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    2022 GBA Principal Business Officers’ Meeting
    Save the Date: 2022 Winter Principal Business Officers’ Meeting

    Thursday, September 15 - Friday, September 16, 2022
    The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans
    New Orleans, LA
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    Join us in New Orleans, September 15-16, for the Principal Business Officers' Meeting. The sessions at this year's meeting will focus on the topics and issues of most interest to you as PBOs, including staffing, recruitment and compensation, budgetary and compliance issues, and research and education infrastructure costs. The meeting will include plenary sessions, networking opportunities, and small group discussions.

    Invitations to the meeting are extended to the Principal Business Officer (PBO) at each medical school. PBOs can and are encouraged to bring up to one colleague to this event.

    We hope that you will join us in New Orleans! Visit the meeting website to view the program, information on registration, hotels, travel, and more.

    Register now for Learn Serve Lead 2022: The AAMC Annual Meeting
    Learn Serve Lead 2022: The AAMC Annual Meeting

    Registration is now open for Learn Serve Lead 2022: The AAMC Annual Meeting, taking place in Nashville, Tennessee, Nov. 11-15. This annual event draws thousands of attendees from across the academic medicine community to connect with thought leaders, spark conversation on critical issues impacting medical education and patient care, and encourage collaborations that influence the future of health. Register early to save on access to all programming, including plenary sessions, Voices of Medicine and Society Series sessions, and more than 100 breakout sessions.
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    Preparing for a Post-COVID Era: Workplace Policies and Practices Survey

    The GBA Data and Benchmarking Committee, with input from the GIP Facilities Planning & Space Management Subcommittee developed this survey to collect data on remote and hybrid work policies and practices, the workplace environment and support to employees, productivity measures, and space considerations. Survey responses are due by August 23, 2022. The survey was sent to your school’s PBO, along with other targeted colleagues. For questions about the survey, please contact gba@aamc.org.

    Data of Interest to GBA Members: MD Alumni Reports

    There are national and institutional MD alumni reports in FAMOUS under Reports>National Reports and Reports>Institution Reports. The national alumni reports track, by medical school, how many graduates from a graduating class or range of graduating classes have ever been medical school faculty members. The institutional alumni reports allow you to see person-level information for your graduates who appear in the national alumni reports. These reports only include data from academic year 1978–1979 onwards. Faculty who earned degrees prior to academic year 1978–1979 are excluded from the FAMOUS alumni reports due to the lack of authoritative graduate data.

    Data of Interest to GBA Members: Medical School Finance Tables and Graphs

    The AAMC Medical School Finance Tables and Graphs summarize data from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Part I-A Annual Medical School Financial Questionnaire (AFQ) administered by the AAMC. Fiscal year 2021 is the most recent data covering 155 U.S. MD-granting medical education programs with preliminary, provisional, or full LCME accreditation.

    The medical school revenue data are presented in a variety of formats and include, for example, aggregate recorded, not recorded, and total medical school revenues by source for public and private medical schools. One-year and ten-year percent changes are available. National total medical school revenues from FY 1977 through FY 2021 are also available.

    The Medical School Finance Tables and Graphs are updated annually each June and are publicly available at https://www.aamc.org/data/finance/. Questions about the Medical School Finance Tables and Graphs can be sent to afq@aamc.org.

    GBA Listserv Archives

    The GBA listservs are a great way to connect with colleagues across the country about topics of interest. More information about posting a question to any of the GBA listservs is included below. The following topics were posted in July 2022:

    To access the archives: lists.aamc.org/read/?forum=gba
    To post a question: gba@lists.aamc.org

    GBA HR:
    To access the archives: lists.aamc.org/read/?forum=gbahr
    To post a question: gbahr@lists.aamc.org

    Department Administrator:
    To access the archives: lists.aamc.org/read/?forum=gbada
    To post a question: gbada@lists.aamc.org

    PBO: Undergraduate teaching credit hours
    To access the archives: lists.aamc.org/read/?forum=pbo
    To post a question: pbo@lists.aamc.org

    AAMC News

    Health sector climate pledge webinar series begins

    The AAMC has joined the Health Sector Climate Pledge, which was developed by part of the Department of Health and Human Services under the assistant secretary for health in conjunction with the White House. A webinar series launching this week and continuing through November will explore government supports to assist health care stakeholders in climate-related work. The first webinar, “Resilience, Emissions Reduction, and Health Equity,” took place July 14 at noon ET. A full schedule and list of future topics is available online.
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    AAMC leads amicus brief in support of consideration of race in higher education admissions

