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GBA News: My Two Cents

September 1, 2020

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GBA News and Business

GBA Needs Assessment

Thank you to all GBA members who completed our most recent Needs Assessment. The GBA Steering Committee and Subcommittees are reviewing the data, and based on your feedback, are considering programming to offer throughout the year. You can access a high-level summary of the data here.

There are several upcoming webinars and moderated calls that are part of the 2020 GBA/GIP Virtual Programming. You can also access recordings from previous webinars on this site.

2020 GBA/GIP Virtual Programming: Faculty Office Space: Research and Strategies to Address Real Versus Perceived Needs Webinar

October 6, 2020
3:00 – 4:00 PM (EST)
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2020 GBA/GIP Virtual Programming: Disrupting the HR Model: What Happens When You Blow Up the Old Way of Working Webinar

November 19, 2020
4:00 – 5:00 PM (EST)
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Webinar: GBA & GFP Joint Webinar: Understanding the Impact of COVID- 19 on Physician Compensation

November 12, 2020
3:00 – 4:15 PM (EST)

Academic medical centers are evaluating ways to best position themselves to manage anticipated increases in volume, navigate the transition to value-based reimbursement, and support long-term financial sustainability. SullivanCotter has used their extensive experience and data to closely track and carefully evaluate the pandemic’s impact on physician faculty compensation. 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.
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GBA Human Resources Interest Group – Upcoming Calls

The GBA HR Interest Group will be convening quarterly calls to share ideas, challenges, and best practices across institutions. Calls are scheduled quarterly on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 3:00 EST, starting in September. All current Interest Group members should have received a calendar appointment. If you did not receive this appointment or are interested in joining the calls, please contact

GBAnalytic #10: Student Housing and Transportation Costs

As the availability of clinical rotation sites is increasingly constrained, many medical schools are sending students to distant locations for portions of their M3 and M4 years. This can create the requirement for students to have housing away from their primary domicile. In addition, clinical rotations can require other additional costs, such as the cost to park in urban locations where many of our hospitals are located. You can access a summary of the findings here.

GBAnalytic # 11: Childcare Offerings

The Group on Business Affairs (GBA) in collaboration with the Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS), fielded its most recent GBAnalytic to better understand more about the impact of COVID-19 on childcare services provided by your institution, both prior to and after the pandemic. The GBAnalytic collected information on new policies and procedures institutions have taken on to provide and/or support childcare services, who receives support, and to what extent. The survey opened on August 14, 2020 and was sent to 152 schools. In total, 59 schools responded. You can access a summary of the data collected here.

Registration Now Open: 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.

GBA Professional Development Toolkit

The GBA Professional Development Committee, over the last several years, has worked on building a professional development toolkit specific to the needs of GBA members.

This toolkit identifies the skills expected at different stages of your career and offers examples of leadership development programs that our member schools offer to their staff to advance in their career. If you are considering developing a leadership development program at your institution, these offer you some examples and focus on many of the skills referenced in the toolkit. If you would like your leadership development program to be featured on this site, please email with materials that we can include in the toolkit. You may access the GBA PDC toolkit here.

GBA Listserve Archives

The following topics were posted on the GBA Listserves in August 2020:

GBA: Employee recognition programs
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HR: Criteria for classification of Dean level positions as faculty or staff
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Department Administrator:
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AAMC News 

AAMC statement on revised CDC guidelines for COVID-19 testing

AAMC Chief Scientific Officer Ross McKinney, Jr., MD, and AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, issued a statement on revised guidelines on SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) testing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “The AAMC is alarmed at the changes to the CDC’s guidelines for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) testing which recommends that individuals who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 do not need to be tested unless they show symptoms of the disease. This recommendation is irresponsible when we know that roughly 40% of SARS-CoV-2 transmissions come from an asymptomatic person. A high proportion of people who are infected with SARS-CoV-2 never develop symptoms but are contagious and can infect others who may later develop symptoms.”
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AAMC releases national guidance on face coverings

The AAMC has compiled the latest scientific information on mask usage from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state and local governments, and public health experts into one commonsense, scientific approach to mask wearing for the public to help prevent and lower the transmission of the coronavirus. This national guidance, The Way Forward on COVID-19: Consensus Guidance on Face Coverings from the AAMC Research and Action Institute, builds on the AAMC’s recently released road map to reset the nation’s response to the pandemic. Read the Press Release

Hospital associations respond to 340B court decision

The AAMC, American Hospital Association, and America’s Essential Hospitals issued a statement responding to the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals ruling allowing Medicare Part B cuts to stand. “Hospitals that rely on the savings from the 340B drug pricing program are also on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, and today’s decision will result in the continued loss of resources at the worst possible time.”
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AAMC Supports House Bill to Protect 340B Hospitals

AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, sent a letter on Aug. 13 to Reps. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) and Chris Stewart (R-Utah) thanking them for introducing legislation to protect safety-net hospitals that participate in the 340B program throughout the duration of the public health emergency.Read More

Information: Jason Kleinman, 202-903-0806, AAMC Government Relations.

