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GBA News: My Two Cents

October 1, 2021

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GBA News and Business

GBA/GIP Virtual Programming - The New Normal: Strategic Planning with Remote Teams

Friday, November 5, 2021
12:30-1:30 p.m. (ET)
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When faced with a crisis, academic medical centers must be prepared to address challenges by redefining the way they operate and shape the future of their organizations through strategic planning in order to better support faculty, staff, and students. This webinar offers a case study on “The New Normal” initiative at the University of South Florida Health where six teams collaborated remotely, in response to the COVID pandemic, to swiftly develop recommendations and solutions for remote work, telehealth, operational efficiency, and workforce productivity. Participants will learn a method for strategic planning with remote teams that can be applied to any organization. Topics will include, but are not limited to:

  • How to use Kotter’s change model to implement organizational change
  • How to design a project plan for a strategic initiative
  • How to use online tools for remote planning and collaboration
  • How to engage stakeholders and obtain feedback across an organization through surveys and operational efficiency action plans, and
  • How to apply research-based best practices and lessons learned on remote work, telehealth implementation, operational efficiency, and workforce productivity.

Jacqueleen Reyes Hull

Assistant Vice President for Administration
University of South Florida Health

Questions? Contact gip@aamc.org

Save the Date: Group on Business Affairs (GBA) and Group on Institutional Planning (GIP) 2022 Joint Spring Meeting

Save the Date: GBA/GIP 2022 Joint Spring Meeting: April 27-28

April 27-28, 2022
Hilton San Francisco Union Square
San Francisco, CA

We want to hear from you! The call for proposals will be opening in mid-October.

Questions? Contact Heather Sacks

Showcasing Data of Interest to GBA members

New data snapshot explores finances of U.S. medical schools

The AAMC has published a new data snapshot that examines high-level trends in the financing of U.S. medical schools with full Liaison Committee on Medical Education accreditation between FY 2011 and FY 2020. Among the key findings, total revenues increased 68% between FY 2011 and FY 2020; practice plan revenues increased 88% and saw average year-over-year growth of approximately 7%; and more.
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Register Now for Learn Serve Lead 2021

Learn Serve Lead 2021: The AAMC Annual Meeting

November 8, 9, and 10, 2021 (Virtual Meeting)

Registration is now open! Plan to join us for the AAMC’s premier learning and networking event: Learn Serve Lead 2021, the only meeting devoted entirely to exploring academic medicine’s challenges and opportunities. Learn Serve Lead 2021: The Virtual Experience also presents a unique opportunity for academic medicine professionals to learn from one another and build organizational capacity. In addition to the Learn Serve Lead program, supplemental medical education content, posters, focused discussions and a host of other educational and networking opportunities will also be available. Early bird registration discounts are available.
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GBA Listserv Archives

The following topics were posted on the GBA Listservs in September 2021:

GBA: MD/provider On boarding process; Fringe Benefits; Travel, CME, Professional development; Compensated External Work
To access the archives: https://lists.aamc.org/read/?forum=gba
To post a question: gba@lists.aamc.org

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

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


Meet the 2021 AAMC Award winners

Many of this year’s awardees have been on the front lines of the worst pandemic in a century. Others have led efforts to reform cancer care, improve medical education, and address health disparities in underserved communities.
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AAMC statement on the patient-physician relationship and reproductive health

AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, issued a statement about interference in the patient-physician relationship and access to safe and effective reproductive health care. “The relationship between patient and physician or other provider is the basis of safe and effective health care. Any policies that interfere in that relationship put the patient at risk.”
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AAMC launches center to tackle health inequities

The new AAMC Center for Health Justice will bring together national and local leaders to improve the health of all communities. “Giving every community an equitable chance at being healthy means looking beyond medical care alone,” Philip Alberti, PhD, founding director of the center, said in a press release.
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New AAMC Research and Action Institute report offers recommendations for ending the pandemic

