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STAT (Short, Topical, And Timely)

  • Supreme Court Decides in Favor of Federal ACA Subsidies

    June 29, 2015

    On Thursday, the Supreme Court handed down a 6-3 decision in King v. Burwell that protects access to federal subsidies to increase access to health care through the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) federal, state, and state-federal partnership exchanges. AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, applauded the ruling for preserving subsidies that make health coverage affordable for millions of Americans, and acknowledged that addressing the doctor shortage is another necessary step to ensure that all Americans can get the care they need when they need it.

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Spending Bills Advance

    June 29, 2015

    House and Senate appropriators continue work on the FY 2016 spending bills with mixed results for academic medicine. Both bills significantly increase funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). However, the House bill terminates the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and rescinds funding from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. The Senate bill boosts Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education, but cuts funding for AHRQ and Title VII and VIII health professions programs. Many of the funding decisions are dictated by continued spending caps as a result of sequestration.

  • New Research on Trends in Tenure Tracks at Medical Schools\

    June 29, 2015

    This AAMC Analysis in Brief (AIB) presents a current snapshot of trends in the number and percentage of full-time PhD faculty with appointments in basic science departments at U.S. medical schools. Expanding the scope of last month's AIB, results show that for these faculty, there has been a slow but steady decrease in the proportion of tenure-eligible appointments over the past three decades (from 82 percent in 1984 to 73 percent in 2014). Results also show that the decline in the proportion of tenure-eligible basic science faculty over time likely is largely a result of an ongoing shift in faculty hiring to tracks ineligible for tenure.

  • AAMC Names Carole J. Bland Phronesis Award Honoree

    June 29, 2015

    Jeanette Shorey, MD, of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received the 2015 Carole J. Bland Phronesis Award for her engaged and generous contributions to innovation, scholarship, leadership, and mentorship in faculty affairs and faculty development both at UAMS and nationally. The award honors leaders in the faculty affairs community who exemplify the spirit of phronesis through dedicated and selfless promotion of faculty vitality. It also commemorates the legacy of service and the example of Dr. Bland, a leader, educator, and mentor in medical education, who devoted her career to serving faculty and colleagues at her institution and around the nation.

  • On the Move

    June 29, 2015

    The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) has appointed William Schaffner, MD, as its new medical director. Schaffner will continue to serve as professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. As medical director, Schaffner will help to advance NFID's mission with a focus on education and increased awareness among both health care professionals and the public about the causes, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases across the lifespan.

  • AAMC Joins More Than 100 Organizations in Support of 21st Century Cures Act

    June 22, 2015

    Provisions in the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6) would reauthorize the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for three years at funding levels that represent an increase of $1.5 billion per year and provide $10 billion over the next five years in mandatory funding through an NIH Innovation Fund. In a letter to Congress, coordinated by the AAMC-led Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research, more than 100 patient and voluntary health groups, medical and scientific societies, and academic and research institutions and organizations expressed their support for H.R. 6. "This is a most welcome infusion of funding that will help revitalize and rebuild our nation's biomedical research capacity, which has eroded because of NIH losing nearly one-fourth of its budget after inflation in the past decade," the letter states.

  • New Motion Graphic Video Series Explains GME Payments

    June 22, 2015

    The AAMC has developed a series of brief motion graphic videos to provide an introduction to Medicare and graduate medical education (GME) reimbursement and explain some of the complicated regulatory processes related to how GME payments work. The series offers an overview on how the Medicare program helps reimburse resident training costs, as well as the higher patient-care costs academic medical centers incur to fulfill their missions. The 5-to-10 minute videos are in four sections: Medicare and GME Fundamentals, Direct Graduate Medical Education Payments, Indirect Medical Education Payments, and Medicare Caps.

  • Medical Schools Selected for 2015 Hotspotting Cohort

    June 22, 2015

    The AAMC has joined the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers and Primary Care Progress to launch the second year of the Student Hotspotting Mini-Grant Project. The initiative gives interdisciplinary teams of health professions students an opportunity to learn and practice an innovative model of health care coordination, called hotspotting. The hotspotting model identifies patients in communities with multiple, complex health conditions who are high-utilizers of care to better understand the root cause of their health care issues and how sociodemographic factors may play a role. Interprofessional teams from 20 medical schools will participate in the 2015 cohort.

  • Building Bridges and Spanning Boundaries Award: Innovations in Research

    June 22, 2015

    In collaboration with leadership from the Group on Graduate, Research, Education, and Training (GREAT) and Group on Research Advancement and Development (GRAND), the AAMC has announced the fourth annual Building Bridges and Spanning Boundaries Award to highlight innovative policies, programs, and structures that encourage basic research and research-focused training collaborations with partners across the spectrum of research. Research training leaders in PhD, MD-PhD, and postdoctoral programs, research deans, and research and faculty leaders across all disciplines are encouraged to apply. The winner(s) will be announced at the 2015 GREAT Group and GRAND annual Professional Development Meeting, Sept. 10-12 in Baltimore, Md.

  • AAMC Releases Updated Data Book on Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals

    June 15, 2015

    The AAMC Data Book: Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals by the Numbers is a valuable resource of data and trends on medical schools and teaching hospitals in the United States. The 2015 edition is packed with 81 tables that provide data on topics such as applicants, students, graduates, and medical school faculty compensation. In addition, the book contains trend data on the attractiveness of medicine as a career and the diversity of applicants, matriculants, students, and graduates, as well as the growth of U.S. medical schools.


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