigating the role of oxidative stress in diseases that involve the dysregulation of catecholamine function including neurodegeneration, hypertension and septic shock. In addition she and Dr. Scott Martin from the Dept. of Chemistry are working on a project to transform current analytical methods for concurrently assessing the release of multiple neurotransmitters from physiological preparations. Dr. Macarthur has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and made multiple research presentations at both national and international scientific conferences. Her research has been supported by the NIH, the American Heart Association and the Presidents Research Fund of Saint Louis University. Outside of her responsibilities as a faculty member of the School of Medicine, Dr. Macarthur is the mother of a very energetic toddler, a committed resident of the City of St Louis, an active member of her church and a key leader of Metropolitan Congregations United through which she devotes much time and effort working on issues to improve the quality of life in the St. Louis region.


As a first effort to address the unique needs of the junior faculty at SLUSOM, the OFAPD hosted a junior faculty focus group meeting. A needs assessment, sent to all junior faculty, reflected a need for further attention and education around mentoring and the promotions process at SLUSOM. Interestingly, these topics were also identified as key issues by faculty who participated in the Faculty Forward survey in 2009, both at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and 23 other participating US medical schools. Faculty reported Newslink was their primary means of learning about upcoming programs and informational updates about SLU.

School of Medicine By Law Revisions Approved The Faculty Affairs Committee, in conjunction with the SOM Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, recently updated and revised the School of Medicine By Laws. This process included a presentation to the General Medical Faculty Meeting on February 13, 2012 and a Google site was created for faculty review and feedback. The final revisions were presented at the May 14, 2012 General Medical Faculty Meeting. A vote via electronic ballot was sent to all SOM faculty for a final vote and the revisions were approved by 97% of faculty voting and the revisions were approved effective June 5, 2012. The final, revised By Laws can be accessed at

New Faculty Orientation New Faculty Orientation will be held on Tuesday, August 21 at 8:00 a.m. in the Busch Student Center on Frost Campus followed by orientation for School of Medicine new faculty at 1:00 p.m. in Busch Student Center, Room 171. Those attending should RVSP at Attendance at a Faculty Orientation is required for all new faculty within 12 months of start date.

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A New Ambulatory Care Center comment site is now available on the Dean's Google site. To access the Deans Office School of Medicine Google Site, simply click on the Sites tab located at the top of your GoogleApps account or via URL

AAMC Faculty Professional Development Seminar

In July, the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development sponsored Dr. Dina Calamur to attend the AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar; a three-day seminar focused on building skills for careers in academic medicine. The Early Career Faculty Professional Development Seminar this July was an invaluable experience for a woman in a junior faculty position on an academic path. What made this conference so special was that the participants were all junior women faculty in an academic setting and the instructors and mentors were well established in their careers. These women shared their experiences of successfully navigating the academic path and gave us insight into their struggles and often times need for redirection. In addition to this, we were given individualized attention in small groups with mentors to help delineate our academic goals and develop a path to attain them. It was a very powerful and valuable experience. We learned key tools to be successful in our interactions with people. In "Being Heard: Managing Yourself and Difficult Conversations," we explored the facets of effective communication and the importance of finding a "third" story where differences exist to define a mutual goal. There were also a multitude of workshops offered that involved negotiation skills, dealing with personality differences from the perspective of the Myer's-Briggs personality types, planning effective meetings. All in all, the conference was a tremendous learning experience and offered me an avenue to gain a set of tools that are clearly important for successfully navigating the academic path. I feel honored and privileged to have been selected to participate. This the first time in my career that I have been exposed to these invaluable concepts, and I would strongly encourage other junior women to attend. Dina Calamur The Office of Faculty Affairs and Development will also sponsor two candidates to attend the AAMC MidCareer Women Professional Development program to be held in December 2012. Registration opens in early October. The OFAD will provide the registration fees for two faculty members at the rank of Associate or full Professor. In kind support for travel and housing is expected to be covered from departmental funds. Further information on the application process will be forthcoming.

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