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February 1, 2020

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GBA News and Business

GBA/GIP 2020 Joint Spring Meeting – Registration Open

Preparing for the Future of Academic Medicine
April 21-24, 2020
Hilton San Francisco Union Square
San Francisco, California


Just Launched: The AAMC's Basic Principles of Medical School Funding (free, online course)

Are you interested in learning the basics of medical school funding but don't have a background in finance? This introductory, on-demand virtual learning course is for you! This 90-minute course will help you or your faculty or staff to better understand medical schools' three missions, how they interrelate, and the costs and funding sources for each. You will come away with a greater understanding of the effects of changes in funding streams as they relate to the financial health of your institution. Register before March 1 at no cost.

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GBA Listserve archives

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

GBA: Chair incentive plans
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GBA HR: Post-docs and time-off
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AAMC launches new initiative to address and eliminate gender inequities

In January 2020, as part of the AAMC’s commitment toward addressing the lack of sufficient diversity, equity, and inclusion, the AAMC Board of Directors endorsed a statement and call to action for leaders in the academic medicine community to address gender inequities at their institutions. In a bold new initiative, the AAMC calls on medical schools, teaching hospitals, and academic societies to step up their efforts to identify and address the discriminatory practices that have led to stark gender differences in pay, promotion, and representation among specialties, among other areas. For more information and to view resources, toolkits, effective practices, and other materials to address gender equity, visit

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AAMC statement on Medicaid guidance

The AAMC issued a statement in response to the Medicaid Healthy Adult Opportunity demonstration and the recent 2019 Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation proposed rule. “This guidance could result in reductions in coverage, access, and quality care for the millions of vulnerable patients who rely on this critical program,” said David J. Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO.

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AAMC member institutions recognized for innovation in pain, substance use disorder education

The AAMC Curricular Innovation Awards highlight the innovative ways AAMC member institutions are working to advance the education of students, residents, and practicing physicians about opioids, substance use disorder, and pain management. Sponsored in partnership with the Samueli Foundation, four AAMC-member institutions have been awarded $2,500 for their efforts in these areas. The 2019 awardees are Duke University School of Medicine, the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Honor Health, and the
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. For more information on the academic medicine community’s efforts to respond to the opioid epidemic, visit

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Herbert W. Nickens Awards 

The AAMC is soliciting nominations for its annual Herbert W. Nickens Awards. These awards honor individuals who advance the educational, societal, and health care needs of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. We encourage you to disseminate this call for nominations and consider colleagues and students for these awards. The nomination deadline for the three awards below is April 3, 2020. For questions, please contact Angela Moses at 202.862.6203, email, or visit All applications must be submitted through the AAMC website.

AAMC Files Lawsuit Challenging Reductions in Site Neutral Rule for 2020

The AAMC, American Hospital Association, and several hospitals Jan. 13 filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that challenges the reductions to certain grandfathered off-campus hospital provider-based departments made by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the Final Outpatient Prospective Payment Rule for Calendar Year 2020.

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AAMC Submits Comments to NIH on Draft Data Management and Sharing Policy

The AAMC Jan. 10 submitted comments to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in response to a request for information on a draft policy to serve as a foundation for a data management and sharing for NIH-funded research.

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December – AAMC Policy and Regulatory Update

You can access the summary of policy and regulatory issues here.

Learning Opportunities

Webinar on Operationalizing Your Strategic Plan: Part II

February 11, 2020
3:00 PM (EST)


In practice, your organization’s strategic plan should guide your employees’ work each week, month, and year. So why isn’t it doing that? Perhaps it’s more operational than strategic. Perhaps it does not include all aspects of your organization. Perhaps no one on your campus is charged daily with ensuring its implementation. Perhaps it’s not championed by your CEO. Perhaps it lacks adequate implementation funding or datainformed buy-in.

