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GBA News: My Two Cents

April 1, 2022

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GBA News and Business

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

GBA-GIP 2022 Joint Spring Meeting

April 27-28, 2022
San Francisco, CA
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Learn what it takes to be the place where everyone wants to work! Register for the AAMC GBA-GIP 2022 Joint Spring Meeting in San Francisco, April 27-28. Get ready to explore challenges in the field and focus on solutions that will lead medical schools, academic health centers, and teaching hospitals into the future. At the meeting, you’ll dive deep into data-driven decision making, strengthening operations and finance, and more. Join us for premier learning, collaboration, and valuable face-to-face networking with your peers.
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Group on Business Affairs: 2022-2023 AAMC GBA Slate of Officers

The national officers are voted on by the Principal Business Officers who are the voting members of the GBA. They will receive the online ballot via email on April 14th, and it will remain open for exactly one week (until April 21st).

The proposed 2022-2023 chair-elect:

  • National Chair-Elect: Anja Paardekooper, Senior Associate Dean, Finance and Administration, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Voted on by the GBA in the 2021 election:

  • National Chair: Heather Hamby, MPH, Executive Associate Dean, Emory University School of Medicine; Chief Business Officer, Emory University School of Medicine & Emory Physician Group Practice; Associate Vice President for Health Center Integration, Emory University Woodruff Health Sciences Center

Requests for additional nominations must be received by Monday, April 11, 2022.

Steering Committee appointments:

  • PBO-at-Large (2022-2024): Roxanne Allison, Associate Chief Financial Officer, University of Kentucky College of Medicine
  • Member-at-Large (2022-2024): Allison Holt, Associate Dean for Finance & Administration, University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Data and Benchmarking Committee Chair: Padraic Reynolds, MPH, Associate Dean for Academic Administration, School of Medicine, New York Medical College
  • Department Administrator Interest Group Representative: Brian David, MBA, Vice Chair for Clinical Integration & Administration, Samuel Bronfman Department of Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Mount Sinai Health System

Remaining on the Committee:

  • Immediate Past-Chair: Darrell Griffith, MPH, CMPE, Chief Operating Officer, MCVP, Medical College of Virginia Assoc Physicians, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
  • PBO-at-Large (2021-2023): LaKisha Mack, MBA, Senior Associate Dean, Administration and Finance, University of Alabama School of Medicine
  • Professional Development Committee Chair: Paul Peterson, Assistant Dean for Administration, Finance and Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
  • Emerging Issues Committee Chair: Bryan Pyles, MBA, Senior Associate Dean, Administration and Finance, The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences
  • Human Resources Interest Group Representative: Danielle Robbins, Senior Assistant Vice Dean for Human Resources; Executive Director, Human Resources and Faculty Affairs, Shared Services, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Council of Deans (COD) Liaison: John Marymont, MD, MBA, Vice President, Medical Affairs and Dean, University of South Alabama College of Medicine

Committee Recruitment

Committees exist to implement the strategic initiatives and actions of the GBA. Participation on a Committee will help professionals within academic medicine grow and learn in their professional roles and develop their leadership capacities. The GBA is currently recruiting Committee members for the Professional Development, Data and Benchmarking, and Emerging Issues Committees. If you are interested in participating on a Committee for the 2022-2023 term, please complete the Committee Interest Form by May 13, 2022 for consideration.

Questions? Contact gba@aamc.org

Data of Interest to GBA Members: Financial Aid Summary Report

The 2020-2021 Financial Aid Summary Report and its companion Executive Overview will be released on April 28, 2022.

The Financial Aid Summary Report and Executive Overview present medical school data related to medical student financial aid, indebtedness, and cost of attendance. The primary source of data is the LCME Part I-B Student Financial Aid Questionnaire, but data also come from other AAMC data collections, including the Tuition and Student Fees Questionnaire, the Matriculating Student Questionnaire, and the Graduation Questionnaire.

The Financial Aid Summary Report is organized into three sections: an analytical overview in graphical form; a table of mean value summary statistics; and custom benchmark tables. The companion Executive Overview is a separate, single-page report customized to show a given medical school’s distribution of financial aid, average medical school debt of indebted graduates, percentage of graduates with medical school debt, and first-year tuition and fees costs for in-state and out-of-state students benchmarked against national data.

Historical copies of the Financial Aid Summary Report and Executive Overview are available to a wide variety of medical school staff, including deans, financial aid officers, and members of the Group on Business Affairs through the “Annual Reports” tab within Medical School Profile System. Questions or feedback about the Financial Aid Summary Report and Executive Overview can be sent to lcmeib@aamc.org.

Data of Interest to GBA Members: Faculty Age Reports

If you are interested in information on faculty ages, there are several FAMOUS reports that you might find helpful. For example, log in to FAMOUS and go to Reports>Institution Reports>Average Age by Department and Rank to find data about faculty at your medical school. You may use the Appointment Snapshot Date field to generate the report to reflect your faculty as of whatever date you specify. For national data on faculty ages, go to Reports>National Reports>Faculty Roster Benchmark Reports. Under Template Reports, you will find information on the number of faculty in particular age breakouts. Under Custom Reports, you will find information on average ages (including average age by sex).

