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Welcome from the Chair


I hope you all had a happy and relaxing New Year’s!

As we reflect on the past decade, we are invariably inundated with “the best of 2010s” lists- the best songs, the best books, the best movies, etc. While we could debate if Frozen should make a top list or not, I think most would agree that the GIP’s 2020 Distinguished Service Award recipient, Pam Bounelis, PhD, deserves a best of 2010s list of her own.

The GIP Distinguished Service Award is given annually at our Spring Meeting to a current or former GIP member who have contributed significant effort and service to advance the GIP’s mission. Pam first joined the GIP in 2006 and quickly became an impactful member. Pam led and participated on numerous committees including the Data and Information Management Committee, Spring Meeting Planning Committee and Membership, Inclusion and Engagement Subcommittee. Her active engagement on the GIP Steering Committee led to a four-year stint as National Chair-Elect, National Chair, and Immediate Past Chair. As a mentor and colleague, Pam recruited countless GIP members and supported their career growth. While Pam stepped down from the GIP and retired from the University of Alabama Birmingham in 2019, the GIP will benefit from her efforts for years to come. Please join us in honoring Pam this April at our Spring Meeting in San Francisco (April 21-24)!

Thank you for all the hard work you do every day.



Katy Stevenson, MPP
National Chair, Group on Institutional Planning, AAMC 
Program Administrator, Strategy, Planning and Development
Office of the CEO and Dean
University of Rochester Medical Center

AAMC Affinity Group Reports to the Board of Directors, December 2019

This quarterly report provides a high-level overview of all group activities and gives GIP members the opportunity to learn about other affinity groups and their areas of focus.

2019 GIP Space Survey Summary

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

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. Find more information and view the webinar recording here.

Save the Date: Webinar on “Operationalizing your Strategic Plan” (sponsored by the GIP Strategic Planning and Management Subcommittee)

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

Registration opening in January

Save the Date: 2020 GBA/GIP Joint Spring Meeting

Preparing for the Future of Academic Medicine

April 21-24, 2020

Hilton San Francisco Union Square

Registration opening in January

AAMC News 

Will free medical school lead to more primary care physicians?

As schools move to reduce or eliminate student debt, some hope that more students will choose primary care specialties. AAMCNews examines why that might not happen.

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Please call me Mara

Medical students and residents are responsible, mature, and smart. In a new AAMCNews insights column, one educator writes how physicians can show these colleagues respect by asking them to use their first names.

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AAMC, hospital groups file lawsuit over illegal rule mandating public disclosure of individually negotiated rates

The AAMC and three national organizations representing hospitals and health systems sued the federal government this week, arguing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) does not have the authority to require and enforce disclosure of individual negotiated rates between hospitals and insurers. “Patients deserve to have the most relevant information when they are making decisions about their health care. Unfortunately, CMS’ final rule will only create confusion for patients. We urge CMS to work with us to find the best way forward,” said David Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO, in a joint statement.

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AAMC statement on release of Senate Finance health care agreement

The AAMC applauded the Senate Committee on Finance following the release of legislation that would eliminate cuts to Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments for two years and extend the authorization for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for 10 years. These proposed actions would benefit the patients cared for by the nation’s teaching hospitals and medical schools, including the vulnerable and underserved,” said Karen Fisher, JD, AAMC chief public policy officer in a statement.

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AAMC statement on surprise billing proposal

The AAMC issued a statement on the announcement of forthcoming legislation on surprise billing from the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. “The AAMC firmly supports protecting patients from surprise medical bills and has consistently supported Congress’ efforts to hold patients harmless. At the same time, we are committed to ensuring that patients have access to the critical services provided by teaching hospitals and academic physicians, and therefore continue to strongly oppose any proposal that includes benchmark rate setting,” said Karen Fisher, JD, AAMC chief public policy officer.

