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Congratulations - Leading Information Technology (LIT) in Academic Medicine Class of 2020

Last week at the AAMC offices in Washington, DC, 47 attendees participated in our annual Leading Information Technology (LIT) in Academic Medicine Seminar. Congratulations to our Class of 2020. Thank you to our faculty for leading the program: Todd Leach (Course Director), Theodora Bakker, Marc Overcash, Ted Hanss, Erika Fleck and Walter Douglas. We would also like to thank the colleagues of our seminar participants for recommending the program and supporting their attendance. We look forward to seeing you next year in late January 2021 for our next program.

Call for GIR Excellence and Service Awards

The call for nominations for the GIR Excellence and Service Awards is now open. If you would like to nominate a candidate for either award, please review the information on the AAMC GIR Awards website and fill out the nominations form below. Nominations are due February 15, 2020.

Nominations Form

Taste of LIT – Preconference

At the 2020 Information Technology in Academic Medicine Conference (GIR Meeting), we will be hosting a half-day workshop taught by LIT alumni. The workshop will cover topics on leadership in academic medicine and technology. The format mimics a day at the LIT Seminar and includes networking opportunities and leadership tools that attendees will be able to take back and apply at their institutions.

Date/Time: The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, June 9, 2020 from 7:30 am – 11:30 am. Breakfast will also be included.

Topics of interest: Any session related to leadership development. Some sample topic ideas include, but are not limited to: Emotional intelligence; negotiation; managing difficult relationships/conflict resolution; strategic planning; service management; diversity and inclusion.

Call for Sessions: Please consider submitting a proposal for a presentation – here.

What is Data Science?

Bioinformatics. Data Science. Have you heard these terms and wondered about what they meant? Do you want to learn more about how data science is impacting research and
clinical care? Join the GIR’s Research Technology Working Group on Monday, March 9th at 1 pm Eastern / 10 am Pacific for a presentation and Q&A by Dr. Jason Moore to learn more.

This call is open to all GIR members and interested colleagues.

The following appointment contains the dial-in information for this call. Please accept the appointment if you would like to join the call.

Registration Opening in February – 2020 Information Technology in Academic Medicine Conference

Registration will be opening in February for the Information Technology in Academic Medicine Conference Sponsored by the AAMC Group on Information Resources (GIR).
The conference takes place June 9-12, 2020 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York, New York.

GIR Workforce Development Project

In 2018-2019, the Group on Information Resources (GIR) Steering Committee developed a resource with the intent to examine the future IT workforce and the skills needed to be successful. As part of this process, the Steering Committee identified several areas of importance about the future workforce and communicated their viewpoints on these
topics. The summaries in this resource represent the opinions of the GIR Steering Committee member(s) assigned to the topic.

Access this Resource

GIR Listserve postings – January 2020

Listserve postings in January 2020 included the following topics: security assessment for third party contracts; providing access to learning outside your institution; WORM drive software; Microsoft Power BI partner; transferring instrument output files to researchers; Small SMS/SIS system; Tools to deliver diagnostic imaging instruction.
To access the GIR Listserve archives:
To post a question to the GIR listserve:


AAMC launches new initiative to address and eliminate gender inequities

In January 2020, as part of the AAMC’s commitment toward addressing the lack of sufficient diversity, equity, and inclusion, the AAMC Board of Directors endorsed a statement and call to action for leaders in the academic medicine community to address
gender inequities at their institutions. In a bold new initiative, the AAMC calls on medical schools, teaching hospitals, and academic societies to step up their efforts to identify and
address the discriminatory practices that have led to stark gender differences in pay, promotion, and representation among specialties, among other areas. For more
information and to view resources, toolkits, effective practices, and other materials to address gender equity, visit

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AAMC statement on Medicaid guidance

The AAMC issued a statement in response to the Medicaid Healthy Adult Opportunity demonstration and the recent 2019 Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation proposed rule. “This guidance could result in reductions in coverage, access, and quality care for the
millions of vulnerable patients who rely on this critical program,” said David J. Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO.

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Herbert W. Nickens Awards

The AAMC is soliciting nominations for its annual Herbert W. Nickens Awards. These awards honor individuals who advance the educational, societal, and health care needs of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. We encourage you to disseminate this
call for nominations and consider colleagues and students for these awards. The nomination deadline for the three awards below is April 3, 2020.

For questions, please contact Angela Moses at 202.862.6203, email, or visit All applications must be submitted through the AAMC website.

AAMC Submits Comments to NIH on Draft Data Management and Sharing Policy

The AAMC Jan. 10 submitted comments to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in response to a request for information on a draft policy to serve as a foundation for a data management and sharing for NIH-funded research.

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Information: Anurupa Dev, AAMC Scientific Affairs, 202-862-6048; Heather Pierce, AAMC Scientific Affairs, 202-478-9926.

Learning Opportunities

GBA/GIP 2020 Joint Spring Meeting – Registration Open

Preparing for the Future of Academic Medicine
April 21-24, 2020
Hilton San Francisco Union Square
San Francisco, California
Register Today

Webinar on Operationalizing Your Strategic Plan: Part II

February 11, 2020
3:00 PM (EST)
Register Today

In practice, your organization’s strategic plan should guide your employees’ work each week, month, and year. So why isn’t it doing that? Perhaps it’s more operational than strategic. Perhaps it does not include all aspects of your organization. Perhaps no one on
your campus is charged daily with ensuring its implementation. Perhaps it’s not championed by your CEO. Perhaps it lacks adequate implementation funding or datainformed buy-in.

The mentioned possibilities and others may stifle your institution’s ability to operationalize your strategic plan, relegating it as an afterthought. The consequences of that could be far-reaching, as healthcare needs are more demanding. Further, the landscape in
academic medicine, health sciences, and healthcare is rapidly changing.