    The AAMC, along with 45 health professional and educational organizations, has submitted an amicus curiae brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the limited consideration of an applicant’s racial or ethnic background or experiences in higher education admissions. The amicus brief focuses on the particular importance of racial and ethnic diversity in the health professions in classrooms, labs, and clinical settings to improve the overall health of our nation. “Numerous studies have consistently demonstrated health inequities along racial and ethnic lines in nearly every index of human health, and evidence shows that increased racial diversity in the health professions can help close that gap,” said David J. Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO. “The AAMC has long supported the limited consideration of race and ethnicity in admissions where necessary and in support of a medical school’s mission, with deference to each school’s individualized admissions process and expertise.”
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    AAMC statement on House passage of Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID-19 Act of 2022

    AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, issued a statement regarding House passage of the Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID-19 Act of 2022. “The AAMC applauds the House for passing the Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID-19 Act of 2022, which will extend coverage of telehealth services under Medicare until at least December 31, 2024. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, patients nationwide have benefited from increased access to telehealth services, and this bill will ensure that this crucial point of access continues.”
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    AAMC announces recipients of 2022 Telehealth Equity Catalyst Awards and Pilot Grants

    The AAMC has named the recipients of its 2022 Telehealth Equity Catalyst Awards and Pilot Grants. Ten programs were selected to receive $15,000 each to fund existing programs or begin development of pilot proposals. The recipients have demonstrated their ability to address barriers associated with telehealth and health technology in their communities through clinical delivery or medical education programs. The AAMC looks forward to partnering with these programs to learn more and share strategies for improving access and equity via telehealth.
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    AAMC names awardees for Health Professions Education Curricular Innovations Grant Program

    The AAMC has awarded curricular innovations grants to five project teams from AAMC-member medical schools. The grants will support the initial development of competency-based, interprofessional strategies for preparing learners to address health misinformation and the integration of these strategies into new or existing curricula. These awards are supported through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to build confidence in the COVID-19 vaccines.
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    Winners of 2022 Lasker Foundation student essay contest announced

    The Lasker Foundation has announced the 2022 winners of its annual essay contest, which recognizes the next generation of science communicators. This year, applicants were challenged to “describe how multidisciplinary collaborations and approaches, or future opportunities for them, have impacted or will impact their training, research, or career.” Several of the winners are trainees at AAMC-member institutions.
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    AAMC Supports Bipartisan Legislation to Protect 340B Hospitals

    On July 13, the AAMC sent a letter to Reps. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) and David McKinley (R-W.Va.) in support of the Preserving Rules Ordered for the Entities Covered Through (PROTECT) 340B Act of 2021, legislation that would protect safety-net hospitals that participate in the 340B programs from discrimination by commercial insurers and pharmacy benefit managers.
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    Information: Sinead Hunt, AAMC Government Relations.

    AAMC, Hospital Groups Urge Extension of Premium Tax Credits

    The AAMC joined other hospital and health system groups in a July 11 letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) urging their support of extending enhanced premium tax credits beyond 2022. Other signers included the American Hospital Association, the Federation of American Hospitals, and America’s Essential Hospitals.
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    Information: Allyson Perleoni, AAMC Government Relations.

    AAMC Joins Letter Supporting Preservation of Military Medical Workforce

    The AAMC joined over 20 health care and medical specialty organizations in a July 1 letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin regarding future medical staffing and Department of Defense (DOD) medical education and training.
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    Information: Christa Wagner, AAMC Government Relations.

    AAMC announces 2022-2023 Board of Directors

    The AAMC has announced its 2022-2023 Board of Directors. The incoming board’s term begins Nov. 15 and will end at the conclusion of Learn Serve Lead: The AAMC Annual Meeting in November 2023. LouAnn Woodward, MD, vice chancellor for health affairs at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and dean of the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Medicine, has been elected to serve as chair of the AAMC Board of Directors. She will succeed Kirk A. Calhoun, MD, president of the University of Texas at Tyler, who will become immediate past chair. Leon “Lee” Jones, MD, dean for medical education and professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine, has been named chair-elect and will succeed Woodward next year.
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    Learning Opportunities

    CPSC 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Webinar - August 9

    Please join the AAMC-Vizient Clinical Practice Solutions Center (CPSC) for a webinar discussing the 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule on August 9, 2022 at 1:00pm (EDT). During this 60-minute webinar, AAMC and Vizient staff will present on payment provisions and other policies from the proposed rule. Topics include new payment rates for physician and other healthcare services for 2023, changes to evaluation and management services, impact analyses on payment for physician practices, changes to Medicare telehealth policies, split (shared) billing, behavioral health, and others. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions once the presentation has concluded.

