AAMC News and Leadership Announcements, 2012 Aug 22

Here are the highlights from the current issue:

NIH on Monday announced “a new Special Council Review (SCR) policy” that will require NIH Institute and Center (IC) Advisory Councils to perform additional review of grant and cooperative agreement applications from PIs who receive $1.0 million per year in direct costs from active NIH awards. An earlier pilot of this special review was based on $1.5 million in total costs. Dr. Sally Rockey, the NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, in a blog posting reports, “We examined how this change would affect the number of applications subject to special review, and found that it will have a minimal effect on the number of grants that undergo additional review. Approximately 89 applications for the upcoming council round will undergo special review (only 19 more than using the $1.5 million threshold).” Dr. Rockey stressed that this is not a funding cap and that “…we’re confident that this policy, piloted at each IC and modeled after a long-standing review process already existing at NIGMS, provides an effective yet adaptable process to responsibly fund the best science and support the biomedical research community.”

http://tinyurl.com/995jgmp <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17403199:20116174897:m:1:1612442508:5DC9AAEFB33F9D593F374EEE141C10DB:r>

http://tinyurl.com/9rz9bo7 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17403200:20116174897:m:1:1612442508:5DC9AAEFB33F9D593F374EEE141C10DB:r>

A new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine reports that physician burnout is more common than among other workers. The study found that “45.8% of physicians reported at least 1 symptom of burnout. Substantial differences in burnout were observed by specialty, with the highest rates among physicians at the front line of care access (family medicine, general internal medicine, and emergency medicine).”

http://tinyurl.com/8crzfpw <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17403204:20116174897:m:1:1612442508:5DC9AAEFB33F9D593F374EEE141C10DB:r>

The full list of announcements is below.

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Dr. Richard Marchase has been named interim President of the University of Alabama at Birmingham on Tuesday. The appointment was effective immediately. Dr. Marchase joined the UAB faculty in 1986 and is currently Vice President for Research and Economic Development, a position he assumed in 2005. Earlier, he was chair of the UAB Department of Cell Biology. He was a founding member of the AAMC’s Group on Research Advancement and Development steering committee. Dr. Marchase also has been active in the leadership of FASEB.  UAB President Dr. Carol Z. Garrison announced last week that she was stepping down from office after ten years of service.

http://tinyurl.com/bv58mws <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17403196:20116174897:m:1:1612442508:5DC9AAEFB33F9D593F374EEE141C10DB:r>

Gregory H. Williams, J.D., Ph.D., on Tuesday resigned as President of the University of Cincinnati after three years of service. Santa J. Ono, Ph.D., the university’s provost, has been appointed interim president. Dr. Williams was the President of City College of New York and former dean of the law school at Ohio State University before joining UC. In addition to being provost, Dr. Ono is a professor of biology and pediatrics at UC.

http://tinyurl.com/bogr95d <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17403197:20116174897:m:1:1612442508:5DC9AAEFB33F9D593F374EEE141C10DB:r>

Curt I. Civin, M.D., Director of the Center for Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, appeared on Tuesday evening’s PBS Nightly Business Report and discussed the effect of sequestration on NIH funded researchers and the patients they are seeking to help.

http://tinyurl.com/9mgjv7y <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17403198:20116174897:m:1:1612442508:5DC9AAEFB33F9D593F374EEE141C10DB:r>

NIH on Monday announced “a new Special Council Review (SCR) policy” that will require NIH Institute and Center (IC) Advisory Councils to perform additional review of grant and cooperative agreement applications from PIs who receive $1.0 million per year in direct costs from active NIH awards. An earlier pilot of this special review was based on $1.5 million in total costs. Dr. Sally Rockey, the NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, in a blog posting reports, “We examined how this change would affect the number of applications subject to special review, and found that it will have a minimal effect on the number of grants that undergo additional review. Approximately 89 applications for the upcoming council round will undergo special review (only 19 more than using the $1.5 million threshold).” Dr. Rockey stressed that this is not a funding cap and that “…we’re confident that this policy, piloted at each IC and modeled after a long-standing review process already existing at NIGMS, provides an effective yet adaptable process to responsibly fund the best science and support the biomedical research community.”

http://tinyurl.com/995jgmp <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17403199:20116174897:m:1:1612442508:5DC9AAEFB33F9D593F374EEE141C10DB:r>

http://tinyurl.com/9rz9bo7 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17403200:20116174897:m:1:1612442508:5DC9AAEFB33F9D593F374EEE141C10DB:r>

In a posting on the Wing of Zock blog site, James N. Woodruff, MD, Associate Dean of Students at the Pritzker School of Medicine, the University of Chicago, discussed student mistreatment and aggressive initiatives undertaken at Pritzker to address the problem.