A new report developed by the AAMC Research and Action Institute calls for coordinated federal leadership to improve the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic amid the latest resurgence that has resulted in tens of thousands of hospitalizations and deaths of mostly unvaccinated people. This is one of several recommendations to help combat the current pandemic and ensure the United States is prepared for future health crises outlined in The Way Forward Starts Now: Lessons from COVID-19. The new report addresses the systemic inadequacies in the nation’s response to COVID-19 and provides specific guidance to best prepare for future public health threats. An op-ed authored by Atul Grover, MD, PhD, executive director of the Institute, and David J. Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO, published in USA Today further explores the new report and recommendations (login may be required).
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AAMC statement on House committees’ markup of the Build Back Better Act

AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, and Chief Public Policy Officer Karen Fisher, JD, commended the House committees for including a significant number of academic medicine’s key health infrastructure priorities in the Build Back Better Act that was marked up over the past week. “The proposed funding provided for these programs will help diversify the physician workforce, increase access to care for people in underserved urban and rural communities, take steps to prepare the nation to respond to public health emergencies, and address long-standing health inequities.”
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GME Advocacy Coalition Urges GME Expansion in Reconciliation

The Graduate Medical Education Advocacy Coalition sent a letter of support to key committee leaders on Sept. 1 urging the inclusion of the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2021 (S. 834/H.R. 2256) in upcoming reconciliation legislation.
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Information: Allyson Perleoni, AAMC Government Relations.

Learning Opportunities

Webinar: The Evolving Role of the Department Chair

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
4:30-5:45 p.m. (ET)
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The role of the Department Chair continues to evolve as the rapidly changing health care environment shapes how academic health systems are responding to operational and financial pressures. In fully integrated academic health systems, roles for Department Chairs are evolving to be more aligned with the system’s executive leadership team. Given a Department Chair’s influence on health system priorities, Department Chairs are being asked to take an enterprise viewpoint while working collaboratively to support health system priorities, such as population health, quality outcomes and financial sustainability. During this webinar, scheduled for Wednesday, October 20th from 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm ET, experts from SullivanCotter will provide a national picture on the role of Department Chair and emerging trends in compensation design. In addition, leaders from University of Utah Health and Boston University School of Medicine will provide perspectives on how the Department Chair role has evolved at their institutions.

Virtual symposium on confronting health misinformation: Gaps and opportunities for health professions educators

On Oct. 29 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET, the AAMC, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), and American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) will host a joint virtual symposium for health professions educators. Goals of the event include defining health misinformation and the role of health professions educators in combatting misinformation and building trust among patients and families; and exploring practical strategies for preparing health professional learners to confront health misinformation with patients and public audiences. Panelists will explore new national guidance, research, curricular resources, and exemplars in this area. In addition, educators will be invited to consider local curricular opportunities for preparing health professional learners to confront health misinformation with patients and public audiences.
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Register now for American Indian and Alaska Native virtual health care workforce development summit

The University of Minnesota Medicine School Center of American Indian and Minority Health will host a free virtual summit on Oct. 25-26 focused on health care workforce development for American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Participants are encouraged to join national organizations, community, and institutional leaders to explore the development of regional networks to increase the representation of American Indian and Alaska Native communities in the health professions. This event is co-sponsored by the AAMC, the Association of American Indian Physicians, American Indian Higher Education Consortium, and the Association of Native American Medical Students.
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AAMC Center for Health Justice, Hastings Center to host virtual summit on health equity

The AAMC Center for Health Justice and the Hastings Center will host a two-day virtual summit on health equity on January 19-20, 2022. The first day will focus on historical events and decisions that have led to major inequities in health today. The second day will offer insights and examples of promising strategies that health care leaders and practicing clinicians can employ to address health and health care inequities through policy, clinical care, medical education, research, and community collaborations. The summit is designed for the general public, including concerned citizens as well as health professionals, bioethics scholars, and policymakers. Registration information will be available soon.
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Register now for AAMC Awards virtual recognition event

