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December 2016

From the ROCC Desk

Did you miss it? ROCC spotlights Elizabeth Crabtree, MPH, PhD (c)
Elizabeth Crabtree is the Director of Clinical Integration and Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), where she serves as faculty in the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology and as an investigator in the AHRQ-funded Pacific Northwest EBP Center. Elizabeth provides leadership in the areas of strategic planning, strategy execution, and implementation of clinical integration for OHSU Healthcare. Her goal is to integrate efforts at OHSU, the Pacific Northwest EBP Center, and OHSU Partners-affiliated health systems to evaluate and implement evidence-based practices at a system level to promote the delivery of value-based care. Download Dr. Crabtree’s ROCC Star Profile.

Advocacy Corner

President Obama Signs 21st Century Cures Act into Law
On December 13th, the President signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law. The AAMC wrote that the "new funding is meant to supplement - not supplant - increases in the base NIH budget. Toward that end, we urge Congress to also pass the full FY 2017 NIH appropriation of $34.1 billion." Read more...

In the News

AAMC Comments on PCORI Draft Policy on Data Access and Data Sharing
On December 14th, the AAMC submitted comments to PCORI for its draft policy on data access and data sharing. The AAMC commented on the policy requirements for awardee data package management and retention, appropriate documentation of patient consent, and third party requests for data access. Read more…

AAMC Comments to NIH on the Use of Preprints and Interim Research Products
On December 9th, the AAMC endorsed the use of pre-publication research reports, or “preprints,” in research grant applications and other official reports. Read more…

National Academy of Medicine Launches Clinician Well-Being and Resilience Action Collaborative
NAM has launched an action collaborative of multiple organizations, including the AAMC, to promote clinician well-being and resilience while addressing the alarming rates of physician burnout, depression, and suicide. Read more…

NIH Releases FAQs Related to the Implementation of the Single IRB Policy
In addition to a formal notice of a delay in the implementation date for the NIH policy requiring a single institutional review board (IRB) of record for all NIH-funded multi-site studies, the NIH also releases a set of FAQs and other resources. Read more…

NIH ACD Discusses Sustainability and Efficiency in Research
The NIH’s Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) met on December 8th and 9th, and included a discussion on using limited resources most effectively and developing a more stable and productive research system. The presentation focused on the current competitive environment for grant funding and the decline in early- and mid-career investigators receiving awards. Read more…


Let’s speed up science by embracing open access publishing
Six years ago, Harvard scientist Jay Bradner discovered something unusual. His laboratory had isolated a molecule in mice, named JQ1, that appeared to reverse the effects of a serious cancer. But what he did with JQ1 was even more unusual: Rather than submit the findings to a prestigious journal, Bradner openly distributed the structure of the molecule — free and reusable for anyone. Read more…

Professional Identity Formation and the Clinician-Scientist: A Paradigm for a Clinical Career Combining Two Different Disciplines
This Perspective focuses on the challenges to the clinician–scientist’s professional identity and its development. Read more…

Francis Collins on Obama, dealing with Congress, and his one regret
If asked, he would consider it a “privilege” to remain director under President-elect Donald Trump. Many researchers and members of Congress would like to see him stay. Nobody knows yet if he will. Read more…


Primary Care Physician Volume and Quality of Diabetes Care: A Population-Based Cohort Study
Higher overall ambulatory volume was associated with lower rates of appropriate disease monitoring and medication prescription. In contrast, higher diabetes-specific volume was associated with better quality of care across all 6 indicators. Read more…

Primary Care-Based Models for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder: A Scoping Review
Key informants consistently noted 4 key components of MAT models in primary care: pharmacotherapy with buprenorphine or naltrexone, provider and community educational interventions (such as in-person, Web-based, and telehealth provider continuing medical education [CME] activities); community-based advertising campaigns and stakeholder conferences; coordination and integration of OUD treatment with other medical and psychological needs, and psychosocial services (such as counseling on-site or by referral). Models varied in the degree of component implementation. Read more…

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Translational Science 2017 Opens Registration and Abstract Submission
Registration and abstract submission are now open for Translational Science 2017 (TS2017) which will be held in Washington, DC from April 19-21.

AAMC Leadership Week Open for Registration
Workshops include the Being a Resilient Leader Workshop (1/30-31), Transforming Conflict into Collaboration (2/1), and Maximizing Interprofessional Teamwork in Clinical Care, Education and Research (2/2-3).

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