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GBA News: My Two Cents

November 1, 2020

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GBA News and Business

Save the Date:  2021 Winter Principal Business Officers’ Meeting

January 21-22, 2021
12:00-5:00 p.m. (ET) on each day
(Please note that this conference will be entirely virtual.)

GBA & GFP Joint Webinar: Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on Physician Compensation

November 12, 2020
3:00–4:15 p.m. (ET)
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Summary: During this 75-minute webinar, physician compensation experts from SullivanCotter will provide a national picture on the pandemic’s impact on compensation with an in-depth look at how academic medical centers are responding to the pandemic. Participants also will hear from two faculty practice executives on how their physician groups, OHSU Practice Plan and MCV Physicians, have addressed physician compensation in light of the pandemic. Following the presentations, attendees will participate in a Q&A and discussion period.   

2020 GBA/GIP Virtual Programming:  Disrupting the HR Model: What Happens When You Blow Up the Old Way of Working?

November 19, 2020
4:00-5:00 PM (EDT)
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This webinar offers a deep dive into the transformation of the University of California, Irvine (UCI) HR department. By unifying the separate HR teams of their three business enterprises (medical school, health affairs, and campus) UCI innovates institution-wide solutions that still incorporate the unique needs of each unit. Register now for this November event, and explore the recordings from our previous 2020 GBA/GIP Virtual Programming offerings.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Build a framework for reorganizing your organization’s HR model around strategic goals.
  2. Untie your organization from the historical way of structuring HR and create a culture open to new ideas and innovation.
  3. Elevate HR by moving from an administrative arm to a strategic partner.

Ramona Agrela

Associate Chancellor / Chief Human Resources Executive
University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine

Michelle Quint
Executive Director, UCI Health Human Resources
University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine

GBA Mentorship Circle Program

Informational Session
November 23, 2020
12:00–1:00 p.m. (ET)
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We are pleased to announce the launch of the new GBA Mentorship Circle Program, developed by the GBA Professional Development Committee over the course of the past year. This session will cover in detail what this year-long program entails, including curriculum details, responsibilities, and expectations, and we encourage all GBA members to attend (whether you are interested in becoming a mentor or mentee yourself or would like to learn more about this program on behalf of colleagues whom you think may benefit from this program). There will be plenty of time for Q&A during this session as well as information on how to sign up to become a mentor or mentee. Here is a link to an overview of the program, which we encourage you to review to see if this may be of interest.

You are not required to participate in this informational session to be either a mentor or a mentee. Following this informational session, we will be distributing the sign-up information to all GBA members to become a mentor or a mentee.

GBA Workshop, Part 1:  Understanding Allyship and Responding to Microaggressions through Bystander Intervention

Tuesday, December 8, 2020
3:00–4:00 p.m. (ET)
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Please join us for part 1 of this workshop on allyship and responding to microaggressions through bystander intervention, sponsored by the GBA Department Administrator Interest Group. Experiences of bias, harassment and microaggressions is an expanding area of focus for faculty, administrators and leaders in the health professions as awareness of the enormous prevalence of these experiences has increased. Research on microaggressions and bias has shown to have significant negative impacts on individual confidence, physical health, and overall wellbeing. Therefore, more education and training on responding to microaggressions through bystander intervention is sorely needed in academic medicine.

Part 1 (December 8, 2020) The first part of this workshop will begin with basic information on implicit bias as a function of power and privilege, as well as behavior strategies for developing allies. Participants will learn that a culture of respect and accountability is created and maintained through everyday acts of allyship, small and large.

Part 2 (TBD, 2021) Explore bystander intervention methodologies, barriers and implicit biases to overcome as a bystander, as well as strategies to respond to microaggressions. Participants will also learn organizational strategies for implementing and maintaining bystander intervention and allyship programs (within departments, centers, and Institutes) and at the institutional level. Participants will gather both bystander intervention skills as well as generate ideas for how to institutionalize allyship behaviors for maximum impact.

