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June 1, 2020

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2020 GBA/GIP Virtual Programming: ‘The New Normal’ Moderated Conference Call

This past April, we were disappointed to not connect with you at the GBA/GIP 2020 Joint Spring Meeting in San Francisco. We made the right decision to keep our community safe, but the work has not stopped; and we are proud to offer selected content from our Spring Meeting in a series of community webinars and moderated calls over the next 10 months! From successful teleworking and rethinking our physical spaces, to considering creative new tools, our community is here with collaborative solutions for evolving business and planning needs in academic medicine and science.

Now is the time to connect with your peers in the GBA and GIP and leverage proven tools and tactics you need to transition to a more effective and sustainable “new normal” on our first moderated call scheduled for Thursday, June 18th from 12:00-1:00PM (ET). Register now

Specific topics to be discussed on this call will include:

  • Teleworking policies — developing more flexible policies and managing employees remotely.
  • Implications on space — reducing administrative space and rethinking leased space.
  • Rethinking your business processes — reflecting on past processes and streamlining our practices moving forward.
  • Equity — understanding the impact of operations on the diverse workforce and employees who face barriers in full-time telework situations.


Anja Paardekooper
Senior Associate Dean
Finance and Administration
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Brian Smith, JD, MBA
Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer
Senior Associate Vice Chancellor – Research
University of California, San Francisco

Please look out for future communications about our upcoming webinars and moderated calls that we will be featuring during our 2020 GBA/GIP Virtual Programming.

Congratulations to our new GBA Steering Committee for 2020-2021

The Steering Committee was announced during the annual GBA membership meeting, which was held virtually on May 8, 2020.

GBA Listserve archives

The following topics were posted on the GBA Listserve in May 2020

GBA: COVID-19 FEMA/CARES Act Consultants; and myClinical Exchange
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AAMC News 

AAMC Statement on Police Brutality and Racism in America and Their Impact on Health

David J. Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO, and David A. Acosta, MD, AAMC chief diversity and inclusion officer released statement on police brutality and racism. Read More

Twitter @AAMCtoday

AAMC Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from World Health Organization

Ross McKinney, Jr., MD, AAMC chief scientific officer, issued statement on announcement to end the United States’ relationship with the World Health Organization. Read More.

Twitter @AAMCtoday

AAMC press teleconference on perspectives and principles for reopening the United States  

On May 8, David J. Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO, hosted the fifth in a series of one-hour live press briefings. AAMC experts answered questions and provided the latest news and perspectives from the front lines related to patient care, medical research, and how medical schools and teaching hospitals are responding to the coronavirus pandemic and preparing for reopening the country. A recording is now available. Read More

AAMC statement on the HEROES Act

On April 21, AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, issued a statement on the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. “The AAMC applauds lawmakers and the administration for coming to an agreement that recognizes, as an ongoing priority, additional financial relief to teaching hospitals and academic physicians that are caring for patients on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the urgent need to continue expanding the nation’s COVID-19 testing capacity.”
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New two-part episode of “Beyond the White Coat” podcast

In this two-part episode of the AAMC’s “Beyond the White Coat” podcast, David J. Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO, speaks with Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Rep. Donna E. Shalala (D-Fla.) about how health care policy will change for patients, the research community, and the workforce in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Full transcripts are available.
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“Beyond the White Coat” podcast focuses on well-being

On this week’s episode of “Beyond the White Coat,” David J. Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO, talks with Jonathan Ripp, MD, MPH, senior associate dean for well-being and resilience and chief wellness officer at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, about how we can care for ourselves, and others, in the era of COVID-19. To suggest a topic for future episodes or pose questions you’d like answered by AAMC experts, please email Stephanie Weiner, AAMC manager of digital strategy, at Listen Now

AAMC Submits Letter to CMS on Future of Telehealth Flexibilities

The AAMC sent a letter on May 14 to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma urging the administration and Congress to make changes to legislation and regulations to make permanent some of the telehealth waivers and flexibilities that were put in place during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Read More
Information: Gayle Lee, 202-741-6429; Kate Ogden, 202-540-5413, AAMC Health Care Affairs.

