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October 1, 2021

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GIR News and Business

Save the Date: 2022 Information Technology in Academic Medicine Conference sponsored by the Group on Information Resources (GIR)

Wide angle photo of Brooklyn bridge under cloudy sky Photo by Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash

June 2-3, 2022
New York Marriott Marquis
New York, NY

We want to hear from you! The call for proposals will be opening in November. For more information about serving on the GIR Conference Planning Committee, please email gir@aamc.org.

IT Survey – Coming Soon

Survey contacts and GIR Medical School Representatives were contacted earlier this week about the upcoming GIR IT Survey, which will be distributed on October 20, 2021. Now is a great time to update your GIR Medical School Contacts. We appreciate your participation in this year’s survey. For questions, please contact girsurvey@aamc.org.

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

The Diversity and Inclusion Work Group (GIRDI) is proud to announce its flagship 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 inaugural episode, Courtney Terry, Co-Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Work Group, and IT Manager of Academic Systems, Rutgers School of Graduate Studies, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, shares about experiencing racism, remaining optimistic and wanting a seat at the table.

Courtney Terry
Co-Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Work Group
IT Manager of Academic Systems, Rutgers School of Graduate Studies
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Former Co-Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Work Group
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 September 2021:

GIR Listserv: System to Manage User Biographical Information; - Resurfacing this message; Cell phone and home internet reimbursement policies for employees

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.

  • This month, the community’s Member Spotlight personality is GIR’s Immediate Past Chair, David Hotchkiss, BBA. David is the Chief Information Officer & Vice President of Information Services at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Learn about his career path, how he starts his day, and what he thinks is the most challenging issue right now in IT in academic medicine.
  • Or log in to add your voice to these September discussions you may have missed:

If you don’t have an account already, please request one here.

Register Now for Learn Serve Lead 2021

Learn Serve Lead 2021: The AAMC Annual Meeting

November 8, 9, and 10, 2021 (Virtual Meeting)

Registration is now open! Plan to join us for the AAMC’s premier learning and networking event: Learn Serve Lead 2021, the only meeting devoted entirely to exploring academic medicine’s challenges and opportunities. Learn Serve Lead 2021: The Virtual Experience also presents a unique opportunity for academic medicine professionals to learn from one another and build organizational capacity. In addition to the Learn Serve Lead program, supplemental medical education content, posters, focused discussions and a host of other educational and networking opportunities will also be available. Early bird registration discounts are available.
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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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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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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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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 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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AAMC Comments on National Artificial Intelligence Initiative

The AAMC submitted a letter to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation on Sept. 1 in response to a request for information geared toward developing a shared, national artificial intelligence research infrastructure that is referred to as the National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource.
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Information: Julia Omotade, PhD, AAMC Scientific Affairs.

AAMCNews: Everything you need to know about the supplemental ERAS® application

The trial residency application applies to three competitive specialties — dermatology, general surgery, and internal medicine. Here’s key information for medical students and residency programs.
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Learning Opportunities

Virtual symposium on confronting health misinformation: Gaps and opportunities for health professions educators

On Oct. 29 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET, the AAMC, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), and American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) will host a joint virtual symposium for health professions educators. Goals of the event include defining health misinformation and the role of health professions educators in combatting misinformation and building trust among patients and families; and exploring practical strategies for preparing health professional learners to confront health misinformation with patients and public audiences. Panelists will explore new national guidance, research, curricular resources, and exemplars in this area. In addition, educators will be invited to consider local curricular opportunities for preparing health professional learners to confront health misinformation with patients and public audiences.
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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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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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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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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 mid-October.

Publications & Resources

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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New AAMC data snapshot examines diversity among Hispanic/Latinx U.S. physicians

According to a new AAMC data snapshot, 6% of U.S. physicians and 11% of medical students identify as Hispanic/Latinx. Although typically aggregated into a single group, new data illustrates that these physicians and students represent a broad array of ethnicities, cultures, and experiences.
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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 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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Recommended Reading

American Journal of Medicine: Time for Organized Medicine to Call for Racial Justice in Medical Education and Health Care

David A. Acosta, MD, AAMC chief diversity and inclusion officer, and David J. Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO, have authored an article in The American Journal of Medicine that urges organized medicine to call for racial justice in medical education and health care. “It is time to have an honest confrontation with reality in order to bring about racial healing and become anti-racist organizations,” the authors write. “Organized medicine must come together in solidarity to make ‘good trouble’ and fight collectively for racial justice so that every community we serve can achieve their full health potential and achieve racial equity—that is, giving people what they need to enjoy full, healthy lives regardless of race.”
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Simulating for Quality: A Centralized Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Simulation Curriculum for Residents and Fellows

The authors developed a centralized QI/PS flipped-classroom simulation curriculum for GME trainees across multiple disciplines that consisted of a pre-assessment and pre-work readings and videos and an 8-hour simulation day.
Jacob T. Luty, MD, Hayden Oldham, MD, Andrea Smeraglio, MD, Matthew DiVeronica, MD, Christopher Terndrup, MD, Frederick A. Tibayan, MD, Joshua Engle, MS, MHA, Kimberly Lepin, MS, CPHQ, and Stephanie Nonas, MD, MCR
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Using Machine Learning in Residency Applicant Screening

On this episode of the Academic Medicine Podcast, guest 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 episode is now available through Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever else you get your podcasts.
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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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Welcome New Members

(September 2021)

Laura Fluharty
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Maria Padilla
Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine

Bhavana Sherchand
University of Arizona College of Medicine

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