Diana Lautenberger, MA
Director, Faculty and Staff Studies and Services
Women in Medicine & Science
Association of American Medical Colleges

GBA Listserv Archives

The following topics were posted on the GBA Listservs in October 2020:

To access the archives: https://lists.aamc.org/read/?forum=gba
To post a question: gba@lists.aamc.org

HR: Dual-employment relationships; Social media policies
To access the archives: https://lists.aamc.org/read/?forum=gbahr
To post a question: gbahr@lists.aamc.org

Department Administrator:
To access the archives: https://lists.aamc.org/read/?forum=gbada
To post a question: gbada@lists.aamc.org

PBO: Wellness and childcare; Faculty – length of contract
To access the archives: https://lists.aamc.org/read/?forum=pbo
To post a question:  pbo@lists.aamc.org


AAMC releases framework to address and eliminate racism in academic medicine

Racism impacts all aspects of academic medicine, from inequitable medical school admissions policies to inadequate care of patients of color. The AAMC has released a framework that outlines concrete steps the AAMC will take to address structural racism across all fronts. A USA Today op-ed authored by David J. Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO, further explores this important work.
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AAMC statement on approval of COVID-19 vaccines

AAMC Chief Scientific Officer Ross McKinney Jr., MD, and AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, issued a statement on the approval of COVID-19 vaccines. “To maintain public faith in a COVID-19 vaccine, as well as to optimally assure the safety and effectiveness of new products for widespread public distribution, the AAMC recommends that the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) evaluate any candidate vaccines prior to the FDA issuing an emergency use authorization.”
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AAMC issues guide to COVID-19 tests and testing

The AAMC has issued a guide to COVID-19 tests and testing that addresses the most common questions about the different types of tests for COVID-19, when each type of test should be used, and what they mean both for individuals and the nation as we grapple with how to move forward through the pandemic. The guide is a complement to previously released guidelines issued by the AAMC, The Way Forward on COVID-19: A Road Map to Reset the Nation’s Approach to the Pandemic.
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Introducing the 2020 AAMC award winners

These leaders in academic medicine will be recognized during Learn Serve Lead 2020: The Virtual Experience for their outstanding contributions to medical education, patient care, and the biomedical sciences.
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AAMC statement on Department of Justice lawsuit challenging Yale University admissions

AAMC Chief Legal Officer Frank R. Trinity, JD, and AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, issued a statement on the Department of Justice (DOJ) lawsuit challenging Yale University’s undergraduate admissions process, calling it “a misguided rush to judgment, relying on a hastily-concluded investigation and a mis-reading of Supreme Court precedent. DOJ’s belief that the racial breakdown of admitted students must correspond to the racial breakdown of applicants is not the law of the land and would constitute impermissible racial balancing.”
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AAMC joins community letter opposing DHS duration of status proposal

The AAMC and several medical education and health care organizations sent a letter to Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to express concern about the rule change proposed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that would change the process to extend the period of authorized stay in the United States for certain categories of nonimmigrants by eliminating duration of status. The groups urged the acting secretary to exclude foreign national physicians in the Department of State’s Exchange Visitor Program in J-1 visa status from this rule change.
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Guiding Principles for Civic Advocacy by Medical Students and Prospective Applicants

This week, the AAMC Group on Student Affairs (GSA) Steering Committee released the GSA Guiding Principles for Civic Advocacy by Medical Students and Prospective Applicants. They hope this guidance will be beneficial to your students as they participate or consider participating in civic advocacy. Please feel free to share this document broadly with your students, staff, and colleagues. Next, the GSA will convene an ad hoc Working Group on Medical Student Civic Advocacy to create additional resources and guidance in support of student participation in civic advocacy for the academic medicine community.

AAMC releases strategic plan to respond to rapidly changing health care landscape

The AAMC has released its new strategic plan, “A Healthier Future for All.” Developed by the AAMC Board of Directors and leadership team, with extensive input from the broad community of academic medicine and AAMC staff, the plan outlines 10 bold action steps to realize the AAMC’s new vision of “a healthier future through learning, discovery, health care, and community collaborations.”
Read the press release
Read a Q&A with David J. Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO
Visit the website

ORR Community Service Recognition Award winner produces more than 20,000 face shields and 10,000 masks

