The current issue of AAMC News and Leadership Announcements is now available:
The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation announced on Wednesday a new $50 million commitment to establish the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. Pending LCME consideration, the Dell Medical School hopes to enroll its first class of 50 students in 2016.
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) have released 22 milestones for IM residency programs to use when reviewing resident performance. Milestones “are observable developmental steps that describe progression from a beginning learner to the expected level of proficiency at the completion of training. Accordingly, predefined milestones can be used to assess and document a trainee’s developmental progression toward competence.” ACGME’s Next Accreditation System will require “the demonstration of educational outcomes through assessment and semiannual reporting of these milestones” beginning in July 2013.
An article in Nature contends that research funding agencies may be funding duplicative research and not maximizing research resources. Nature reported on a computerized search for duplicate text in US grant applications in publicly accessible databases. According to Nature, “A computerized search for duplicated text turned up 1,300 applications with potential overlap, from some 850,000 grant applications. After manually reviewing those cases [the investigators] pulled out 167 pairs that were very similar.” The authors urge funding agencies to use text-similarity tools to better identify possible duplicate research projects.
Articles in a supplement to the current issue of the Hastings Center Report call for an evaluation of the existing guidelines for protecting human volunteers in medical research. The lines between research and treatment have blurred in some cases where health systems collect health data during treatment. According to the special report, “Ethical Oversight of Learning Health Care Systems,” this may necessitate the need for a new framework to address these changes. The supplement includes two articles and seven commentaries by leaders with national responsibility for ethical oversight of medical research and efforts to improve health care quality. Ann C. Bonham, Ph.D., AAMC Chief Scientific Officer, co-wrote an editorial with Mildred Z. Solomon, Ed.D., president of The Hastings Center, noting the report aims to “provoke a national conversation.”
The new issue of The New Yorker profiles Dr. Mehmet Oz and asks, “Is the most trusted doctor in America doing more harm than good?” Dr. Oz is a major television personality and affiliated with Columbia University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
The San Diego Union Tribune reported last week that “The University of California San Diego is discussing the possibility of adding 1,000 doctoral students in fields as different as biology and literature to enrich the campus and maintain its standing as one of the top 10-ranked research schools in the country. According to the article, UCSD Chancellor Pradeep Khosla “told U-T San Diego that the campus probably could add 1,000 doctoral students at no additional cost because their tuition and stipends are paid from the research grants obtained by faculty.”
The NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) has posted the new issue of Peer Review Notes. The issue features an article on five ideas generated by the CSR Advisory Council “for helping applicants with promising research ideas to stay in the game despite historically low funding rates.”
Dr. Larry R. Kaiser, President and Chief Executive Officer of Temple University Health System (TUHS), Dean of Temple University School of Medicine, and Senior Executive Vice President for Health Sciences at Temple University, has announced leadership changes at the Fox Chase Cancer Center and Jeanes Hospital:
+ Dr. Michael Seiden, MD, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fox Chase Cancer Center, is stepping down to pursue other opportunities.
+ Gary Weyhmuller, senior vice president and chief operating officer, and Rob Davis, assistant vice president for integration, are also stepping down.
+ Verdi DiSesa, MD, MBA, Chief Operating Officer of TUHS and Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs at Temple University School of Medicine, has been appointed the Interim President & Chief Executive Officer of Fox Chase Cancer Center, effective March 1, 2013.
+ Linda Grass will continue to lead Jeanes Hospital as President & CEO, reporting to Dr. DiSesa.
+ Judith Lynn Bachman has been appointed Chief Operating Officer for Fox Chase Cancer Center and Jeanes Hospital, effective January 14, 2013. Most recently, Ms. Bachman served as Managing Director/Partner of Huron Healthcare Consulting.
The AAMC will be hosting a teleconference on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 from 3-4 EST to discuss the recently released Final HIPAA Omnibus Rule on Privacy, Security, Enforcement and Breach Notification and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). Speakers will be Ivy Baer, J.D., M.P.H., Senior Director, Regulatory and Policy Group, and Heather Pierce, J.D., M.P.H., Senior Director for Science Policy and Regulatory Counsel. The presentations will discuss breach notification, changes for business associates and subcontractors, fundraising and marketing, GINA, and research-related provisions. The teleconference is free to individuals who work at AAMC member institutions, but pre-registration is required.
Politico, a popular newspaper on Capitol Hill, reported on Monday that it has been seven years since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has had a permanent administrator. No Bush or Obama nominee to run CMS since 2005 has even been voted on by the Senate. The article assessed Marilyn Tavenner’s prospects for confirmation.
The AAMC on January 23 sponsored a webinar on the “Report from the NIH Diversity in the Biomedical Workforce Implementation Team.” The webinar featured Dr. Larry Tabak, NIH Principal Deputy Director, and was moderated by Dr. Ann Bonham, AAMC Chief Scientific Officer. The slides and webinar recording are now available on the AAMC website.
A summary of questions and answers from the December 18 AAMC-sponsored webinar on the “Report from the NIH Biomedical Research Workforce Implementation Team” is now available. The webinar featured Dr. Sally Rockey, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, and was moderated by Dr. Ann Bonham, AAMC Chief Scientific Officer. The Q&A summary, presentation, and webinar recording are available on the AAMC website.
The new issue of the AAMC Reporter is available on-line. One article reports on the increase in team-based science and how promotion and tenure policies are lagging. The viewport column is by Dr. Ricardo Azziz, president of Georgia Regent’s University (the new name for the combined Georgia Health Sciences University and Augusta State University). He discusses the alignment of academic medical centers and cities as the key to economic growth. AAMC President and CEO Dr. Darrell Kirch discusses the long road to sustainability in his monthly column, highlighting AAMC’s advocacy agenda.