http://wingofzock.org <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17403201:20116174897:m:1:1612442508:5DC9AAEFB33F9D593F374EEE141C10DB:r>

The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday reported, “The first generation of patients to have historic, lifesaving heart surgery as newborns or children is now in their 20s and 30s and presenting doctors with a puzzle: What some thought were cures for serious heart defects are breaking down. Symptoms can begin years or decades after the childhood operations to treat congenital defects, hitting unsuspecting patients with chest pain, shortness of breath or debilitating fatigue. Often patients need additional heart surgery to survive. ” The article reported that “About 1.3 million Americans ages 21 and older—and perhaps as many as 3 million according to some estimates—are living with congenital heart defects, with 35,000 to 40,000 joining their ranks each year.”

http://tinyurl.com/cycpfy7 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17403202:20116174897:m:1:1612442508:5DC9AAEFB33F9D593F374EEE141C10DB:r>

The University of Nebraska Medical Center on Tuesday released a report detailing what Medicaid expansion under the ACA would mean to the Cornhusker State in terms of revenue, jobs and reduced uncompensated care.

http://www.unmc.edu/news.cfm?match=9791 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17403203:20116174897:m:1:1612442508:5DC9AAEFB33F9D593F374EEE141C10DB:r>

A new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine reports that physician burnout is more common than among other workers. The study found that “45.8% of physicians reported at least 1 symptom of burnout. Substantial differences in burnout were observed by specialty, with the highest rates among physicians at the front line of care access (family medicine, general internal medicine, and emergency medicine).”

http://tinyurl.com/8crzfpw <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17403204:20116174897:m:1:1612442508:5DC9AAEFB33F9D593F374EEE141C10DB:r>

The Associated Press reported on Wednesday, “The British government said Tuesday that it wants the country’s state-funded hospitals to help support themselves by setting up profit-making branches in other countries. Officials said the country should capitalize on international respect for the British health care brand. But critics accused the government of trying to commercialize the public health service—a touchy issue in British politics….The government announced Tuesday it was setting up a body called Healthcare U.K. to help world-renowned institutions, such as the Great Ormond Street Hospital for children, establish overseas branches.”

http://tinyurl.com/bw7gcrw <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17403205:20116174897:m:1:1612442508:5DC9AAEFB33F9D593F374EEE141C10DB:r>

Dr. Allan D. Gilmore, President of Wayne State University, has authored an essay on the Huffington Post, titled, “Universities Can Be Lifesavers.”  He discussed the Perinatology Research Branch (PRB) of the National Institutes of Health, which is housed on the campus of Wayne State University and the lives saved as a result of research supported at the PRB.

http://tinyurl.com/cavbwav <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17403206:20116174897:m:1:1612442508:5DC9AAEFB33F9D593F374EEE141C10DB:r>

A new study in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine reports on the “Costs and Effectiveness of Neonatal Male Circumcision [MC].” The article notes that male circumcision rates in the U.S. have declined from 79% to 55%, alongside reduced insurance coverage. The study authors found that if the U.S. rates decreased to the levels in Europe (now 10 percent and where insurance coverage for the procedure is limited), it “will increase lifetime health care costs by $407 per male and $43 per female. Net expenditure per annual birth cohort (including procedure and complication costs) is expected to increase by $505 million, reflecting an increase of $313 per forgone MC. Over 10 annual cohorts, net present value of additional costs would exceed $4.4 billion…Increased prevalence of human immunodeficiency virus infection among males represents 78.9% of increased expenses.”

http://tinyurl.com/d6zpw74 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17403207:20116174897:m:1:1612442508:5DC9AAEFB33F9D593F374EEE141C10DB:r>

The Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) and the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) have announced a collaboration to develop a combined directory of the world’s 2,500+ medical schools.

http://tinyurl.com/9x6hq2d <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17403208:20116174897:m:1:1612442508:5DC9AAEFB33F9D593F374EEE141C10DB:r>

The AAHRPP Advance on Monday featured a posting about how Rush University Medical Center and the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center meet AAHRPP requirements for community involvement. The two institutions achieve this standard “by tapping into community networks, drawing on researchers’ connections, and reaching out to surrounding community members at home and in their neighborhoods.”

http://tinyurl.com/8kp3o5k <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17403209:20116174897:m:1:1612442508:5DC9AAEFB33F9D593F374EEE141C10DB:r>

A columnist in the business section of Wednesday’s New York Times observed that “the cross-fire over who will cut Medicare by how much sidesteps a critical issue about the future of our medical care: If we must ration our care to hold down costs in the future, how can we do it in a fair, efficient and transparent way?” The essay discussed the current rationing system and the rationing schemes implicit in the presidential candidates’ positions.

