The Policy and Advocacy Committee serves to understand and address the issues affecting the JHMI postdoctoral community. Our goal is to educate, advise, and where necessary, work with the university to resolve problems affecting postdocs. We communicate with representatives of the University Health System, the School of Medicine, and the Dean of Postdoctoral Affairs.
In 2011, JHPDA established the Policy & Advocacy committee to identify areas where postdoctoral fellows' lives on campus can be improved. We give voice to the issues that affect us at the Research Council Meetings with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. The JHPDA also represents postdocs at the Faculty Senate, Medical Student Council, Graduate Student Council, and Healthcare Policy Meetings.
When necessary, we are also here to provide confidential advice with regard to on-campus, departmental or institutional issues which may require mediation or simply some guidance figuring out where to go next for help.
Our current activities include highlighting discrepancies in postdoctoral pay. As a result of our actions, many postdocs have had their salary corrected to the current NIH minimum. We hope that by highlighting this issue, departments can prevent this from occurring again.
summary of the results.
In APRIL 2012: SOM Administration updated the Stipend policy to address discrepancies that were identified in our survey results. Official April 2012 Stipend Policy.
JHPDA also organizes benefits seminars to help explain what benefits are and what you are entitled to as a postdoctoral fellow working in the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins. If you missed our last benefits seminar but are interested in the presentation you can access the SLIDES and TRANSCRIPT OF QUESTIONS here.