    Register here for this complimentary webinar.

    For any questions, please contact Gayle Lee or Ki Stewart

    CPSC 2023 Medicare Shared Savings Program and Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule Webinar - August 16

    Please join the AAMC-Vizient Clinical Practice Solutions Center (CPSC) for a webinar discussing proposed policies for the Shared Savings Program and Year 7 (2023) of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule on August 16, 2022 at 1:00 pm (EDT). During this 60-minute webinar, AAMC and Vizient staff will present on proposed policy changes for ACOs, MIPS, and Advanced APMs. For the Shared Savings Program, topics include proposed changes to payments to ACOs, transition to performance-based risk, and benchmark and health equity adjustments. For the QPP, topics include proposed changes to MIPS framework, MIPS category weights and performance threshold, proposals related to the MIPS Value Pathways (MVPs) reporting option, and changes related to Advanced APMs. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions once the presentation has concluded.

    Register here for this complimentary webinar.

    For any questions, please contact Gayle Lee or Ki Stewart

    Using Inclusive Language in Scholarly Writing Webinar

    August 18th, 2022
    12:00 – 1:00 PM ET
    Registration is required.

    Medical professionals communicate about their work each day and, in doing so, help shape the language of their profession. As professionals seeking to support increased diversity and inclusion across the medical community, understanding and employing inclusive language can help you support your colleagues and improve the field of medicine. At this IDEAS webinar, speakers will discuss the principles of using inclusive language across your roles as educators, clinicians, health professions education scholars, and journal reviewers and editors. Speakers will also share available resources and practical strategies that scholars can adopt to align their writing with current best practices around the intentional use of words and descriptors that welcome the diversity of all people and their identities. This webinar will conclude with interactive case studies for attendees to practice what they have learned.

    Webinar: Understanding and Addressing Sexual Harassment in Academic Medicine: A New AAMC Report (IDEAS)

    August 24, 2022
    12:00 PM (ET)
    Register here.

    Join us for an in-depth look at the results from the AAMC's recent publication, Understanding and Addressing Sexual Harassment in Academic Medicine. This webinar will include never-before-seen rates of harassment among faculty across multiple institutions, connections between harassment and engagement and retention, as well as innovative practices to address and prevent harassment from nine qualitative institutional interviews. This report and webinar focuses on gender harassment, the most prevalent but often overlooked, among faculty and explores institutional interventions to prevent these behaviors before they even begin.

    Register now for AAMC virtual event on addressing and eradicating racism in health care

    The AAMC is hosting a free virtual event on Sept. 7 at 12 p.m. ET to explore how the academic medicine community is addressing and eradicating systemic racism in health care. The discussion will be moderated by Malika Fair, MD, MPH, AAMC senior director of equity and social accountability, and will include Nahae Kim, MPH, a medical student at Chicago Medical School, as well as individuals featured in the documentary The Color of Care, including Ala Stanford, MD, Hetty Cunningham, MD, and Keith Gambrell. The film chronicles how people of color suffer from systemically substandard health care in the United States, and participants will have access to the film for two weeks prior to the event (further details will be provided upon registration). The discussion will focus on lessons learned from the film, how medical education is changing and continuing to improve, and the AAMC’s new medical education competencies on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Advance registration is required (space is limited).
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    Health care researchers launch DocsWithDisabilities to support the inclusion of disabled individuals in medicine

    A new initiative, DocsWithDisabilities, has launched as a first-of-its-kind coordinated effort to systematically improve the inclusion of disabled individuals in health professions education. DocsWithDisabilities works to increase the number of healthcare providers with disabilities, address the disability access gaps in health care education and practice for people with disabilities, and expand education and awareness about disability inclusion. “The AAMC is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive physician workforce, and that includes people with disabilities. We are pleased to support the DocsWithDisabilities Initiative in its efforts to address and remove common barriers in training and to provide a platform for improving disability inclusion,” said David J. Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO, in a press release announcing the launch.
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    Publications & Resources

    Addressing sexual harassment in academic medicine report

    A new report highlights the extent of sexual harassment among faculty, as well as promising practices that might prevent and address it. The AAMC will host an informational webinar to further explore the report findings on Aug. 24.
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    AAMC publishes medical education competencies for diversity, equity, and inclusion

