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GIP News

July 1, 2021

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GIP News and Business

Hybrid Workforce – lessons learned, what works?

The GIP Strategic Planning and Management Subcommittee is focused on efforts that include communicating best practices, hosting and planning webinars, and being a general resource to the strategic planning community. Over the past months, members of the subcommittee have been taking turns facilitating hot topic discussions on the monthly subcommittee calls.

The June 2021 discussion was facilitated by Elaine Van der Put, PhD, who serves as Senior Associate Dean for Administration at Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University and Gerona McGrath, MBA, MEd, who serves as Education Specialist & Project Manager at Memorial University of Newfoundland. The discussion focused on shared plans and experiences navigating the transition into a post-pandemic work environment by looking broadly at scenarios with all employees back onsite, some mixture of onsite and remote work, and situations where some may work only remotely. The notes from the discussion can be found here.

For more information on the subcommittee, please visit the GIP webpage or contact Shawn Rosen-Holtzman.

Medical School Operations – New Website

The Medical School Operations (MSO) unit serves and leads the business operations and planning entities of medical schools. The MSO unit connects academic medicine leaders who administer and manage medical school operations and finances to AAMC resources that support their work. For more information, please visit our new website.

GIP Listserv

The GIP listserv is a resource available to all GIP members. We encourage you to use this as a forum to share ideas, challenges and resources with your colleagues. To submit a question, please send an email to gip@lists.aamc.org. The listserv guidelines are available here. The GIP listserv archives are available for your review. Questions? Contact Shawn Rosen-Holtzman.


AAMCNews: The vaccines and the variants: Four keys to ending the pandemic

Vaccines work well against the current variants, but to end the pandemic, we need to stay ahead of the evolving virus.
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AAMCNews: Underrepresented voices in medicine tell their stories

Medical schools are admitting fewer Black men and American Indian and Alaska Native students than they were 40 years ago. These students share what it’s like to be part of the least represented groups in medicine.
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AAMCNews: We already needed more doctors. Then COVID-19 hit

The pandemic took an incalculable toll on the nation’s physicians. We will be unraveling its impact for years to come.
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AAMCNews: Medical burnout: Breaking bad

As the threat of COVID-19 wanes, health care workers are burned out and suffering. Here’s what one surgeon thinks should be done.
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AAMCNews: Should hospitals mandate COVID-19 vaccination?

More large health systems are requiring all staff to get vaccinated; others are opting for gentle persuasion. Here are the factors that drive those approaches.
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AAMCNews: These physicians work in underserved communities. The National Health Service Corps helps make that financially feasible

An $800 million boost in funding for the federal scholarship and loan repayment program could expand the number of physicians in underserved communities.
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AAMCNews: Words of wisdom for new residents

An astronaut, a medical school president, an Emmy Award winner, and 14 other successful physicians share practical tips and meaningful insights for the incoming class of new residents.
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New AAMC video highlights health infrastructure priorities

As part of its continuing effort to educate lawmakers about the critical need to invest in the nation’s health infrastructure, the AAMC has produced a new video to outline priorities that should be included in upcoming infrastructure legislation. Priorities include support for public health, the physician workforce, inclusive data collection, and targeted investment to help the nation recover from research interruptions.
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Learning Opportunities

Subscribe to newsletter on role of arts and humanities in medical education

The AAMC FRAHME newsletter is designed to provide news from the AAMC’s Fundamental Role of Arts and Humanities in Medical Education initiative. This new monthly communication is for anyone interested in learning more about integrating arts and humanities into medical education, and will provide new publications, resources, and other related news.
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AAMC Webinar: Creating a healing & growing space: A candid conversation between women of color and white women in academia

On July 15, the AAMC will host a webinar as part of its Intersectionality & Women of Color Initiative to foster a dialogue that is critical to advancing gender equity and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts. Engaging white women in solidarity with women of color is a key component to achieving gender equity and helps break down systemic biases and barriers that impede progress. This event is open to all faculty, administrative leaders, learners, and staff, and is designed to foster a courageous, safe, and open conversation about how white women can show up for women of color. In order to meet academic medicine DEI goals, we must have authentic conversations and keep intersectionality at the heart of this work to truly make progress. Recordings from previous events, including Carving a Path to Leadership and Cultivating Well Workspaces for Women of Color, are now available.
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AAMC Workshop: The 10 Principles of Trustworthiness

The AAMC will host a workshop on July 20 to explore and discuss The 10 Principles of Trustworthiness. Health care providers and institutions have a long journey ahead to regain trust within the communities that we serve, but together we can achieve health equity. The AAMC Center for Health Justice worked with a variety of community partners and stakeholders to develop approaches and best practices that can help break down these barriers and cultivate trust. These principles serve as a practical foundation for health care, public health, and other organizations working to build trust within their communities and advance health equity. Recordings will be available to all registered participants.
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Bend or Break: Lessons Learned about the Strain the COVID-19 Pandemic Puts on a REDCap Installation

Please join the 2021 AAMC GIR Excellence Award winning team from the University of Washington on August 3 as they present on their innovative and timely work that was recognized for excellence by their GIR peers. With Seattle emerging as one of the first COVID-19 hot spots in North America, the University of Washington's REDCap instance became a key clinical resource for UW Medicine and local and county government health agencies, with projects ranging from early case tracking to contract tracing to back-to-campus testing. The influx of COVID-related projects led to a surge in new users and load on REDCap infrastructure, with support staff from the Institute of Translational Health Sciences, UW Medicine Research IT and the UW Health Sciences Library triaging more than 18,000 requests from March 2020 to April 2021. Members of the UW REDCap support staff will explore the history of REDCap at UW, the collaborative support model, and the challenges faced managing the platform during an unprecedented pandemic.
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Publications & Resources

AAMC May 2021 Policy and Regulatory Roundup

The May Policy and Regulatory Roundup features brief overview of our latest work and includes staff contact information if you have questions or comments.

