AAMC News and Leadership Announcements, 2013 May 8

The current issue of AAMC News and Leadership Announcements is now available:

In the new issue of the AAMC Reporter, Dr. Darrell Kirch, AAMC President and CEO, discusses AAMC’s deepening commitment to faculty. He highlighted the upcoming changes to the AAMC Council of Academic Societies, which will become the Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS) on July 1. Dr. Kirch concluded his commentary, “Personally, I am most energized by the opportunity CFAS has created to bring together faculty leaders from all career ranks. I have a deeply held belief that confronting our nation’s most pressing health care challenges will take all of us — at every level — acting as leaders. The new structure of CFAS reflects the growing consensus that academic medicine needs to hear and learn from current and future leaders if we are to address our most pressing challenges. I look forward to hearing what you have to say as we work together to transform medical education, research, and patient care.”

Toni M. Ganzel, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.S., has been named dean of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Her appointment is effective on or before June 1 and is subject to formal approval by the UofL Board of Trustees. Dr. Ganzel has served as interim dean since March 2012, succeeding Edward Halperin, M.D., who stepped down as dean in early 2012 to join New York Medical College. Dr. Ganzel, an otolaryngologist, first joined Louisville in 1983.

On Wednesday, the “NIH Fiscal Policy for Grant Awards – FY 2013” was posted on-line. NIH said that “Non-competing continuation awards that have already been made in FY 2013 were generally funded at levels below that indicated on the most recent Notice of Award (generally up to 90% of the previously committed level)… Such reductions may be partially restored, but are unlikely to be restored to the previous commitment level. Therefore, non-competing continuation grants (research and non-research) including those that remain to be issued in FY 2013 likely will be made at levels below those indicated on the Notice of Award. Commitments for continuation awards in FY 2014 and beyond will remain unchanged. The NIH will make an effort to keep the average size of competing awards constant at FY 2012 levels, but is likely to make fewer competing awards in FY 2013.” NIH further announced, “Inflationary increases for future year commitments will be discontinued for all competing research grant awards issued in FY 2013 extending the policy established in FY 2012, however adjustments for special needs (such as equipment and added personnel) will continue to be accommodated.” Concerning training, NIH said that the stipend levels established in FY 2012 will be continued in FY 2013. NIH said that individual institute and center funding strategies would be posted shortly.

The AAMC Reporter, mentioned above, also features several articles of interest to faculty leaders. One article discusses the characteristics required of department chairs. Another article focuses on the increasing number of physicians seeking training in implementation science.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Wednesday released data on hospital charges for common inpatient services at the more than 3,000 U.S. hospitals that receive Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) payments. The data are generating significant local and national media coverage. Joanne Conroy, MD, Chief Health Care Officer at the AAMC, has written a related blog posting titled, “Data Alone Does Not Make Health Care Pricing Meaningful.”

A new study posted by JAMA Internal Medicine examined the extent to which “costs are considered in clinical guidance development, mechanism of cost consideration, and the way that cost issues were used in support of specific clinical practice recommendations.” The study concluded, “Slightly more than half of the largest US physician societies explicitly consider costs in developing their clinical guidance documents; among these, approximately half use an explicit mechanism for integrating costs into the strength of recommendations. Many societies remain vague in their approach.” The authors advised, “Physician specialty societies should demonstrate greater transparency and rigor in their approach to cost consideration in documents meant to influence care decisions.”

University of Hawai‘i System President Dr. M.R.C. Greenwood announced on Monday that she will retire from the presidency of Hawai‘i’s public land grant institution in September. She has served as UH president since 2009. She is the incoming President of the Association of Public Land Grant Universities (APLU) and a former associate director of the White House Office of Science and Technology. A physiologist and former president of AAAS, Dr. Greenwood earlier held a series of leadership positions in the University of California system.

