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E-mail: lward@aamc.org
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STAT (Short, Topical, And Timely)

  • 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.

  • Academic Medicine Issues New Call for Papers on the Future of GME

    April 7, 2014

    The journal is seeking submissions for an upcoming collection focused on the current challenges to graduate medical education (GME), and effective solutions for overcoming these challenges and optimizing the education of residents and fellows. Submissions are due Aug. 1. For more information, read the complete call for papers. The journal’s 2014 Question of the Year is also related to GME: How can we ensure that our graduate medical education system will prepare trainees for practice in new systems of care delivery? Responses are due May 1.

  • Upcoming Webinar on Teaching for Quality Faculty Development Program

    April 7, 2014

    The AAMC will host a free informational webinar about Teaching for Quality (Te4Q), a new faculty development certificate program that trains clinical faculty how to teach quality improvement and patient safety to medical students, residents, and other clinicians. The webinar will provide background on Te4Q, including how the need for the program was identified, how it works, how other organizations have implemented the program, and how to get involved. The webinar, “Why Teaching for Quality (Te4Q): Closing the Education Gap in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety,” will be held April 29 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. To register, visit the webinar website.

  • Clinical Care Innovation Challenge Award Winners Announced

    April 7, 2014

    Ten awardees of the AAMC’s Clinical Care Innovation Challenge have been selected, including five Challenge Award winners and five Pilot Project winners. The challenge recognizes teaching hospitals and medical schools that have implemented—or are developing—programs to address clinical care innovations that integrate education and research to improve value and quality. Proposals were accepted in key areas, including innovations in new models of care delivery, payment, primary care delivery, and graduate medical education training. All awardees will be recognized at the AAMC’s 2014 Integrating Quality Meeting: Improving Value through Clinical Transformation, Education, and Science, on June 12–13 in Rosemont, Ill. Meeting registration is now open.

  • AAMC Calls for FDA to Seek Broader, Long-Term Engagement with Diverse Populations

    April 7, 2014

    Building and sustaining trust should be the first step to improve the representation of diverse communities in research that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses as the basis for regulatory and other decisions, according to AAMC testimony presented at a recent hearing on the topic. The FDA Office of Minority Health held the daylong session to hear public comments on the challenges of collection, analysis, and availability of demographic data, such as sex, race, ethnicity, or age, in applications for approval of FDA‐regulated medical products. In her presentation, Ann C. Bonham, Ph.D., AAMC chief scientific officer, proposed strategies for improving enrollment of individuals from diverse communities, and better communication about research results and newly approved health products for affected populations. “This is a marathon, not a sprint, and boom-bust engagement with communities linked to funding will undermine developing effective partnerships for minority groups to benefit from discoveries.” To read more, visit www.aamc.org/advocacy/.

  • House Passes One-Year SGR Patch

    March 31, 2014

    On a controversial voice vote, the House of Representatives passed legislation that would prevent a 24 percent cut in Medicare physician payments beginning April 1. The bill extends the current sustainable growth rate patch and a number of additional health care provisions through March 2015, at an estimated cost of nearly $21 billion over 10 years. While offsets in the legislation did not include cuts to Medicare graduate medical education or hospital outpatient department payments, they did include $2.3 billion in cuts from the extension of the Medicare sequester through 2024 and $4.4 billion in Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital payment cuts in 2024. The Senate is expected to vote on the legislation March 31. To read more about provisions affecting academic medicine, visit www.aamc.org/advocacy.


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AAMC STAT (Short, Topical, And Timely) is the association's free newsletter, e-mailed to subscribers each Monday morning. STAT offers brief news bites summarizing the latest AAMC initiatives, policy statements, and other activities, plus relevant national news and links.


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Lesley Ward
Senior Media Relations Specialist
Telephone: 202-828-0655
E-mail: lward@aamc.org