AAMC, NMA announce Action Collaborative on Black men in medicine

The AAMC and the National Medical Association (NMA) have announced a joint effort to convene an Action Collaborative that will address the lack of representation of African American men in medicine. The Action Collaborative will be comprised of subject matter experts across disciplines who will develop an action agenda. The AAMC and the NMA will then engage a broader range of partners in K-12, higher education, academic medicine, community-based organizations, professional organizations and societies, and other key stakeholders to work together to further refine the action agenda and plan for the implementation and evaluation of systems solutions.
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AAMC open letter to MCAT examinees and our community

The AAMC published an open letter from David J. Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO, and Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, Chair, AAMC Board of Directors, that addresses concerns that some have expressed about administration of the MCAT exam during the pandemic. To make the process as fair as possible in this difficult and challenging year and to preserve the integrity of the exam, the MCAT will continue to be administered in testing centers under strict safety protocols for the current admissions cycle. The AAMC also posted a statement by the Council of Deans Administrative Board.
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AAMC, Health Education Groups Advocate for COVID-19 Student Loan Forgiveness

The AAMC led members of the Federation of Associations of Schools of the Health Professions in an Aug. 5 letter to congressional leadership urging the inclusion of student loan forgiveness for health professionals in the upcoming COVID-19 supplemental package. Read More

Information: Matthew Shick, 202-828-6116; Brett Roude, 202-753-5726, AAMC Government Relations.

AAMC Continues Push for Research Funds in Next COVID-19 Relief Package

As negotiators debated how to move forward on another COVID-19 relief package, the AAMC and other stakeholders encouraged House, Senate, and administration leaders to ensure the next package includes investments to support the federal research enterprise, among other priorities. 
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Information: Christa Wagner, 202-828-0595, AAMC Government Relations.

AAMC Joins Letter Urging Senate to Provide COBRA Funding Relief

The AAMC joined nearly 200 other organizations in an Aug. 4 letter urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to include additional funding for COBRA support in the next COVID-19 supplemental package to help laid-off Americans keep their employer-provided health insurance coverage.
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Information: Jason Kleinman, 202-903-0806, AAMC Government Relations.

AAMC responds to the American Heart Association’s statement on race- conscious admissions

AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, and AAMC Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer David A. Acosta, MD, issued a statement in support of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) response to a Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA) article advocating an end to race-conscious policies for undergraduate and medical school admissions. “We applaud the recent statement by the AHA denouncing the views expressed in the article published by the JAHA that advocated for ending race-conscious policies for undergraduate and medical school admissions and argued against affirmative action initiatives, asserting, without evidence, that Black and Hispanic trainees in medicine are unqualified.”
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AAMC statement on the Department of Justice’s challenge to Yale’s admissions process

AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, and Chief Legal Officer Frank Trinity, JD, issued a statement in response to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) challenging the admissions process of Yale University. “We are disappointed in the Department of Justice’s announcement yesterday challenging Yale University’s admissions process. The investigation appears to have been hastily concluded and based on a mistaken premise that academic metrics should drive admissions decisions to the exclusion of other factors. We note that the Department’s position on this issue did not sway the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, which recently upheld Harvard’s admissions process against a similar challenge.” Read the Full Statement

Learning Opportunities

Webinar Recording: Managing and Leading Remote Teams

On Thursday, August 27th, Aaron Kraus, Owner @ akSES LLC presented on our GIR webinar on managing distributed or remote teams. You can access the recording here.
Please note that you will first need to register to access the recording.

Beyond Climate Surveys: Achieving Inclusion Excellence in Research and Clinical Settings Webinar

Beginning on Sept. 23, 3 p.m. ET, the AAMC Group on Research Education and Training (GREAT) and Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) are hosting a series of webinars to address some of the critical topics at the intersection of gender equity and biomedical research training. DE&I leaders are called to move their institutions beyond compositional diversity and towards inclusion excellence. To assist with these efforts, the AAMC developed the tool FPIE (Foundational Principles of Inclusion Excellence). Through rich and transparent dialogue, the FPIE allows stakeholders to assess their institutions’ work and learning environments based on 9 principles of inclusion. The webinar’s goal is to share the experiences of schools that piloted the tool (i.e., launching strategies, implementation, and action plan execution) and invite attendees to think about how they may employ the FPIE at their institutions in research and clinical spaces.
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Recordings available from AAMC educational virtual events held during national party conventions

Over the last two weeks, the AAMC, in partnership with The Hill, hosted educational virtual events on COVID-19 around the national party conventions. Both programs feature leaders from across the academic medicine community and focus on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of research, education, and innovation in battling public health care crises, and the value of a resilient and responsive health care ecosystem. Recordings from the events are now available.

