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October 1, 2021

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GIP News and Business

GIP Workshop: Understanding Allyship and Responding to Microaggressions through Bystander Intervention (Part 2)

Thursday, October 14, 2021
2:30–4:00 p.m. (ET)
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Please join us for part two of this workshop on allyship and responding to microaggressions through bystander intervention, sponsored by the Group on Institutional Planning (GIP). Experiences of bias, harassment and microaggressions is an expanding area of focus for faculty, administrators, and leaders in the health professions as awareness of the enormous prevalence of these experiences has increased. Research on microaggressions and bias has shown to have significant negative impacts on individual confidence, physical health, and overall wellbeing. Therefore, more education and training on responding to microaggressions through bystander intervention is sorely needed in academic medicine.

Explore bystander intervention methodologies, barriers, and implicit biases to overcome as a bystander, as well as strategies to respond to microaggressions. Participants will also learn organizational strategies for implementing and maintaining bystander intervention and allyship programs (within departments, centers, and Institutes) and at the institutional level. Participants will gather both bystander intervention skills as well as generate ideas for how to institutionalize allyship behaviors for maximum impact.

Part 2 Learning Objectives – Bystander Intervention Strategies:

  • Brief review of Part 1 concepts.
  • [Part 2 Allyship] Review language to use when acting as an ally.
  • Explore bystander intervention strategies to create more respectful and inclusive environments.
  • Group brainstorm on possible ways to intervene and support others.

Diana Lautenberger, MA

Director, Faculty and Staff Research
Medical School Operations Research
Association of American Medical Colleges

Questions? Contact gip@aamc.org.

GBA/GIP Virtual Programming - The New Normal: Strategic Planning with Remote Teams

Friday, November 5, 2021
12:30–1:30 p.m. (ET)
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When faced with a crisis, academic medical centers must be prepared to address challenges by redefining the way they operate and shape the future of their organizations through strategic planning in order to better support faculty, staff, and students. This webinar offers a case study on “The New Normal” initiative at the University of South Florida Health where six teams collaborated remotely, in response to the COVID pandemic, to swiftly develop recommendations and solutions for remote work, telehealth, operational efficiency, and workforce productivity. Participants will learn a method for strategic planning with remote teams that can be applied to any organization. Topics will include, but are not limited to:

  • How to use Kotter’s change model to implement organizational change
  • How to design a project plan for a strategic initiative
  • How to use online tools for remote planning and collaboration
  • How to engage stakeholders and obtain feedback across an organization through surveys and operational efficiency action plans, and
  • How to apply research-based best practices and lessons learned on remote work, telehealth implementation, operational efficiency, and workforce productivity.

Jacqueleen Reyes Hull

Assistant Vice President for Administration
University of South Florida Health

Questions? Contact gip@aamc.org.

Save the Date: Group on Business Affairs (GBA) and Group on Institutional Planning (GIP) 2022 Joint Spring Meeting

Save the Date: GBA/GIP 2022 Joint Spring Meeting: April 27-28

April 27-28, 2022
Hilton San Francisco Union Square
San Francisco, CA

We want to hear from you! The call for proposals will be opening in early October.

Questions? Contact Shawn Rosen-Holtzman.

Hot Topic Discussion: Match Rate Improvement using Root Cause Analysis

The GIP Strategic Planning and Management Subcommittee members continue to take turns facilitating hot topic discussions on the monthly subcommittee calls. In September, the discussion topic was root cause analysis. A summary can be found below, and the presentation is available via this link.

There are many tools in the continuous quality improvement (CQI) toolbox medical schools can utilize for monitoring and improvement. In her presentation “Match Rate Improvement using Root Cause Analysis,” Teresa Isbell from Texas A&M University College of Medicine outlined her institution’s process for improving medical student match rate using root cause analysis coupled with the Five Whys methodology. Dr. Isbell also shared their CQI action plan template for match rate improvement and how the plan was linked to the medical school strategic plan and the LCME accreditation standards.

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

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. Recently, members shared their institutions’ mission and vision statements. To submit a question, please send an email to gip@lists.aamc.org. The listserv guidelines are available here.

Questions? Contact Shawn Rosen-Holtzman.


