AAMC News and Leadership Announcements, 2012 November 7

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

In his Annual Meeting address on Sunday, AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., called for a new vision of leadership at the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals that multiplies “the intelligence, creativity, and commitment of our faculty, students, residents, and institutional leaders…to create a sustainable future for academic medicine…and resolve the national problems we have been avoiding.” To support this new vision of leadership, Dr. Kirch said the AAMC is expanding its leadership development strategy and programming through more online offerings, campus-based programs that allow academic medical leaders to learn together—focused on their most pressing strategic challenges—as well as more leadership development programming for aspiring leaders.
https://www.aamc.org/newsroom/newsreleases/313268/121104.html
http://tinyurl.com/d3desoe (video link)
[Note: Dr. Kirch spoke here at City of Hope a couple of weeks ago]

The 2012 update to the AAMC’s Physician Specialty Data Book is now available. It provides detailed statistics about active physicians and physicians in training.
https://www.aamc.org/download/263512/data/statedata2011.pdf

The 2011-2012 Women in U.S. Academic Medicine and Science: Statistics and Benchmarking Report is now available. This publication provides a national snapshot of the distribution of women students, residents, faculty, and administrative leaders in U.S. academic medicine and science.
http://tinyurl.com/ac4cnpn

Dr. Christopher Austin, the recently-named director of the NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), was interviewed in a new posting by Jocelyn Kaiser in ScienceInsider, the daily news service of Science/AAAS.
http://tinyurl.com/as66syu

In a blog posting, Dr. Sally Rockey, deputy director of NIH for extramural research, discussed NIH’s expectations regarding disaster preparedness and response. She highlighted the NIH Office of Extramural Research’s website on disasters and emergencies.
http://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/rock-talk/
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/natural_disasters.htm

Additional human Embryonic Stem Cell (hESC) lines have been added to the NIH Stem Cell Registry. The registry now features 184 lines available to researchers. Before President Obama’s March 9, 2009 Executive Order changed federal policy, the number of available lines was frozen at 21.
http://stemcells.nih.gov/research/registry

The full list of announcements is below.

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Dr. Edward J. Wing, dean of medicine and biological sciences at Brown University, has announced he will step down at the end of the current academic year. Dr. Wing has led the Warren Alpert Medical School and the Division of Biology and Medicine, since 2008. He intends to remain at Brown as a faculty member, following his interests in international health, medical education, writing and editing, and patient care. He will take a sabbatical after stepping down as dean.
http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2012/11/wing

Two ballot initiatives of note:
++ An initiative passed in Travis County, Texas (which includes Austin) that authorized a tax increase for the county’s health care district to help support a proposed medical school in Austin.
http://tinyurl.com/d874ycw
http://tinyurl.com/aaqh5oh
++According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Missouri voters defeated Proposition B. The proposition would have raised state taxes on cigarettes by 90 cents per pack. Cigarettes taxes in Missouri are the lowest in the nation. The revenue raised would have funded public elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, and smoking cessation programs. The University of Missouri’s plans to expand its medical school with a second clinical campus in Springfield was tied to the revenue increase.
http://tinyurl.com/cfuw5lq
http://tinyurl.com/ar2wv25

In his Annual Meeting address on Sunday, AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., called for a new vision of leadership at the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals that multiplies “the intelligence, creativity, and commitment of our faculty, students, residents, and institutional leaders…to create a sustainable future for academic medicine…and resolve the national problems we have been avoiding.” To support this new vision of leadership, Dr. Kirch said the AAMC is expanding its leadership development strategy and programming through more online offerings, campus-based programs that allow academic medical leaders to learn together—focused on their most pressing strategic challenges—as well as more leadership development programming for aspiring leaders.
https://www.aamc.org/newsroom/newsreleases/313268/121104.html
http://tinyurl.com/d3desoe (video link)

In a climate where medical education faces unprecedented cuts in research, patient care, and education, AAMC Board of Directors Chair Mark Laret told 2012 AAMC Annual Meeting attendees that the academic medicine community must become a hotbed of “radical new thinking.” Mr. Laret said the current fiscal reality presents an opportunity to discover how to train future physicians, create new research enterprises, and design clinical care systems using fewer resources. However, Mr. Laret said it requires more than just abandoning old practices; institutions must learn to embrace “profound meaningful change” and re-conceptualize core purposes. “We need to think differently about academic medicine,” Mr. Laret said. “We must do it. We can do it. And we will do it.”
http://tinyurl.com/c2qxze5 (video link)

The 2012 update to the AAMC’s Physician Specialty Data Book is now available. It provides detailed statistics about active physicians and physicians in training.
https://www.aamc.org/download/263512/data/statedata2011.pdf