UMass Medical School Chancellor Dr. Michael F. Collins this weekend spoke on New England Cable News concerning the need for increased investment in NIH and why NIH research is critical to both medicine and the economy.
Dr. Louise Sheiner, a senior economist with the Federal Reserve, has authored a paper on “Why the Geographic Variation in Health Care Spending Can’t Tell Us Much about the Efficiency or Quality of our Health Care System.” Dr. Sheiner’s paper “shows that the geographic variation in health spending does not provide a useful measure of the inefficiencies of our health system. States where Medicare spending is high are very different in multiple dimensions from states where Medicare spending is low, and thus it is difficult to isolate the effects of differences in health spending intensity from the effects of the differences in the underlying state characteristics.”
The 52nd Annual Conference on Research in Medical Education (RIME) will be held in conjunction with the 124th Annual Meeting of the AAMC scheduled for November 1-6, 2013 in Philadelphia, PA. The conference will provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of research concerning all aspects of medical education. Submissions must be received by February 8, 2013 at 11:59pm. Submission guidelines and forms are available on-line.
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is developing a novel M.D./Sc.M. program in Primary Care and Population Health. The plan would create a four-year, dual degree program for 24 students a year beginning in fall 2015. According to the school, “The pedagogical emphasis across the program’s four years would be on teaching students not only the medical knowledge they need to become physicians, but also public health policy, leadership skills, and how to work with other health professionals who are part of the broad care teams that serve patients.” Dr. Edward Wing, dean of the Alpert Medical School, has appointed Dr. Jeffrey Borkan to the position of assistant dean to spearhead the effort. Dr. Borkan has also served as chair of the Alpert Medical School’s Department of Family Medicine since 2001.
Choosing Wisely, an initiative of the ABIM Foundation, will hold an event in Washington, DC on February 21 at which “Leaders from 17 of the nation’s premiere specialty societies will join the ABIM Foundation to release lists identifying tests, treatments and procedures that are common, yet often medically unnecessary and sometimes harmful.”
The Consortium of Universities for Global Health’s Fourth Annual Conference will be held March 14-16 in Washington, D.C. The conference will bring together over 1500 global leaders, researchers, policy makers, educators, and students from diverse fields to explore ways to impact the global health challenges.
The 15 members of the ACA’s Independent Payment Advisory Board have not yet been nominated. The Washington Post on Tuesday reported on the difficulty in filling the panel that “has the authority to reduce Medicare doctors’ reimbursements and pilot new ways to deliver high quality care for less.” The article makes it clear that both finding qualified nominees and getting such appointees confirmed by the Senate will be a daunting task. The article also discussed fall-back provisions in the health care reform legislation that allow the HHS secretary to assume some of the IPAB’s statutory responsibilities.
The New York Times on Tuesday reported on the intense state-level lobbying efforts of the biotechnology industry to block generic biologics from reaching consumers. The firms are arguing that safety is driving their efforts, but billions in profits (and health care expenditures) are at stake. Biosimilars have been on the market in Europe for several years.
The NCAA has announced it will open a “Sports Science Institute,” headed by Dr. Brian Hainline, a neurologist. He was named the NCAA’s first chief medical officer in October. Also related to football injuries, the National Football League Players Association has announced that it will provide Harvard Medical School with a $100 million grant to establish a 10-year research initiative. Dr. Ross D. Zafonte, chair of the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation, and Dr. Lee M. Nadler, dean for clinical and translational research at the Medical School, will lead the initiative, called the Harvard Integrated Program to Protect and Improve the Health of NFLPA members.
Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) has released “A Healthier America 2013: Strategies to Move from Sick Care to Health Care in Four Years,” which “provides high-impact recommendations to prioritize prevention and improve the health of Americans.”
Registration is now open for the third Interprofessional Faculty Development Institute hosted by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), May 20-22 at the Dulles Hyatt in Herndon, Va. The 2013 institute will focus on quality improvement and patient safety to create faculty champions who can enhance interprofessional curricula, learning experiences, and learner assessment in quality improvement and patient safety at the point of care. Faculty across the health disciplines will explore how to embed this content into their curriculum, while learning how to create and assess clinical quality and safety projects. Ideally, teams of three to five members will attend from the IPEC professions, drawing faculty from dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and others where appropriate.
Dr. Pat Cawley has been named the new CEO of the medical center and vice president of clinical operations at the Medical University of South Carolina. He previously served as chief medical officer and is succeeding former VP for clinical operations and MUSC medical center executive director, Dr. Stuart Smith, who retired.
John M. Davidyock, MD, SFHM, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine and Vice Chair of Patient Safety and Quality Improvement for the Department of Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine, and Section Chief of Hospital Medicine at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Davidyock comes to Temple from Crozer Chester Medical Center where he was Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine.
Mary Klotman, MD, chair of the Duke School of Medicine’s Department of Medicine, has announced that Monica Kraft, MD, has been named Chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine, effective January 1, 2013. Dr. Kraft succeeds Paul Noble, MD, who leaves Duke this month to become chairman of the Department of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Kraft is stepping down as the department’s vice chair for research.
Christopher Harman, M.D., has been named chairman of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He has served as interim chair since 2010 and was vice-chair of the department for many years.
Nancy Formella, R.N., has been named chief operating officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Ms. Formella succeeds Marsha Maurer, who has been serbing as the interim CEO since Eric Buehrens departure last year. Ms. Formella joins BID from Dartmouth-Hitchcock, where she most recently as an executive advisor to the board of trustees. She earlier served as president of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital.
And finally…CBS is moving forward with a new drama series titled, “The Surgeon General,” focused on the U.S. Surgeon General. The cast of the series has not been announced. The creative team has been announced and was earlier responsible for Fox’s “Lie to Me.”
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