AAMC, Higher Ed Groups Seek Research Relief Funding in Future COVID-19 Package

The AAMC joined a May 27 letter to Senate leadership with the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and the American Council on Education urging at least $26 billion in supplemental COVID-19 emergency relief funding to federal research agencies to support the nation’s university research and scientific enterprise. Read More
Information: Christa Wagner, 202-828-0595, AAMC Government Relations.

Learning Opportunities

Future of in-person AAMC meetings as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Effective May 14, and with the health and safety of our constituents and staff as our top priority, the AAMC has made the difficult decision to cancel all planned in-person meetings through June 30, 2021. This includes professional and leadership development programs, learning and training sessions, Learn Serve Lead 2020: The AAMC Annual Meeting, and various steering committee, advisory committee, and AAMC Board of Directors meetings scheduled for the coming year. Learn More

Webinar Recording: Creating a Collaborative Culture Through Remote Work - May 26

You may access the recording from our webinar on May 26th here. You will be required to login to access the recording. Working from home has suddenly become the new normal for many organizations, as well as discovering its inherent value, significant benefits, and also challenges along the way. This webinar, hosted by members of the AAMC Group on Information Resources (GIR) Diversity and Inclusion Work Group, will examine the entire lifecycle of developing, enhancing, optimizing, and sustaining a successful telecommuting team.

Subway Summit Webinar Series on Lessons Learned from COVID-19

Several New York and New Jersey medical schools are convening a webinar series (June 8-12th) to provide lessons learned during the surge and post-surge recovery strategies and contingency planning through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion, communication strategy, and infection prevention. For more information, including the schedule and registration information, please visit here:

Of particular interest may be the session on Thursday, June 11th, 4 - 5:30pm EST: Operations (people, money and space) Webinar Session. You are welcome to participate in any/all of the sessions though.

The webinar series is supported by the AAMC, Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, and the Associated Medical Schools of New York. Following are a list of participating institutions:

  1. Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  2. Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
  3. CUNY School of Medicine
  4. Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
  5. Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall
  6. Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  7. New York University Robert I. Grossman School of Medicine
  8. New York Medical College
  9. Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  10. Weill Cornell Medical College

AAMC June 2020 Policy and Advocacy Update

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
2:00 PM (EDT)


As AAMC member medical schools and teaching hospitals continue to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, advocacy at all levels has been essential to ensure the academic medicine community has the resources and support needed to effectively protect the nation’s health. The AAMC Office of Government Relations is offering a webinar on federal COVID-19 activities and other legislative and policy priorities.

Additional information about this virtual event is available on the AAMC’s webinar and online course catalog. An agenda will be published soon.

New State of Women in Academic Medicine 2019 Report Available and Follow-up Webinar

Webinar: Thursday June 25th 2:00 pm (ET)
Register here!

Request for proposals: Advancing the integration of humanities and the arts in health professions education

The AAMC, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, is seeking applications for a newly created grants program intended to advance educational scholarship around integrating the humanities and arts in health professions education. Implementing this work may provide therapeutic benefits for the challenges faced by COVID-19. Five grants of $25,000 each will be awarded to investigators pursuing scholarship on new, emerging, or existing educational programs. The deadline for proposals is September 15.
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Publications & Resources

AAMC publishes report on state of women in academic medicine

The current pandemic makes clear how much we need to attract, retain, and advance all talented physicians and researchers. The AAMC’s new State of Women in Academic Medicine report highlights key advances — and the challenges that remain for women. The report is based on a data collected from 2018-2019 which showed that while there is near-parity at the medical school level – women make up 51 percent of applicants and 48 percent of graduates – they are not similarly represented after they enter the fields of academic medicine. The report uses various AAMC and external datasets to illustrate the pipeline of women in academic medicine and science. In combination, the data present a snapshot of women’s representation at key junctures in their roles as learners, faculty, and leaders. The AAMC will host a free webinar to discuss key findings from the report on June 25.

Earlier this year, the AAMC called on leaders of the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals to identify four key areas for achieving gender equity, underscoring the AAMC’s deep commitment to addressing the lack of diversity, equity, and inclusion in academic medicine. As part of this effort, the AAMC is compiling effective and innovative gender equity practices, programs, and policies in progress at AAMC-member medical schools and teaching hospitals and developed an educational webinar series on gender equity.

