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July 1, 2021

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Bend or Break: Lessons Learned about the Strain the COVID-19 Pandemic Puts on a REDCap Installation

Tuesday, August 3, 2021
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (ET)
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Please join the 2021 AAMC GIR Excellence Award winning team from the University of Washington as they present on their innovative and timely work that was recognized for excellence by their GIR peers.

With Seattle emerging as one of the first COVID-19 hot spots in North America, the University of Washington's REDCap instance became a key clinical resource for UW Medicine and local and county government health agencies, with projects ranging from early case tracking to contract tracing to back-to-campus testing. The influx of COVID-related projects led to a surge in new users and load on REDCap infrastructure, with support staff from the Institute of Translational Health Sciences, UW Medicine Research IT and the UW Health Sciences Library triaging more than 18,000 requests from March 2020 to April 2021. Members of the UW REDCap support staff will explore the history of REDCap at UW, the collaborative support model, and the challenges faced managing the platform during an unprecedented pandemic.


Adam Garrett
Director, Systems
University of Washington Health Sciences Library

Ashleigh Lewis
Lead REDCap Administrator
UW Medicine Research IT and Institute of Translational Health Sciences

Michael Moore
Grants & Special Projects Librarian
University of Washington Health Sciences Library
Bas de Veer
Data Services Manager
UW Medicine Research IT and Institute of Translational Health Sciences

Questions? Contact gir@aamc.org.  

GIR Listserv Archives

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

GIR Listserv: Just in Time Clinical Evaluations; Internet restrictions to/from countries or regions; File storage solutions?; Desktop as a Service Initiatives?; iPad Use in Medical Schools; BLine alternative
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.

Log in to add your voice to the June discussions you missed:


AAMC updates guidance on face coverings for fully vaccinated individuals

The AAMC has amended its consensus guidance on face coverings following recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that says that fully vaccinated individuals can now refrain from wearing masks indoors and outdoors in most circumstances. To reduce risk, fully vaccinated people are encouraged to continue wearing masks in higher risk settings until a high percentage of the population in their community is vaccinated. Examples of these settings include grocery stores, gyms, movie theaters, and other crowded places where the vaccination status of others is not known. Fully vaccinated individuals may also consider wearing a mask outdoors when in crowded settings such as concerts, sporting events, and other mass gatherings where not everyone may be vaccinated. There are times when, for the safety of others, everyone should wear masks. Business owners, public agencies, or other entities may, at their discretion, require all individuals to wear a mask when inside an establishment.
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New AAMC video highlights health infrastructure priorities

As part of its continuing effort to educate lawmakers about the critical need to invest in the nation’s health infrastructure, the AAMC has produced a new video to outline priorities that should be included in upcoming infrastructure legislation. Priorities include support for public health, the physician workforce, inclusive data collection, and targeted investment to help the nation recover from research interruptions.
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AAMC names awardees of Telehealth Equity Catalyst Awards

The AAMC is pleased to announce the five awardees of the its Telehealth Equity Catalyst Awards. The awarded programs demonstrate a positive impact on barriers associated with telehealth and health technology across clinical delivery and medical training, particularly for underserved and vulnerable populations. Through these and other innovative programs, the AAMC aims to learn how member medical schools and teaching hospitals are addressing and mitigating these barriers to care and how best practices can be shared across health systems to advance health care equity. Please contact telehealth@aamc.org with any questions or to learn more about the awards program.
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AAMC convenes health groups in support of violence intervention programs

The AAMC led a coalition of 33 health care, medical, and public health organizations in a letter urging policymakers to fund hospital-based violence intervention programs and other community violence interventions as part of a strategy to help curb the nation’s gun violence epidemic. In the letter to congressional appropriators, the organizations outline the value of multidisciplinary programs which help break the cycle of violence by connecting patients at risk of experiencing or perpetrating violent injury with key hospital, community-based, and case management services to prevent repeat injury and retaliatory violence.
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AAMC Submits Pandemic Preparedness Recommendations to Key Committees

The AAMC sent letters on June 30 to Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and Ranking Member Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) detailing recommendations for Congress to prepare for the next pandemic.

Information: Allyson Perleoni; Tannaz Rasouli, AAMC Government Relations.

AAMC, Hospital Groups Oppose Proposed Infrastructure Financing Mechanisms

The AAMC joined other hospital and health system groups in a June 29 letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) opposing proposed financing mechanisms in the recently released Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework.

Information: Allyson Perleoni, AAMC Government Relations.

AAMC Statement on Supreme Court Decision on the Affordable Care Act

AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, issued a statement in response to the Supreme Court’s 7-2 ruling in California v. Texas, in which the court dismissed the lawsuit based on lack of standing. “The AAMC applauds the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which will help safeguard access to high-quality and affordable health care for millions across the country. By upholding the ACA, the court has preserved the health coverage of over 20 million people who are able to access coverage, either through Medicaid expansion or thanks to marketplace subsidies.”
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Learning Opportunities

MedBiquitous Community Connection Webinar Series

July 20, 2021
12 - 1 pm (EDT)
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This month's MedBiquitous Community Connection webinar episode "Health Data Standards for Care and Research" features Clem McDonald, MD, Chief Health Data Standards Officer of the National Library of Medicine/NIH.

