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Welcome from the Chair & Chair Elect


It is that time of year again when the temperature begins to drop, the kids go back to school…and GIP/GBA spring meeting planning efforts RAMP UP! The 2020 GIP/GBA spring meeting is April 21-24 in San Francisco. We would like to thank GIP members, Brian Smith of UCSF, Niraj Dangoria of Stanford and Jessica Havern of John Hopkins, for agreeing to serve on the spring meeting planning committee.

The call for proposals for the spring meeting is out. Please consider submitting proposals for presentations and/or posters by Wednesday, October 23. We encourage you to submit a proposal to share you and your interprofessional teams’ successes and lessons learned in academic medicine. Presenting at the conference not only helps enrich our community’s collective learning and engagement- it provides you with professional development and networking exposure.

In 2018, the GIP Steering Committee surveyed membership to better understand their professional development needs. To help spur your thinking around proposal development, below is a quick list of what areas the survey respondents want to learn more about:

Space/Facilities Planning

  • Space Needs/Assessment/Management
  • Space Governance
  • Research Space
  • Education Space
  • Office Space
  • Clinical Space

Strategic Planning

  • Implementation Planning and Monitoring (e.g., Accountability, Key Performance Indicators)
  • Strategy Formation (e.g., Strategic and Tactics, Resource Requirements)
  • Organization Alignment (e.g., Projects aligned with Goals)
  • Strategic Vision (e.g., Vision, Mission and Goal Setting)
  • Accreditation and Strategic Planning
  • Environmental Assessments (e.g., S.W.O.T. Analysis)

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


Denise and Katy

Denise Johnson
Chair Elect and Spring Meeting Chair, Group on Institutional Planning, AAMC
Saint Louis University

Katy Stevenson, MPP
National Chair, Group on Institutional Planning, AAMC
University of Rochester Medical Center


Introducing the new AAMC website

The new, launched last week, is focused on the information you want, including timely news and insights, upcoming professional development opportunities, one central location for data and reports, and in-depth looks at the most pressing issues in academic medicine.  This is just the beginning.  The redesigned website is the result of extensive audience research, website data analysis, and constituent feedback, and it will continue to evolve and improve.  Questions/Assistance? Contact

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Residents get a room of their own

Can massage chairs, pingpong tables, and yoga gardens ease the impact of long shifts and high stress? That’s the hope for medical schools and teaching hospitals that are turning humble break rooms into fully stocked wellness centers. AAMCNews sheds light on the concept of “learners-only” lounges.

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Treating mental illness in the ED

With nowhere else to turn, mental health patients are flooding emergency departments. Teaching hospitals have been hard-hit, acting as safety nets for those with few options. But they also have been working to tackle the problem. AAMCNews shares some solutions happening at institutions across the country, including making the ED safer and more comfortable for those with mental health conditions, setting up special emergency psychiatric units, increasing telepsychiatry services, and hiring more staff to accommodate growing number of patients.

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We all make diagnostic errors

Recognizing how your brain works — and better understanding the situations when you’re likely to slip up — can help you make fewer mistakes, suggests an expert in the prevention of diagnostic error. In an AAMCNews commentary, Dan Meyer, MD, offers a four-part approach that can greatly reduce such errors.

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Learning Opportunities

Register Now for Learn Serve Lead 2019: The AAMC Annual Meeting

Register now for Learn Serve Lead 2019: The AAMC Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, on November 8-12. As a GIP member, we have developed a list of sessions that may be of interest to you. Registration questions? Contact AAMC LSL Meetings Team.

Save the Date: GBA Webinar on Student Debt Strategies

November 21 at 11:30 a.m. (EST)

This webinar, sponsored by the Group on Business Affairs - Data and Benchmarking Committee will focus on student debt strategies. The first part of the webinar will offer an overview of AAMC's FIRST (Financial Information, Resources, Services, and Tools) program. Included in that presentation will be an overview of how medical schools utilize the FIRST program, along with a discussion of the data on specialty choice and student debt, among other topics. The second part of the webinar will feature the efforts at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine around debt management, including the Abigail Geisinger Scholars Program.   