New AAMC report reinforces mounting physician shortage amid COVID-19 recovery

The AAMC has released its annual report on physician projections, The Complexities of Physician Supply and Demand: Projections from 2019-2034, which says the United States could see an estimated shortage of between 37,800 and 124,000 physicians by 2034, including shortfalls in both primary and specialty care. “The pandemic has underscored the vital role that physicians and other health care providers play in our nation’s health care infrastructure and the need to ensure we have enough physicians to meet America’s needs,” said AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD. A new op-ed by Skorton and Janis Orlowski, MD, AAMC chief health care officer, published in USA Today, further explores the role of the academic medicine community in addressing the nation’s projected physician shortage to meet the growing demand of doctors and health care workers.
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AAMC publishes Education Debt Manager for Matriculating and Graduating Medical School Students

This publication is updated twice annually (in January and late spring) as a resource for medical school students, residents, and financial aid staff to make smart financial decisions and navigate the complexities of student debt. Produced by the AAMC’s Financial Information, Resources, Services, and Tools (FIRST) program, the publication provides insights on how to understand the basics of student loans, including loan types; manage existing student loans during and after medical school; build a budget and manage finances during medical school and residency; and more.
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New Medicaid and CHIP enrollment data shows nearly 10 million Americans enrolled in coverage during the coronavirus pandemic

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new Enrollment Trends Snapshot report showing more than 80 million individuals – a record high – have health coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Nearly 10 million individuals, a 13.9% increase, enrolled in coverage between February 2020 and January 2021.
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A Broader View of Risk to Health Care Workers: Perspectives on Supporting Vulnerable Health Care Professional Households During COVID-19

Health care institutions can adopt recommendations in the areas of support networks, leadership and culture, and operations and logistics to minimize the burden on vulnerable health care professional households during states of emergency.
Joseph H. Donroe, MD, MPH, Tracy L. Rabin, MD, SM, Evelyn Hsieh, MD, PhD, and Jeremy I. Schwartz, MD
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The Importance of Formalized, Lifelong Physician Career Development: Making the Case for a Paradigm Shift

Formalized, intentional physician career development programs are needed beyond the early career stage. With an analyze-design-develop-implement-evaluate framework, the authors propose a robust, iterative development model targeting more than skill and knowledge maintenance.
R. Thomas Collins II, MD, and Rania Sanford, EdD
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Virtual Team Rounding: A Cross-Specialty Inpatient Care Staffing Program to Manage COVID-19 Surges

The authors describe an inpatient virtual staffing model called the Virtual Team Rounding Program, created to address some of the numerous challenges the COVID-19 pandemic presented to inpatient care.
Nora V. Becker, MD, PhD, Salina Bakshi, MD, MPH, Kate L. Martin, PA-C, Amina Bougrine, MD, Jonathan Andrade, MS, PA-C, Paul R. Massey, MD, Jesse P. Hirner, MD, Julie Eccleston, PA-C, Niteesh K. Choudhry, MD, PhD, Kathryn Britton, MD, MPH, Adam B. Landman, MD, Adam M. Licurse, MD, MHS, Narath Carlile, MD, MPH, and Mallika L. Mendu, MD, MBA
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Recommended Reading and Listening

AAMC Statement on Supreme Court Decision on the Affordable Care Act

AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, issued a statement in response to the Supreme Court’s 7-2 ruling in California v. Texas, in which the court dismissed the lawsuit based on lack of standing. “The AAMC applauds the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which will help safeguard access to high-quality and affordable health care for millions across the country. By upholding the ACA, the court has preserved the health coverage of over 20 million people who are able to access coverage, either through Medicaid expansion or thanks to marketplace subsidies.”
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VaccineVoices: Should Health Systems Offer Staff Bonuses for Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine?

The AAMC recently launched VaccineVoices.org as an online resource to encourage COVID-19 vaccine confidence among health care personnel. A new article explores the experiences of several hospitals and health care providers that have offered cash incentives to boost vaccination rates among employees. Interested in sharing with others what has worked at your institution? Email vaccineconfidence@aamc.org.
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Academic centers with high personnel vaccination rates share their tips for success

A new article on VaccineVoices.org examines how University of Kentucky HealthCare, University of Utah Health, and University of Virginia Health System all boast employee vaccination rates of greater than 80%.
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AAMC names awardees of Telehealth Equity Catalyst Awards

The AAMC is pleased to announce the five awardees of the its Telehealth Equity Catalyst Awards. The awarded programs demonstrate a positive impact on barriers associated with telehealth and health technology across clinical delivery and medical training, particularly for underserved and vulnerable populations. Through these and other innovative programs, the AAMC aims to learn how member medical schools and teaching hospitals are addressing and mitigating these barriers to care and how best practices can be shared across health systems to advance health care equity. Please contact telehealth@aamc.org with any questions or to learn more about the awards program.
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Welcome New Members

(June 2021)

Lupe Gastelum
University of Arizona College of Medicine

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