The mentioned possibilities and others may stifle your institution’s ability to operationalize your strategic plan, relegating it as an afterthought. The consequences of that could be far-reaching, as healthcare needs are more demanding. Further, the landscape in academic medicine, health sciences, and healthcare is rapidly changing.

This webinar, Part II in a series hosted by the AAMC GIP Strategic Planning and Management Subcommittee, will address some of these challenges and provide practical ways to resolve them. If you are interested in ensuring that the strategic direction of your organization is well-defined and achieved, please join our webinar on February 11th.

Discover New Ways to Drive Change Within Your Institution

The online application period is now open for the AAMC Advanced Leadership Program: A Masterclass for Experienced Associate Deans and Department Chairs. This two-and-ahalf-day program, being held June 24-26, 2020 in Washington, D.C., focuses on the impact that culture, strategic decision-making, and influence can have on change at your organization. As a participant, you will leverage the expertise of world-class business leaders and esteemed leaders in academic medicine and science to enhance your
leadership abilities to enable you tackle some of the most complex organizational challenges facing academic medical institutions today. The application period is open through March 4th.


AAMC 2020 Policy and Advocacy Outlook

Date/Time/Location: Tuesday, February 18 at 4 pm EST
Registration: Advanced registration is required
Summary: With Congressional activity ramping up and the President’s FY 2021 budget expected for release in early February, the AAMC Government Relations team will provide AAMC members with updates on legislative and policy issues affecting academic medicine, including the 2020 outlook and recommended actions. Questions will be taken at the presentation’s conclusion. Questions? Contact Keith Krosinsky

Leadership plenary addresses from Learn Serve Lead 2019 published

The AAMC has published the leadership plenary addresses delivered by David Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO, and Lilly Marks, vice president for health affairs for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and immediate past chair of the AAMC Board of Directors, during Learn Serve Lead 2019: The AAMC Annual Meeting. In their respective addresses, Skorton and Marks called on leaders of the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals to change how they carry out their missions in order to confront social and economic challenges that threaten their ability to deliver the best care to people in need.

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Publications & Resources

2019 GIP Survey on Institutional Space Policies

The GIP Facilities Planning and Space Management Subcommittee recently updated the 2012 survey on institutional space policies in order to identify best practices and develop a repository of institutional space policies.

Review the full survey summary

AAMC Annual Fundraising Survey

The AAMC encourages your institution to participate in the annual fundraising benchmarking survey. Survey results will provide your institution with analyses of national philanthropy trends and an opportunity for comparisons of your fundraising programs against those of your peers. All AAMC members will receive an executive summary and national highlights of the results, but participating institutions receive a customized reporting tool with access to specific fundraising metrics from more than 120 institutions,
average compensation data of key fundraising staff, expert data analysis, and data downloads with which to do your own analyses and comparisons. The strength and accuracy of the survey database depends on the participation of all AAMC institutions. We ask you to work with your development office to complete the survey by March 16, 2020. Please direct questions to

IT Workforce Development Project

In 2018-2019, the Group on Information Resources (GIR) Steering Committee developed a resource with the intent to examine the future IT workforce and the skills needed to be successful. As part of this process, the Steering Committee identified several areas of importance about the future workforce and communicated their viewpoints on these topics. The summaries in this resource represent the opinions of the GIR Steering Committee member(s) assigned to the topic.

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New data snapshot examines telehealth implementation at teaching hospitals

Recent findings from an AAMC analysis found that teaching hospitals are increasingly implementing telehealth programs and are more likely to offer many types of telehealth services than nonteaching hospitals, including remote patient monitoring, telepsychiatry, and telestroke.

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Today’s residents, by the numbers

The AAMC’s 2019 Report on Residents provides a data-based look at trends in test scores, specialties, and professional practices.

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AAMC publishes new data on diversity in medicine

The AAMC has published new data on race, ethnicity, and sex in medical education and the physician workforce in the United States. The report, titled Diversity in Medicine: Facts and Figures 2019, provides a set of online data tables that displays applicant, matriculant, and graduate data for the academic year 2018-2019 and faculty and workforce data for 2018.