The 2011-2012 Women in U.S. Academic Medicine and Science: Statistics and Benchmarking Report is now available. This publication provides a national snapshot of the distribution of women students, residents, faculty, and administrative leaders in U.S. academic medicine and science.
http://tinyurl.com/ac4cnpn

The Chronicle of Higher Education featured a report on an AAMC Annual Meeting session, “The Faculty of Tomorrow—Can the Definition of Faculty Keep Up With the Times?” According to the article, concern was raised about some clinicians being given academic appointments when physician practices are acquired by affiliated clinical enterprises. In some cases, there are no scholarship expectations of the individual.
http://chronicle.com/article/Teaching-Hospitals-Are-Said-to/135554/

Reuters on Monday reported, “Orthopedic surgeons-in-training said they were tired less often after rules regulating how much they could work went into place, according to a U.S. survey. But the results published in the Annals of Surgery found the trainee doctors didn’t actually get any more sleep under the limited work hours policy, and also said they felt less prepared as doctors and were less satisfied with their education.”
http://tinyurl.com/bc9agjw
http://tinyurl.com/a8ft9as

A new Analysis in Brief from the AAMC presents survey findings that assess the current state of the clinical and educational programs related to military cultural competence and the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury in U.S. medical schools. As part of Joining Forces, a national effort to provide high-quality care to service members and their families, more than 100 U.S. medical schools have pledged to enrich their medical education programs to ensure that current and future physicians are trained in the unique clinical challenges and effective practices associated with caring for military service members, veterans, and their families. The brief was written by Dr. Jack Krakower, Ms. Anita Navarro, and Dr. John Prescott.
https://www.aamc.org/data/aib/

Dr. Christopher Austin, the recently-named director of the NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), was interviewed in a new posting by Jocelyn Kaiser in ScienceInsider, the daily news service of Science/AAAS.
http://tinyurl.com/as66syu

In a blog posting, Dr. Sally Rockey, deputy director of NIH for extramural research, discussed NIH’s expectations regarding disaster preparedness and response. She highlighted the NIH Office of Extramural Research’s website on disasters and emergencies.
http://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/rock-talk/
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/natural_disasters.htm

An article in Tuesday’s New York Times discussed efforts by medical school and other researchers and administrators to save valuable research resources from the impact of hurricane Sandy.
http://tinyurl.com/bfazd73

Additional human Embryonic Stem Cell (hESC) lines have been added to the NIH Stem Cell Registry. The registry now features 184 lines available to researchers. Before President Obama’s March 9, 2009 Executive Order changed federal policy, the number of available lines was frozen at 21.
http://stemcells.nih.gov/research/registry

The new issue of New York Magazine features a profile of Dr. Oliver Sacks, the noted writer and neurologist. The article reports, “He is now probably the most famous, and most beloved, brain doctor at work today. He does not publish scientific papers, do research, or advance arguments about theoretical questions, but he has made his name as a teller of other people’s stories, stories that remind us that even in a scientific age, the world remains mysterious, especially when we set about examining ourselves.”
http://nymag.com/news/features/oliver-sacks-2012-11/index1.html#print

Boston University this week was invited to become the 62nd member of the Association of American Universities. According to the BU announcement, “Membership in the organization is by invitation only, and is based on several criteria: the quality of programs of academic research and scholarship; undergraduate, graduate, and professional education in a number of fields; and general recognition that a university is outstanding by reason of the excellence of its research and education programs.” The vast majority of AAU members have medical schools.
http://www.aau.edu/about/article.aspx?id=5476

David Rosenberg, M.D., has been appointed chair of the Wayne State University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, effective Nov. 1. The Miriam L. Hamburger Endowed Chair of Child Psychiatry and professor of Psychiatry, Dr. Rosenberg is a 15-year veteran of the School of Medicine faculty and the department. In addition to his role as psychiatrist-in-chief for the Detroit Medical Center, Dr. Rosenberg also serves as the chief of Child Psychiatry and Psychology for the school of medicine and as director of Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatric Research at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. He is the director of the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Clinical Research Program and the Child and Adolescent Research Division, as well as medical director for Behavioral Health Research and Development for Children’s Hospital of Michigan.
http://tinyurl.com/a5w5ov2

James Allison, Ph.D., has been named the new chair of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Department of Immunology. Dr. Allison was chair of the immunology program and director of the Ludwig Center for Cancer Immunotherapy at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He started at MD Anderson on Nov. 1. He also is an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/595726/?sc=dwhr&xy=10007828

Dr. Phil Oyer, the Roy B. Cohn-Theodore A. Falasco Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford, has been named the Interim Chair of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Robert “Bobby” Robbins, MD, who has served as both chair of the Department since 2005, is heading to Houston as the new president and chief executive officer for Texas Medical Center.
http://deansnewsletter.stanford.edu/#4

Tony Mazzaschi
AAMC

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