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Welcome from the Chair

Greetings, GIP Members-

As 2019 draws to a close, I would like to express my gratitude to the GIP community. There is much to be thankful for. The GIP community supports me professionally in numerous ways. It provides education opportunities, such as the Spring Meeting and webinars, to keep my skill set sharp. It provides me with in-person networking opportunities at meetings with like-minded professionals that I can nurture throughout the year through committee work, affinity group collaboration and listservs. Perhaps most compelling is the opportunity to shape the national conversation on academic healthcare. At Learn, Serve, Lead (LSL) in November, Dr. David Skorton launched his AAMC new strategic planning process and engaged input from attendees. Our plan will serve as the AAMC’s roadmap for the next five years. I was thrilled to understand Dr. Skorton’s commitment to both a disciplined planning process and a vigorous implementation process that aligns resources to priorities. If you did not attend LSL, I hope you had a chance to review the draft plan and provide input through the AAMC website or on Twitter.

Thank you all for making 2019 a great year for the GIP community. I can’t wait to see what we accomplish in 2020!

I wish you and yours a healthy and happy holiday season.


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

Webinar on Effective Communication

Sponsored by the AAMC Group on Institutional Planning (GIP) Subcommittee on Professional Development
December 11th from 2:00-3:00 pm 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

GIP Listserv

The GIP Listserv is a resource available to all GIP members.  Recent discussion topics include: faculty office space, placement of AEDs around campuses, and consolidation of policies and procedures for construction and renovation projects. To submit a question, please send an email to  You may also access the GIP Listserv archives here.

Stanford honors GIP Member Niraj Dangoria with 2019 Marsh O’Neill Award

Niraj Dangoria, associate dean in the Office of Facilities Planning and Management at the School of Medicine, received a 2019 Marsh O’Neill Award for Exceptional and Enduring Support of Stanford University’s Research Enterprise during a November 20th campus reception.

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AAMC News 

News from Learn Serve Lead 2019: The AAMC Annual Meeting

AAMCNews published real-time content during Learn Serve Lead 2019: The AAMC Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Nov. 8-12. Read excerpts from the annual Leadership Plenary, in which David J. Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO, and AAMC Board of Directors Chair Lilly Marks urged fundamental changes to escape the “unacceptable status quo” and thrive under “the new normal.” Bryan Stevenson, a noted civil rights lawyer, told attendees that to create a healthy nation, we must face the painful past of slavery and connect with those who still suffer its consequences. Presidential historian Jon Meacham emphasized that these are not the worst of times, offering a dose of realism and lessons for moving forward. During the closing plenary session, Amy Edmondson, a Harvard professor and bestselling author, shared how creating an interpersonal climate in which all employees feel empowered to speak up will lead to fewer errors and better performing teams. And finally, many academic medicine leaders and institutions were honored during the AAMC’s annual black-tie gala for their outstanding contributions to medical education, patient care, and the biomedical sciences.

  • AAMC leaders issue call to action to confront challenges facing academic medicine: Read More
  • Bryan Stevenson: It’s time to change the narrative around race and poverty: Read More
  • Jon Meacham: Healing the soul of our nation: Read More

AAMC announces 2019–2020 Board of Directors

The AAMC has announced its new board of directors. The board’s term will run through the conclusion of Learn Serve Lead: The AAMC Annual Meeting in November 2020. Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, dean, Medical College of Wisconsin School of Medicine, is the new chair, succeeding Lilly Marks, vice president for health affairs for the University of Colorado and Anschutz Medical Campus. J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, executive vice president of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and dean of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine, has been named chair-elect and will succeed Kerschner next year.

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Skorton: What ending DACA could mean for health care in the U.S.

David Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO, appeared on MSNBC on Nov. 12, the day the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case on DACA, to talk about the amicus brief filed by the AAMC and discuss the impact the rescission of the program would have on the quality of health care in the United States. And in case you missed it, Dr. Skorton shared his views on this topic in a recent op-ed published in The Washington Post.

The doctor will Skype you now: Online counseling goes high tech

Telepsychiatry visits have increased access to mental health care, particularly in rural areas. Now, medical schools and teaching hospitals are including instruction in the nuances of conducting effective online visits. AAMCNews explores this important innovation.

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AAMC responds to final 2020 Physician Fee Schedule

The AAMC commended the 2020 Physician Fee Schedule final rule, which includes adjustments to the use of evaluation and management codes in physician reimbursement beginning in 2021. “These adjustments will allow providers to spend more time with patients and improve access to much-needed care for vulnerable patients and those with complex conditions, many of whom seek care from physicians affiliated with teaching hospitals and medical schools,” said Janis Orlowski, MD, AAMC chief health care officer.