The COVID-19 Operational Guidance Compendium is a just-in-time resource with content collected from AAMC member institutions and academic partners. The Compendium focuses on important pandemic challenges and issues that hospital and healthcare leaders are facing including workforce and surge planning, clinician wellness and resilience, environmental, supply, and facilities management, and many others. The document aims to serve as a resource but does not take the place of local knowledge and expertise. Institutions interested in submitting guidance to be included in the compendium can email

The AAMC has also developed a AAMC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Clinical Guidance Repository, which is an open access resource with content collected from academic medical centers (AMCs), specialty societies, and federal partners in treating COVID-19 patients. This resource contains individual guidance as well as alignment documents that summarize and highlight areas of agreement on clinical topics. If you have questions regarding the repository, please contact Rosha McCoy, MD.

AAMC establishes virtual resource library on leading in difficult times

Leaders across the academic medicine community are facing unprecedented challenges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. To support the communities we serve, the AAMC has developed a virtual resource library on leading in difficult times, with a focus on managing self, leading others, and leading your institutions. Email to suggest additional leadership resources for the collection.
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Restarting Research Activity: What to Consider

The AAMC GRAND Group team has developed a list of topics covered by “restart research” plans and documents collected from some of our member medical schools. Some of the topics were paraphrased, others were taken directly from the documents or supplemented from other sources. The list is not comprehensive. To make suggested additions to the list please email

Recommended Reading

The Health Care Chief Wellness Officer: What the Role Is and Is Not

The authors discuss the health care chief wellness officer, a new position at large health care organizations and institutions that was established to reduce the rate of burnout and occupational distress among clinicians.
Jonathan Ripp, MD, MPH, and Tait Shanafelt, MD
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Managing a Specialty Service During the COVID-19 Crisis: Lessons From a New York City Health System

The authors describe their experiences and share lessons learned regarding patient triage, staff safety, workforce management, and the psychological impact as they have adapted to a new reality in Montefiore Medical Center’s Department of Neurosurgery.
Adam Ammar, MD, Ariel D. Stock, MD, PhD, Ryan Holland, MD, Yaroslav Gelfand, MD, and David Altschul, MD
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Value-Based Health Care in Undergraduate Medical Education

Holtzman, Jessica N.; Deshpande, Bhushan R.; Stuart, Jessica C.; Feeley, Thomas W.; Witkowski, Mary; Hundert, Edward M.; Kasper, Jennifer Less
Academic Medicine. 95(5):740-743, May 2020.

AAMCNews: Collaborations that save lives

Universities are calling on experts across campus, from engineers to materials designers to biomedical researchers, to produce testing reagents, swabs, personal protective equipment, and more. Will these relationships endure beyond the pandemic?
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Academic Medicine COVID-19 Collection

Academic Medicine has created an online collection of all our published content related to COVID-19. Content in this collection is free, regardless of subscription status. Please check back regularly, as the collection will be updated frequently as new articles are published.

Academic Medicine's Response to COVID-19

Curious about Academic Medicine’s response to COVID-19? Check out this recent blog post from managing editor Mary Beth DeVilbiss and editor-in-chief Laura Roberts, MD, MA, for more information.

AAMC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Hub

Please visit the AAMC’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Hub for the latest information.

AAMCNews: Hospitals cautiously resume some surgeries

Restarting surgical procedures in the midst of a pandemic has been challenging, with the need to prioritize a backlog of cases while maintaining adequate supplies of PPE and ICU beds. The hardest part? Convincing a wary public to return to the hospital. Read More.

AAMCNews: Medical school graduation 2020: Some pomp under unusual circumstances

Virtual commencement ceremonies this month will help launch over 20,000 new medical school graduates into the health care workforce. AAMCNews explores what some schools are doing to make the day a little bit special. Read More

Welcome New Members

(May 1 – 31, 2020)

Christopher Banoub
NYU Langone Medical Center

Debra Bemis
New York University Grossman School of Medicine

Monique Guillory
Morehouse School of Medicine

Charles Hajek
University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine

DeAnn Lestenkof
University of Washington School of Medicine

Crystal Mainiero
NYU Langone Hospitals

Renee McNeill
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine

Somelea Neville
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

Eliot Spann
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

Beth Zinda
Rush University Medical Center

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