http://tinyurl.com/95z5xt7 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17403210:20116174897:m:1:1612442508:5DC9AAEFB33F9D593F374EEE141C10DB:r>

University of Toledo President Lloyd Jacobs announced earlier this month that Scott Scarborough, Ph.D., was his recommendation for provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. Dr. Scarborough, who most recently served as the senior vice president and executive director of UT Medical Center, will be recommended to the UT Board of Trustees for appointment as the chief academic officer. According to a UT press release, “[Dr.] Scarborough has been with UT since 2007 when he accepted the position of senior vice president for finance and administration. He has been overseeing UT Medical Center since May 2010. Scarborough joined UT from DePaul University and prior to that, he worked for the University of Texas System for 10 years.”

http://tinyurl.com/cyop5y5 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17403211:20116174897:m:1:1612442508:5DC9AAEFB33F9D593F374EEE141C10DB:r>

The Johns Hopkins Children’s Center has named pediatric psychiatrist Robert Findling, M.D., M.B.A., its new director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Findling, who will join Johns Hopkins on Dec. 1, is both a pediatrician and a child and adolescent psychiatrist and currently the Rocco L. Motto Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

http://tinyurl.com/bwnxkvk <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17403212:20116174897:m:1:1612442508:5DC9AAEFB33F9D593F374EEE141C10DB:r>

Dan Barouch, MD, PhD, has been named Director of the Center for Virology and Vaccine Research in the Department of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. This newly created Center represents the merger of the former Division of Viral Pathogenesis and Division of Vaccine Research. Dr. Barouch, a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, has led the Division of Vaccine Research since 2009. He has also recently served as interim chief of the Division of Viral Pathogenesis, assuming the role previously held by Norman Letvin, MD, who died in May.

http://tinyurl.com/95pck7r <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17403213:20116174897:m:1:1612442508:5DC9AAEFB33F9D593F374EEE141C10DB:r>

Dr. Vivian S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, senior vice president for health sciences at the University of Utah, has announced the hiring of two senior staff members to her leadership team. Evelyn Gopez, M.D., has been named the new associate vice president for inclusion, and Grant Lasson, MBA, has been named associate vice president for strategy. Dr. Gopez, a professor of pathology at the University of Utah School of Medicine, previously served as the school’s assistant dean for diversity and community outreach. Mr. Lasson joins the University administration from the Chartis Group, a consulting group in Chicago.

http://healthcare.utah.edu/publicaffairs/news/current/082012AVPSgopezlasson.html <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17403214:20116174897:m:1:1612442508:5DC9AAEFB33F9D593F374EEE141C10DB:r>

Dr. Lee also appointed new leaders in the University of Utah School of Medicine dean’s office to oversee academic affairs and faculty development efforts. Dr. Carrie L. Byington is vice dean for academic affairs and faculty development, Dr. Harriet Hopf is associate dean for academic affairs, and Dr. Wendy Hobson-Rohrer is assistant dean for faculty development. Dr. Byington has served as the vice chair for the Department of Pediatrics with oversight of the research enterprise and as the associate director for the Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Dr. Harriet Hopf is a professor of anesthesiology and Dr. Wendy Hobson-Rohrer is a associate professor of pediatrics.

http://healthsciences.utah.edu/notes/postings/august_2012/081612hopfhobsonrohre.php <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17403215:20116174897:m:1:1612442508:5DC9AAEFB33F9D593F374EEE141C10DB:r>

The UNC Health Care System has appointed Dr. David Spencer its Chief Medical Informatics Officer. Dr. Spencer, a professor of family medicine, has been UNC’s medical director and VP of ambulatory care.

http://tinyurl.com/95vhqgy <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17403216:20116174897:m:1:1612442508:5DC9AAEFB33F9D593F374EEE141C10DB:r>

And finally…Beloit College has issued its annual mindset list for the entering class of 2016. The list was first created in 1998 as a reminder to faculty to be aware of dated references and to the changing worldview of each new college generation. Some of the items mentioned on this year’s list: For this generation of entering college students, born in 1994, Kurt Cobain, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Richard Nixon and John Wayne Gacy have always been dead; their lives have been measured in the fundamental particles of life: bits, bytes, and bauds; they have never seen an airplane “ticket”; there has always been football in Jacksonville but never in Los Angeles; their folks have never gazed with pride on a new set of bound encyclopedias on the bookshelf; there have always been blue M&Ms, but no tan ones; Stephen Breyer has always been an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court; history has always had its own channel; and genomes of living things have always been sequenced.

http://www.beloit.edu/mindset/2016/ <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17403217:20116174897:m:1:1612442508:5DC9AAEFB33F9D593F374EEE141C10DB:r>

Tony Mazzaschi

AAMC

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