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75-year VA Partnership Ensures Better Access to Care for Veterans 

The AAMC issued a statement in recognition of the 75th anniversary of academic affiliations with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Over the past 75 years, the VA has forged and maintained a partnership with the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals built on the shared missions of education, health care, and medical research. The AAMC's President and CEO Dr. David J. Skorton, MD shared more about his personal experience training and working at the VA in a brief video.

Tackling Clinician Burnout: NAM Announces Next Phase

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) is extending its Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience through 2022, furthering efforts to tackle clinician burnout and related mental health issues. The AAMC is a co-founder of the collaborative, which was launched in 2017 as a network of organizations that are committed to reversing trends in clinician burnout. 

Consortium Established to Use Data to Improve Care for COVID-19 Patients

HCA Healthcare has established a consortium to use its "data on COVID-19 hospital care to improve patient outcomes and public knowledge." The COVID-19 Consortium of HCA Healthcare and Academia for Research Generation will enable academic researchers from a number of institutions and researchers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to partner effectively to develop public knowledge on COVID-19 and guide future research.


Four Recommendations to Efficiently and Equitably Accelerate the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

This Health Affairs blog post outlines four recommendations for vaccine providers to effectively deploy local vaccination programs while minimizing inequities in distribution. Overlapping eligibility phases, allocation by disease burden, community engagement and transparency, and lotteries within phases can all play important roles in equitable implementation of national guidelines.

Translational Misconceptions

In this commentary from Nature, Christopher P. Austin, MD, Director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) describes six key misconceptions about translational science: "Only by advancing our common understanding of the complexity of translation, translational research and translational science will translational gaps be narrowed and ultimately eliminated."


Embedding Learning in a Learning Health Care System to Improve Clinical Practice

This article from Academic Medicine describes Vanderbilt University Medical Center's design of a randomized, controlled trial to determine if a smartphone application learning platform for clinicians facilitates practice change. "These findings will inform future directions for developing and deploying learning approaches at scale in a learning health system, with the goal of closing the evidence-to-practice gap."

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2021 IPEC Interprofessional Leadership Development Program

Mar. 2 -- Deadline for early-bird registration for the 2021 Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) Leadership Development Program, to be held virtually June 8-10. The three-day professional development experience emphasizes skills for leading in an interprofessional environment.


Bipartisan, Bicameral Research Relief Bill Introduced 

The Research Investment to Spark the Economy (RISE) Act of 2021, which would authorize $25 billion in supplemental funding for federal research agencies, was introduced on Feb. 5 with bipartisan co-sponsors in both the House and the Senate.

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