Dr. McDonald will present an overview of major coding systems and data exchange formats used in healthcare, reflecting on his pioneering history in health data standards development, and what recent policy changes may mean for the future. He hopes to demystify what data standards are and how they can help to facilitate access and use by clinicians, patients, and researchers.

AAMC Workshop: The 10 Principles of Trustworthiness

The AAMC will host a workshop on July 20 to explore and discuss The 10 Principles of Trustworthiness. Health care providers and institutions have a long journey ahead to regain trust within the communities that we serve, but together we can achieve health equity. The AAMC Center for Health Justice worked with a variety of community partners and stakeholders to develop approaches and best practices that can help break down these barriers and cultivate trust. These principles serve as a practical foundation for health care, public health, and other organizations working to build trust within their communities and advance health equity. Recordings will be available to all registered participants.
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GBA and GWIMS Joint Webinar: Closing the Gender Pay Gap in Medicine

August 20, 2021
2:00-3:30 p.m. (ET)
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In her recently released book, Closing the Gender Pay Gap in Medicine, Dr. Amy Gottlieb states, “While much has been written about the problem of gender pay disparities in medicine, a robust discussion about how to rectify the situation has been missing from the conversation.” This 90-minute webinar will showcase several real-world examples of how schools have examined their policies and revised their practices in order to eliminate gender pay differences among faculty. We will also spend time learning and discussing any legal ramifications related to equity in compensation.
Resource: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-51031-2

Kevin Eide, Mdiv
AVP Financial Planning & Analytics
Medical College of Wisconsin

Kimara Ellefson
National Director for Partnerships
Kern National Network for Caring & Character in Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin

Amy Gottlieb, MD, FACP
Chief Faculty Development Officer
Baystate Health Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
University of Massachusetts Medical School – Baystate

Patricia Washienko, Esq
Freiberger & Washienko, LLC

MedBiquitous 2021 - Save the Date and Call for Proposals!

We are excited to announce that the MedBiquitous annual conference is confirmed for Sept. 20-21, and will be 100% virtual.

Please save the date!

To celebrate the return of the MedBiquitous annual conference and to launch a new method of engaging with the community, we will be offering an open call for content for multiple MedBiquitous platforms.

The call will be used primarily to offer the community an opportunity to present content they are passionate about at either the annual conference or the monthly webinars. We will also be offering a variety of new ways for the community to interact over the coming months, and we will be looking for content for those opportunities as well.

Information on how to submit your proposals can be found here. Details regarding the agenda and registration will be shared soon. Please visit https://medbiq.org/medbiq2021 in the coming weeks for updates.

Learn Serve Lead 2021

November 8, 9, and 10, 2021 (Virtual Meeting)
Save the Dates

Learn Serve Lead 2021: The Virtual Experience is the only meeting devoted entirely to exploring academic medicine’s opportunities and challenges. As part of that mission, the AAMC’s annual meeting serves as a unique opportunity to bring together diverse communities. You don’t need to be an institutional leader or physician to register and add your voice to the conversation! If you work at a medical school or teaching hospital, join us for Learn Serve Lead Nov. 8-10 and be a part of this meaningful experience designed to elicit new ideas that will contribute to shaping the future of academic medicine.

Who should register? Past attendees include:

  • CEOs and deans
  • Researchers and scientists
  • Faculty physicians
  • Medical students and residents
  • University and hospital administrators
  • Institutional advancement and government relations staff
  • Student affairs staff
  • Diversity officers
  • Wellness officers
  • Academic affairs staff
  • Specialty society executives and staff

Subscribe to newsletter on role of arts and humanities in medical education

The AAMC FRAHME newsletter is designed to provide news from the AAMC’s Fundamental Role of Arts and Humanities in Medical Education initiative. This new monthly communication is for anyone interested in learning more about integrating arts and humanities into medical education, and will provide new publications, resources, and other related news.
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Publications & Resources

New AAMC report reinforces mounting physician shortage amid COVID-19 recovery

The AAMC has released its annual report on physician projections, The Complexities of Physician Supply and Demand: Projections from 2019-2034, which says the United States could see an estimated shortage of between 37,800 and 124,000 physicians by 2034, including shortfalls in both primary and specialty care. “The pandemic has underscored the vital role that physicians and other health care providers play in our nation’s health care infrastructure and the need to ensure we have enough physicians to meet America’s needs,” said AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD. A new op-ed by Skorton and Janis Orlowski, MD, AAMC chief health care officer, published in USA Today, further explores the role of the academic medicine community in addressing the nation’s projected physician shortage to meet the growing demand of doctors and health care workers.
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VaccineVoices: Should Health Systems Offer Staff Bonuses for Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine?

