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  • NIH Announces New Policy on Grant Resubmission Process

    April 21, 2014

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a new policy change April 17 that will allow researchers to resubmit as new a proposal that has already been reviewed and rejected for funding. The policy revises a 2009 decision that permitted applicants only one opportunity to revise and resubmit a research grant proposal that was rejected on the first try. Under the new policy, a rejected application can be subsequently resubmitted as a new application. Sally Rockey, Ph.D., NIH deputy director for extramural research noted in her blog that the community expressed concerns this policy, coupled with the reduced NIH budget, was leading to “many meritorious research ideas being deemed ineligible for resubmission.” The policy change is effective immediately and also applies to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. More information is posted on the NIH website.

  • 2014 Update of AAMC Medical School Admissions Requirements

    April 21, 2014

    Updates of two key publications to help students apply and prepare for medical school are now available. The AAMC’s Medical School Admissions Requirements for the United States and Canada (formerly MSAR® Online) website is the only comprehensive resource for accurate and up-to-date information on U.S. and Canadian medical schools and B.S./M.D. programs. New this year is a summary page for each medical school that provides a snapshot of the most sought-after information, including data and deadlines, selection factors (such as MCAT® and GPA data), required coursework, class profiles, and research opportunities. The companion guide to the MSAR, The Official Guide to Medical School Admissions, helps applicants prepare for and apply to medical school and contains chapters on deciding if a career in medicine is the right choice, how to prepare for medical school during the undergraduate years, and an overview of the curriculum in medical school and M.D./Ph.D. programs. More information about both publications is available at www.aamc.org/msar.

  • Careers in Medicine® Spring Newsletter Now Available

    April 21, 2014

    The spring edition of the AAMC’s Careers in Medicine newsletter Choices includes a feature article exploring the field of cardiology as a career, and highlights a new tool to help students learn more about the characteristics of residents and determine their competitiveness in specific specialties. Choices is published quarterly and provides information about specialty choices, residency training, and other important guidance related to medical student career planning.

  • NBME Video Highlights Centennial Celebration

    April 21, 2014

    The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) has developed a humorous and informative 10-minute video to celebrate the organization’s upcoming centennial. Actors and NBME leadership describe the organization’s origins and how it has advanced assessments for health professionals over the last 100 years to ensure standards for physician licensure in the United States. Also developed in conjunction with the 100-year anniversary is NBME U, an online collection of learning modules on topics relevant to high-quality assessments. To watch the video, visit www.nbme.org.


  • On the Move

    April 21, 2014

    David Morlock was recently appointed CEO of the University of Toledo Medical Center. He currently serves as executive vice president of finance and administration at the university. Morlock is the former chief financial officer and senior associate director of the University of Michigan Health Center.

  • On the Move

    April 14, 2014

    Vance M. Brown, M.D., has been named president and CEO of the Bassett Medical Center and Healthcare Network in Cooperstown, N.Y., effective July 1. Brown is currently chief medical officer at MaineHealth. Bassett Medical Center is a regional medical education campus of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

    Kathleen Sebelius announced she will step down as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services after serving in the position for five years. President Obama has nominated Sylvia Mathews Burwell, director of the Office of Management and Budget, to replace her.

  • Deadline Extended for Proposals to AAMC Medical Education Meeting

    April 14, 2014

    The deadline for submitting proposals to the 2014 AAMC Medical Education Meeting (Nov. 6–7) has been extended to April 18. The meeting will be a unique, scholarly forum offering professionals from across the medical education continuum the opportunity to learn about the latest advancements in the field, connect with thought leaders, network with peers, and identify the critical skills needed to advance their careers. To learn more about the submission process, click here.

  • VA Research Week Begins May 19

    April 14, 2014

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National VA Research Week is an annual event, which offers institutions an opportunity to educate policymakers and communities on the importance of research funding that supports the nation’s veterans, and the historic partnership between medical schools and VA hospitals. Fifty-one VA medical centers are AAMC members. VA medical centers across the country are participating in local events, such as open houses, panel discussions with researchers, poster presentations, research demonstrations, and more. This year’s theme is VA Research: Making a Difference. For more information on how institutions can participate, click here.

  • Congress Shows Support for NIH Funding

    April 14, 2014

    A total of 186 House members, including 23 Republicans, signed an April 4 letter supporting increased funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in fiscal year 2015. The letter was sent to the chairs and ranking members of both the full House Appropriations Committee and its Labor-HHS subcommittee requesting that NIH receive at least $32 billion in FY 2015. It noted the critical role NIH plays “in better health outcomes, job creation, education, and economic growth.” A total of 57 senators, including 11 Republicans, signed on to a similar letter asking members of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Labor-HHS subcommittee to “maintain a strong commitment” to NIH funding. While this letter did not mention a specific funding level, it urged appropriators “to consider the tremendous benefits of a sustained investment in the NIH.”

  • On the Move

    April 7, 2014

    Petra Kaufmann, M.D., M.Sc., will serve as director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Division of Clinical Innovation, beginning May 4. Her new role will include overseeing the Clinical and Translational Science Awards program. Kaufmann currently serves as director of the Office of Clinical Research at NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.


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Telephone: 202-828-0655
E-mail: lward@aamc.org