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GIR Annual Membership/Business Meeting — All Members Welcome

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
12-1:00 PM (EDT)


The Group on Information Technology (GIR) Annual Business Meeting takes place every year and is typically held during a business lunch at the Information Technology in Academic Medicine Conference sponsored by the GIR. Since the Spring Meeting was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be conducting the GIR Annual Business Meeting using this webinar as the platform. During this meeting, the main business will include: election announcements, awards, recognition of outgoing Steering Committee members, Work Group updates, looking ahead to next year’s opportunities, and knowledge sharing among GIR members. This meeting is intended for the GIR community and open to all AAMC constituents (employees of AAMC member institutions) who are interested in participating.

Webinar Recording: Creating a Collaborative Culture Through Remote Work - May 26

You may access the recording from our webinar on May 26th here. You will be required to login to access the recording. Working from home has suddenly become the new normal for many organizations, as well as discovering its inherent value, significant benefits, and also challenges along the way. This webinar, hosted by members of the AAMC Group on Information Resources (GIR) Diversity and Inclusion Work Group, will examine the entire lifecycle of developing, enhancing, optimizing, and sustaining a successful telecommuting team.

Remote Work Roadmap

This document was created by the GIR Diversity and Inclusion Work Group and is intended to inform and improve an understanding of telecommuting and enhancement of remote working environments. You can access the document here.

GIR Listserve Archives

The following topics were posted on the GIR Listserve in May 2020. Topics: Incident response products; AAMC video interview available for medical school admissions; Best Practices, Policies, or Procedures for Re-Opening Clinical Simulation Centers COVID & Return to Work / Contact Tracing Questions; Governance - Microsoft Teams & Microsoft Stream; MD Admissions - Digital Document Management.

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AAMC Statement on Police Brutality and Racism in America and Their Impact on Health

David J. Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO, and David A. Acosta, MD, AAMC chief diversity and inclusion officer released statement on police brutality and racism. Read More

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AAMC Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from World Health Organization

Ross McKinney, Jr., MD, AAMC chief scientific officer, issued statement on announcement to end the United States’ relationship with the World Health Organization. Read More.

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AAMC video interview available for medical school admissions

Following ongoing conversations with medical schools about an alternative to in-person interviews during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are pleased to offer the AAMC video interview tool for admissions for use in the 2021 application cycle. To recognize the significant economic impact of COVID-19 on our member institutions and applicants, this tool is offered at no cost to schools or students.

If your medical school is interested in making use of the AAMC video interview tool for admissions during this application cycle, you must register to participate by July 10, 2020. Please contact for more information. Your admissions team will also receive a follow-up call from our AMCAS Medical School Relations representatives in the coming days; they look forward to answering any questions you may have about this tool. Lastly, we are planning an informational webinar for medical schools in the coming weeks/months and will provide details as soon as they are available.

AAMC press teleconference on perspectives and principles for reopening the United States  

On May 8, David J. Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO, hosted the fifth in a series of one-hour live press briefings. AAMC experts answered questions and provided the latest news and perspectives from the front lines related to patient care, medical research, and how medical schools and teaching hospitals are responding to the coronavirus pandemic and preparing for reopening the country. A recording is now available. Read More

AAMC statement on the HEROES Act

On April 21, AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, issued a statement on the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. “The AAMC applauds lawmakers and the administration for coming to an agreement that recognizes, as an ongoing priority, additional financial relief to teaching hospitals and academic physicians that are caring for patients on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the urgent need to continue expanding the nation’s COVID-19 testing capacity.”
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AAMC launches operational pilot of situational judgment test

Two AAMC-member medical schools, the University of Minnesota Medical School and the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, will pilot the AAMC’s situational judgment test (SJT) in the 2021 application cycle. The test provides a standardized assessment of competencies to facilitate the holistic review of applicants and broaden the diversity of the applicant pool considered for interviews. The SJT has proven to be a valid, reliable assessment that predicts future performance in medical school.
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New two-part episode of “Beyond the White Coat” podcast

In this two-part episode of the AAMC’s “Beyond the White Coat” podcast, David J. Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO, speaks with Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Rep. Donna E. Shalala (D-Fla.) about how health care policy will change for patients, the research community, and the workforce in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Full transcripts are available.
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New episode of “Beyond the White Coat” podcast focuses on well-being

On this week’s episode of “Beyond the White Coat,” David J. Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO, talks with Jonathan Ripp, MD, MPH, senior associate dean for well-being and resilience and chief wellness officer at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, about how we can care for ourselves, and others, in the era of COVID-19. To suggest a topic for future episodes or pose questions you’d like answered by AAMC experts, please email Stephanie Weiner, AAMC manager of digital strategy, at Listen Now

AAMC Submits Letter to CMS on Future of Telehealth Flexibilities

The AAMC sent a letter on May 14 to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma urging the administration and Congress to make changes to legislation and regulations to make permanent some of the telehealth waivers and flexibilities that were put in place during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Read More
Information: Gayle Lee, 202-741-6429; Kate Ogden, 202-540-5413, AAMC Health Care Affairs.