Join AAMC friends and colleagues for a virtual recognition event on Oct. 27 from 4-5:15 p.m. ET to celebrate the recipients of the 2021 AAMC Awards. These individuals and institutions are making significant contributions to medical education, research, clinical care, and community engagement.
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Save the Date: 2022 Information Technology in Academic Medicine Conference sponsored by the Group on Information Resources (GIR)

Wide angle photo of Brooklyn bridge under cloudy sky Photo by Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash

June 2-3, 2022
New York Marriott Marquis
New York, NY

We want to hear from you! The call for proposals will be opening in November.

Publications & Resources

New AAMC report examines medical school graduation data on gender and students underrepresented in medicine

The AAMC is committed, as part of its strategic plan, to providing resources that help medical schools increase their diversity. This is an important part of improving the medical school experience for all students. As a step to support schools’ efforts, the AAMC has published a new report, 2021 GQ Gender and URiM Reports, that breaks down data from the 2021 AAMC Medical School Graduation Questionnaire (GQ) by sex and by race-ethnicity. Medical schools can use this report to compare their students’ experiences to the national data and identify opportunities for improvement. Individual school reports, along with a national report, are available on the AAMC Medical School Profile System (MSPS) to medical school deans and the designated student surveys contacts at each school. Access can be requested by contacting the dean or medical school leaders in student affairs or medical education.
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New AAMC data snapshot examines diversity among Hispanic/Latinx U.S. physicians

According to a new AAMC data snapshot, 6% of U.S. physicians and 11% of medical students identify as Hispanic/Latinx. Although typically aggregated into a single group, new data illustrates that these physicians and students represent a broad array of ethnicities, cultures, and experiences.
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Research analyzes gender equity among physicians married to physicians

New research conducted by the AAMC finds women physicians married to physicians work significantly fewer hours and earn less than women physicians not married to other physicians. In contrast, men physicians in dual-physician marriages earn more than men physicians not in dual physician marriages, although the work hours between the two groups are not statistically different.
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Retention and Promotion Benchmarking Reports

There are retention and promotion reports in FAMOUS that allow a user to identify a benchmark group of medical schools against which to compare their own medical school. To access these reports, log in to FAMOUS and go to Reports>Benchmarking Reports. As of whatever date you specify, the retention reports allow you to determine how many individuals from a cohort have been retained. The promotion reports allow you to determine how many individuals from the cohort have been promoted as of a particular date or within a particular number of years. You can specify a cohort in a variety of ways, such as by start date in appointment, department, degree, rank, sex, and race/ethnicity. Note that the appointment snapshot date defines the initial cohort. For example, a snapshot date of 7/1/2006 will include in the initial cohort all individuals who had an open appointment on July 1, 2006. One important thing to remember when running retention and promotion reports is that outcomes can only be generated for individuals who have been around long enough to have been retained or promoted. For example, if you are interested in (say) five-year outcomes, your initial cohort would need to be those individuals who were faculty or chairs in 2016 or earlier (i.e., at least five years ago).

AAMC Faculty Practice Plan Survey Launching Mid-October

In mid-October, Group on Faculty Practice (GFP) members will receive an invitation to participate in the AAMC Faculty Practice Plan Survey (FPPS). The FPPS collects profile information about academic practice plans and compensation for faculty practice plan executives. Survey results will be available in March 2022. If you have questions regarding the survey or your institution’s ability to participate in the survey, please contact survey staff at fpps@aamc.org

VaccineVoices: Toolkit to increase vaccinations in light of the FDA’s full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

Now that the FDA has granted full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for individuals age 16 and older, the AAMC has developed a Q&A and an infographic for academic medical centers to build confidence in the vaccines and increase vaccinations within their communities.
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Recommended Reading

