AAMC News and Leadership Announcements, 2012 October 1

The current issue of AAMC News and Leadership Announcements includes the following stories that may be of particular interest at City of Hope:

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) has issued a report on challenges translating scientific advances into practical solutions, “Propelling Innovation in Drug Discovery, Development, and Evaluation.” According to the report, the United States should set a goal of doubling the output of innovative new medicines that meet critical public health needs over the next 10 to 15 years, while continuing to increase drug safety. The council recommends a number of actions involving industry, academia, and the Federal Government.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/pcast <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958926:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>

The Boston Globe on Sunday reported on a proposal by Andrew W. Lo, an MIT finance professor and hedge fund manager, who “wants to bring Wall Street-style financial engineering to a crucial social need — curing cancer.” The article is based on a Nature Biotechnology paper by Lo, who was selected this year as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. According to the Globe, “Now he’s proposing an idea that would go beyond his own firm, to create a ‘megafund’ that would flood early-stage research in cancer drugs with $30 billion. By supporting as many as 150 experimental compounds at any one time, and bringing in large numbers of investors, he argues, the risk would be spread over a much larger base. Even if just a few of the treatments prove effective, Lo estimates the fund would be profitable, earning equity investors annual returns of 7 to 10 percent.” (subscriptions required) http://tinyurl.com/9kof99f <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958927:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>

http://tinyurl.com/9w6baxy <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958928:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>

A new report from AAAS’s Federal R&D Budget Analysis Program details how a potential sequestration will affect each science funding agency and what these cuts will mean for current and future research initiatives. It is an alarming analysis. The sequestration is scheduled to occur in January unless Congress and the President act.

http://app.aaas-science.org/e/er?s=1906&lid=21452&elq=d5766760040f4fc4b1312361409a62ae <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958929:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a not-for-profit alliance of 21 cancer centers, has appointed Robert W. Carlson, MD, as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Dr. Carlson comes to NCCN from Stanford University Medical Center where he has served as Professor of Medicine in the Division of Oncology and Stanford Medical Informatics, first joining the faculty in 1983. He is the Medical Director of inpatient oncology and hematology at Stanford Cancer Institute. He officially joins the NCCN on January 2.

http://tinyurl.com/8m3tbbh <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958933:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>

The NIH Center for Scientific Review has published the new issue of Peer Review Notes, which inform reviewers, NIH staff and others of news related to CSR grant application review policies, procedures and plans. This issue features an interview with Dr. Sally Rockey, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, on “How Well Is NIH Identifying and Advancing Innovative Research?”

http://tinyurl.com/cufqzww <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958936:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>

FasterCures and the Milken Institute sponsored a “Celebration of Science” in D.C. on September 7-9. Videos of many of the presentations are now available on-line.

http://celebrationofscience.org/ <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958937:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>

http://celebrationofscience.org/videos/ <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958938:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>

The full list of announcements is below.

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The West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS)-Highmark affiliation/merger imploded on Friday. According to WPAHS, “Highmark has breached the Affiliation Agreement by its unequivocal position that Highmark will not close the transaction set forth in the agreement, even if the Pennsylvania Insurance Department (PID) approves the deal. Moreover, despite earlier assurances to the contrary, Highmark has specifically demanded, among other things, that WPAHS restructure through bankruptcy.” In a separate statement, Highmark said it “categorically denies the claim by West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) that Highmark has breached the affiliation agreement between us. Highmark continues to believe that an affiliation between Highmark and WPAHS is in the best interests of both parties, and more importantly of the entire community – the physicians and employees of WPAHS, Highmark plan members, employers, and all parties.” According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, “Whether the Highmark-WPAHS separation is permanent or a temporary setback, Friday’s developments seem unlikely to thaw relations between Highmark and UPMC. Even without West Penn Allegheny, Highmark was well on the way to building its network…UPMC said it does not negotiate with competitors, and Highmark is still very much a competitor — even if one now that’s missing its centerpiece.”

http://tinyurl.com/9kzdjj3 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958917:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>  (WPAHS release) http://tinyurl.com/8taxynu <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958918:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>  (Highmark release) http://tinyurl.com/8avx2yh <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958919:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>  (Post-Gazette analysis)

 

As reported earlier, on September 24 Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric Holder wrote to the AAMC and four other hospital associations outlining the federal government’s commitment to preventing billing mistakes and pursuing cases of possible fraud related to electronic health records. Dr. Darrell Kirch has responded to the Cabinet officers, asking them to “recognize the long-standing commitment of AAMC members to compliance with Medicare and Medicaid rules…demonstrated by our members’ robust compliance programs.” Dr. Kirch also pointed to the excellent, ongoing work of our Compliance Officers Forum to understand the continuous compliance challenges posed by the use of EHRs and to produce advisories that guide institutions in the adoption and implementation of policies that support compliance. He noted that as the places where new health professionals are trained, AAMC-member institutions must be especially vigilant about possible mistakes that may occur as part of the learning process. He also stressed the importance of updating regulations created to deal with paper records now that we live in an electronic world.