View Recording from Aug. 19 Event
View Recording from Aug. 26 Event

AAMC webinar on clinician well-being and resilience

As the COVID-19 public health emergency continues, academic clinicians face unique challenges as they juggle clinical, research, and administrative stressors. On Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. ET, the AAMC will host a webinar featuring Bernard Chang, MD, PhD, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, who will discuss the body of research on the results of stress on mental and physical health and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on clinician well-being. Dr. Chang will also highlight steps academic health centers can take to mitigate the negative impacts of stress across clinical, research, and educational missions. A Q&A session following the presentation will be moderated by Mona Abaza, MD, MS, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, who serves as chair of the CFAS Faculty Resilience Committee. The webinar is convened by the AAMC’s Research on Care Community (ROCC) and Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS). Register Now

Building and Sustaining High Functioning Teams

September 17, 2020
2:00 PM (EDT)
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Teaming is an essential component of any organization’s success. By developing a culture and skills that promote psychological safety and collaboration, a team leader can build this capacity and effectiveness. This webinar will present:

  • Defining “teaming” in the context of academic healthcare
  • Explore prevalent models of teamwork and how they are currently implemented in academic healthcare
  • Identify teaming strategies that can be developed to support your institution

Group on Institutional Planning (GIP) members are often the “glue”- we play important roles in communication, collaboration and coordination within our institutions. This interactive webinar will help sharpen your skills to grow highly functional teams as well as share best practices.

Civic Engagement and Campaign Intervention: Rules of the Road for 501(c)(3)s

September 16, 2020
2:30 p.m. ET
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Note: It is recommended that you use Google Chrome or Firefox to register. Please do not use Internet Explorer to complete registration as that browser is no longer supported.

Additional information about this virtual event is available on the AAMC’s webinar and online course catalog. Please note that there is no cost to register.

If you have any questions, including how to login to your AAMC account, please email Keith Krosinsky at

Publications & Resources

AAMC fundraising survey shows increase in FY19 support for academic medicine

Overall philanthropic support for the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals increased to an average of $86.2 million per institution in 2019, according to recently-released data from the annual AAMC Development Survey. Last fiscal year (pre-COVID data) these institutions saw a return of $9.08 for every dollar invested in fundraising. For 21 years, the AAMC has surveyed fundraising activity at member medical schools and teaching hospitals, informing a national database that serves as a management tool for deans and CEOs to assess the effectiveness of their institutional development programs. A data infographic and executive summary of these survey results are now available.
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CMS Releases CY 2021 OPPS Proposed Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Aug. 4 released the Calendar Year (CY) 2021 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) proposed rule. Comments are due October 5, 2020. Due to the delayed release of the proposed rule, the final rule will have a 30-day effective date. The fact sheet can be accessed here.

Recommended Reading

AAMCNews: In the face of challenges posed by a pandemic and racism, the White Coat Ceremony underscores the importance of our shared humanity

David J. Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO, and Richard Levin, MD, president and CEO of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, urge medical schools to continue to hold this annual ritual.
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AAMCNews: Why I gave up my dream of leading diversity efforts in medicine

In an AAMCNews Insights column, Kali Cyrus, MD, MPH, writes that she loved mentoring students of color, lecturing about implicit bias, and creating courses that promoted health equity. But she couldn’t manage it all. Medical schools need to provide more funding if they want to create truly inclusive and supportive environments.
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AAMCNews: Back to medical school during COVID-19

Educators have had to rebuild courses, reconfigure spaces, and adapt to unfolding challenges in order to ensure that future physicians get the training they need while still staying safe. How is it all going to work?
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AAMCNews: Creative staffing, daily PPE counts, constant testing: The new normal for hospitals across the United States

Teaching hospitals develop new strategies to ensure safety, maximize caregiver skills, and manage the flow of patients.
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AAMCNews: Medical school enrollments grow, but residency slots haven’t kept pace

The AAMC’s annual survey shows that student body growth won’t alleviate the looming physician shortage unless the shortfalls in residencies and clinical training sites also are addressed.
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Innovative Funding Resources for Residency Training Programs

Graham, Krystle; Crapanzano, Kathleen A.
Academic Medicine. 95(8):1129-1130, August 2020.

COVID-19: Financial Stress Test for Academic Medical Centers

Colenda, Christopher C.; Applegate, William B.; Reifler, Burton V.; Blazer, Dan G. II
Academic Medicine. 95(8):1143-1145, August 2020.

Welcome New Members

(August 1-31, 2020)

Carole Bates
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Tamara Hager
Ohio State University College of Medicine

Lisa Jackson
University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School

Brianne Laios
University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville

Keith McGibbon
Yale School of Medicine

Jane Zubulake
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

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