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  • New Research Tracks Medical Students' Path to Faculty Positions

    July 27, 2015

    The majority of U.S. medical school graduates who become full-time faculty do so between their fifth and 10th year after completing their MD degree, according to the latest AAMC Analysis in Brief. Results also suggest that those who did not declare a preference for a full-time faculty career in their graduating year of medical school were very unlikely to become full-time faculty. These results may have implications for mentoring and providing support for students interested in academic careers, as well as for modeling factors associated with becoming a faculty member.

  • AAMC Submits Science Vision to NIH for Health Disparities Research

    July 27, 2015

    The AAMC submitted a letter to the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), part of NIH, to help guide the development of a 10-year scientific vision for health disparities research. Stressing the importance of community engagement and urging the NIMHD to actively engage all communities that suffer from disproportionate morbidity and mortality, the AAMC offered comments on three domains: the causes of health and health care inequities; methods and metrics to strengthen the science of health equity research; and the identification and dissemination of interventions successful at minimizing inequities.

  • The Supreme Court Will Rehear Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

    July 27, 2015

    The Supreme Court announced that it will again hear arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin in the upcoming term. The case concerns the admissions policy of the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, the court sent the case back to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on the grounds that the court did not apply strict enough standards when originally hearing the case. The AAMC will submit an amicus brief to provide up-to-date research about well-documented health disparities and the necessity of a diverse student body, as well as information about holistic, individualized admissions practices at medical schools.

  • The Institute of Medicine Announces New Name

    July 27, 2015

    The National Academies have changed the name of one of its divisions, the Institute of Medicine (IOM), to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), effective July 1. NAM will join the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering in advising the nation on matters of science, technology, and health. The IOM name will be phased out over the course of the next year to ensure the continuity of quality and the soundness of its health policy advice and programs. Coinciding with the name change, NAM has launched the NAM Leadership Consortium for Value & Science-Driven Health Care, which advances value- and science-driven health care and continuously learning health systems.

  • Call for Innovative Learning Spaces Session for Learn Serve Lead

    July 20, 2015

    The AAMC is calling for submissions from member institutions that have developed new and innovative learning spaces designed to improve the overall education experience and performance of their students. The AAMC will select three institutions to participate in a session titled "Leveraging Space Design and Technology to Meet an Institution's Mission and Improve Medical Education," scheduled for Monday, Nov. 9, from 1:15 to 2:30 pm during Learn Serve Lead 2015: The AAMC Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Md. Submissions are due Jul. 31.

  • MedEdPORTAL Marks a Decade of Growth

    July 20, 2015

    This year is the 10th anniversary of MedEdPORTAL®, a free online resource that continues to grow in size, scope, and reach since its creation in 2005. MedEdPORTAL was established by the AAMC in collaboration with a group of educators and leaders in academic medicine to provide access to peer-reviewed, scholarly educational resources and to offer a venue for teaching faculty to receive recognition for their educational scholarship. With tens of thousands of users, MedEdPORTAL promotes collaboration by facilitating the open exchange of educational resources from a wide range of health professions and equipping teachers across the continuum with resources to help them prepare learners and peers to care for patients and enhance the health of communities. For more information about MedEdPORTAL and its history, visit www.mededportal.org/about/10.

  • Video Competition Seeks to Highlight Innovations in Biomedical Research

    July 20, 2015

    The AAMC is seeking video submissions from teams of faculty, trainees, and staff to highlight innovative basic biomedical research underway at medical schools and teaching hospitals nationwide. The two-to-four minute videos should focus on innovative basic biomedical science research projects and highlight the promise of discovery and the goals for advancing understanding of an urgent health concern. Submissions will be reviewed by the AAMC's Group on Research Advancement and Development (GRAND), and the winner will be announced at Learn Serve Lead 2015: The AAMC Annual Meeting in November. The submission deadline is Oct. 1.

  • Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Releases New Report on Technology in Health

    July 20, 2015

    A new report from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, Enhancing Health Professions Education through Technology: Building a Continuously Learning Health System, issues a series of recommendations for health professions schools and health care organizations around using existing and emerging technologies to enhance health professions education. Some of the recommendations include using technology to support the ongoing development of learners, educating faculty on the use of educational technologies to complement the teaching-learning process, and employing technology to analyze community and population data that will reflect the health care needs of society.

  • House Passes 21st Century Cures Act, Increases NIH Funding

    July 14, 2015

    On July 10, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act by a vote of 344–77. The bill includes language that 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 create an NIH Innovation Fund that would provide $8.75 billion in mandatory funding over the next five years. In a statement, AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, lauded the bill's passage, affirming that "medical research is the beginning of hope, and [the] House vote on the 21st Century Cures Act is a significant step toward improving the lives of millions of Americans affected by serious illnesses and life-threatening diseases."

  • New Publication Analyzes MCAT Data in Medical Student Selection

    July 14, 2015

    A new AAMC publication provides medical school admissions officers and faculty members who serve on admissions committees with information about the design, interpretation, use, and value of the new Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) in medical school admissions. The guide, Using MCAT Data in Medical Student Selection, contains data about the new test as well as data from the previous version of the MCAT exam. The guide replaces two earlier publications (Testing Academic Competencies with the 2015 MCAT Exam and New Score Scales for the 2015 MCAT Exam).


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