Aditi Sharma, MD, PGY3, dermatology resident at the University of California, Irvine, has received the 2020 Organization of Resident Representatives (ORR) Community Service Recognition Award. When the shortage of personal protective equipment began to affect hospitals around the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sharma became motivated to find a solution. She studied the shortage of equipment and realized that creating reusable and re-sterilizable masks and face shields would be the most beneficial to health care workers and the community. As part of this effort, Sharma worked with medical students and the school of engineering at UC Irvine to 3D print and assemble more than 20,000 face shields that are currently being used by health care workers at the hospital. Learn more about her story here.
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AAMC releases recommendations on COVID-19 testing

The AAMC has released recommendations calling for a coordinated national testing strategy to identify, track, and help curtail the spread of COVID-19. The recommendations include calling for a clear and transparent national testing strategy; ensuring that each use of the Defense Production Act for testing supplies be detailed on a public website; and creating a partnership between the federal government, state health authorities, academic institutions, and industry to fund and accelerate screening and surveillance testing for COVID-19. The AAMC also recommends a rapid and dramatic increase in testing to 9 million people each day.
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Learning Opportunities

Register Today: Learn, Serve, Lead – the AAMC Annual Meeting

The 2020 AAMC annual meeting, taking place in November, will be different than previous years’ meetings—just as the whole world is different than it was a year ago. Academic medicine in particular has faced unprecedented challenges during 2020, making the need for our community to meet and learn from each other greater than it has ever been before. To allow us to gather while ensuring the health and safety of attendees, this year’s signature event in academic medicine will take place virtually.

To view the program and register, please visit our annual meeting website.

New episode of “Beyond the White Coat” podcast explores racism and medical education

The history of medicine is filled with amazing scientific discoveries and remarkable innovation, but the profession is also haunted by a history of structural oppression and exclusionary practices that act as barriers for people of color. This history influences the policies, practices, and procedures that govern how physicians are trained in the United States today. In a new episode of “Beyond the White Coat,” AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, speaks with AAMC Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer David A. Acosta, MD, about the history of structural racism in U.S. medical education and how that history informs today’s learning environment.
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AAMC collaborates with The Good Listening Project

As part of a broader AAMC strategic initiative on integrating arts and humanities throughout medical education, the AAMC is collaborating with The Good Listening Project, a non-profit organization that conducts brief 1:1 video call with volunteer participants and subsequently transforms the conversation into a work of original poetry. Each participant can choose to share his or her poem, with or without attribution. According to the Good Listening Project, sharing your thoughts with a “listener poet” can help reduce anxiety, clear your head, and add to your emotional energy reserves.

The collaboration serves as a unique way for AAMC constituents to express themselves and find solace during these uncertain times while experiencing a unique, personalized, virtual poetry session to be scheduled at your convenience. To take advantage of this opportunity, please email FRAHME@aamc.org and a code will be provided along with a link to schedule a virtual session. Once you receive a code to participate, it is important that you schedule and attend your session within a two-week window. There is no cost to participate.

Webinar on Aligning Faculty with Non-Academic Physicians Across One System of Care

Date/Time: Tuesday, December 8, 1:00-2:00 pm ET
Registration: Advanced Registration Required

Summary: "Emory Healthcare Physician Group Practices" is a case study and success story more than a decade in the making. Emory Healthcare has created a comprehensive, interconnected medical practice that spans the state of Georgia. During this webinar, two leaders from the Emory Healthcare effort will talk about their challenges and successes as they worked to develop this practice plan. Their journey included organic growth and the acquisition of both private practices and whole health systems to create a cohesive group of more than 1,700 medical school faculty members and 380 non-faculty physicians in 280 locations.  

Publications & Resources

AAMC Report: Physician Education Debt and the Cost to Attend Medical School, 2020 Update.

This week, the AAMC released the report: Physician Education Debt and the Cost to Attend Medical School, 2020 Update.
It summarizes the state of education debt for medical school graduates and the attendance costs of medical schools. Chock full of charts and tables, it informs interested readers about recent trends across a range of debt and cost topics and illustrates the capacity of medical school graduates to manage their education debt repayment. The report can be downloaded as a free PDF here.

