AAMC News and Leadership Announcements, 2012 July 19

Here are the latest news updates from the AAMC.  Among the highlighted stories:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) on Monday released “Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering,” a compilation of the latest data drawn from a wide variety of sources. The report and related resources, including related powerpoints and data sets, are available on-line.

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/wmpd/ <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/16964200:19779103401:m:1:1612442508:CF8F2FCAA5A4ECC9B39A9E1D0DBD763B:r

Click the link below to see the full list of stories.

The University of Iowa on Thursday named Debra A. Schwinn, M.D., as the next dean of the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. Dr. Schwinn currently serves as professor and chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, the Allan J. Treuer Endowed Professor of Anesthesiology, and adjunct professor of Pharmacology and Genome Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her appointment will be effective November 1, 2012, pending approval by the Iowa Board of Regents. Donna Hammond, Ph.D., will continue to serve as acting dean of the UI Carver College of Medicine until Dr. Schwinn’s arrival. She succeeds Paul Rothman, M.D., who began serving in his new position as dean at Johns Hopkins University on July 1.

http://tinyurl.com/75c4zc7 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/16964190:19779103401:m:1:1612442508:CF8F2FCAA5A4ECC9B39A9E1D0DBD763B:r>


The fiscal year 2013 appropriations bill that includes funding the Department of Health and Human Services was approved 8-6 by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies on Wednesday. The bill’s provisions include:

+a reduction of $1.3 billion in funding for the Department of Health and

+Human Services, to $68.3 billion; funding the Centers for Medicare &

+Medicaid Services at $3.5 billion for management and operations, $409

+million below the FY 2012 level. CMS would receive no new funding to

+implement the Affordable Care Act, including no funds to operate the

+Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight; the

+termination of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ); eliminating all funding for the Public Health and Prevention Fund; funding the Health Resources and Services Administration, which supports community health centers, at $5.9 billion, a cut of $453 million below the FY 2012 level; and funding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at $5.75 billion, $66 million above the FY 2012 level; and funding National Institutes of Health at $30.6 billion, a level equal to the FY 2012 level and the president’s budget request.

The bill contains numerous legislative provisions that micromanage the agencies funded by the bill. For example, NIH would be banned from funding an “economic research” and no HHS funding could support “patient-oriented outcomes research.” A full summary of the bill will be included in Friday afternoon’s edition of AAMC Washington Highlights. AAMC President and COO Dr. Darrell Kirch issued a statement before the subcommittee mark-up expressing deep concerns about the measure.

https://www.aamc.org/newsroom/newsreleases/298612/120717.html <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/16964191:19779103401:m:1:1612442508:CF8F2FCAA5A4ECC9B39A9E1D0DBD763B:r>

https://www.aamc.org/advocacy/washhigh/ <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/16964192:19779103401:m:1:1612442508:CF8F2FCAA5A4ECC9B39A9E1D0DBD763B:r>

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Joint Commission International (JCI) announced on Thursday that academic medical centers accredited by JCI will be accredited under a new set of standards beginning January 1, 2013. According to JCI, “To recognize that an academic medical center hospital has been surveyed under these standards, the Certificate of Accreditation will note that the hospital is accredited under the Joint Commission International Standards for Academic Medical Center Hospitals. These hospitals will also be recognized separately on the JCI website listing of all accredited organizations.” JCI published new standards for academic medical center hospitals on July 1, 2012 that will be effective for all eligible organizations on January 1, 2013.

http://tinyurl.com/84a34zz <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/16964194:19779103401:m:1:1612442508:CF8F2FCAA5A4ECC9B39A9E1D0DBD763B:r>


A new report, “Cultural Competence Education for Students in Medicine and Public Health,” is available on-line. The report is the product of an expert panel of physician and public health educators, jointly convened by the AAMC and the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH). The report is designed to offer foundational guidance and includes embedded links to background materials, supporting resources, and examples that can be adapted for instructional use.

