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  • Medical School Enrollment to Approach 30 Percent Increase by 2019

    May 4, 2015

    U.S. medical schools are on target to reach a nearly 30 percent increase in enrollment by 2019, according to results of the annual Medical School Enrollment Survey released by the AAMC during the 11th annual Health Workforce Research Conference. The report shows that first-year medical school enrollment in 2019-20 will reach 21,304—a 29.2 percent increase over the baseline enrollment level in 2002-03 and only 130 positions shy of the 30 percent target the AAMC called for in 2006 to address a projected physician shortage. "With the United States facing a shortage of up to 90,000 physicians by 2025, we are pleased to see our nation's medical schools increasing enrollment, both through the expansion of existing medical schools and the establishment of new ones," said AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D.

  • AAMC Commends Introduction of GME Expansion Legislation

    May 4, 2015

    Last week, the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2015 was introduced in both the House and Senate by Reps. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) and Charles Boustany (R-La.), Sens. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). The bills (H.R. 2124 and S. 1148) will provide a modest increase in Medicare support for graduate medical education (GME) by creating an additional 15,000 residency slots over five years. AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., commended the introduction of the bills noting that increased federal support for GME is a key part of a multi-pronged approach to meet the health care needs of our nation's growing and aging population.

  • 21st Century Cures Discussion Draft Includes Language to Increase NIH Funding

    May 4, 2015

    A bipartisan group of key members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, including Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), released a discussion draft as part of the 21st Century Cures Initiative that includes language that would authorize and provide increased funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The legislative draft includes $10 billion over the next five years in mandatory funding through an NIH Innovation Fund. AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., applauded the representatives for their work and noted the significance of NIH-funded research to improving the nation's health, sustaining leadership in medical research, and remaining competitive in today's global information and innovation-based economy.

  • AAMC Publication Features Key Medical School Data, Trends

    May 4, 2015

    The 2015 edition of the AAMC Data Book: Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals by the Numbers provides key data and trends on medical schools and teaching hospitals in 81 tables across 12 topic areas. The book includes information on the number of medical schools; medical school applicant, student, and graduate characteristics; tuition and fees; faculty salaries; teaching hospital finances; and more. Trend data inform topics such as the attractiveness of medicine as a career; the diversity of applicants, matriculants, students, and graduates; and the growth of U.S. medical schools.

  • Health Equity Research Snapshot Focuses on Mental Health Disparities

    May 4, 2015

    The second annual Health Equity Research Snapshot, developed by the AAMC to highlight promising new health equity research underway at the nation's medical schools and teaching hospitals, includes videos highlighting mental health research in recognition of National Mental Health Awareness Month. The featured projects represent research on a wide array of mental health outcomes and populations and demonstrate how research at every stage-from genetic to health policy research-contributes to closing or narrowing gaps in health and health care. The Health Equity Research Snapshot is part of a broader effort to build health equity research and promote health equity as a goal of research, quality improvement, and clinical activities at AAMC-member medical schools and teaching hospitals.

  • On the Move

    May 4, 2015

    The NIH has named Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, M.D., as director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, effective Sept. 2015. Pérez-Stable comes to NIH from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he is a professor of medicine, chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, and director of the Center for Aging in Diverse Communities. He is also director of the UCSF Medical Effectiveness Research Center for Diverse Populations, which is addressing issues for African-Americans, Asians, and Latinos in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and reproductive health.

  • Future Physicians Take New Medical College Admission Test®

    April 27, 2015

    On April 17-18, more than 7,500 aspiring physicians worldwide were among the first examinees to take the new Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®). "It's a new day for the MCAT exam," said AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD. "There has been a paradigm shift in medical education to acknowledge the competencies physicians need beyond medical knowledge—skills that will allow doctors to treat the whole patient—and the new exam reflects these changes." To help students prepare for the new test, the AAMC collaborated with Khan Academy and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to create an online collection of free instructional video tutorials and practice questions. Teaching videos from the collection have been viewed 1.5 million times per month, and users answered 420,000 questions in March.

  • Registration Opens for 2015 Integrating Quality Meeting

    April 27, 2015

    The 7th annual AAMC Integrating Quality (IQ) Meeting offers an interactive setting for clinical practitioners, education leaders, and other health care professionals to examine and exchange interprofessional and integrative approaches to quality improvement and patient safety across the education, clinical care, and research continuum. This year's program, "Improving Value through Clinical Transformation, Education, and Science," features a series of plenaries, workshops, discussion sessions, and posters focused on key strategies to integrating quality. Participants interested in furthering their skills in developing educational programs to enhance their local IQ efforts can register for the post-meeting workshop, "Advancing a Quality Culture through Education." Both the IQ Meeting (June 11-12) and the post-meeting workshop (June 12-13) will take place in Rosemont, Ill. Click here to register.

  • Urban Universities for HEALTH Announces Webcast on New Hiring Report

    April 27, 2015

    Urban Universities for HEALTH will release the report "Improving Diversity and Institutional Climate through Faculty Cluster Hiring" during a live webcast on April 30 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm ET. The practice of cluster hiring is an emerging idea in higher education that involves hiring faculty into multiple departments or colleges around interdisciplinary research topics, or "clusters." Many cluster-hiring programs also aim to increase faculty diversity or address other aspects of intellectual life at the institution, including faculty career success, collaboration across disciplines, the teaching and learning environment, and community engagement. Register here for the webcast where researchers will present key findings followed by a small panel of thought leaders who will share insights to improving diversity and climate on university campuses.

  • AAMC Applauds Senate for Passing Medicare Physician Payment Reform Legislation

    April 20, 2015

    Last week, the senate overwhelmingly passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. This historic measure ends more than a decade of uncertainty and instability surrounding physician reimbursement and access to care for Medicare beneficiaries. In a press statement, AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, commended committee leaders in both the Senate and House for having the vision and commitment to work toward compromise to pass this legislation. President Obama has signed this bill, which will help ensure Americans receive the quality health care they need.


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Jamila Vernon
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Telephone: 202-828-0959
Email: jvernon@aamc.org