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Study shows a decline in medical students from rural backgrounds

The number of medical students from rural backgrounds decreased by 28% between 2002 and 2017, according to new research published in Health Affairs and coauthored by the AAMC. Students from rural backgrounds comprised 4.3% of medical school matriculants in 2017. Because a rural background is a strong predictor of future rural practice, the authors recommend expanding programs to support the pipeline of rural medical students and considering the rural background of applicants during the admissions process.

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More women than men are enrolled in medical school

The AAMC has released its annual applicant and matriculant (new enrollee) data, which show that women now represent a majority of medical school students. Modest growth continues for underrepresented groups.

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In memoriam: Walter F. Leavell, MD

Walter F. Leavell, MD, former dean of Meharry Medical College, died on Nov. 28 in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the age of 85. During his long career, Dr. Leavell also served as president of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and senior associate vice president of health affairs at Howard University. He was dedicated to increasing opportunities for underrepresented individuals to enter the health professions and served as the first African American chair of the Minority Affairs Section of the AAMC.

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21 million Americans suffer from addiction. Just 3,000 physicians are specially trained to treat them.

If enacted, the Opioid Workforce Act of 2019 would add 1,000 more federally-funded residencies in addiction medicine, addiction psychiatry, and pain medicine. In the meantime, academic medical centers are training other physicians to treat patients.

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Publications & Resources

New resource for evaluating grant opportunities from private foundations

The AAMC has developed a resource to assist institutions that are considering applying for grant funds from a private foundation or corporate sponsor to conduct research or develop educational curricula or content. This resource comes at a time when companies are forming private foundations to fund education or develop curriculum, and this resource provides key questions to help institutions make thoughtful decisions about these partnerships. Resources and additional information about the AAMC’s Conflict of Interest initiatives can be found at

ACGME releases well-being resources for clinicians and faculty

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has released resources designed for residents, faculty, and residency programs to promote well-being, mitigate the effects of stress, and prevent burnout. The suite of resources includes on-demand tools such as a video skill-building workshop, podcasts, and an app.

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Recommended Reading

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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Securing a Network for a Research-Intensive, Referral Academic Medical Center: University of Kentucky HealthCare as a Case Study
Edwards, Robert L.; Birdwhistell, Mark D.; Zembrodt, James W.; More 
Academic Medicine. 94(12):1895-1902, December 2019. 
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A Call for Medical Schools to Teach Opioid Use Disorder Treatment
Shapiro, Aaron M. 
Academic Medicine. 94(12):1843, December 2019. 
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Addressing the Minority Tax: Perspectives From Two Diversity Leaders on Building Minority Faculty Success in Academic Medicine
Campbell, Kendall M.; Rodríguez, José E. 
Academic Medicine. 94(12):1854-1857, December 2019. 
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Learning Opportunities

Register Today for the 2020 AAMC Chief Medical Officers Group and Group on Faculty Practice Joint Meeting!

Join us in Washington, D.C. March 26-27, 2020 for the AAMC Chief Medical Officers Group (CMOG) and Group on Faculty Practice (GFP) Joint Meeting. CMO’s, physician leaders, and administrators will experience meaningful programming that includes in-depth sessions on aligning faculty and community physicians across a system, transformative discussions on ACO innovation, and the future of artificial intelligence in medicine.  Attendees will also learn about strategies to improve access to ambulatory care, as well as effectively managing medical directorships. Registration is now open.

Register Today

Save the Date: Group on Diversity and Inclusion 2020

Your voice, your vision, our future; amplify your experiences and strengthen our community.

Professional Development Conference
May 1-4
JW Marriott Marquis | Miami, Florida

Save the Date: Group on Faculty Affairs 2020

Faculty and staff vitality is more than just an idea, it happens by design.

Professional Development Conference
July 21-24
Hyatt Regency Portland | Portland, Oregon

Save the Date: Graduate Research Education and Training Group and Group on Women in Medicine and Science 2020

Professional Development Conference

September 10-12
Swissotel Chicago | Chicago Illinois

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