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  • Academic Medicine Community Voices Concern Over Salary Cap Proposal

    August 31, 2015

    A group of 175 organizations and institutions signed a letter to the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees and Labor and Health and Human Services Subcommittees (Labor-HHS) expressing concern over the House committee's proposal to reduce the salary limit imposed on extramural researchers funded by the Department of Health and Human Services. The measure was part of a bill that passed the House Appropriations Committee on June 24. Additionally, a recent op-ed by AAMC Chief Scientific Officer Ann C. Bonham, PhD, described the potential consequences of the proposal.

  • Study Examines Medical Students' Use, Knowledge of Tobacco Products

    August 31, 2015

    Between 2000 and 2011, cigarette consumption decreased while the use of alternative tobacco products (ATPs) such as hookahs and e-cigarettes spiked dramatically, according to a study published online ahead of print in Academic Medicine. The authors surveyed students at New York University School of Medicine and found that nearly 20 percent of medical students were either current users of a tobacco or smoking product or of an ATP. Results also showed that students were less educated about ATP cessation and less likely to counsel patients about it. The authors concluded that ATP education should be included in medical school curricula.

  • AAMC Publishes New Data on Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders in Medical Education

    August 31, 2015

    A new AAMC Diversity Data Snapshot presents an overview of the socioeconomic, education, and health disparities experienced by the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) community. NHPIs are one of the fastest growing populations in the United States, but are often aggregated with Asian Americans under the category of Asian American and Pacific Islanders or Asian Pacific Islanders. This categorization masks the unique challenges of the NHPI community's status as underrepresented minorities, particularly in medical education. The research demonstrates that NHPIs apply, matriculate, and graduate from medical school at lower rates than Native Americans.

  • Chief Scientific Officer Ann Bonham, PhD, to Leave AAMC

    August 24, 2015

    Ann Bonham, PhD, the AAMC's chief scientific officer since 2009, announced that she will leave the AAMC at the end of the year to pursue opportunities aligned with her passion and commitment to addressing health care inequalities. Dr. Bonham directs the association's array of programs that support all aspects of research and training, and represents the AAMC nationally on issues related to research and science policy, administration, workforce development and education, and training. The AAMC has begun the preliminary stages of a search process and will share more information about the search as details are confirmed.

  • Webinar on Continuing Medical Education as Strategic Resource

    August 24, 2015

    The American Hospital Association's Physician Leadership Forum (PLF) and the AAMC will host a webinar, Sept. 1 at 2 pm ET, on ways physicians and hospitals can use continuing medical education (CME) and professional development to strengthen collaboration and help transform the health care delivery system. Building on the PLF report Continuing Medical Education as a Strategic Resource, the webinar will include examples of medical centers and teaching hospitals that have used CME to improve performance and outcomes. To participate in the webinar, register here.

  • Request for Proposals for Population Health Outcomes Research

    August 24, 2015

    The AAMC is teaming up with The Patrick Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation to issue a request for proposals for Advancing Implementation Science in Community/Academic Partnered Research. The partnership offers an opportunity for academic medical centers to collaborate on research that has the potential for near-term impact to improve population health outcomes. The research should facilitate collaborations among researchers, community organizations, and health system leaders. Proposals are due Oct. 16.

  • Gazzaley, Steinert to Speak at 2015 Medical Education Meeting

    August 17, 2015

    Adam Gazzaley, MD, PhD, professor of neurology, physiology, and psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco; and Yvonne Steinert, PhD, clinical psychologist and professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University, will be plenary speakers for the 2015 Medical Education Meeting in Baltimore, Nov. 10–12. These academic leaders will discuss emerging research and their perspectives on interventions to advance medical education. Early bird registration ends Aug. 31.

  • Initiative Engages Elementary and Middle School Students to Pursue Careers in Medicine

    August 17, 2015

    The AAMC and Artemis Medical Society are collaborating to establish an afterschool program for students in grades 4 through 8. The program will use facilitators established through the Artemis Medical Society network to implement the AAMC's Pre-Med Club curriculum and lesson plans. "An early interest in medicine often begins in the classroom, and this program will allow the AAMC to reach the youngest generation of tomorrow's doctors and help them realize that a future as a physician is possible," said AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, in a statement.

  • AAMC Supports Bill to Expand and Improve Physician Immigration

    August 17, 2015

    In a recent letter, the AAMC endorsed the Conrad 30 and Physician Access Act, a bill that will improve the Conrad State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program for international medical school graduates by providing three visa waivers per year for physicians working in academic medical centers. "In the last decade alone, the Conrad 30 program has directed nearly 10,000 physicians into health professions shortage areas," said AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, in the letter.

  • New Publication Focuses on the Decline of Black Males in Medicine

    August 10, 2015

    A new AAMC publication, Altering the Course: Black Males in Medicine, explores the decline in the number of black males applying to and attending medical school since 1978. The report identifies several major themes, including unequal K-12 educational opportunities, the absence of mentors or role models in medicine, public perceptions of black men, career attractiveness, and lack of financial resources. "We have to redouble our efforts in the health professions to improve the talent pipeline of African-American males in order to have a physician workforce that is representative of the population," said AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, in a statement.


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