Accessing the Operations Management Tool (OMT)

The Medical School Profile System allows users to produce benchmark reports from annual data collections of the AAMC and Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) on a variety of topics, including faculty counts, research grants and contracts, student counts, financial aid awards, graduate indebtedness, and revenue sources. Reports for the AAMC Student Surveys, AAMC compensation surveys, and LCME annual data collections are also available at this website. Users can access hundreds of data elements through the password-protected website.

The FY 2019 Operations Management Tool (OMT) was recently posted to the “Metrics” tab in the Medical School Profile System. Medical schools that participated in the FY 2019 Operations Management Survey will have access to a customized version of the OMT, and medical schools that did not participate will have access to a sample OMT that contains dummy data. All GBA Members have access to the “Metrics” tab in the Medial School Profile System.

COVID-19 Impact on Faculty Practice Plans (FPPs)

The Group on Faculty Practice recently completed a survey on COVID-19 and the impact on faculty practice plans.  Please review the data snapshot for information on the workforce data collected from this survey, and an AAMC analysis of telehealth data from the Clinical Practice Solutions Center, a jointly owned product of the AAMC and Vizient. We also would like to share the following data highlights:

  1. CARES funding: May median funding per institution was $3.6MM, July was $5.0MM, a 38% increase. This varied because FPPs received funding at different points of time.
  2. Telehealth peaked in April with an average of 50% of ambulatory visits (range 10-80%) being via telehealth. In July, the range is 5-50%.
  3. In April, practices projected revenue losses of -2% to -51% compared to average monthly revenue of 2019, with a median of -29%. The July data showed January through June revenue changes of +4% to -41%, with a median of -13%.

If you have any questions, please contact Ivy Baer or Shawn Rosen-Holtzman.  

Report on the Compensation of the Dean’s Office Staff

The 2019-2020 AAMC Report on the Compensation of the Dean’s Office Staff is available for download on the Medical School Profile System’s “Compensation” tab. Deans and Principal Business Officers at participating medical schools can download the full report, which displays compensation statistics for chief officers in eight administrative areas. Deans and Principal Business Officers at non-participating schools have access to the abridged report, which does not contain compensation statistics. If you have questions about the report, please contact dos@aamc.org.

Recommended Reading

Achieving Gender Equity Is Our Responsibility: Leadership Matters
Acosta, David A.; Lautenberger, Diana M.; Castillo-Page, Laura; Skorton, David J.
Academic Medicine. 95(10):1468-1471, October 2020.

Where Are We in Bridging the Gender Leadership Gap in Academic Medicine?
Valantine, Hannah A.
Academic Medicine. 95(10):1475-1476, October 2020.

Leading by Design: Lessons for the Future From 25 Years of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women
Jagsi, Reshma; Spector, Nancy D.
Academic Medicine. 95(10):1479-1482, October 2020.

The Definition of Faculty Must Evolve: A Call to Action
Bellini, Lisa M.; Kaplan, Brian; Fischel, Janet E.; Meltzer, Carolyn; Peterson, Pamela; Sonnino, Roberta E.
Academic Medicine. 95(10):1515-1520, October 2020.

Exploring the Networking of Academic Health Science Leaders: How and Why Do They Do It?
Lieff, Susan J.; Baker, Lindsay; Poost-Foroosh, Laya; Castellani, Brian; Hafferty, Frederic W.; Ng, Stella L.
Academic Medicine. 95(10):1570-1577, October 2020.

AAMCNews: Saving Black lives during COVID-19: Vaccines matter

Given a history of mistreatment in research and medicine, it’s easy to see why Black communities often distrust vaccination. An infectious disease specialist writes how the pandemic’s toll means we have to increase faith in it — and fast.
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AAMCNews: 54 million people in America face food insecurity during the pandemic. It could have dire consequences for their health.

Physicians, researchers, and food policy experts highlight the need for accessible, healthy food to combat poor health in vulnerable populations.
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AAMCNews: Is there a “cure” for racism? Celebrated anti-racist activist and author Ibram X. Kendi says yes, there is

From cancer to COVID-19, people of color suffer from the impact of racism in health care. Kendi calls on institution leaders to look inward to get to the root of the problem.
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Welcome New Members

(October 2020)

Richard  (Mac) Houck
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine

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