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December 1, 2021

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It’s Not Too Late to Participate: 2021 AAMC Group on Information Resources (GIR) Medical School IT Survey

The GIR Medical School IT survey was sent to all Medical School Representatives and is due Wednesday, December 8, 2021.

Last year, over 75% of invited member medical schools completed the survey, and we are hoping to increase participation even further this year. All identified, school-level data from this survey are released to participating institutions. In odd years, the survey collects information on IT applications used at medical schools, as well as future IT projects. In even years, the survey collects information about IT services at medical schools, such as leadership organization, reporting structure, strategic plans, budget, staffing, funding of services, and provision of services.

If you have questions about the survey or would like more information, please contact survey staff at GIRSurvey@aamc.org.

Call for Proposals Now Open! 2022 Information Technology in Academic Medicine Conference

GIR 2022 Information Technology in Academic Medicine Conference: June 2-3

2022 Information Technology in Academic Medicine Conference, Sponsored by the Group on Information Resources (GIR)
June 2-3, 2022
New York Marriott Marquis
New York, NY
Submit Your Proposal

Submission Deadline: January 4, 2022, 11:59 pm PST

The Spring Meeting Planning Committee is soliciting proposals for breakout sessions and posters during the 2022 Information Technology in Academic Medicine Conference, sponsored by the Group on Information Resources (GIR).

For more information about these types of sessions and the opportunity to submit a proposal, please click here. For detailed instructions on submitting your proposal in the form of a printable PDF click here.

For Information on Technologies and Systems used at Peer Medical Schools, Refer to the GIR Medical School IT Survey Data File

Interested in which HR, financial systems, or BI tools other medical schools are using? Email GIRSurvey@aamc.org to see if your medical school participated in the AAMC Group on Information Resources (GIR) Medical School IT Survey. This survey gathers information on leadership, financing, staffing, technologies, and emerging trends to provide members with a baseline to view their organizations over time and with a directory of application trends. Individuals at participating medical schools have access to the data file which provides school-level information on technologies used across dozens of different areas, such as administrative, clinical, educational, regulatory/compliance, research, and security. Learn more

Watch: Second Episode of “The Power of Our Stories”

The Diversity and Inclusion Work Group (GIRDI) is proud to continue its interview series called, “The Power of Our Stories.” The purpose is to provide a platform for all individuals to share their experiences and their very personal perspectives on topics related to diversity and inclusion.

In this second episode, Michael Marchant, GIRDI Co-Chair, and Director, Health Information Exchange, at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, talks about his journey toward allyship.

Michael Marchant, (GIRDI Co-Chair), Director, Health Information Exchange, University of California, Davis Medical Center

Jessica Chen, (former GIRDI Co-Chair), MBA, CPHIMS, SHIMSS, Application Manager, Clinical Research Information Services, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

GIR Listserv Archives

The following topics were posted on the GIR Listserv in November 2021:

GIR Listserv: Competency Based Assessment; Software to Administer a Body Bequeathal Program
To access the GIR Listserv archives: https://lists.aamc.org/read/?forum=gir
To post a question: gir@lists.aamc.org

Join the Information Technology in Academic Medicine Virtual Community

If you’re eager to connect with colleagues about the latest technology in academic medicine, share best practices, and explore resources, the Information Technology in Academic Medicine Virtual Community is for you.

This online Community drives dialogue and connections around technology in academic medicine. Members also have access to a library, which contains resources such as presentations, videos, webinars, articles, and more. If you are a member of the GIR or one of its Work Groups, this is also a great place to connect with peers and share resources. If you don’t have an account already, please request one here.

Login to share your expertise with colleagues on these topics:


House Passes Build Back Better Act with Historic Increase in GME Slots

The House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act by a vote of 220-213, mostly along party lines, on Nov. 19. The AAMC issued a press statement applauding passage of the bill and highlighting investments in bolstering the health care workforce.
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Information: Christa Wagner, AAMC Government Relations.