The AAMC recently launched VaccineVoices.org as an online resource to encourage COVID-19 vaccine confidence among health care personnel. A new article explores the experiences of several hospitals and health care providers that have offered cash incentives to boost vaccination rates among employees. Interested in sharing with others what has worked at your institution? Email vaccineconfidence@aamc.org.  
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AAMC publishes Education Debt Manager for Matriculating and Graduating Medical School Students  

This publication is updated twice annually (in January and late spring) as a resource for medical school students, residents, and financial aid staff to make smart financial decisions and navigate the complexities of student debt. Produced by the AAMC’s Financial Information, Resources, Services, and Tools (FIRST) program, the publication provides insights on how to understand the basics of student loans, including loan types; manage existing student loans during and after medical school; build a budget and manage finances during medical school and residency; and more.
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Supplemental ERAS application for internal medicine, dermatology, and general surgery

The AAMC is developing a supplemental ERAS application for three residency specialties (internal medicine, dermatology, and general surgery) that will be in place for the ERAS 2022 season. The brief supplemental application is in addition to the MyERAS application and will provide an opportunity for applicants to share more information about themselves and their medical education journey with programs. Additional information and frequently asked questions are available online and the AAMC will offer further details and resources, including webinars for medical students and advisors, in the coming weeks.
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New AAMC fact sheet on academic medicine’s efforts to combat maternal mortality crisis

Maternal death rates and inequities in the United States are high — and on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Black, American Indian, and Alaska Native women are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than White women. A new AAMC fact sheet provides an overview on some of the diverse strategies and efforts that the AAMC and its member medical schools and teaching hospitals have undertaken to combat the maternal health crisis and strengthen the systems that improve the health of birthing persons and infants.
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AAMC launches redesigned advocacy and policy web content

The AAMC has launched redesigned advocacy and policy web content with updated information, new resources, and improved navigation to highlight the association’s policy priorities and issues that most affect the academic medicine community. The redesign includes new pages on some of the AAMC’s top clinical care, research, and workforce policy priorities, as well as a new page dedicated to investing in healthier communities.
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Recommended Reading

AAMCNews: Underrepresented voices in medicine tell their stories

Medical schools are admitting fewer Black men and American Indian and Alaska Native students than they were 40 years ago. These students share what it’s like to be part of the least represented groups in medicine.
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AAMCNews: We already needed more doctors. Then COVID-19 hit

The pandemic took an incalculable toll on the nation’s physicians. We will be unraveling its impact for years to come.
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From Diversity and Inclusion to Antiracism in Medical Training Institutions

Argueza, Bianca R.; Saenz, Samuel Ricardo; McBride, Dannielle
Academic Medicine. 96(6):798-801, June 2021.

Cybersecurity Challenges and the Academic Health Center: An Interactive Tabletop Simulation for Executives

Maggio, Lauren A.; Dameff, Christian; Kanter, Steven L.; Woods, Beau; Tully, Jeffrey
Academic Medicine. 96(6):850-853, June 2021.

Developing Academic Leadership From a Distance: A Health Professions Education Practicum Course

Samuel, Anita; Durning, Steven J.; Larsen, Kelsey L.
Academic Medicine. 96(6):854-858, June 2021.

Implementation of Changes to Medical Student Documentation at Duke University Health System: Balancing Education With Service

Gagliardi, Jane P.; Bonanno, Brian; McPeek Hinz, Eugenia R.; Musser, R. Clayton; Knudsen, Nancy W.; Palko, Michael; McNair, Felice; Lee, Hui-Jie; Clay, Alison S.
Academic Medicine. 96(6):900-905, June 2021.

A Novel Curriculum Assessment Tool, Based on AAMC Competencies, to Improve Medical Education About Sexual and Gender Minority Populations

Faculty and students develop a new tool to assess, within the undergraduate medical education curriculum, the presence and timing of topics related to the health and health care of sexual and gender minority populations.
Ann C. Zumwalt, PhD, Erin E. Carter, MD, MS, Isabelle M. Gell-Levey, Nat Mulkey, MD, Carl Streed Jr., MD, MPH, and Jennifer Siegel, MD
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Virtual Team Rounding: A Cross-Specialty Inpatient Care Staffing Program to Manage COVID-19 Surges

The authors describe an inpatient virtual staffing model called the Virtual Team Rounding Program, created to address some of the numerous challenges the COVID-19 pandemic presented to inpatient care.
Nora V. Becker, MD, PhD, Salina Bakshi, MD, MPH, Kate L. Martin, PA-C, Amina Bougrine, MD, Jonathan Andrade, MS, PA-C, Paul R. Massey, MD, Jesse P. Hirner, MD, Julie Eccleston, PA-C, Niteesh K. Choudhry, MD, PhD, Kathryn Britton, MD, MPH, Adam B. Landman, MD, Adam M. Licurse, MD, MHS, Narath Carlile, MD, MPH, and Mallika L. Mendu, MD, MBA
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Welcome New Members

(June 2021)

Seth Alexander    
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Chantilly Apollon    
University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

Kristine Barnette    
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Michel Branch    
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Jenene Cook    
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Gurm Dhugga    
University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine

Arvind Sivashanmugam    
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Ariane Smith    
Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Kaitlin Smith    
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine    

Charles Thayer    
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

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