VaccineVoices: The push to vaccinate more nurses

A small-but-vocal minority of nurses still resist the COVID-19 vaccines. Now, a growing number of hospitals and nursing organizations are urging them to reconsider.
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American Journal of Medicine: Time for Organized Medicine to Call for Racial Justice in Medical Education and Health Care

David A. Acosta, MD, AAMC chief diversity and inclusion officer, and David J. Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO, have authored an article in The American Journal of Medicine that urges organized medicine to call for racial justice in medical education and health care. “It is time to have an honest confrontation with reality in order to bring about racial healing and become anti-racist organizations,” the authors write. “Organized medicine must come together in solidarity to make ‘good trouble’ and fight collectively for racial justice so that every community we serve can achieve their full health potential and achieve racial equity—that is, giving people what they need to enjoy full, healthy lives regardless of race.”
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Who Is Caring for Health Care Workers’ Families Amid COVID-19?

Robinson, Londyn J.; Engelson, Brianna J.; Hayes, Sharonne N.
Academic Medicine. 96(9):1254-1258, September 2021.

Pregnancy and Parenting in Medical School: Highlighting the Need for Data and Support

Durfey, Shayla N.M.; White, Jordan; Adashi, Eli Y.
Academic Medicine. 96(9):1259-1262, September 2021.

Current Parental Leave Policies for Medical Students at U.S. Medical Schools: A Comparative Study

Kraus, Molly B.; Talbott, Jennifer M.V.; Melikian, Ryan; Merrill, Sarah A.; Stonnington, Cynthia M.; Hayes, Sharonne N.; Files, Julia A.; Kouloumberis, Pelagia E.
Academic Medicine. 96(9):1315-1318, September 2021.

Managing Human Subjects Research During a Global Pandemic at an Academic Center: Lessons Learned from COVID-19

The challenges at Columbia University to protect thousands of research participants and staff from potential exposure to COVID-19 while facilitating essential biomedical research are described, along with successes. Clear communications and evolving procedural efficiencies were key.
Deborah F. Stiles, JD, Brenda L. Ruotolo, Helen Kim, PharmD, Jane Cho, MS, MPH, Paul S. Appelbaum, MD, and Nancy S. Green, MD
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Money Talks: Pilot Financial Wellness Programs to Promote Positive Financial Planning Behaviors Among Residents

The authors invited 277 internal medicine residents from 3 residency programs to participate in financial wellness programs, with each institution holding at least one 90-minute financial planning session and one also having biannual financial wellness check-ins.
Patricia Ng, MD, Sreekala Raghavan, MD, Christiana Zhang, MD, Jing-Yu Pan, MD, Paul O’Rourke, MD, MPH, and Rachel Wong, MD, MPH, MBA
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AAMCNews: Hospitals innovate amid dire nursing shortages

COVID-19’s latest surge exacerbates long-standing forces driving nursing shortfalls, prompting an all-hands-on-deck scramble to maintain patient care.
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AAMCNews: Insights into health equity after COVID-19

Two pioneers in battling health disparities — former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, MD, PhD, and Affordable Care Act expert Daniel Dawes, JD — offer lessons from history and a path forward to help heal our nation.
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Welcome New Members

(September 2021)

Betsy Buswell
University of Washington School of Medicine

Matthew Eng
University of Washington School of Medicine

Erin Fogarty
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Joseph Garry
University of Illinois College of Medicine

Janice Godin
Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine

Mark Henrichs
University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

David Kirk
University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Julia Lawrence
University of Washington School of Medicine

Natalie McWhorter
Emory University School of Medicine

Colleen Morrissey
University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Arjun Patel
USF Health Morsani College of Medicine

Tracy Rios
University of Arizona College of Medicine

Laura St Germain
University of Washington School of Medicine

Jason Taylor
University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Matthew Timmons
Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine

Cathy Torres
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans

Cindy Valerio
University of Washington School of Medicine

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