AAMC signs onto statement supporting OSHA’s COVID vaccine requirement

The AAMC joined with more than 60 organizations representing the country’s doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals, along with some of the nation’s most prominent health care experts, to call on the business community to support the new federal COVID-19 vaccine requirement. “We — physicians, nurses and advanced practice clinicians, health experts, and health care professional societies — fully support the requirement that workers at companies with over 100 workers be vaccinated or tested. This requirement by the Occupational, Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reasonable and essential to protect workers.”
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AAMC statement on the nomination of Robert M. Califf, MD as FDA commissioner

AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, and Chief Scientific Officer Ross McKinney Jr., MD, issued a statement commending President Biden’s nomination of Robert M. Califf, MD, to be the next commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “Dr. Califf has proven his commitment to working for the public good, and his previous experience at the FDA as commissioner and as deputy commissioner of the Office of Medical Products and Tobacco will be vital as he leads an agency that has and will continue to play a crucial role in the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
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AAMC Research and Action Institute seeks inaugural fellow in residence

The AAMC Research and Action Institute, which builds upon a long-standing AAMC strength of conducting and disseminating research and analyses and informing policy in U.S. health care, seeks a fellow in residence to join us in 2022. The fellow would help with an in-depth health care workforce study in partnership with colleagues across the association. The fellow in residence will also work with the Research and Action Institute on timely topics in health policy as a part time contractor, bringing expertise on the physician workforce, health workforce research, and/or labor economics. Please share this opportunity with any researchers who might be interested. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through Dec. 15.
Learn More About the Opportunity

Now Is Our Time to Act: Why Academic Medicine Must Embrace Community Collaboration as Its Fourth Mission

Alberti, Philip; Fair, Malika; Skorton, David J.
Academic Medicine. 96(11):1503-1506, November 2021.

AAMC announces 2021-2022 Board of Directors, changes to board structure

The AAMC has announced its new board of directors, which reflects recently approved changes to create a broader and more flexible board structure. The new board’s term begins Nov. 10, 2021, and will end at the conclusion of Learn Serve Lead: The AAMC Annual Meeting in November 2022. Kirk A. Calhoun, MD, president of The University of Texas at Tyler, has been elected as the new chair of the AAMC Board of Directors, and LouAnn Woodward, MD, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the school of medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, has been named chair-elect. Additionally, following a recent meeting of the AAMC Assembly — the voting body of the AAMC’s member medical schools, teaching hospitals, and academic societies — a number of changes were made to the size and composition of the board, among them increasing in size from 17 to 19 voting members.
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AAMC opinion piece examines the importance of COVID-19 testing to slow the spread of new cases

A new “First Opinion” column published in STAT calls for the nation to get serious about COVID-19 testing as cases are as high as they were one year ago, and quickly rising, after two months of steady decline. “It doesn’t make sense for the U.S. to be in this position today when we have an ample supply of safe and effective vaccines, we know how the virus spreads, and we understand the effectiveness of masks and distancing in limiting infection,” write Atul Grover, MD, PhD, executive director of the AAMC Research and Action Institute, and Heather Pierce, JD, MPH, senior director for science policy and regulatory counsel at the AAMC and policy director of the AAMC Center for Health Justice. The authors note that in order to improve our nation’s COVID-19 testing strategy, it is essential to clearly distinguish various testing needs and figure out how to meet them.
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Learning Opportunities

GBA Webinar
The State of the Physician Workforce and Policy Implications

Thursday, December 9, 2021
3:30-5:00 p.m. (ET)
Register Now

AAMC-member medical schools and teaching hospitals play a crucial role in preparing future physicians who help create a healthier future for all. With the AAMC projecting a physician shortage between 37,800 and 124,000 physicians by 2034, programs that invest in training future doctors are more crucial now than ever before. This 90-minute webinar, hosted by the Group on Business Affairs Emerging Issues Committee, will kick-off with an overview of physician workforce projection data, as well as factors influencing workforce needs. Following this overview, there will be an update of current policy considerations in Washington, including the push for more residency slots. The webinar will also provide perspectives on health care delivery mechanisms, including telemedicine, and how this relates to access to care.