New AAMC Research and Action Institute report offers recommendations for ending the pandemic

A new report developed by the AAMC Research and Action Institute calls for coordinated federal leadership to improve the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic amid the latest resurgence that has resulted in tens of thousands of hospitalizations and deaths of mostly unvaccinated people. This is one of several recommendations to help combat the current pandemic and ensure the United States is prepared for future health crises outlined in The Way Forward Starts Now: Lessons from COVID-19. The new report addresses the systemic inadequacies in the nation’s response to COVID-19 and provides specific guidance to best prepare for future public health threats. An op-ed authored by Atul Grover, MD, PhD, executive director of the Institute, and David J. Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO, published in USA Today further explores the new report and recommendations (login may be required).
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AAMC launches center to tackle health inequities

The new AAMC Center for Health Justice will bring together national and local leaders to improve the health of all communities. “Giving every community an equitable chance at being healthy means looking beyond medical care alone,” Philip Alberti, PhD, founding director of the center, said in a press release.
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AAMCNews: What it’s like to be a physician and a DACA recipient

Without immigration reform, thousands of health care workers face uncertain futures. One doctor describes how it impacts her daily life.
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AAMCNews: Meet the 2021 AAMC Award winners

Many of this year’s awardees have been on the front lines of the worst pandemic in a century. Others have led efforts to reform cancer care, improve medical education, and address health disparities in underserved communities.
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AAMCNews: Hospitals innovate amid dire nursing shortages

COVID-19’s latest surge exacerbates long-standing forces driving nursing shortfalls, prompting an all-hands-on-deck scramble to maintain patient care.
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AAMCNews: Insights into health equity after COVID-19

Two pioneers in battling health disparities — former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, MD, PhD, and Affordable Care Act expert Daniel Dawes, JD — offer lessons from history and a path forward to help heal our nation.
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AAMCNews: A conversation with Jennifer Doudna, PhD, developer of CRISPR gene-editing technology

The co-winner of the 2020 Nobel Prize in chemistry discusses the potential of gene editing, the importance of diversity in science, and how the pandemic has changed labs.
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Learning Opportunities

Webinar: The Evolving Role of the Department Chair

The role of the Department Chair continues to evolve as the rapidly changing health care environment shapes how academic health systems are responding to operational and financial pressures. In fully integrated academic health systems, roles for Department Chairs are evolving to be more aligned with the system’s executive leadership team. Given a Department Chair’s influence on health system priorities, Department Chairs are being asked to take an enterprise viewpoint while working collaboratively to support health system priorities, such as population health, quality outcomes and financial sustainability. In these elevated roles, Department Chairs must balance the needs of their respective Department, the School of Medicine and Faculty Practice Plan – aligning these priorities with health system goals and the academic mission while working to support interdisciplinary care. As a result, the rewards program for Department Chairs are evolving to support successful outcomes. During this webinar, scheduled for Wednesday, October 20th from 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm ET, experts from SullivanCotter will provide a national picture on the role of Department Chair and emerging trends in compensation design. In addition, leaders from University of Utah Health and Boston University School of Medicine will provide perspectives on how the Department Chair role has evolved at their institutions.
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Register now for American Indian and Alaska Native virtual health care workforce development summit

The University of Minnesota Medicine School Center of American Indian and Minority Health will host a free virtual summit on Oct. 25-26 focused on health care workforce development for American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Participants are encouraged to join national organizations, community, and institutional leaders to explore the development of regional networks to increase the representation of American Indian and Alaska Native communities in the health professions. This event is co-sponsored by the AAMC, the Association of American Indian Physicians, American Indian Higher Education Consortium, and the Association of Native American Medical Students.
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Register now for AAMC Awards virtual recognition event

Join AAMC friends and colleagues for a virtual recognition event on Oct. 27 from 4-5:15 p.m. ET to celebrate the recipients of the 2021 AAMC Awards. These individuals and institutions are making significant contributions to medical education, research, clinical care, and community engagement.
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AAMC Center for Health Justice, Hastings Center to host virtual summit on health equity

The AAMC Center for Health Justice and the Hastings Center will host a two-day virtual summit on health equity on January 19-20, 2022. The first day will focus on historical events and decisions that have led to major inequities in health today. The second day will offer insights and examples of promising strategies that health care leaders and practicing clinicians can employ to address health and health care inequities through policy, clinical care, medical education, research, and community collaborations. The summit is designed for the general public, including concerned citizens as well as health professionals, bioethics scholars, and policymakers. Registration information will be available soon.
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Publications & Resources

New data snapshot explores finances of U.S. medical schools

The AAMC has published a new data snapshot that examines high-level trends in the financing of U.S. medical schools with full Liaison Committee on Medical Education accreditation between FY 2011 and FY 2020. Among the key findings, total revenues increased 68% between FY 2011 and FY 2020; practice plan revenues increased 88% and saw average year-over-year growth of approximately 7%; and more.
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VaccineVoices: Toolkit to increase vaccinations in light of the FDA’s full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

Now that the FDA has granted full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for individuals age 16 and older, the AAMC has developed a Q&A and an infographic for academic medical centers to build confidence in the vaccines and increase vaccinations within their communities.
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New AAMC report examines medical school graduation data on gender and students underrepresented in medicine

