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September 1, 2020

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Webinar Recording: Managing and Leading Remote Teams

On Thursday, August 27th, Aaron Kraus, Owner @ akSES LLC presented on our GIR webinar on managing distributed or remote teams. You can access the recording here. Please note that you will first need to register to access the recording.

Registration Now Open: Learn, Serve, Lead – the AAMC Annual Meeting

The 2020 AAMC annual meeting, taking place in November, will be different than previous years’ meetings—just as the whole world is different than it was a year ago. Academic medicine in particular has faced unprecedented challenges during 2020, making the need for our community to meet and learn from each other greater than it has ever been before. To allow us to gather while ensuring the health and safety of attendees, this year’s
signature event in academic medicine will take place virtually.

To view the program and register, please visit our annual meeting website.

GIR Listserve

The following topics were posted on the GIR Listserve in August 2020: Data governance solutions

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AAMC statement on revised CDC guidelines for COVID-19 testing

AAMC Chief Scientific Officer Ross McKinney, Jr., MD, and AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, issued a statement on revised guidelines on SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) testing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “The AAMC is alarmed at the changes to the CDC’s guidelines for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) testing which recommends that individuals who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 do not need to be tested unless they show symptoms of the disease. This recommendation is irresponsible when we know that roughly 40% of SARS-CoV-2 transmissions come from an asymptomatic person. A high proportion of people who are infected with SARS-CoV-2 never develop symptoms but are contagious and can infect others who may later develop symptoms.” Read More

2020 AAMC Awards winners announced

The AAMC has announced the 2020 recipients of the association’s annual awards, which honor individuals and institutions making outstanding contributions to medical education, research, clinical care, and community engagement. The award winners will be recognized in a video tribute during Learn Serve Lead 2020: The Virtual Experience in November. Nominations for the 2021 AAMC Awards are now openRead More

AAMC releases national guidance on face coverings

The AAMC has compiled the latest scientific information on mask usage from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state and local governments, and public health experts into one commonsense, scientific approach to mask wearing for the public to help prevent and lower the transmission of the coronavirus. This national guidance, The Way Forward on COVID-19: Consensus Guidance on Face Coverings from the AAMC Research and Action Institute, builds on the AAMC’s recently released road map to reset the nation’s response to the pandemic. Read the Press Release

AAMC, NMA announce Action Collaborative on Black men in medicine

The AAMC and the National Medical Association (NMA) have announced a joint effort to convene an Action Collaborative that will address the lack of representation of African American men in medicine. The Action Collaborative will be comprised of subject matter experts across disciplines who will develop an action agenda. The AAMC and the NMA will then engage a broader range of partners in K-12, higher education, academic medicine, community-based organizations, professional organizations and societies, and other key stakeholders to work together to further refine the action agenda and plan for the implementation and evaluation of systems solutions. Read More

AAMC open letter to MCAT examinees and our community

The AAMC published an open letter from David J. Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO, and Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, Chair, AAMC Board of Directors, that addresses concerns that some have expressed about administration of the MCAT exam during the pandemic. To make the process as fair as possible in this difficult and challenging year and to preserve the integrity of the exam, the MCAT will continue to be administered in testing centers under strict safety protocols for the current admissions cycle. The AAMC also posted a statement by the Council of Deans Administrative Board. Read More

AAMC, Health Education Groups Advocate for COVID-19 Student Loan Forgiveness

The AAMC led members of the Federation of Associations of Schools of the Health Professions in an Aug. 5 letter to congressional leadership urging the inclusion of student loan forgiveness for health professionals in the upcoming COVID-19 supplemental package. Read More

Information: Matthew Shick, 202-828-6116; Brett Roude, 202-753-5726, AAMC Government Relations.

AAMC Continues Push for Research Funds in Next COVID-19 Relief Package

As negotiators debated how to move forward on another COVID-19 relief package, the AAMC and other stakeholders encouraged House, Senate, and administration leaders to ensure the next package includes investments to support the federal research enterprise, among other priorities. 
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Information: Christa Wagner, 202-828-0595, AAMC Government Relations.

AAMC Joins Letter Urging Senate to Provide COBRA Funding Relief

The AAMC joined nearly 200 other organizations in an Aug. 4 letter urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to include additional funding for COBRA support in the next COVID-19 supplemental package to help laid-off Americans keep their employer-provided health insurance coverage. Read More

Information: Jason Kleinman, 202-903-0806, AAMC Government Relations.

AAMC responds to the American Heart Association’s statement on race- conscious admissions

AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, and AAMC Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer David A. Acosta, MD, issued a statement in support of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) response to a Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA) article advocating an end to race-conscious policies for undergraduate and medical school admissions. “We applaud the recent statement by the AHA denouncing the views expressed in the article published by the JAHA that advocated for ending race-conscious policies for undergraduate and medical school admissions and argued against affirmative action initiatives, asserting, without evidence, that Black and Hispanic trainees in medicine are unqualified.” Read More

Updated AAMC guidance on medical student participation in direct in- person patient contact activities

On Aug. 14, the AAMC published updated guidance for medical schools regarding the participation of medical students in direct in-person patient care activities. The updated guidance is based on recognition that to address ongoing national physician workforce needs, the clinical education of medical students – including their involvement in direct in- person patient contact activities – must continue with appropriate attention to safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Collaboration between medical schools and their clinical partners is particularly critical to ensure these national workforce needs continue to be addressed. Read More