http://tinyurl.com/ccgfa22 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958920:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>

http://tinyurl.com/cnuzq8g <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958921:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>

 

The October 2012 issue of Academic Medicine was released earlier this week. This is the first year that the Research in Medical Education (RIME) articles will be published as part of the October issue and not as a separate supplement, which will in effect make each October issue of Academic Medicine a research in medical education theme collection. In addition, all articles and original research from the November 2012 issue are now available on the publish-ahead-of-print page. Highlights from the November issue that are already available online: (1) Changes in the Representation of Women and Minorities in Biomedical Careers by Myers; (2) Are Race, Ethnicity, and Medical School Affiliation Associated with NIH R01 Type 1 Award Probability for Physician Investigators? by Ginther and colleagues (the Ginther study expands on their August 2011 Science study by looking at whether an MD or medical school affiliation influence R01 Type 1 Awards); (3) The Scope and Variety of Combined Baccalaureate–MD Programs in the United States by Eaglen and colleagues; and, Similarities and Differences in Philanthropic and Federal Support for Medical Research in the United States: An Analysis of Funding by Non-Profits in 2006-2008 by Myers and colleagues.

http://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/pages/default.aspx <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958922:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>

 

In January, the AAMC and 110 medical schools announced they would participate in Joining Forces, an initiative to improve the lives of military service members, veterans, and their families. Results from a recent AAMC survey, Serving Those Who Serve America, show that educational efforts from the majority of participating medical schools provide training to medical students and residents related to Post–Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Based on these results, the AAMC is launching new activities to enhance this initiative, including collaborations with key experts to identify effective educational practices focused on caring for military service members and veterans with PTSD and TBI and to promote a greater awareness of the needs of family members in dealing with these tragic illnesses. AAMC also is organizing educational activities around Joining Forces Wellness Week (JFWW), a week-long initiative that will take place November 12-16, to coincide with Veterans Day. This effort is intended to increase awareness of the health and wellness needs of the military, veterans, and their families. The cornerstone activity is a Webinar series sponsored by the AAMC. We encourage participating institutions to host their own local educational events as well, and have developed a communications toolkit for participating institutions to conduct outreach and raise awareness in their local communities.

https://members.aamc.org/eweb/upload/ServingThoseWhoServeAmerica.pdf <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958923:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>

https://www.aamc.org/initiatives/258074/joiningforces.html <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958924:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>

 

The Raleigh News & Observer and the Charlotte Observer reported on Sunday that “U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, Congress’ leading critic of nonprofit abuses, has asked three of North Carolina’s largest hospitals to share information about their use of a rapidly growing discount drug program, saying they don’t appear to be passing along the ‘massive’ savings to patients. Instead, the discounts appear to be subsidizing ‘bottom line operating margins,’ Grassley wrote in a letter that was emailed Friday to the heads of Duke University Health System, UNC Hospitals and Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.” According to the newspapers, “The letters cite a recent investigation by The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer, which found that large nonprofit hospitals are dramatically inflating prices on chemotherapy drugs at a time when they are cornering more of the market on cancer care.”

http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/09/29/2378490/nc-nonprofit-hospitals-probed.html#storylink=cpy <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958925:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>

 

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) has issued a report on challenges translating scientific advances into practical solutions, “Propelling Innovation in Drug Discovery, Development, and Evaluation.” According to the report, the United States should set a goal of doubling the output of innovative new medicines that meet critical public health needs over the next 10 to 15 years, while continuing to increase drug safety. The council recommends a number of actions involving industry, academia, and the Federal Government.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/pcast <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958926:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>

 

The Boston Globe on Sunday reported on a proposal by Andrew W. Lo, an MIT finance professor and hedge fund manager, who “wants to bring Wall Street-style financial engineering to a crucial social need — curing cancer.” The article is based on a Nature Biotechnology paper by Lo, who was selected this year as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. According to the Globe, “Now he’s proposing an idea that would go beyond his own firm, to create a ‘megafund’ that would flood early-stage research in cancer drugs with $30 billion. By supporting as many as 150 experimental compounds at any one time, and bringing in large numbers of investors, he argues, the risk would be spread over a much larger base. Even if just a few of the treatments prove effective, Lo estimates the fund would be profitable, earning equity investors annual returns of 7 to 10 percent.” (subscriptions required) http://tinyurl.com/9kof99f <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958927:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>

http://tinyurl.com/9w6baxy <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958928:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>

 

A new report from AAAS’s Federal R&D Budget Analysis Program details how a potential sequestration will affect each science funding agency and what these cuts will mean for current and future research initiatives. It is an alarming analysis. The sequestration is scheduled to occur in January unless Congress and the President act.

http://app.aaas-science.org/e/er?s=1906&lid=21452&elq=d5766760040f4fc4b1312361409a62ae <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958929:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>

 

The AAMC has scheduled advertisement placements in newspapers near the sites of the presidential debates on the need for GME expansion. The full-page ads urge Congress to lift the cap on doctor training. The ad’s headline cautions voters, “By the time you notice America’s doctor shortage, it will be too late.”

