Updates to the Faculty Affairs Code

The Faculty Affairs Code, Appendix A, governs the operations of UNC Physicians & Associates and clinical activities of the School of Medicine faculty. Please read the following note about updates to the Code that reflect the P&A name change to UNC Faculty Physicians and the updated governance structure.

Dear UNC Physicians and Associates Member,

The operations of P&A and clinical activities of the School of Medicine faculty are governed by the UNC-CH SOM Faculty Affairs Code, Appendix A.   An updated version of this was approved at the Nov. 26, 2012 P&A Board meeting.  Changes reflect our new name (UNC Faculty Physicians), an updated governance structure that created the P&A Executive Committee, and a simpler system for selecting at-large P&A Board members.   There will now be six at large elected members as described below in number 3.

The UNC Faculty Physicians Board shall consist of:

1) the Dean of the School of Medicine or his or her designee, as chair;

2) the Chairs of the Clinical Departments of the School of Medicine, the President of the University of North Carolina Hospitals and the President, UNC Faculty Physicians;

3) six at large elected full-time members of UNC Faculty Physicians  whose duties will be to represent and bring issues to the Board from the UNC Faculty Physicians membership at large.  These Board members will be elected by all members of UNC Faculty Physicians in the following manner: three members from the six Departments with the largest clinical revenue as determined annually in the same manner used to elect the Executive Committee and three members from the remaining Departments.   Not more than one member of any department shall be elected to serve as an at large member on the Board at any one time;

4) the Vice Dean for Finance and Administration of the School of Medicine, the Executive Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs/Chief Medical Officer of the School of Medicine, the Director of the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Program, the Chief Operating Officer of UNC Faculty Physicians, and the Chair of the Department of Allied Health Sciences, as ex-officio and non-voting members.

The initial at large members of the Board shall serve the terms indicated below:

In the initial election of at large members:

Large Departments:

3 years for the at-large member receiving the most votes

2 years for the at-large member receiving the second most votes

1 year for the at-large member receiving the third most votes

Smaller Departments:

3 years for the at-large member receiving the most votes

2 years for the at-large member receiving the second most votes

1 year for the at-large member receiving the third most votes

Following expiration of the initial terms set out above, each member of the Board shall serve a three-year term. Any vacancy on the Board shall be filled by vote of all the Clinical Department Chairs.

We will hold elections for the at large board seats this month.  After this, month, elections will be held in August, the month that P&A Executive Committee members are chosen by Chairs.  Therefore, the one year terms will extend through August 2013.

Currently, the Larger Departments are Pediatrics, Medicine, Anesthesiology, Surgery, Radiology, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Please send nominations for at large membership to Janice Adkinson (Janice_Adkinson@unchealthcare.org), indicating the faculty member’s name and home Department.   Self-nominations are permitted.

Finally, a reminder from the Faculty Affairs Code that all professional fees and income generated by clinical faculty must be billed through UNC Faculty Physicians.  This includes expert witness fees.

A copy of the new version of the Health Affairs Code can be found at http://www.med.unc.edu/www/administration/policies/faculty-affairs-code-appedix-a.

Sincerely,

Al Daugird, MD, MBA
President, UNC Faculty Physicians