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Conf. Call 7/18/06

International Association of Medical Colleges
Conference call July 18, 2006

The founding members of each school were notified by email, and phone. All acknowledged notice and agreed to be a participant. Unfortunately, the original time, 4 p.m. was changed to 5:30 p.m. At 5:30 p.m. those on the call were; David Fredrick, Nancy Perri, Jerry Thornton, Mahendra Patel, Bernie Ferguson and expert, Thomas Monahan. It was agree everyone would wait for Charlie Modica and Yife Tien. At 5:40 it was agreed the meeting would proceed with the hope they would join us promptly. Subsequent to the call Yife Tien advised he had attempted contact at the original time.

An attempt to record the call was not successful. It was learned that by placing an extension phone handset on a tape recorder results in a record of much of what was said on the other extension but little of what was said on the outside phones. This digest has been circulated among all participants to be certain it accurately reflects the substance of the discussion prior to it being placed on this web site.

The President served as Chair. The first item for discussion was the Senior Accreditation Chair. Each school was asked to name their school’s Chair of its Self Study Management/Oversight Committee. They were as follows; Saba University, Dr. Joseph Chu, Ross University, Dr. Nancy Perri, St. Matthews University, Dr. Jerry Thornton and Mahendra Patel will present the two senior Chairs of the University of Silesia and Lubin at the Management/Oversight Chair meeting. Dr. Charles Modica, St. George University and Yife Tien, American University of the Caribbean will be contacted for their Chairpersons.

The second item for discussion was the date and location satisfactory to all school Chairs to meet for review of the Data Base Study and Self Study Protocol. After discussion the most desirable location is one proximate to LaGuardia airport such as the Marriott Courtyard hotel that was used for our last annual meeting.
The agreed meeting date is August 31, 2006, and the time is 8:30 a.m.

The third item for discussion was the payment of salary and office expenses. Email vote number12 dated December 31, 2005 was read. All agreed the chief executive’s salary is to be paid quarterly, in advance of each quarter and the fixed amount for ordinary office equipment, space and supplies is to be paid in advance of the first of each month.

The fourth item for discussion was my reimbursement for having paid IAOMC expenses since last August. In response to the question, how did this come about? It was explained we began as a NY State association. Neither our Florida based treasurer nor our Virginia based assistant treasurer could open a bank account. Since 9/11 all banks require a certificate of incorporation before they will open a new account for an out of state customer. Charles Adams accommodated IAOMC by depositing membership funds in a NY bank. He paid out expenses for our August 12th meeting and reimbursed me to the end of August. IAOMC applied for and received a New York State Regents corporation and awaited its issuance. This was granted retroactive to January 2006. There were some processing delays. The solution is for me to arrange copies of all checks issued and my personal credit card charges and forward the to Yife Tien’s accountant for payment.

The fifth item for discussion was the less than complete record of New York State site team reports. The reason two schools do not have their NY site team report on our website is that they have not sent them to me. Nancy asked Tom if these are public records and he replied if anyone sends in a Freedom of information request and pays the fee they will receive the report. Bernie explained AUC’s counsel, Cynthia Holden, has taken the position that reading these reports can be misleading, a distortion of the true facts. I proposed she meet with Tom Monahan, Father Jeff and me to provide her with the opportunity to demonstrate what she meant. This was with the thought that discussion of a problem may lead to enlightened resolution. She said she was going on vacation and couldn’t meet. I suggested we arrange a date after her vacation. She refused claiming after her vacation she would arrange her priorities and be in touch. That was about six weeks ago. Exactly what the objections may be is a puzzle. We look forward to that meeting. Charles Adams explained this was the subject of internal discussions.

The sixth item for discussion was the inquiry made to 31 countries and eight states without their own schools. A tentative meeting is slated for the first week in October for schools to meet with governments to discuss establishing a program for their qualified medical students.

The conference call ended about one hour after it began.


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