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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’s Facilities Planning and Space Management Subcommittee. This subcommittee is one of the many ways you can get involved with the GIP, grow your network and develop your skills! 

What is the third most important thing a faculty recruit wants from an institution?

I have often heard several people argue the most important thing for a recruit is either parking or salary but those of us in the GIP Facilities Planning and Space Management Subcommittee know is that space is always in the top three.

The assignment of space is more of an art rather than something that can be determined solely by metrics (view poster on MTDC). Certainly, the consistent use of established performance metrics will go a long way to quantifying the net assignable square feet that should be assigned but many other factors can also be part of the equation. Quality of space, proximity to collaborators or core facilities, amount of day-light in either the lab or office, commuting distance on campus to teaching or clinical space, age of infrastructure, utilities available to a wet lab, and a long list of other space related concerns are all taken into consideration when making an exceptionally good space assignment.

This year, the GIP Facilities Planning and Space Management Subcommittee members tackled these issues and have published two surveys: Survey on Institutional Space Policies, which will help identify best practices and develop a repository of institutional space policies and Trends in Clinical Office Space survey in response to the growing trend of shrinking office size. The results from the latter survey will be revealed at the annual GBA/GIP 2020 Joint Spring Meeting’s poster session in San Francisco (April 21-24). 

Please come meet the subcommittee members at the poster session or visit the AAMC website for these and many more issues.

To get involved with the subcommittee, reach out to me at, Shawn Rosen-Holtzman at, Niki Smith at or Gaurav Khadse (GK) at


Rob Cook, MBA
Executive Director, Facilities and Operations
University of Maryland School of Medicine 
GIP Steering Committee Member 
GIP Facilities Planning and Space Management Subcommittee Co-Chair

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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AAMC News 

AAMC responds to President’s FY 2021 budget proposal 

David J. Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO, issued a statement in response to President Trump’s fiscal year 2021 budget request, which proposes drastic decreases to nondefense discretionary spending, including the National Institutes of Health, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and other health agencies. “The AAMC is very concerned about the administration’s proposed budget and its effects on the health of the nation. If implemented, the budget would be devastating for patients and their families, derailing critical progress on new cures, prevention, and treatments for disease,” said Skorton.
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Attracting the next generation of physicians to rural medicine

People in rural areas sometimes must travel hours for care, even in emergencies. AAMCNews examines how medical schools and teaching hospitals are stepping up to attract and train future physicians to practice in some of the most remote and desperate regions.
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More people are surviving cancer. What’s next?

Continued advancements in medical research have revolutionized treatments in the last few decades. Further progress will depend on sustained funding and collaboration, writes Ross McKinney Jr., MD, AAMC chief scientific officer, on World Cancer Day.
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FSMB, NBME announce change to USMLE Step 1 score reporting

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) have announced several upcoming policy changes to the USMLE® program, including changing score reporting for Step 1 of the USMLE exam to “pass/fail.”

In an email to all AAMC affinity group members, David Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO, said: “While this change is an important first step, I want to assure you that the AAMC is committed to identifying and implementing additional changes to improve the UME-GME transition system for all stakeholders through the Coalition for Physician Accountability, our development of tools and resources through the AAMC Transition to Residency Initiative, and the excellent leadership of AAMC Chief Medical Education Officer, Alison Whelan, MD, and AAMC Chief Academic Officer John Prescott, MD. Our upcoming Spring meetings of AAMC affinity groups will provide additional opportunities for us to discuss the implications of this change.”

Read the full policy announcement from USMLE
Read more about Step 1 scoring from AAMCNews.

Publications & Resources

New AAMC video explores importance of Opioid Workforce Act for patients

The AAMC has produced a video on how the Opioid Workforce Act would benefit those living with chronic pain and substance use disorders. To learn more about this important legislation and the academic medicine community’s efforts to respond to the opioid epidemic, visit  
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Faculty salaries rise 2.3% and new data spotlight gender gap

The AAMC’s annual Faculty Salary Survey shows mean salaries across departments and specialties, academic ranks, and degrees.
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Updated information on executive actions restricting entry to the U.S.

The AAMC has updated its list of frequently asked questions regarding the Trump administration’s executive actions restricting entry to the United States. The list includes information on the latest proclamation and how it may impact academic medicine. Please note that the answers are for informational purposes and should not be understood as providing legal advice.
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AAMC January 2020 Regulatory Round-Up

Review our January 2020 key policy and regulatory activities.

Recommended Reading

Reflections on a Crisis in Graduate Medical Education: The Closure of Hahnemann University Hospital

Academic Medicine: January 14, 2020 - Volume Publish Ahead of Print
Berns, Jeffrey S. MD; Coull, Susan MBA; Paskin, David MD; Spevetz, Antoinette MD; Boyer, William C. DHSc, MS
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Evaluating a Center for Interprofessional Education via Social Network Analysis

Dow, Alan W. MD, MSHA; Sewell, Daniel K. MS, PhD; Lockeman, Kelly S. MEd, PhD; Micalizzi, Elizabeth A. MBA, PMP
Academic Medicine. 95(2):207-212, February 2020. 
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Late-Career Expectations: A Survey of Full-Time Faculty Members Who Are 55 or Older at 14 U.S. Medical Schools

Skarupski, Kimberly A. PhD, MPH; Welch, Cheryl MPA; Dandar, Valerie MA; Mylona, Elza PhD, MBA; Chatterjee, Archana MD, PhD; Singh, Meenakshi MD
Academic Medicine. 95(2):226-233, February 2020. 
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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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Learning Opportunities

Webinar Recording: Operationalizing Your Strategic Plan – Part II 

This webinar, Part II in a series hosted by the GIP Strategic Planning and Management Subcommittee, addressed challenges one faces when operationalizing a strategic plan, and provided practical ways to resolve these challenges. For more information and to review the webinar recording, please click here

Register for the GREAT/GRAND Community Forum on AAMC Data

The next GREAT/GRAND Community Forum on March 12 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET will feature AAMC Director of Data Operations and Services Hershel Alexander, PhD, for a discussion on AAMC data resources. Dr. Alexander will provide an overview of selected AAMC data resources that may be of interest to the biomedical science community for research, evaluation, policy, and advocacy purposes. Free registration is also available for the entire series of GREAT/GRAND Community Forums as a package.

Unconscious Bias Train the Trainer Program

This unique, evidence-based, 4-day course empowers you to educate groups in your organization around unconscious bias in healthcare. This professional development opportunity is aimed at leaders in academic medicine and other professionals in healthcare and biomedical research who are looking to integrate unconscious bias learning opportunities into their organizations. This program will provide hands-on experience that prepares you to deliver a workshop which explores how unconscious biases develop, how they influence perceptions and decision making, and how to mitigate these issues. Learn More

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

Welcome New Members 

(February 1-29, 2020)
Sheela Dominguez – University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Teresa Isbell – Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
Jenna Pate – University of Alabama School of Medicine
Alison Plummer – University of Utah School of Medicine

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