Learning Opportunities

Future of in-person AAMC meetings as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Effective May 14, and with the health and safety of our constituents and staff as our top priority, the AAMC has made the difficult decision to cancel all planned in-person meetings through June 30, 2021. This includes professional and leadership development programs, learning and training sessions, Learn Serve Lead 2020: The AAMC Annual Meeting, and various steering committee, advisory committee, and AAMC Board of Directors meetings scheduled for the coming year. Learn More

Webinar Recording: Overview of the Final Interoperability and Information Blocking Rules

Webinar Recording

Following the enforcement discretion announcements related to the release of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) 21st Century Cures Act: Interoperability, Information Blocking, and the ONC Health IT Certification Program final rule and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Interoperability and Patient Access final rule, the AAMC will present the key provisions of these regulations, requirements for providers and health systems, and updated implementation timelines. Topics relevant to AAMC member institutions include:

  • standards related to information blocking;
  • updates to the 2015 Edition certification criteria for health information systems;
  • new Conditions of Participation (CoPs) for hospitals regarding electronic notifications;
  • and the requirement that data be accessible through application programming interfaces (APIs).

Subway Summit Webinar Series on Lessons Learned from COVID-19

Several New York and New Jersey medical schools are convening a webinar series (June 8-12th) to provide lessons learned during the surge and post-surge recovery strategies and contingency planning through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion, communication strategy, and infection prevention. For more information, including the schedule and registration information, please visit here:

Of particular interest may be the session on Thursday, June 11th, 4 - 5:30pm EST: Operations (people, money and space) Webinar Session. You are welcome to participate in any/all of the sessions though.

The webinar series is supported by the AAMC, Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, and the Associated Medical Schools of New York. Following are a list of participating institutions:

  1. Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  2. Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
  3. CUNY School of Medicine
  4. Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
  5. Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall
  6. Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  7. New York University Robert I. Grossman School of Medicine
  8. New York Medical College
  9. Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  10. Weill Cornell Medical College

Community Call: Creative Strategies to Address the Gendered Impact of COVID-19

Friday, June 5, 2020 3:00 – 4:00 PM (EDT)

Register here
Submit your questions and resources here to discuss on the call

With so many personal and professional changes to our lives as a result of the pandemic, more attention must be paid to how these changes disproportionately impact women, especially women of diverse backgrounds. During this community call, hosted by GWIMS, discuss with your colleagues creative solutions to the gendered impact of COVID such as caregiving and dependent care issues, working remotely, virtual practices and other topics – this call is open to all. The AAMC’s recently launched Gender Equity Lab (GEL) was formed to assist members with these emerging issues and more calls can be scheduled to meet the needs of the community and share resources.

Webinar: The Road to MedBiquitous

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (EDT)
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The next installment of the MedBiquitous Community Connection webinar series is scheduled for June 9, 2020, 11am-12pm (ET). "The Road to MedBiquitous" includes a keynote presented by Marc Triola, MD, Associate Dean for Educational Informatics and Director, Institute for Innovations in Medical Education, NYU Langone Health, and an overview of the MedBiquitous Program by Johmarx Patton, MD, Director, Educational Technology and Standards, AAMC. More information can be found here. There is no cost to attend but registration is required.

AAMC June 2020 Policy and Advocacy Update

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
2:00 PM (EDT)


As AAMC member medical schools and teaching hospitals continue to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, advocacy at all levels has been essential to ensure the academic medicine community has the resources and support needed to effectively protect the nation’s health. The AAMC Office of Government Relations is offering a webinar on federal COVID-19 activities and other legislative and policy priorities. Additional information about this virtual event is available on the AAMC’s webinar and online course catalog. An agenda will be published soon.

Request for proposals: Advancing the integration of humanities and the arts in health professions education

The AAMC, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, is seeking applications for a newly created grants program intended to advance educational scholarship around integrating the humanities and arts in health professions education. Implementing this work may provide therapeutic benefits for the challenges faced by COVID-19. Five grants of $25,000 each will be awarded to investigators pursuing scholarship on new, emerging, or existing educational programs. The deadline for proposals is September 15.
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Publications & Resources

Medical School COVID-19 Websites for Faculty and Online Instruction

This resource compiles a list of publicly available websites to support faculty who are teaching online. Access the resource here.

