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  • Reporter Series Shows Ways Academic Medicine Is Addressing Social Determinants of Health

    May 16, 2016

    Throughout 2015, the AAMC Reporter published an article series chronicling efforts by the nation's medical schools and teaching hospitals to narrow health inequities and address social factors that impact community health. The articles are now available as a compilation and include a set of commentaries by Darrell G. Kirch, MD, AAMC President and CEO, and one by Leana S. Wen, MD, MSc, Baltimore City Health Commissioner and Katherine E. Warren, Special Assistant to the Baltimore City Health Commissioner, which further explore this important issue.

  • Save the Date for Learn Serve Lead 2016 in Seattle

    May 16, 2016

    Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, surgeon and health policy scholar, and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will deliver two of the plenary addresses at Learn Serve Lead 2016, the AAMC's annual meeting in Seattle, Nov. 11-15. The AAMC has developed more than 100 sessions ranging from issues and challenges facing academic medicine to the latest innovations in clinical and classroom settings. Registration opens mid-June with discounts for early registrations. For more information, visit aamc.org/learnservelead.

  • AAMC Council of Deans Fellowship Program Selects 2016-2017 Fellows

    May 16, 2016

    The Council of Deans (COD) Fellowship Committee has named five fellows for the 2016-2017 program, including faculty from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, University of Florida College of Medicine, University of Mississippi School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. In 2013, the COD launched the fellowship program for senior faculty to enhance the development of future leaders in academic medicine. Key components of the program involve campus visits with dean mentors and completing a leadership project to address an important challenge at the fellow's institution.

  • Latest Edition of Student Guide on Medical School Admissions Now Available

    May 16, 2016

    The AAMC recently released the 2016 print edition of the Official Guide to Medical School Admissions. The publication features insight from experts who work with the MCAT® exam and AMCAS® application, statistics on MCAT scores and GPAs of accepted students, self-reported race and ethnicity data, interview tips, information for career changers and gap year students, and more. New this year are worksheets with online access to help users track their progress and make strategic decisions during the application process. In addition to print, the guide is available in Kindle and e-book formats and also offered as a package with a one-year online subscription.

  • New Resource Offers Up-to-Date Information on Zika Virus

    May 16, 2016

    Thirty states and the District of Columbia—including the southeastern United States up the East Coast to New York and west to Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky—are areas of potential risk for Zika transmission, according to the latest resource from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Technical Resources Assistant Center and Information Exchange (ASPR TRACIE). Zika: Resources at Your Fingertips offers up-to-date information and an overview of public health and health care system considerations and implications applicable to health care professionals, emergency management stakeholders, and others. For more information on ASPR TRACIE, visit https://asprtracie.hhs.gov/.

  • Study Examines Relationship Between Societal Expenditure and Health Outcomes

    May 16, 2016

    There is a positive association between higher social spending and improved health outcomes, according to a new study by the RAND Corporation. The study expands on previous findings by examining social spending and health outcomes, as well as wider societal factors such as social capital and income inequality at the cross-national and cross-state levels. One key finding is that countries with higher levels of trust in others tend to have both higher levels of social spending and better health outcomes. The authors recommend further analysis of the contextual factors that may affect the relationship between social spending and health outcomes.

  • Contest Seeks Process to Simplify Medical Billing

    May 16, 2016

    To reduce confusion with medical bills and the billing process, AARP, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Mad*Pow, and Health 2.0 have launched the "A Bill You Can Understand" design and innovation challenge to create a new and improved medical bill and medical billing process. Prizes will be awarded for the easiest bill to understand and a transformational approach. Winners will be announced at the annual Health 2.0 Fall Conference in September. Multiple health networks, including AAMC members, have signed on to test or implement the winning solutions. Submissions are due by Aug. 10. To learn more, visit http://www.abillyoucanunderstand.com/.

  • On the Move

    May 16, 2016

    Redonda Miller, MD, MBA, has been named president of Johns Hopkins Hospital, making history as the first female to hold the position since the hospital's founding in 1889. Miller succeeds Ronald R. Peterson, who announced his retirement in January and has held the position for 19 years. She will assume the role on July 1.

    Pascal J. Goldschmidt, MD, dean of University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, announced he will retire at the end of May after 10 years of service. He plans to pursue his passion for international medical education. Laurence B. Gardner, MD, executive dean for education and policy at the medical school, will serve as interim dean.

  • Nation's Medical Schools Increase Enrollment by 25 Percent Since 2002

    May 9, 2016

    U.S. medical school enrollment has increased by 25 percent since 2002, according to the results of the AAMC's 2015 Medical School Enrollment Survey that were announced at the 12th Annual AAMC Health Workforce Research Conference in Chicago. The report indicates that first-year enrollment will reach 21,434 students by 2017-18, a 30 percent increase over the 2002 baseline enrollment level the association called for a decade ago to address the nation's coming physician shortage. In a press release, AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, said the nation's medical schools had stepped up to the meet the challenge but that the need for increased federal funding for residency positions was still a concern.

  • Karen Fisher Joins AAMC as Chief Public Policy Officer

    May 9, 2016

    Karen Fisher, JD, has joined the AAMC as the new chief public policy officer. For the past four years, Fisher served as senior health counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance and previously served as senior director in health care affairs at the AAMC for more than a decade. Her experience in health, education, research, and other policy "will provide a great foundation as she works to advance public policy that supports the missions of the nation's medical schools and teaching hospitals," said AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD. Fisher succeeds Atul Grover, MD, PhD, who now serves as executive vice president of the AAMC.


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