Julie Fresne, Senior Director, Student Financial & Career Advising Services, Student Affairs and Programs
Association of American Medical Colleges

Anna Arvay, CPA, MBA, Vice-President Finance and Administration/Chief Financial Officer
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Michelle Schmude, EdD, MBA, Associate Dean for Admissions, Enrollment Management & Financial Aid and Assistant Professor
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Save the Date:  Webinar on Effective Communication (sponsored by the GIP Subcommittee on Professional Development)

December 11 at 2 p.m. (EST)

In today’s academic healthcare environment, a key component driving organizational success is effective communication.  Whether you are grappling with mergers and acquisitions, implementing strategic plans, influencing change within your organization, or navigating high-stakes conversations, communicating effectively is an invaluable skill set. The webinar will address:

  • How emotional intelligence impacts the quality of communication
  • Management of ambiguity by using a solution-focused approach to close the “knowing-doing gap”
  • How to overcome the “deadly obstacles” often encountered in difficult conversations
  • Best practices for crafting high-quality messages

Participants will be asked to share their most daunting communication challenges prior to the webinar. These examples will be incorporated into the webinar as case examples.


R. Kevin Grigsby, MSW, DSW, Senior Director, Member Organizational Development
Association of American Medical Colleges

Publications & Resources

America’s Best Medical Schools: A Renewed Critique of the U.S. News & World Report Rankings

McGaghie, William C.

Academic Medicine. 94(9):1264-1266, September 2019.

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Hurricane Harvey: Firsthand Perspectives for Disaster Preparedness in Graduate Medical Education

Newman, Brian; Gallion, Courtney

Newman, Brian; Gallion, Courtney Less

Academic Medicine. 94(9):1267-1269, September 2019.

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Philanthropy Survey Shows Increase in Support for Academic Medicine

New AAMC data show that philanthropic support for the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals increased to an average of $74.4 million per institution in 2018. Last fiscal year these institutions saw a return of $7.50 for every dollar invested in fundraising.

For 20 years, the AAMC has surveyed fundraising activity at member medical schools and teaching hospitals, informing a national database that serves as a management tool for deans, CEOs, and chief development officers to assess the effectiveness of their institutional development programs.

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Recommended Reading

One man’s quest for justice

Bryan Stevenson, JD, has dedicated his career to fighting for wrongfully condemned death row inmates and all those burdened by racism, poverty, and mental illness. Stevenson, the opening plenary session speaker at Learn Serve Lead 2019: The AAMC Annual Meeting, talked with AAMCNews about current deep inequities and the need to heal our nation’s painful past.

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Forum highlights medical research and innovation

The AAMC served as a sponsor of Research!America’s recent 2019 National Health Research Forum, which brought together leaders from a range of sectors and industries to discuss issues affecting medical and health research and public health. David Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO, served as a panelist to discuss the greatest challenges in medical research and innovation over the past 30 years.

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Gun violence is an epidemic. It’s time to treat it like one.

In a new USA Today op-ed, AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, outlines steps—from new laws to more research—to address the gun violence epidemic. He notes that “the health care community is ready to join with any lawmakers and all Americans who are ready to act to end this epidemic.”

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The battle to end health inequities

Everyone must have the same chance to lead a healthy life no matter their background, argued speakers at the Atlantic Festival. The event, which featured politicians, artists, and scientists, devoted significant attention to America’s health disparities.

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Welcome New Members

(September 1-30, 2019)

Barbara  Faarup – Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

Francine Jeffrey – University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine

Shanda Jordan Gaetz – University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine

Daniel Klein – Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Clare  Mitchell – McMaster University Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine

Kevin  Perneta – Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

James Riley  – Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Janice Timchuck – Wayne State University School of Medicine

Walter Tinling – Uniformed Services University

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