This webinar, Part II in a series hosted by the AAMC GIP Strategic Planning and Management Subcommittee, will address some of these challenges and provide practical ways to resolve them. If you are interested in ensuring that the strategic direction of your
organization is well-defined and achieved, please join our webinar on February 11th.

Leadership plenary addresses from Learn Serve Lead 2019 published

The AAMC has published the leadership plenary addresses delivered by David Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO, and Lilly Marks, vice president for health affairs for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and immediate past chair of the AAMC
Board of Directors, during Learn Serve Lead 2019: The AAMC Annual Meeting. In their respective addresses, Skorton and Marks called on leaders of the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals to change how they carry out their missions in order to confront social and economic challenges that threaten their ability to deliver the best care to people in need.

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Publications & Resources

AAMC publishes new data on diversity in medicine

The AAMC has published new data on race, ethnicity, and sex in medical education and the physician workforce in the United States. The report, titled Diversity in Medicine: Facts and Figures 2019, provides a set of online data tables that displays applicant, matriculant, and graduate data for the academic year 2018-2019 and faculty and workforce data for 2018.

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Updated AAMC resource on managing medical school debt

An updated version of the AAMC resource, Education Debt Manager for Matriculating and Graduating Medical School Students, is now available. The free comprehensive guide is designed to help medical school students, residents, and financial aid staff navigate the
complexities of student debt.

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MedBiquitous January Newsletter 

The MedBiquitous® Community Connection newsletter shares ongoing activities for community members and features updates, as well as a list of future engagements.

Access the January newsletter.

New data snapshot examines telehealth implementation at teaching hospitals

Recent findings from an AAMC analysis found that teaching hospitals are increasingly implementing telehealth programs and are more likely to offer many types of telehealth services than nonteaching hospitals, including remote patient monitoring, telepsychiatry,
and telestroke.

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Today’s residents, by the numbers

The AAMC’s 2019 Report on Residents provides a data-based look at trends in test scores, specialties, and professional practices.

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Recommended Reading

Academic medicine on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak

As a deadly virus spreads from China to at least 15 other countries, U.S. experts are mobilizing to decode the disease and protect patients. AAMCNews spoke with a leading virologist at Vanderbilt University about breaking developments and what lies ahead.

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NEJM commentary on cost of applying to medical school

Gabrielle Campbell, AAMC chief services officer, and AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, published a letter to the editor in the New England Journal of Medicine underscoring the association’s commitment to making the process of applying to medical
school more affordable. “The cost of applying to medical school should not be a barrier for aspiring physicians,” they wrote.

Read the Press Release

Team-Based Learning Analytics: An Empirical Case Study

Authors demonstrate how Team-Based Learning data that are generated by a learning management system can be used in a systematic manner to investigate issues (e.g., poor student performance) in the real educational environment.
Ying Yun Juliana Koh, MA, Henk G. Schmidt, PhD, Naomi Low-Beer, MD, MEd, and Jerome I. Rotgans, PhD

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Open Office Space: The Wave of the Future for Academic Health Centers?

Barnes, Janice; Wineman, Jean; Adler, Nancy
Academic Medicine. 95(1):52-58, January 2020.

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Building the Bridge to Quality: An Urgent Call to Integrate Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Education With Clinical Care

Wong, Brian M.; Baum, Karyn D.; Headrick, Linda A.; Holmboe, Eric S.; Moss, Fiona;
Ogrinc, Greg; Shojania, Kaveh G.; Vaux, Emma; Warm, Eric J.; Frank, Jason R.
Academic Medicine. 95(1):59-68, January 2020.

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Independent and Interwoven: A Qualitative Exploration of Residents’ Experiences With Educational Podcasts

Riddell, Jeffrey; Robins, Lynne; Brown, Alisha; Sherbino, Jonathan; Lin, Michelle; Ilgen,
Jonathan S.
Academic Medicine. 95(1):89-96, January 2020.

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More medical research = better patient care

Congress recently approved a funding increase for the National Institutes of Health and reauthorized the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Karen Fisher, JD, AAMC chief public policy officer, and Ross McKinney, MD, AAMC chief scientific officer, highlight why that’s important in a new AAMCNews Insights column.

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pathCast: An Interactive Medical Education Curriculum that Leverages Live Streaming on Facebook and YouTube

Beginning in 2016, the authors leveraged the live streaming capabilities of Facebook and YouTube to create a platform called pathCast to broadcast pathology lectures to an international community of medical professionals.
Emilio Madrigal, DO, and Rifat Mannan, MD

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Making Decisions in the Era of the Clinical Decision Rule: How Emergency Physicians Use Clinical Decision Rules

Examining physicians’ diagnosis of simulated cases suggested a stepwise process where most physicians applied CDRs only after deciding if tests were warranted, according to a McMaster study.
Teresa M. Chan, MD, FRCPC, MHPE, Mathew Mercuri, PhD, Michelle Turcotte, Emily Gardiner, MD, Jonathan Sherbino, MD, MEd, FRCPC, and Kerstin de Wit, MD, MSc, FRCPC

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Some Additional Reading related to IT Workforce Development

Thank you Jim Boyce

Top 10 AAMCNews stories of 2019

From new research into the doctor shortage to new insights into why so many women leave medicine early in their careers, here are the top 10 AAMCNews stories of 2019.

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Welcome New Members

(January 1-31, 2020)

Freya Balroop
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Grace Capreol
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Lauren Esposito
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Victor Gonzales
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine

Dmitriy Gorenshteyn
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Walter Harris
Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine

Jhojana Infante
Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University

Jongyeol Kim
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine

Patti Pate
Emory University School of Medicine

Hugh Stoddard
Emory University School of Medicine

Annie Thompson
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

Richard Wyckoff
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

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