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The primary mission of the AAMC's Group on Institutional Planning (GIP) is to advance the discipline of planning in academic medicine by enhancing the skills and knowledge of professional planners; to promote the value of planning; and to connect people, resources, and ideas. 

GIP News and Business

In this month’s newsletter, we are highlighting the GIP/GBA/GIR’s collaborative Data Driven Academic Medical Center workgroup. This workgroup is one of the many ways you can get involved with the GIP, grow your network and develop your skills!


The Data Driven Academic Medical Center (DDAMC) workgroup is one of our newest initiatives to bring together a diverse and engaged group of staff who represent the:

•    Group on Information Resources (GIR)
•    Group on Business Affairs (GBA) 
•    Group on Institutional Planning (GIP)

The DDAMC focuses on common themes related to managing the use of data through technology to drive decision making and planning efforts in our home institutions.  We share ideas and approaches to data management, governance, metrics, and reporting.  This year, our theme has been business intelligence fundamentals with the longer term goal to create and share a “BI starter-kit” with the wider AAMC community. 

We welcome members from the planning community to join the work group and participate in our topical monthly calls. For example, our February call will focus on clinical outputs: how we approach clinical productivity, what we measure, how we display this data through dashboards and reporting.  Our March call will focus on educational outputs.  On each call, a DDAMC member informally presents what they are doing at their institution so we can learn from each other.  

To get involved, reach out to me at or Shawn Rosen-Holtzman at


Hannah Lawrence
Assistant Dean, Faculty Advancement & Diversity
The University of Chicago
GIP Steering Committee Member 
Co-Chair, DDAMC workgroup

GBA/GIP 2020 Joint Spring Meeting

Preparing for the Future of Academic Medicine

April 21-24, 2020
Hilton San Francisco Union Square
San Francisco, California

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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.  

Learning Opportunities


Webinar on “Operationalizing your Strategic Plan: Part II” 

February 11, 2020 3:00 – 4:00 PM (EST)

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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 data-informed 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. 


Sheela C. Dominguez, MBA, CRA
Executive Director of Strategic Operations
University of Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute

David Hefner, EdD
Vice President, Strategy and Institutional Effectiveness
Morehouse School of Medicine 

Elaine Van der Put, PhD
Senior Associate Dean for Administration
Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Florida Atlantic University 

AAMC 2020 Policy and Advocacy Outlook 

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. This webinar will take place on Tuesday, February 18 at 4 pm EST. Questions will be taken at the presentation’s conclusion. Advanced registration is required

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-a-half-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. Apply Today

Effective Communication – Webinar Recording

In December 2019, the GIP Professional Development Subcommittee held a webinar on effective communication, a key component driving organizational success in the academic healthcare environment. Facilitated by Dr. Kevin Grigsby, participants learned how emotional intelligence impacts the quality of communication, how to overcome the “deadly obstacles” often encountered in difficult conversations, and best practices for crafting high-quality messages. For more information and to view the webinar recording, please click here

AAMC News 

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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Top 10 academic medicine news stories of 2019 

From the closure of Hahnemann University Hospital to new insights into why so many women leave medicine early in their careers, here are the top 10 news stories of 2019 from AAMCNews.

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Achieving excellence through equity, diversity, and inclusion 

In a new AAMCNews Insights column, David A. Acosta, MD, AAMC chief diversity and inclusion officer, examines how academic medical centers must embrace equity-mindedness and conscious inclusion if they are to realize the full benefits of a diverse workforce.

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Displaced Hahnemann residents and attending physicians may soon lose liability insurance 

The AAMC, AMA, ECFMG, and others 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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How we fail black patients in pain 

Half of white medical trainees believe such myths as black people have thicker skin or less sensitive nerve endings than white people. An expert looks at how false notions and hidden biases fuel inadequate treatment of minorities’ pain. 

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Thanks, a lot 

AAMCNews explores how medical students and doctors learn to practice gratitude to ward off burnout and rekindle their love of medicine.

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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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#Shemergency Reflections: An Inside Look at an Innovative Professional Development Group to Promote the Recruitment and Retention of Female Residents 

Two #Shemergency participants reflect on how the group has influenced their career goals and share about how they hope to see #Shemergency continue to grow. Rachel Gartland, MD, and Erica Tabakin, MD

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Publications & Resources

New data snapshot examines telehealth implementation at teaching hospitals

Recent findings from an AAMC analysis of data from the American Hospital Association found that teaching hospitals are increasingly implementing telehealth programs and are more likely to offer many types of telehealth services compared with nonteaching hospitals. These services can include offering telehealth visits, remote patient monitoring, telepsychiatry, and telestroke.

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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.

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AAMC December 2019 Regulatory Round-Up 

Review our December 2019 key policy and regulatory activities

Recommended Reading

Benefits of the ECFMG 2023 Accreditation Requirement 

Pinsky, William W.
Academic Medicine. 95(1):7, January 2020. 
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Academic Advocacy: Opportunities to Influence Health and Science Policy Under U.S. Lobbying Law 

Fernandez Lynch, Holly; Bateman-House, Alison; Rivera, Suzanne M.
Academic Medicine. 95(1):44-51, January 2020.
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Open Office Space: The Wave of the Future for Academic Health Centers? 

Barnes, Janice March, MS, PhD; Wineman, Jean MUP, DArch; Adler, Nancy PhD
Academic Medicine. 95(1):52-58, January 2020.
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Building the Bridge to Quality: An Urgent Call to Integrate Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Education With Clinical Care 

Wong, Brian M.; Baum, Karyn D.; Headrick, Linda A.; More
Academic Medicine. 95(1):59-68, 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.; More 
Academic Medicine. 95(1):83-88, January 2020. 
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Welcome New Members 

(January 1-31, 2020)
John Brimacombe – University of Michigan Medical School
Cynthia Carolina – University of California, Riverside School of Medicine
Ann Emmerson – University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Christina VerHeul – Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine 

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