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Updated AAMC resource on managing medical school debt

An updated version of the AAMC resource, Education Debt Manager for Matriculating and Graduating Medical School Students, is now available. The free comprehensive guide is designed to help medical school students, residents, and financial aid staff navigate the complexities of student debt.

Recommended Reading

Academic medicine on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak

As a deadly virus spreads from China to at least 15 other countries, U.S. experts are mobilizing to decode the disease and protect patients. AAMCNews spoke with a leading virologist at Vanderbilt University about breaking developments and what lies ahead.

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NEJM commentary on cost of applying to medical school

Gabrielle Campbell, AAMC chief services officer, and AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, published a letter to the editor in the New England Journal of Medicine underscoring the association’s commitment to making the process of applying to medical school more affordable. “The cost of applying to medical school should not be a barrier for aspiring physicians,” they wrote.

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Lessons to Learn From Hahnemann University Hospital’s Closure

The authors discuss how the Association of American Medical Colleges and other organizations responded to the closure of Hahnemann and examine the complex GME landscape that made its aftermath so challenging for displaced residents.

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What Should Academics Know About Lobbying Law?

Authors provide answers to 10 questions regarding how academics can engage in advocacy without running afoul of legal restrictions on lobbying.

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The Inevitable Interim: Transitional Leaders in Academic Medicine

Merritt, Chris; Clyne, Brian
Academic Medicine. 95(1):16-19, January 2020.

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Open Office Space: The Wave of the Future for Academic Health Centers?

Barnes, Janice; Wineman, Jean; Adler, Nancy
Academic Medicine. 95(1):52-58, January 2020.

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Financial and Clinical Impact of Transfer Patients at Major Teaching Hospitals

Baker, Matthew C.; Koopman, Christopher J.; Landman, James H.; Alsdurf, Charles R.;
Gundling, Richard L.; Haberman, Merle; Horvath, Keith A.; Orlowski, Janis M.
Academic Medicine. 95(1):83-88, January 2020.

Perspective on Definition of Faculty Published

The Definition of Faculty Must Evolve - Perspective

Several current and former CFAS reps published a perspective in Academic Medicine on the need to evolve the definition of faculty. The paper originated with work conducted
through the CFAS Faculty Identity and Value Working Group, chaired by Dr. Bellini.

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Displaced Hahnemann physicians may soon lose liability insurance

The AAMC and other organizations are working to ensure physicians' liability insurance coverage will continue now that the hospital has closed. Hear what residents need to
know from Janis Orlowski, MD, AAMC chief health care officer.

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Defining and Implementing Value-Based Health Care: A Strategic Framework

Value-based health care aligns delivery with how patients experience their health and reconnects clinicians to their purpose as healers. The authors provide a strategic framework to guide organizations in building value-based health care systems.

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Characteristics of Academic-Affiliated Health Systems

The authors identified and characterized the types of relationships health systems had with medical schools in the U.S. They found that the traditional relationship between a
single medical school and a single health system was no longer common.

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Top 10 AAMCNews stories of 2019

From new research into the doctor shortage to new insights into why so many women leave medicine early in their careers, here are the top 10 AAMCNews stories of 2019.

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Welcome New Members

(January 1 – 31, 2020)
Sarah Baugher
University of Virginia School of Medicine

Christopher Brands
University of Colorado School of Medicine

John Brimacombe
University of Michigan Medical School

Nathaniel Decker
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

Vince Gattuso
Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center

Danielle Lombard-Sims
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

Lisa Muto
Harvard Medical School

Kyle Osborn
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Ben Pratt
Duke University School of Medicine

David Smallwood
Harvard Medical School

Alexander Stein
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Jamie Wasser
University of Virginia School of Medicine

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