AAMC establishes virtual resource library on leading in difficult times

Leaders across the academic medicine community are facing unprecedented challenges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. To support the communities we serve, the AAMC has developed a virtual resource library on leading in difficult times, with a focus on managing self, leading others, and leading your institutions. Email to suggest additional leadership resources for the collection.
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Medical Students in the Class of 2021: Moving Across Institutions for Post Graduate Training

The Coalition for Physician Accountability – a cross-organizational group of national medical education organizations, of which the AAMC is a member – released its recommendations, Medical Students in the Class of 2021: Moving Across Institutions for Post Graduate Training (full report and executive summary), covering three major issues that applicants and training programs are facing as they prepare for the 2020-21 residency cycle during the COVID-19 pandemic: away rotations; in-person interviews for residency; and the ERAS timeline.

To develop the recommendations, the Coalition convened a work group whose participants featured diversity of thought and represented the full spectrum of stakeholders across medical education and the public.

NIH Request for Information: Use of Cloud Resources and New File Formats for Sequence Read Archive Data – Due July 17, 2020

AAMC publishes report on state of women in academic medicine

The current pandemic makes clear how much we need to attract, retain, and advance all talented physicians and researchers. The AAMC’s new State of Women in Academic Medicine report highlights key advances — and the challenges that remain for women. The report is based on a data collected from 2018-2019 which showed that while there is near-parity at the medical school level – women make up 51 percent of applicants and 48 percent of graduates – they are not similarly represented after they enter the fields of academic medicine. The report uses various AAMC and external datasets to illustrate the pipeline of women in academic medicine and science. In combination, the data present a snapshot of women’s representation at key junctures in their roles as learners, faculty, and leaders. The AAMC will host a free webinar to discuss key findings from the report on June 25.

Earlier this year, the AAMC called on leaders of the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals to identify four key areas for achieving gender equity, underscoring the AAMC’s deep commitment to addressing the lack of diversity, equity, and inclusion in academic medicine. As part of this effort, the AAMC is compiling effective and innovative gender equity practices, programs, and policies in progress at AAMC-member medical schools and teaching hospitals and developed an educational webinar series on gender equity.

Recommended Reading

The Change to Pass/Fail Scoring for Step 1 in the Context of COVID-19: Implications for the Transition to Residency Process

The author considers the announcement that scoring on Step 1 will change to pass/fail and its effects on the transition to residency in the context of the InCUS recommendations and the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alison J. Whelan, MD
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Managing a Specialty Service During the COVID-19 Crisis: Lessons From a New York City Health System

The authors describe their experiences and share lessons learned regarding patient triage, staff safety, workforce management, and the psychological impact as they have adapted to a new reality in Montefiore Medical Center’s Department of Neurosurgery.
Adam Ammar, MD, Ariel D. Stock, MD, PhD, Ryan Holland, MD, Yaroslav Gelfand, MD, and David Altschul, MD
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Redesigning the Learning Environment to Promote Learner Well-Being and Professional Development

Dyrbye, Liselotte N.; Lipscomb, Wanda; Thibault, George
Academic Medicine. 95(5):674-678, May 2020.

pathCast: An Interactive Medical Education Curriculum That Leverages Livestreaming on Facebook and YouTube

Madrigal, Emilio; Mannan, Rifat
Academic Medicine. 95(5):744-750, May 2020.

Medical Student Portfolios: Their Value and What You Need for Successful Implementation

Authors review the usefulness of electronic portfolios for undergraduate medical education (e.g., to support assessment, feedback, career guidance), as well as the resources, including stakeholder buy-in, needed to implement a successful portfolio system.
Gary L. Beck Dallaghan, PhD, Lisa Coplit, MD, William B. Cutrer, MD, MEd, and Sheila Crow, PhD
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AAMCNews: Collaborations that save lives

Universities are calling on experts across campus, from engineers to materials designers to biomedical researchers, to produce testing reagents, swabs, personal protective equipment, and more. Will these relationships endure beyond the pandemic?
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AAMCNews: The MCAT® exam: Changes, flexibility for 2020 examinees

Despite some technical difficulties when registration first opened, there are plenty of slots for students who want to take the exam this year. Read More.

AAMCNews: Medical school graduation 2020: Some pomp under unusual circumstances

Virtual commencement ceremonies this month will help launch over 20,000 new medical school graduates into the health care workforce. AAMCNews explores what some schools are doing to make the day a little bit special. Read More.

Welcome New Members

(May 1-31, 2020)

Chosang Tendhar
Hackensack-Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University

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