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AAMC statement on passage of second FY 2020 Continuing Resolution

The AAMC issued a statement on the passage of a continuing resolution that will fund the federal government through Dec. 20 and temporarily extend certain health programs, while delaying reductions in Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital payments. “We continue to urge policymakers to work together in a bipartisan manner to finalize legislation that includes sustained, meaningful funding growth for the National Institutes of Health and other vital health care programs,” said Karen Fisher, JD, AAMC chief public policy officer.

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Joint statement from hospital and health system groups on price disclosure rule

The AAMC and three national hospital associations issued a joint statement responding to the final rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requiring public disclosure of privately negotiated rates. “[The] rule mandating the public disclosure of privately negotiated rates between commercial health insurance companies and hospitals is a setback in efforts to provide patients with the most relevant information they need to make informed decisions about their care.”

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Publications & Resources

New AAMC data report examines U.S. physician workforce by state

The AAMC has published the 2019 State Physician Workforce Data Report. This biennial report examines current physician supply, medical school enrollment, and graduate medical education in the United States, and includes profiles providing snapshots on individual states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

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AAMC data examines access to health care among young adults

A new AAMC data snapshot examines access to health care, emergency room usage, and insurance coverage for adults aged 18-24 since passage of the Affordable Care Act. For adults under age 25 with household incomes less than $25,000, individuals who reported always being able to access care when they needed it grew from 48% to 63%. Additionally, adults under 25 years who relied on emergency rooms decreased from 3.5% to 1.3%. And for adults under age 25 with household incomes less than $25,000, the proportion who always had health insurance grew from 58% to 71%.

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New report on teaching residents about population health

The AAMC and University of California, San Francisco have published a report to help residency program directors incorporate basic principles of population health into the curriculum. Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the publication summarizes findings from a 2018 meeting of key stakeholders and presents profiles of successful practices at seven primary care residency programs.

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Recommended Reading

It Is Time to Prioritize Education and Well-Being Over Workforce Needs in Residency Training
Wolpaw, Jed T. 
Academic Medicine. 94(11):1640-1642, November 2019. 
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The Sooner the Better: High-Value Care Education in Medical School
Erath, Alexandra; Mitchell, Margaret; Salwi, Sanjana; More 
Academic Medicine. 94(11):1643-1645, November 2019. 
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Extreme Risk Protection Orders: An Opportunity to Improve Gun Violence Prevention Training
Gondi, Suhas; Pomerantz, Alexander G.; Sacks, Chana A. 
Academic Medicine. 94(11):1649-1653, November 2019. 
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Supporting New Physicians and New Parents: A Call to Create a Standard Parental Leave Policy for Residents
Ortiz Worthington, Rebeca; Feld, Lauren D.; Volerman, Anna 
Academic Medicine. 94(11):1654-1657, November 2019. 
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Learning Opportunities

Register Now – Leading Information Technology in Academic Medicine

Leaders in information technology, informatics, data analytics, security administration, business intelligence and operations, registration is now open for the Leading Information Technology in Academic Medicine seminar. As a participant, you will experience the unique opportunity to enhance your abilities in key areas like leadership presence, communication, and working with different personality types while increasing your knowledge of academic medicine’s core mission areas, so that you can more effectively serve your institution.

Register Today

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)

Now accepting session proposals for the GWIMS and GREAT Joint Professional Development Conference

In 2020, the AAMC Graduate Research, Education and Training (GREAT) Group and the AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) will hold a joint conference on September 10-12 in Chicago. This unique event will bring advocates for women’s advancement and leadership in science and medicine together with faculty and administrative leaders of biomedical PhD, MD-PhD, and postdoctoral programs, enabling networking and exploration of new opportunities for synergy between these communities. We are now accepting proposals for sessions focusing on strategies and solutions to address issues at the intersection of gender equity, biomedical training, and the biomedical workforce at large. Read here about submitting session proposals: due January 6, 2020.

Call for Abstracts Now Open for the 2020 AAMC Integrating Quality Conference

Now in its 12th year, AAMC is seeking abstracts for presentations, interactive workshops, and posters that showcase effective strategies to accelerate systems improvements in quality, patient safety, and high-value care across the academic medicine missions of care delivery, health professions education, and research. The conference will be held June 4-5, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. The call for abstracts closes January 6, 2020. Learn More

Welcome New Members

(November 1-31, 2019)

Peter Millet – Meharry Medical College

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