Interactive graphics showing trend data on the average age of full-time faculty by rank, gender, and race/ethnicity are available on the Faculty Roster website at https://www.aamc.org/data-reports/interactive-data/us-medical-school-faculty-trends-average-age. The underlying data from these graphics can be downloaded to Excel by clicking the “Download Data (Excel)” link under each chart.

GBA Listserv Archives

The GBA listservs are a great way to connect with colleagues across the country about topics of interest. More information about posting a question to any of the GBA listservs is included below. The following topics were posted in March 2022:

GBA: Faculty and External Affairs; Dual Employment; Shared Services Costing Model
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

PBO: Inflation Factor for Grants; Clinical Research Coordinator – Training Programs
To access the archives: https://lists.aamc.org/read/?forum=pbo
To post a question: pbo@lists.aamc.org


AAMC Statement on President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Proposal

AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, and Chief Public Policy Officer Karen Fisher, JD, issued the following statement in response to President Biden’s fiscal year (FY) 2023 budget request for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and other federal agencies. This statement is available online here.

Two AAMC Strategic Plan Initiatives Are Seeking Your Feedback!

Action Plan 6’s primary objective is to prepare professionals in academic medicine to be “leader ready” for any situation by equipping you with the skills and knowledge needed to anticipate and solve complex leadership challenges for yourself, your team, and your organization. Assist us as we reimagine leadership development at the AAMC by sharing your most pressing leadership challenges to help us ensure that we address the skills and topics you need to succeed both now and in the future.

The primary goal of Action Plan 10 is to adapt the AAMC to the changing needs of academic medicine. Through this action plan, the AAMC is taking a fresh look at our membership model and engagement with our community. As we explore new opportunities to increase institutional and individual engagement, please share with us which current AAMC member benefit(s) you find most valuable/utilize most frequently.

AAMC in contact with Ukrainian medical schools

The AAMC remains very concerned about the situation in Ukraine and how this is impacting Ukrainian medical students and medical schools. Through colleagues at the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE), the AAMC has connected with individuals in Europe who are in contact with Ukrainian medical school leadership. At this time, the schools are not seeking academic support or assistance in educating their learners. The AAMC has expressed that we and our members stand ready to help, and we will remain in communication with our contacts. Additionally, AAMC Chief Health Care Officer Janis Orlowski, MD, has been engaging in conversations with the administration and NATO Group on Health. She reports that humanitarian assistance for Ukraine from the U.S. will be coordinated through NGOs and NATO, and that back-up support for EU health institutions is under consideration.

If medical schools are contacted by individual students looking to transfer, there are LCME rules that pertain to medical schools considering transfer students, and these include important limitations for international (i.e., non-U.S. medical school) transfers. Ukrainian students considering transfer should contact the medical school admissions office directly and follow their policies and procedures regarding admission or transfer of international medical students.

AAMC joins letter urging Congress to extend funding for COVID-19 response

AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, and Chief Scientific Officer Ross McKinney, MD, joined more than 200 physicians and health care organizations in an open letter urging Congress to pass additional funding for COVID-19 relief. “We—non-governmental, non-partisan health professionals and researchers—urge Congress to quickly appropriate the billions necessary for a robust COVID response in 2022, and just as importantly, the development of an infrastructure to more effectively confront future biosecurity and pandemic threats.”
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AAMC names recipients of 2022 Innovation Award

The AAMC has named four recipients of the 2022 Innovations to Bolster Community Trust and Engagement in Science Award. This is the ninth annual award developed in collaboration with two AAMC affinity groups, GREAT (Graduate Research, Education, and Training) Group and GRAND (Group on Research Advancement and Development) leadership. The primary goal of this year’s awards program is to highlight innovations that bolster community trust and engagement in science. The AAMC plans to host a webinar in late spring to discuss the winning awards, and registration will be open soon.
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AAMC joins amicus brief supporting challenge to Texas criminalization of gender-affirming care

The AAMC has joined the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, and others in an amicus brief supporting a challenge to the Texas governor and attorney general who are threatening criminal sanctions for health care professionals who provide gender-affirming care to children and adolescents as well as educators who fail to report known instances of such care to child protection authorities. Through this brief and other efforts, the AAMC reaffirms its commitment to ensuring access to high-quality care that treats all people, including transgender individuals, equally and with respect. Criminalizing the provision of gender-affirming health care for transgender individuals will reduce health care access for transgender Americans, promote discrimination, and widen already significant health inequities.
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AAMC statement on omnibus legislation for FY 2022

AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, and Chief Public Policy Officer Karen Fisher, JD, issued a statement on the fiscal year (FY) 2022 omnibus legislation. If enacted, the legislation would provide increased funding for several key agencies and programs within the Department of Health and Human Services, including the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Health Resources and Services Administration, among other provisions. “The AAMC supports the bipartisan, bicameral efforts of congressional negotiators to provide crucial resources for programs that promote the health of patients, communities, and the nation and to preserve gains in telehealth that have improved access to care for people nationwide.”
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Learning Opportunities