Following the formal presentations, there will be time to ask questions of the speakers.
Resource: The Complexities of Physician Supply and Demand: Projections from 2019 to 2034

Questions? Contact gba@aamc.org.

Learn Serve Lead 2022: The AAMC Annual Meeting

The AAMC is accepting submissions for the 2022 AAMC Learn Serve Lead Meeting to be held November 11-15, 2022. Learn Serve Lead (LSL) is open to all those engaged in advancing academic medicine and brings together the medical school and teaching hospital community from across campuses, disciplines, and missions. Work focused on a wide variety of themes incorporating a broad representation of topics, institutions, and presenters will be selected for presentation. Deadline for submissions: December 17, 2021, 11:59pm (EST).
Submission Guidelines

  • Call for Medical Education Session, Innovation, and Research Proposals: The call for medical education submissions consists of three types: (1) Sessions on Medical Education, (2) Research Abstracts, and (3) Innovation Abstracts.
  • Call for Research in Medical Education (RIME) Proposals

Registration is now open for the 2022 Restorative Justice in Academic Medicine (RJAM) Facilitator Training

2022 Restorative Justice in Academic Medicine (RJAM) Facilitator Training
Wednesday, February 9 - Friday, February 11, 2022
AAMC Learning Center
Washington, DC

Join us for this in-person event where we will provide guidance to effectively incorporate the practice of Restorative Justice (RJ) in addressing harm at medical schools, teaching hospitals, and allied health professional institutions.

Call for applications for 2022 AAMC Innovation Award

The AAMC is seeking applications for its 2022 AAMC innovation award, which aims to highlight innovations that bolster community trust and engagement in science, including pioneering approaches that promote human health. A primary goal of the award is to create opportunities for dissemination of innovative models and peer learning opportunities. Awardees will be announced in Feb. 2022 and up to $5,000 for each winning entry will be awarded to the institution. The application deadline is Dec. 17.
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New AAMC documentary explores the journey of academic medicine during the COVID-19 pandemic

The AAMC has produced a new short documentary, “This Is What We Do,” to explore the journey of academic medicine during the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it has had on communities and the country. The story is told through the perspective of constituents from the nation’s medical schools, teaching hospitals, and research institutions who share in their own words how they rose to the challenge during the global pandemic.
View Documentary

Good Listening podcast features stories, poems collected during COVID-19 pandemic

The Good Listening Podcast shares stories, poems, and conversations from health care leaders, heroes, and healers. The first season is presented as part of a collaboration with the AAMC and its FRAHME (Fundamental Role of Arts and Humanities in Medical Education) initiative, and is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. In each episode, listener poets present three poems along with the stories behind the conversations that inspired each poem. The content was collected from Aug. 2020 through May 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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2022 nominations for Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare now open

Nominations for the 2022 Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare, a joint program organized by the Gold Foundation and the Vilcek Foundation, are now open. The award was established by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation and The Vilcek Foundation to recognize a foreign-born individual who has had an extraordinary impact on humanism in health care in the United States. The award, which includes a $10,000 cash prize, is presented during a session at Learn Serve Lead: The AAMC Annual Meeting. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 24, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. ET.
Access the Nomination Form

Publications & Resources

New Fall 2021 COVID Dashboard

The most recent COVID dashboard looks at vaccination rates and potential travel restrictions.

New AAMC report on wellness initiatives in health care and recommendations for promoting a culture of well-being

The AAMC has published a new report, The Rise of Wellness Initiatives in Health Care: Using National Survey Data to Support Effective Well-Being Champions and Wellness Programs, which presents data from two recent surveys that highlight common elements of wellness programming and describe the roles of the well-being champions who lead and support wellness efforts. The report also presents 10 recommendations for how medical schools and teaching hospitals can promote a culture of well-being and develop as well as support wellness leaders and initiatives.
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AAMC data snapshot examines graduation and attrition rates