    The AAMC has developed the New and Emerging Areas in Medicine Series as a guide for everyone who develops curricula within the field of medicine and for people learning to practice or continuing their professional development. This third report in the series focuses on competencies for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The competencies are organized into three domains — diversity, equity, and inclusion — and three tiers that represent developmental stages in physician development: entry to residency or recent medical school graduate, entry to independent practice or recent residency graduate, and experienced faculty physician responsible for educating students or residents. These cross-continuum competencies help educators design or adapt curricula and help educators and learners in their individual professional development and DEI journeys. The competencies are also the focus of a new op-ed published in STAT that was co-authored by David J. Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO, and Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA, dean and chief academic officer of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and chair of the AAMC Council of Deans.
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    New AAMC data snapshot Sponsored Research Program Direct Cost Expenditures by Funding Source: A 10-Year Review of Research Funding Trends at Fully Accredited U.S. Medical Schools

    A new data snapshot published by the AAMC provides a 10-year review of research expenditures by funding source at fully accredited U.S. medical schools. The direct cost expenditures include National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards, federal government sponsors other than the NIH, industrial and corporate sponsors, other nongovernmental organizations (e.g., philanthropy, associations, societies), and state-sponsored awards. The snapshot is intended to provide a clearer understanding of the quantity and stability of research expenditures by funding source to help inform medical school decisions such as strategic mission alignment and general funds-flow questions.
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    New AAMC data snapshot details transgender and genderqueer adults' health care access and satisfaction

    The AAMC has published an interactive data snapshot that details health care access and satisfaction for transgender and genderqueer people. Results show that a disproportionate percentage of transgender or genderqueer adults in the United States report adverse experiences when trying to access health care and when interacting with their providers. Questions should be addressed to Rebecca Onyango (ronyango@aamc.org) or Michael Dill (mdill@aamc.org).
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    AAMC establishes monkeypox resource webpage

    The AAMC has developed a webpage with a collection of monkeypox resources and related materials. The resources include a letter co-authored by AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, to AAMC-member institutions and clinicians with the latest information and resources to prepare for and treat monkeypox, as well as a checklist for clinicians.
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    AAMC launches new MedBiquitous website

    The AAMC has launched a redesigned MedBiquitous website to provide the health professions education and credentialing community with easier access to resources and information about the program. The website, along with related virtual communities, will allow the community to engage with the MedBiquitous 2030 initiative, which was established to support the digital transformation of medical education. Through the new website, faculty and staff from AAMC member organizations can sign up to join MedBiquitous working groups that develop technology standards, such as new data standards to support competency based medical education. .
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    Recommended Reading

    AAMCNews: Hospitals take creative steps to reduce carbon footprint

    As medical organizations increase commitments to reduce greenhouse gases, hospitals report progress through quiet methods like changing anesthesia, fixing valves, and re-sterilizing devices.
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    Academic Medical Centers and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: A 75-Year Partnership Influences Medical Education, Scientific Discovery, and Clinical Care

    Petrakis, Ismene L.; Kozal, Michael
    Academic Medicine. 97(8):1110-1113, August 2022.

    AAMCNews: Widespread distrust in science: Is the way we communicate to blame?

    Researchers increasingly find their work misunderstood and misused, as the iterative nature of scientific discovery clashes with an explosion in public access to and interpretation of their work.
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    VaccineVoices: How academic medicine and community organizers are creating trustworthy COVID-19 messaging

    Innovative educational materials delivered by community partners of academic medicine can encourage individuals who haven’t yet to get the shot.
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    Lasting Solutions for Advancement of Women of Color

    In this commentary, the authors examine the effects of institutional bias in academic medicine and highlight strategies for advancing leadership equity for women of color.
    Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, MD, Siobhan Wescott, MD, MPH, Juan Amador, Andrea Hayes, MD, Mary Owen, MD, and Archana Chatterjee, MD, PhD
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    Gender Distribution of Authors of Evaluation Letters for Promotion at One Medical School

    Women remain underrepresented in key leadership positions and advanced ranks. This study examines numbers of men and women letter writers for promotion candidates over 5 years, across departments, tracks, ranks, and candidate gender.
    Mary E. Logeais, MD, Margaret Eckerstorfer, Kristina M. Krohn, MD, Susan A. Everson-Rose, PhD, Amanda M. Termuhlen, MD, and Anne M. Joseph, MD, MPH
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    Welcome New Members

    (July 2022)

    Sarah Averbeck
    University of Minnesota Medical School

    Emmanuela Gakidou
    University of Washington School of Medicine

    Heather Glansbeek
    University of Washington School of Medicine

    Crystal Maddox
    University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine

    Pamela McClain
    George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

    Keitha Moseley-Dendy
    University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School

    Karen Rascon
    University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School

    Jennifer Seals
    University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School

    Jeffrey Williams
    Rutgers New Jersey Medical School