http://tinyurl.com/c9oadhc <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/16964195:19779103401:m:1:1612442508:CF8F2FCAA5A4ECC9B39A9E1D0DBD763B:r>


A working group appointed in January by the Chancellor of UCSF to explore the school’s relationship with the UC System, has released various proposals. According to Nature, “Among the group’s proposals are establishing a UCSF-specific board, a venture development fund and bond-funded investments. It also recommended a new way of determining the funds UCSF pays into the UC Office of the President (UCOP). However, [Chancellor Dr. Susan] Desmond-Hellmann brought up only the most moderate part of these recommendations at a meeting before the UC regents [Wednesday]. She proposed establishing a volunteer UCSF advisory board to act as strategic partner, provide access to extraordinary expertise and focus management on the most important issues to the university. In four to six months, Desmond-Hellmann plans to return to the regents with plans for a board charter and membership. She emphasized repeatedly that UCSF did not want to break away from the UC system…”

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The New York Times on Thursday reported, “NYU Langone Medical Center announced on Wednesday significant changes in its procedures after the death by septic shock of a 12-year-old boy who was sent home from the center with fever and a rapid heart rate.” The Times further reported, “Details of the boy’s treatment and death were reported in The New York Times last week and have provoked vigorous discussions online, and in medical-school classrooms and hospitals.”

http://tinyurl.com/72ab4al <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/16964198:19779103401:m:1:1612442508:CF8F2FCAA5A4ECC9B39A9E1D0DBD763B:r>


An article distributed by Reuters on Thursday discussed the impact of shrinking state appropriations on higher education in the United States. The article reported, “For generations, most college-bound Americans paid reasonable fees to attend publicly financed state universities. But the bedrock of that system is fracturing as cash-strapped states slash funding to these schools just as attendance has soared. Places like Ohio State, Penn State and the University of Michigan now receive less than 7 percent of their budgets from state appropriations.”

http://tinyurl.com/6pmlglz <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/16964199:19779103401:m:1:1612442508:CF8F2FCAA5A4ECC9B39A9E1D0DBD763B:r>


The National Science Foundation (NSF) on Monday released “Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering,” a compilation of the latest data drawn from a wide variety of sources. The report and related resources, including related powerpoints and data sets, are available on-line.

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/wmpd/ <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/16964200:19779103401:m:1:1612442508:CF8F2FCAA5A4ECC9B39A9E1D0DBD763B:r>


William F. Owen, Jr., M.D., FACP, the former President of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sidra Medical and Research Center, in Doha, Qatar. Sidra is an academic partner of Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar.

http://tinyurl.com/87lqq54 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/16964201:19779103401:m:1:1612442508:CF8F2FCAA5A4ECC9B39A9E1D0DBD763B:r>


Dr. Arati Prabhakar has been named the new director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Earlier in her career she headed the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/dangerroom/2012/07/DARPA-Director-Jul-2012-1.pdf <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/16964202:19779103401:m:1:1612442508:CF8F2FCAA5A4ECC9B39A9E1D0DBD763B:r>


Dr. Gordon West died suddenly on Tuesday, at the age of 61. An active minister, Dr. West was Director of Continuing Education at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California. He was the current president of the Society of Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME).

http://sacme.org/News_Announcements?mode=PostView&bmi=1014426 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/16964203:19779103401:m:1:1612442508:CF8F2FCAA5A4ECC9B39A9E1D0DBD763B:r>

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On July 11, the American Academy of Nursing’s Board of Directors unanimously approved a position statement, “Support for Marriage Equality.” Describing marriage equality as a human rights and civil rights issue, the Academy statement also points “to clear links between marriage rights and health.” According to the Academy’s press release, “The Academy joins several other health professional organizations in publicly supporting marriage equality, including the American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association and the National Association of Social Workers.”

http://tinyurl.com/76333cv <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/16964205:19779103401:m:1:1612442508:CF8F2FCAA5A4ECC9B39A9E1D0DBD763B:r>


Tony Mazzaschi



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