Register Now - CMOG/GFP Virtual Programming: The Role of APPs in the Academic Setting

Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are key players on the care teams at our institutions. During this virtual session, Amy Noecker, Principal and the APP Practice Leader at SullivanCotter, will provide a national perspective on the role of Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) at academic medical centers. She will provide insights on important topics such as compensation strategies and best practices for deploying APPs to increase access, enhance efficiency, and improve patient satisfaction. Leaders from the UAB Health System will describe their journey in building an APP program that is centralized and structured within the practice plan. This webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, May 11th from 12:30 pm-1:45 pm ET.
Advanced Registration Required.

Questions? Contact Shawn Rosen-Holtzman

Supporting Wellness Initiatives in Health Care and Recommendations for Promoting a Culture of Well-Being Webinar

On March 23, the AAMC sponsored a webinar that focused on the systems-level challenges with addressing clinician well-being, identified the need for alignment of institutional infrastructure and standardization to support well-being initiatives, and described recommendations from the AAMC Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS) Faculty Resilience Committee’s recently-released report designed to understand the role and needs of well-being champions across institutions and disciplines.
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Registration opens for Maternal Health Incubator virtual event

On May 24-25, the AAMC Center for Health Justice will host a Maternal Health Incubator. The two-day virtual event is intended to develop a collective understanding of the multisector data needed to reverse long-standing trends of racial and ethnic inequities in maternal mortality and morbidity among birthing people, particularly those who identify as Black, American Indian, or Alaska Native.
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GIR 2022 Information Technology in Academic Medicine Conference: June 2-3

2022 Information Technology in Academic Medicine Conference

June 1-3, in New York City
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Get ready to learn best practices, develop new strategies for excellence, and connect with your peers at the 2022 Information Technology in Academic Medicine Conference, June 1-3, in New York City. This meeting is hosted by the AAMC Group on Information Resources (GIR) and is the place to enhance your knowledge, build vital skills to face common challenges in the field, and navigate the evolving landscape where information technology intersects with academic medicine and science. You’ll hear from plenary speakers, choose from concurrent sessions such as small group discussions and breakouts, learn from poster authors, and share your experiences with your peers during networking events.

Publications & Resources

New AAMC Center for Health Justice research explores data sharing, trust, and community health

Achieving health equity across communities requires a national, standardized data set that uses demographic, clinical, social, and other information to develop and evaluate multisector efforts. These efforts will be more likely to succeed if they build on the public’s understanding and concerns around sharing personal, health-related information. To help build the necessary foundation for this work, the AAMC Center for Health Justice polled a nationally representative sample of adults across the United States in January to learn about attitudes surrounding these issues. Most respondents believe their demographic data are shared and are not concerned about it, but around 6 in 10 adults have concerns about sharing their social and online footprint data.
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Recommended Reading

Ending Sexual Harassment in Science: Designing and Administering a Survey That Can Lead to an Improved Organizational Climate

Valantine, Hannah A.; Le Fauve, Charlene E.; Morris, Kathryn A.; Riley, William T.
Academic Medicine. 97(3):364-369, March 2022.

Money Talks: Pilot Financial Wellness Programs to Promote Positive Financial Planning Behaviors Among Residents

Ng, Patricia; Raghavan, Sreekala; Zhang, Christiana; Pan, Jing-Yu; O’Rourke, Paul; Wong, Rachel
Academic Medicine. 97(3):380-384, March 2022.

LGBTQ+ Worker Protections: Implications for Academic Medicine Today and in the Future

This perspective explores the historical background for new legal protections for LGBTQ+ employees and allies and discusses ways for academic medicine to advance LGBTQ+ inclusion, including future actions to advance workplace and health equity.
Nelson F Sánchez, MD, Lydia Kennedy, MEd, Sabina T. Spigner, MS, MPH, A. Wesley Hartman, JD, John P Sánchez, MD, MPH, and Edward J. Callahan, PhD
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AAMCNews: Prescribing without data: Doctors advocate for the inclusion of pregnant people in clinical research

Pregnant patients are often excluded from clinical trials for fear of causing harm to them or their babies, but leaders in maternal-fetal medicine say the lack of data can be even more harmful.
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Intramural Grant Program to Promote Research Activity Among Early Career Faculty Members

A one-year grant program supporting protected time for clinical, basic science, or educational research improved academic success and retention for early-career faculty members.
Amarjit S. Virdi, PhD, Giselle Sandi, PhD, and Susan Chubinskaya, PhD
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Welcome New Members

(March 2022)

Jacqueline Berger
University of Illinois College of Medicine

Alex Boles
University of Alabama at Birmingham Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine

Cheryl Brown
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine

Sean Hennessey-Hsieh
Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine

Julie Joncas
Harvard Medical School

Megan Yeatts
University of Alabama at Birmingham Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine

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