The Patient-Centered Research Institute on Monday announced the funding of 51 new projects, totaling $88.6 million, to study patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER). PCORI also announced the appointment of Regina L. Yan as Chief Operating Officer (COO), completing PCORI’s executive team. Ms. Yan joins PCORI after serving as the first Chief Operating Officer of the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

The new issue of the Columbia Journalism Review featured an article by science writer Beryl Lieff Benderly that “questions the conventional wisdom on the shortage of US-born STEM workers.” Ms. Benderly asserted, “It is a narrative that has been skillfully packaged and promoted by well-funded advocacy groups as essential to the national interest, but in reality it reflects the economic interests of tech companies and universities.”

Another article in the Columbia Journalism Review discussed, “How ‘balanced’ coverage helped sustain the bogus claim that childhood vaccines can cause autism.”

A new commentary posted by the Institute of Medicine discusses the goals of the AAMC’s Teaching for Quality (Te4Q) initiative, which seeks to facilitate the integration of quality improvement and patient safety into medical education across the continuum to ensure that quality and safety are part of medical education from day one. The commentary was written by AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., and colleagues David A. Davis, M.D., and Nancy Davis, Ph.D.

Joel Kupersmith, MD, Chief Research and Development Officer of the Veterans Health Administration, has posted an essay on the Health Affairs web site discussing the need for reforming the regulatory system affecting research.

Stanford has posted a new podcast with William Newsome, PhD, one of two scientists named by NIH to lead the Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative. He also was recently appointed to direct Stanford’s new interdisciplinary neuroscience institute. In the podcast, Dr. Newsome discussed his new roles and why the brain mapping initiative is important and timely.

Elizabeth Marincola has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of PLOS (Public Library of Science). Ms. Marincola is currently the President and CEO of the Society for Science & the Public (SSP). She earlier served as the Executive Director of the American Society for Cell Biology.

Francesco M. Marincola, MD, FACS, earlier this year was appointed Chief Research Officer of the Sidra Medical and Research Center in Doha, Qatar. Dr. Marincola most recently was Chief of the Infectious Disease and Immunogenetics Section at the National Cancer Institute. Also at Sidra, David Lyle Sigalet MD, MSc, PhD, FRCSC, FACS, has been appointed Clinical Chief of Surgery. He most recently was at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, University of Calgary. Mr. Michael LeRoy has been appointed Chief Information Officer. He most recently was Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at the Detroit Medical Center.

John A. Dani, PhD, has been named the new chair of the Department of Neuroscience in the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Penn. Dr. Dani is currently professor of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine, with secondary appointments in Baylor’s Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and its Graduate Program in Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine. He is also director of Baylor’s Center on Addiction, Learning and Memory.

Dr. David R. Gater, Jr., has been appointed the inaugural chair of new Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine, effective August 1. Dr. Gater joins Penn State Hershey from Virginia Commonwealth University where he is professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and director of the Spinal Cord Injury Fellowship Program.

Western Michigan University School of Medicine has appointed Joyce L. deJong, DO as founding chair of its Department of Pathology, effective July 1, 2013. Dr. deJong will transition over the next year from her current role as the medical director of forensic pathology at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. She is a clinical associate professor in the division of human pathology and also in the department of neurology and ophthalmology at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer on Wednesday afternoon reported, “Dr. Akram Boutros of New York was named today as president and chief executive officer of MetroHealth System. He begins his new post on June 1.” Dr. Boutros “most recently was president of BusinessFirst Healthcare Solutions, a healthcare consulting firm. Boutros also has served as executive vice president and chief administrative officer for St. Francis Hospital — the Heart Center in Roslyn, N.Y., and as executive vice president and chief medical officer and chief operating officer at South Nassau Hospital in Oceanside, N.Y.”

Mark L. Batshaw, MD, has been appointed to the new position of Physician-in-Chief at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. According to the Medical Center, “The goal of this position is to optimize synergies at Children’s National across patient care, research, and education.” Dr. Batshaw will continue to serve as Chief Academic Officer at Children’s National and Director of the Children’s Research Institute. He also continues to serve as Chairman of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Tony Mazzaschi

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