According to a new AAMC data snapshot, medical school graduation rates for MD-only students remained stable from academic year 1996-97 through 2015-16. The length of time to graduation varied for students in combined degree programs. For example, 62.2% of MD-PhD students graduated within eight years of matriculation. Among MD-PhD students graduating within 10 years of matriculation, that percentage reached 93.2%. Most students in the other types of combined degree programs (e.g., MD-MPH) graduated within five years of matriculation.
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Recommended Reading

Transfer of Clinical Decision-Making–Related Learning Outcomes Following Simulation-Based Education in Nursing and Medicine: A Scoping Review

Research on simulation-based education has focused disproportionately on the transfer of learning from one simulation to another, and little evidence exists regarding transfer to clinical practice.
Patrick Lavoie, RN, PhD, Alexandra Lapierre, RN, MSc, Marc-André Maheu-Cadotte, RN, BSc, Guillaume Fontaine, RN, PhD, Imène Khetir, RN, BSc,and Marilou Bélisle, PhD
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AAMCNews: 8 medical advances you may have missed during COVID-19

A new way to treat torn ACLs. Bedside MRIs. Possibly even a cure for sickle cell disease. These and other breakthroughs all happened while the pandemic absorbed the world’s attention. Here’s what may have flown under your radar.
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Academic Medicine’s Journey Toward Racial Equity Must Be Grounded in History: Recommendations for Becoming an Antiracist Academic Medical Center

Wilkins, Consuelo H.; Williams, Mamie; Kaur, Karampreet; DeBaun, Michael R.
Academic Medicine. 96(11):1507-1512, November 2021.

Diversity Is Not Enough: Advancing a Framework for Antiracism in Medical Education

Solomon, Sonja R.; Atalay, Alev J.; Osman, Nora Y.
Academic Medicine. 96(11):1513-1517, November 2021.

How Academic Medical Centers Can Navigate the Pandemic and Its Aftermath: Solutions for 3 Major Issues

Godley, Bernard F.; Lawley, Thomas J.; Rubenstein, Arthur; Pizzo, Philip A.
Academic Medicine. 96(11):1529-1533, November 2021.

Association of Immediate Release of Test Results to Patients With Implications for Clinical Workflow

Bryan D. Steitz, PhD1; Lina Sulieman, PhD1; Adam Wright, PhD1; et al.
The 21st Century Cures Act (hereafter the Cures Act) mandates the immediate electronic release of all test results, medication lists, and clinical notes to patients without delay unless a rare allowable exception exists.1 Before implementation of the Cures Act, many institutions released only a subset of electronic health record (EHR) information through the patient portal. This information was often suppressed or delayed when it was considered by the health system to be highly sensitive or there was a risk of misinterpretation. The requirement that all electronic health information be immediately available to patients—who may see it before their clinicians—has raised concerns about unintended implications on clinical workflow and patient well-being.2 We examined the association of immediate release of test results with the percentage of results viewed first by patients as well as the number of messages that patients sent to their clinicians.
Read the article here.

Artificial Intelligence in Undergraduate Medical Education: A Scoping Review

In this scoping review, the authors identify gaps and key themes in the peer-reviewed literature on how best to train and prepare undergraduate medical students for clinical practice in the age of artificial intelligence.
Juehea Lee, Annie Siyu Wu, David Li, and Kulamakan (Mahan) Kulasegaram, PhD
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New “Academic Medicine Podcast” episode examines a novel framework for evaluating innovations in medical education

Guest Deena Hamza, PhD, joins hosts Toni Gallo and Research in Medical Education (RIME) Committee member and assistant editor Dan Schumacher, MD, PhD, MEd, to discuss a new framework for evaluating innovations, including the ways it can be used in medical education. This is the third episode in a 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

(November 2021)

Zahra Dabzadeh
University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine

Andrea Daugherty
University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School

Lakhesh Khullar
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Erin Larowe
University of Michigan Medical School

Simon Linwood
University of California, Riverside School of Medicine

Nicole Lockart
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Mary Myers
University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School

Joey Nicholson
NYU Langone Medical Center

Matthew Polaniecki
New York University Grossman School of Medicine

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