AAMC News and Leadership Announcements, 2012 Aug 10

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

Dr. Sally Rockey, deputy director of NIH for extramural research, on Thursday posted data on applications and applicants for NIH research funding. Dr. Rockey reported that the total number of applications has almost doubled — from 25,000 in 1998 to almost 50,000 in 2011. The average number of applications per applicant has also risen slightly (from 1.3 to 1.5). However, the major contributor to the increased demand is a large growth in the number of applicants – from about 19,000 in 1998 to approximately 32,000 in 2011.
http://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/rock-talk/

NIH added a new set of on-line Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to address applicant budget submissions under the Fiscal Policy announced in NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-12-036 regarding cost-of-living increases in awards, and related issues.
http://tinyurl.com/8ct433m

The National Cancer Institute on Friday issued a Request for Infromation seeking “feedback and information relevant to the optimization of the NCI support for cancer clinical trials, in particular with regard to the question of whether applications proposing Phase III clinical trials should be allowed for under R01 and/or P01 funding mechanisms.”  Comments are due by September 14th.
http://tinyurl.com/9xqhxsp

 

Here’s the full list of stories: 

D. Craig Brater, M.D., Vice President for University Clinical Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine, Indiana University, has announced his retirement effective June 30, 2013. He has served the School of Medicine for 27 years. A search committee was named on Wednesday. It will be chaired by Dr. John Williams, dean of the IU School of Dentistry.
http://tinyurl.com/942jdgz

Dr. Sally Rockey, deputy director of NIH for extramural research, on Thursday posted data on applications and applicants for NIH research funding. Dr. Rockey reported that the total number of applications has almost doubled — from 25,000 in 1998 to almost 50,000 in 2011. The average number of applications per applicant has also risen slightly (from 1.3 to 1.5). However, the major contributor to the increased demand is a large growth in the number of applicants – from about 19,000 in 1998 to approximately 32,000 in 2011.
http://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/rock-talk/

NIH added a new set of on-line Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to address applicant budget submissions under the Fiscal Policy announced in NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-12-036 regarding cost-of-living increases in awards, and related issues.
http://tinyurl.com/8ct433m

In a New York Times posting on Thursday, Dr. Pauline Chen discussed “The Bully Culture of Medical School.” Dr. Chen reviews data that shows that despite more than 30 years of effort to curb verbal and physical harassment and intimidation of medical students, new data shows that students still report experiencing mistreatment, with more than half of all medical students at UCLA reporting “that they had been intimidated or physically or verbally harassed.” Unfortunately, Dr. Chen reports, “U.C.L.A.’s experience is not isolated.”
http://tinyurl.com/ca4pcgq

The Wall Street Journal on Friday reported, “Years of economic drag have had some profound effects on Americans. One big one: They stopped going to the doctor as much as they used to. Now people may be starting to head back for checkups and other medical procedures. Any shift has important implications for the health-care sector and the broader economy, since the drought has helped restrain spending growth.” According to the Journal, “The trend has been surfacing in the quarterly results of some of the biggest health-care companies, including major health insurers and hospital operators such as Tenet Healthcare Corp., which said outpatient visits were up 5.3% over last year. UnitedHealth Group Inc., WellPoint Inc. and Aetna Inc. all flagged upticks in outpatient use on recent earnings calls, with WellPoint and Aetna pointing to doctor services as well.”
http://tinyurl.com/8d6lqyu

Friday’s Wall Street Journal also reported that “Hospitals are doling out a dose of bitter medicine in the form of riskier bonds. Investors hungry for higher yields in an environment of near-zero interest rates are clamoring for the municipal bonds issued by hospitals and other health-care facilities. Borrowers are capitalizing on this rising demand by dispensing with standard investor protections on their bonds. While less protection is a pill many investors are eagerly swallowing, some are raising alarm bells and staying away from hospital bonds. This debt has long been considered risky when compared with other municipal bonds, but now the debt is even riskier, they say.”
http://tinyurl.com/8vzvqnw

The National Cancer Institute on Friday issued a Request for Infromation seeking “feedback and information relevant to the optimization of the NCI support for cancer clinical trials, in particular with regard to the question of whether applications proposing Phase III clinical trials should be allowed for under R01 and/or P01 funding mechanisms.”  Comments are due by September 14th.
http://tinyurl.com/9xqhxsp

The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth has named Richard I. Rothstein, MD as the Joseph M. Huber Professor of Medicine and Chair of the Department of Medicine. Dr. Rothstein, who has served as the interim chair of the Department of Medicine for the past year, will immediately assume his new role.
http://geiselmed.dartmouth.edu/news/2012/08/08_rothstein.shtml

H. David Wilson, M.D., who has served as dean of the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita since 2009, has accepted a position as Special Assistant to the Dean for Educational Development at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Garold Minns, M.D., associate dean for academic and student affairs, assumed the role of dean of KU-Wichita effective Aug. 1. Dr. Wilson, a pediatrician with fellowship training in infectious diseases, earlier in his career was dean and professor of pediatrics and Vice President for Health Affairs at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences. He is a past chair of the AAMC Council of Deans.
http://tinyurl.com/8gsfb2y

John Foley has been named Chief Information Officer for University Hospitals (UH), effective Aug. 1. Mr. Foley has more than 20 years of senior-level leadership in information technology. He comes to UH from the West Penn Allegheny Health System in Pittsburgh.
http://tinyurl.com/9klly63

Dr. Sylvia Smith, Professor of Cellular Biology and Anatomy, Ophthalmology and Graduate Studies, has been named Interim Dean of the College of Graduate Studies at Georgia Health Sciences University, effective July 1. She succeeded Dr. Edward Inscho, who has served as interim dean since 2010.
http://news.georgiahealth.edu/archives/5901

John Sweetenham, MD, professor of medicine and former vice chair and director of clinical research at the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer, part of Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been named medical director at UC San Diego Nevada Cancer Institute. Part of the UC San Diego Health System, the Institute operates two locations in Southern Nevada – the main treatment center in Summerlin and a clinic at University Medical Center in downtown Las Vegas.
http://tinyurl.com/9b6o2sp

Wendell G. Yarbrough, MD, MMHC, has been named section chief of otolaryngology at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Yale School of Medicine. He will also be director of the head and neck cancer program in Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven and co-director of the molecular virology research program for Yale Cancer Center. He began his new appointment on August 1.Dr. Yarbrough joins Yale-New Haven from Vanderbilt University, where he was professor of otolaryngology and of cancer biology.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure on Wednesday announced major changes in its executive team. Komen Founder and CEO Nancy G. Brinker announced she is stepping down as CEO and will become chair of the Komen Board Executive Committee. Komen President Liz Thompson announced plans to leave the organization in September.
http://ww5.komen.org/KomenNewsArticle.aspx?id=19327354686

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