https://www.aamc.org/download/305314/data/doc-shortage-ad.pdf <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958930:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>

 

A recent news story and editorial in the Kalamazoo Gazette highlight the progress being made in developing facilities for the new Western Michigan University School of Medicine. The editorial details the transformative possibilities the school offers for downtown Kalamazoo. The school is listed as a “Candidate School” by the LCME.

http://tinyurl.com/9y6ja3l <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958931:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>

http://tinyurl.com/9tx4vhb <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958932:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>

 

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a not-for-profit alliance of 21 cancer centers, has appointed Robert W. Carlson, MD, as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Dr. Carlson comes to NCCN from Stanford University Medical Center where he has served as Professor of Medicine in the Division of Oncology and Stanford Medical Informatics, first joining the faculty in 1983. He is the Medical Director of inpatient oncology and hematology at Stanford Cancer Institute. He officially joins the NCCN on January 2.

http://tinyurl.com/8m3tbbh <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958933:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>

 

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation on Thursday announced that SRI International, a nonprofit research and development institute, will establish a Phase 1 clinical trial facility at the Michigan Life Science and Innovation Center in Plymouth. According to the announcement, “SRI’s new facility will address unmet medical needs by providing clinical services that are seamlessly integrated with SRI’s biomarker initiatives and strong preclinical research, discovery and development capabilities. SRI…will offer early stage clinical trial services to government and industry clients and partners, particularly small biotech companies without access to these vital capabilities.” SRI will also work closely on research and training opportunities with universities and hospitals in Michigan. SRI anticipates that the first collaborative program will be with the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

https://www.oakland.edu/?id=25174&sid=340 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958934:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>

 

A new report from the Council of Graduate Schools shows that “U.S. graduate schools saw a 1.7% dip in enrollments of first-time graduate students between fall 2010 and fall 2011, marking the second consecutive year of slight decreases.”

http://tinyurl.com/coakw9q <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958935:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>

 

The NIH Center for Scientific Review has published the new issue of Peer Review Notes, which inform reviewers, NIH staff and others of news related to CSR grant application review policies, procedures and plans. This issue features an interview with Dr. Sally Rockey, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, on “How Well Is NIH Identifying and Advancing Innovative Research?”

http://tinyurl.com/cufqzww <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958936:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>

 

FasterCures and the Milken Institute sponsored a “Celebration of Science” in D.C. on September 7-9. Videos of many of the presentations are now available on-line.

http://celebrationofscience.org/ <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958937:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>

http://celebrationofscience.org/videos/ <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958938:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>

 

Maricopa Integrated Health System President and CEO Betsey Bayless on Wednesday announced she will be leaving her position in 2013. Ms. Bayless has been in charge of Arizona’s only public health system for seven years.

http://tinyurl.com/bqbnkgq <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958939:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>

 

Abbas El-Sayed Abbas, MD, MS, has been appointed Associate Professor of Surgery at Temple University School of Medicine and Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Temple University Hospital, effective October 1, 2012. Dr. Abbas comes to Temple from the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, where he was Director and Chief of Thoracic Surgery.

http://tinyurl.com/94avwzt <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958940:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>

 

Fletcher Allen Health Care has named Adam P. Buckley, MD, its Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO), a newly-created position. Dr. Buckley was most recently at New York City’s Beth Israel Medical Center, where he held leadership roles in several quality improvement and information technology projects including the design and implementation of an electronic medical record for obstetric care.

http://tinyurl.com/8fbvlno <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958941:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>

 

Linda Bilheimer, the Congressional Budget Office’s Assistant Director for Health, Retirement, and Long-Term Analysis, recently spoke at a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention event on “Assessing Effects on the Federal Budget of Policies to Promote Health and Prevent Disease.” Her slide set was recently posted by the CBO.

http://tinyurl.com/8ukwj9f <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958942:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>

 

Dr. Chip Sternbergh has been named Vice-Chairman of Surgery for Research and Innovation at the Ochsner Health System. Dr. Sternbergh, a vascular surgeon, has been at Ochsner since 1996 and has been Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery since 2006. Also at Ochner, Dr. George Fuhrman has been named System Vice-Chair of Surgery and Program Director of the General Surgery Residency Program. He earlier was at Ochsner (1994-2006).

 

Correction: The title of Dr. Kirch’s essay was garbled in my earlier posting. Here is the corrected item: Dr. Darrell G. Kirch’s commentary in the new issue of the AAMC Reporter is titled, “Building a Culture of Respect in Medical Education: Are We There Yet?” The AAMC’s President and CEO discusses unprofessional behavior and the hidden curriculum, and highlights efforts to gather a more complete picture of the learning environments at our member institutions through recent changes in the Graduation Questionnaire (GQ).

http://tinyurl.com/8lcu4xq <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958943:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>

 

Tony Mazzaschi

AAMC

 

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http://www.facebook.com/aamctoday <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17958948:20544826858:m:1:1612442508:D912928C6E13AB348CE844998AB5BA5A:r>

 

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