The AAMC is committed, as part of its strategic plan, to providing resources that help medical schools increase their diversity. This is an important part of improving the medical school experience for all students. As a step to support schools’ efforts, the AAMC has published a new report, 2021 GQ Gender and URiM Reports, that breaks down data from the 2021 AAMC Medical School Graduation Questionnaire (GQ) by sex and by race-ethnicity. Medical schools can use this report to compare their students’ experiences to the national data and identify opportunities for improvement. Individual school reports, along with a national report, are available on the AAMC Medical School Profile System (MSPS) to medical school deans and the designated student surveys contacts at each school. Access can be requested by contacting the dean or medical school leaders in student affairs or medical education.
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NIH Loan Repayment Programs now accepting applications

To help relieve some of the financial burden on scientists and researchers, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Loan Repayment Programs repay up to $100,000 over a two-year period in exchange for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research. Applicants can apply for renewal awards until all educational debt is repaid. The application deadline is Nov. 18.
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Using Accreditation to Transform Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts into Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Systems

The author reviewed accreditation-related consultations and found variability in how information regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion was incorporated and discussed in related materials from 17 programs. She describes characteristics that seemed to distinguish exemplar programs.
Lois Margaret Nora, MD, JD, MBA
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A Framework for Developing Antiracist Medical Educators and Practitioner–Scholars

The authors propose a framework for antiracism education for faculty development that includes building foundational awareness, expanding foundational knowledge on antiracism, embedding antiracism education into practice, and dismantling oppressive structures and measuring progress.
Sylk Sotto-Santiago, EdD, MBA, MPS, Norma Poll-Hunter, PhD, Traci Trice, MD, Lee Buenconsejo-Lum, MD, Sherita Golden, MD, MHS, Joy Howell, MD, Nicole Jacobs, PhD, Winona Lee, MD, Hyacinth Mason, PhD, MPH, Dotun Ogunyemi, MD, Waleska Crespo, PhD, and Sangeeta Lamba, MD, MS-HPEd
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Managing Human Subjects Research During a Global Pandemic at an Academic Center: Lessons Learned from COVID-19

The challenges at Columbia University to protect thousands of research participants and staff from potential exposure to COVID-19 while facilitating essential biomedical research are described, along with successes. Clear communications and evolving procedural efficiencies were key.
Deborah F. Stiles, JD, Brenda L. Ruotolo, Helen Kim, PharmD, Jane Cho, MS, MPH, Paul S. Appelbaum, MD, and Nancy S. Green, MD
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Recommended Reading & Listening

AAMC statement on the patient-physician relationship and reproductive health

AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, issued a statement about interference in the patient-physician relationship and access to safe and effective reproductive health care. “The relationship between patient and physician or other provider is the basis of safe and effective health care. Any policies that interfere in that relationship put the patient at risk.”
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Exploring organizational credibility as a primary step for community progress

A new blog post on the Build Healthy Places Network explores how many institutions, across sectors, need to build stronger relationships with communities in order to achieve an equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Co-authored by Olufunmilayo Makinde, MPH, AAMC health equity research analyst, the article explores the Principles of Trustworthiness, released earlier this year by the AAMC Center for Health Justice, as a timely guide for organizations who interface with community members – in all sectors – to demonstrate that they are worthy of their community’s trust.
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AAMC statement on House committees’ markup of the Build Back Better Act

AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, and Chief Public Policy Officer Karen Fisher, JD, commended the House committees for including a significant number of academic medicine’s key health infrastructure priorities in the Build Back Better Act that was marked up over the past week. “The proposed funding provided for these programs will help diversify the physician workforce, increase access to care for people in underserved urban and rural communities, take steps to prepare the nation to respond to public health emergencies, and address long-standing health inequities.”
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VaccineVoices: When COVID doesn’t go away

As COVID-19 spreads unabated, a growing number of patients are suffering debilitating long-term symptoms, including extreme fatigue, cognitive deficiencies, and pain. The best way to prevent illness and long-term complications from COVID-19 is through vaccination, experts say.
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New Academic Medicine Podcast episode examines the use of machine learning in residency applicant screening

Jesse Burk-Rafel, MD, MRes, joins hosts Toni Gallo and Research in Medical Education (RIME) committee member Mahan Kulasegaram, PhD, to discuss the development of a decision support tool that incorporates machine learning and the use of that tool in residency applicant screening. They also talk about the residency application process and potential ways that artificial or augmented intelligence (AI) might mitigate current challenges. This is the first episode in a three-part series of discussions with RIME authors about their medical education research and its implications for the field. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or anywhere podcasts are available.
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Welcome New Members

(September 2021)

Marc Gibson
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport

Demetrius Porche
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans

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