AAMC statement on the Department of Justice’s challenge to Yale’s admissions process

AAMC President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, and Chief Legal Officer Frank Trinity, JD, issued a statement in response to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) challenging the admissions process of Yale University. “We are disappointed in the Department of Justice’s announcement yesterday challenging Yale University’s admissions process. The investigation appears to have been hastily concluded and based on a mistaken premise that academic metrics should drive admissions decisions to the exclusion of other factors. We note that the Department’s position on this issue did not sway the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, which recently upheld Harvard’s admissions process against a similar challenge.” Read the Full Statement

Learning Opportunities

AAMC Curriculum Inventory Updates

  • The curriculum inventory (CI) upload season has begun! Schools are uploading their curriculum data from the 2019-2020 academic year through the CI Portal. The deadline for submitting CI data has been extended through Friday, October 23, 2020 to accommodate changes to the curriculum due to COVID-19. Participation in the AAMC CI program is voluntary and comes with a number of benefits, described here. Please find more resources on our website,, including a new XML sample CI file with COVID-19 related keywords.
  • Please join our free Building Better Curriculum webinars, including a Special Edition: Clinical Teaching and Learning Experiences Without Physical Patient Contact, at
  • AACOM member schools join the AAMC CI community. We are excited to welcome DO schools to the AAMC CI program, as they work to build their CI’s over the next year for upload in August 2021.
  • Questions for the AAMC CI team? Contact

MedBiquitous Community Connection Webinar

September 15th
12:00-1:00pm ET
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Cyndi Streun, MS, and Michael Dugan, MBA, both from the Federation of State Medical Boards, will devote the entire hour to their presentation, "Digital Credentials: Hahnemann University Hospital and Beyond."

Recordings available from AAMC educational virtual events held during national party conventions

Over the last two weeks, the AAMC, in partnership with The Hill, hosted educational virtual events on COVID-19 around the national party conventions. Both programs feature leaders from across the academic medicine community and focus on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of research, education, and innovation in battling public health care crises, and the value of a resilient and responsive health care ecosystem. Recordings from the events are now available.

View Recording from Aug. 19 Event
View Recording from Aug. 26 Event

AAMC webinar on clinician well-being and resilience

As the COVID-19 public health emergency continues, academic clinicians face unique challenges as they juggle clinical, research, and administrative stressors. On Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. ET, the AAMC will host a webinar featuring Bernard Chang, MD, PhD, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, who will discuss the body of research on the results of stress on mental and physical health and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on clinician well-being. Dr. Chang will also highlight steps academic health centers can take to mitigate the negative impacts of stress across clinical, research, and educational missions. A Q&A session following the presentation will be moderated by Mona Abaza, MD, MS, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, who serves as chair of the CFAS Faculty Resilience Committee. The webinar is convened by the AAMC’s Research on Care Community (ROCC) and Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS). Register Now

Building and Sustaining High Functioning Teams

September 17, 2020
2:00 PM (EDT)
Register Now

Teaming is an essential component of any organization’s success. By developing a culture and skills that promote psychological safety and collaboration, a team leader can build this capacity and effectiveness. This webinar will present:

  • Defining “teaming” in the context of academic healthcare
  • Explore prevalent models of teamwork and how they are currently implemented in academic healthcare
  • Identify teaming strategies that can be developed to support your institution

Group on Institutional Planning (GIP) members are often the “glue”- we play important roles in communication, collaboration and coordination within our institutions. This interactive webinar will help sharpen your skills to grow highly functional teams as well as share best practices.

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AAMCNews: I’m a contact tracer in San Francisco. You won’t believe the stories I hear.

An MD-PhD student has called hundreds of people to tell them they’ve come in contact with someone who has a potentially deadly disease. Here’s what that’s like.
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EHR Training, Experience Leads to Decreased EHR Use For Residents

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AAMCNews: In the face of challenges posed by a pandemic and racism, the White Coat Ceremony underscores the importance of our shared humanity

David J. Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO, and Richard Levin, MD, president and CEO of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, urge medical schools to continue to hold this annual ritual.
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Perspective paper on electronic health record optimization and clinician well-being

While meant to improve care quality and efficiency, the electronic health record (EHR) has inadvertently burdened clinicians and possesses major design and implementation challenges. A new paper published in the National Academy of Medicine’s NAM Perspectives outlines interventions available now that can help address clinician burnout associated with EHR use. The paper is co-authored by Keith Horvath, MD, AAMC senior director of clinical transformation, and Alex Ommaya, DSc, AAMC senior director of clinical and translational research and policy.
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AAMCNews: Why I gave up my dream of leading diversity efforts in medicine

In an AAMCNews Insights column, Kali Cyrus, MD, MPH, writes that she loved mentoring students of color, lecturing about implicit bias, and creating courses that promoted health equity. But she couldn’t manage it all. Medical schools need to provide more funding if they want to create truly inclusive and supportive environments.
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AAMCNews: Back to medical school during COVID-19

Educators have had to rebuild courses, reconfigure spaces, and adapt to unfolding challenges in order to ensure that future physicians get the training they need while still staying safe. How is it all going to work?
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AAMCNews: Medical school enrollments grow, but residency slots haven’t kept pace

The AAMC’s annual survey shows that student body growth won’t alleviate the looming physician shortage unless the shortfalls in residencies and clinical training sites also are addressed.
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Welcome New Members

(August 1-31, 2020)

Fred Armstrong
Loma Linda University School of Medicine

Adam Channell
Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

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