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Nature Journal: The New Face of US Science
A commentary in Nature presents a highly detailed analysis of the biomedical workforce using data collected from the U.S. Census, focusing on respondents who have PhDs and are categorized as biological or medical scientists. The data particularly highlight “doubling boomers,” the cohort of new PhDs created when the NIH budget doubled between 1998 and 2004, and the effect this population has had on the workforce as a whole. The authors request more collection and transparent sharing of outcomes data, and hope that the insights presented will lead to more relevant training, especially for non-academic careers.

Request for 2017 AAMC Awards Nominations
Each year at Learn Serve Lead, the AAMC presents its major awards honoring individuals and institutions making significant contributions to the academic medicine community. Nominations are now open for the 2017 awards and the AAMC strives to attract a robust and diverse pool of nominees that appropriately reflects the innovation, creativity, and diversity of our medical education, research, and community service missions. There are no fees required to submit nominations and there is no limit on how many nominations you may submit.

Diversity in Medical Education: Facts and Figures 2016 Now Available
The AAMC has published Diversity in Medical Education: Facts & Figures 2016, which provides an overview of detailed statistical information on race, ethnicity, and gender patterns in U.S. medical education for the 2014–2015 academic year, along with nearly ten years of data on select topics. The biennial report features an interactive map with sortable state-based data that analyzes medical students by race/ethnicity and population; interactive tables; downloadable charts in multiple formats, and more.

iBiology: Business Concepts for Biomedical Scientists
A new iBiology video series, Business Concepts for Biomedical Scientists, is a training program to enhance PhD scientists’ understanding of foundational business concepts. This business coursework is unique because it is designed to prepare scientists for career transitions into both academic and non-academic settings. The course comprises a series of three modules—Business Strategy, Finance, and Business Development.

Science Careers: Harvard Grad Student Unionization Up in the Air
An article in Science Careers profiles the attempts at grad student unionization at Harvard University and a recent vote taken on the issue, noting that, “much of the opposition to the union seems to have come from Harvard’s scientists, which made up about half of the approximately 3200 graduate students eligible to vote. Many in the sciences are unconvinced that the pros of joining a labor union outweigh the cons.”

Science Careers on the FLSA and Postdoc Stipend Levels
Another article in Science Careers this week highlights the ongoing developments in the Department of Labor’s FSLA overtime rule and the resulting effect on the postdoc population. The new rule, which was set to take effect December 1 and would entitle postdocs making less than $47,476 a year to overtime pay, was blocked by an injunction at the end of November that put implementation on hold. The article cites data collected by the Future of Research group on how institutions have responded to the regulation, noting a broad range of how postdoc compensation has been affected by recent events.

National Academies: Participatory Workshop on Effective Mentoring in STEMM
The National Academies will convene a 2-day workshop in Washington D.C. on February 9th and 10th, 2017, on the attributes of effective mentoring interactions in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medical (STEMM) education. The workshop will address how these complex and dynamic relationships form, evolve, and impact the lives and careers of the current and next generation of STEMM professionals.

2016 Report on Residents Now Available
The AAMC has published its annual Report on Residents, an online-only series of interactive data charts about upcoming and current residents with data from multiple AAMC sources, including the Matriculating Student Questionnaire, the Medical School Graduation Questionnaire, Graduate Medical Education (GME) Track, and the Faculty Roster. Highlights from the 2016 report found that, of residents who completed training from 2006 through 2015, 16.6 percent currently hold a full-time faculty appointment at a U.S. MD-granting medical school, and 23.9 percent are practicing in medically underserved areas, as of 2015.

AAMC, AAFP Study Finds Medical School Faculty Diversity Trails Students
The diversity of medical school faculty has failed to keep up with the demographics of students and the overall American population—a potential barrier to increasing the number of women and minority physicians, according to a collaborative study by the AAMC and the American Academy of Family Physicians’ Robert Graham Center. The study is published in the January 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

Conference on the Future of Bioscience Graduate and Postdoctoral Training
The University of Colorado and University of Michigan will co-host the Future of Bioscience Graduate and Postdoctoral Training (FOBGAPT2) meeting from June 8-10, 2017, as a follow-up to discuss implementation of new models for graduate and postdoctoral education in the biosciences. Outcomes will include strategies for individual institutions and consensus recommendations for national policy, to be summarized in a publication authored by workshop chairs. Participation of up to 500 stakeholders from academia, the private sector, federal agencies, and private foundations will be invited. The meeting will be held at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Denver. Detailed information on session topics, logistics, and registration are available at the conference website. For questions, contact David Engelke.

Study on Data Reproducibility
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MD Anderson) is leading an anonymous study of students and postdoctoral trainees who are conducting bench research to better understand the causes of data irreproducibility. Please contact Delphine Boulbes at dboulbes@mdanderson.org if you would like participation details or are interested in learning more about the study.

Forbes Releases Science’s “30 Under 30”
Forbes Magazine this week released its annual “30 under 30,” including a category specifically devoted to scientists. An accompanying article characterizes the individuals as “discovering new things about our world and new ways to save it.” While some of the scientists work in industry, the majority are from academic institutions, in positions ranging from PhD candidate to Assistant Professor.

For the January through April editions of GREATmail, please contact Anurupa Dev, PhD, AAMC Senior Science Policy Analyst, at adev@aamc.org for questions, comments, or news item tips.

Research Clips
Looking for more research news? Visit the AAMC Scientific Affairs' homepage and view the "Research Clips" page for a compilation of the latest research news items from the AAMC's various newsletters.

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