AAMC News and Leadership Announcements, 2013 May 31

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

Dr. Larry W. Laughlin recently stepped down from his position as Dean of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine. He had served as dean since 2002, having earlier chaired the school’s department of preventive medicine. Following a sabbatical, Dr. Laughlin will return to the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics to teach and continue his tropical medicine research activities. A search for a new Dean is ongoing. Dr. John McManigle is serving as Acting Dean.

Boston’s NPR news station, WBUR, featured a segment on Thursday titled, “American Science Struggles Through Budget Cuts,” on its nationally broadcast show, “On Point.” The segment featured Dr. Ann Bonham, AAMC’s Chief Scientific Officer, and discussed the “big cuts in basic research” and “what that means for science and the future of American competitiveness.”

Spencer “Spike” Foreman, M.D., died on Tuesday after a long illness. Dr. Foreman retired in early 2008 as President of Montefiore Medical Center, the University Hospital for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, after nearly 22 years of leadership to the hospital and its community. Dr. Foreman was subsequently named President Emeritus by Montefiore’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Foreman was chair of AAMC in 1992-93, after earlier having been chair of the COTH Administrative Board. In 2007, the AAMC’s public service award was renamed in his honor.

The June issue of Academic Medicine is now available on-line, as are many of the articles from the July issue (in the published ahead-of-print section). Articles and research reports from July issue include: Understanding the Needs of Department Chairs in Academic Medicine; and, Are Medical Students Aware of Their Anti-Obesity Bias?. June articles include: Bridging the Gap: Supporting Translational Research Careers through an Integrated Research Track within Residency Training; and, Medical School Mission Statements as Reflections of Institutional Identity and Educational Purpose: A Network Text Analysis.

Claire Pomeroy, M.D., steps down on June 2 as Chief Executive Officer, UC Davis Health System, UC Davis Vice Chancellor for Human Health Sciences, and Dean, School of Medicine, to become the new President of the Lasker Foundation. UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi has announced that Dr. Tom Nesbitt, a family physician, will serve as interim vice chancellor of human health sciences and interim dean of the School Of Medicine. He has been Executive Associate Dean.

Vivian Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., Senior Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine, University of Utah, and CEO of University of Utah Health Care, authored a viewpoint column in the recent issue of AAMC Reporter titled, “Right-Sizing the Research Enterprise.” Dr. Lee, who also chairs the AAMC Advisory Panel on Research, concluded her essay, “As we face the current climate, we should view the crisis as an opportunity to remold our research enterprises in ways that will serve us well no matter what the future brings. A disciplined and strategic approach to research administration will help protect our scientists, ensure their continued creativity and discovery, and better secure their and our futures. By institutionalizing these changes now, we will be very well positioned to flourish when things turn around. And they will.”

Drs. Atul Grover and Marc Nivet of the AAMC staff authored a Wing of Zock blog posting this week on efforts to reach more groups affected by health care disparities. The authors discussed the HHS’s revised National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) for health care organizations.

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is sponsoring a free webinar on Tuesday from 1-2:30pm ET, titled, “Using the PCORI Methodology Standards to Generate Robust, Relevant, and Timely Evidence for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research.” Registration is required.

A new AAMC Analysis in Brief, “Letters of Evaluation: Current Practices in the Admissions Process,” presents descriptive results of a survey administered to collect information on current practices regarding the use of letters of recommendation and evaluation. Results show that all medical schools included in the survey used letters of evaluation in their screening processes to learn about applicants’ personal competencies, that more than half of admissions officers indicated being less than satisfied with the quality of information provided by letters, and three out of four schools indicated that a centralized set of guidelines could improve the usefulness of letters.

The new issue of Peer Review Notes has been posted by the NIH Center for Scientific Review. Highlights of this issue include a discussion on how to keep NIH peer review robust in difficult times, an update on reviewer confidentiality and conflicts, new scoring guidance for reviewers, and the availability of a new user guide for the Internet-assisted review system.

An article in Tuesday’s Dallas Morning News discussed the impact of the Supreme Court ruling in 2000 in the case Vermont vs. Stevens that has limited the use of the False Claims Settlement Act against state-owned medical centers.

Pharmalot reported on Wednesday that UCLA has alerted faculty that participation in GlaxoSmithKline’s Discovery Fast Track Competition would violate “UC policy because faculty have prior and ongoing obligations under the patent policy to disclose all discoveries to the University and have assigned patent rights to the University.”

An article in Monday’s Detroit Free Press reviewed the now-cancelled Henry Ford-Beaumont merger. The article argued that the “merger may have been doomed by good financial health.” Another article reported that the head of Beaumont said that this was the third merger attempt between the two Detroit-area institutions.

Dr. Arthur Porter and his wife, Pamela Mattock, were arrested in Panama this weekend. Canada has begun formal extradition proceedings. According to the Montreal Gazette, “Porter faces several charges including fraud, conspiracy, breach of trust and money laundering in connection with the awarding of the contract for the McGill University Health Centre’s superhospital. His wife will be charged with laundering the proceeds of crime.” Dr. Porter earlier was the CEO of Detroit Medical Center. He had been living in the Bahamas.

Bradford Warden, M.D., who has served as the interim director of the West Virginia University Heart Institute for the past year, has been named its permanent director.

Dr. Pauline Chen, in a commentary posted by the New York Times on Thursday, discussed the shrinking amount of time residents spend with patients. A new study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine and cited by Dr. Chen found that residents now spend eight minutes, on average, with each patient.

Dr. Shoukhrat Mitalipov, an OHSU stem cell scientist and Dr. Daniel M. Dorsa, OHSU senior vice president for research, authored a commentary in The Oregonian newspaper this week calling for changes in federal rules to allow the federal funding of research using cells produced through somatic cell nuclear transfer.

Dr. Paul Callaway has been named associate dean for graduate medical education at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. He succeeds Dr. Robert McKay, who had been serving in the position on an interim basis.

Dr. Joel Kupersmith steps down on Friday as Chief Research and Development Officer (CRADO) in the Veterans Health Administration. He has served in the position for eight years, the longest tenure of any CRADO in the history of the VA. Timothy O’Leary, M.D., Ph.D., will serve as acting CRADO during the search for Dr. Kupersmith’s successor. On Sunday, Dr. Kupersmith will appear on the television program, “BioCentruty This Week.” He discusses research regulatory reform, a topic he wrote about in a recent Hastings Center Report, “Ethical Oversight of Learning Health Care Systems.” Also, Dr. Kupersmith and his VA colleague Dr. David Atkins on Thursday authored a Health Affairs blog commentary on, “Seven Ways For Health Services Research To Lead Health System Change.”
http://www.biocenturytv.com/default.aspx (program available on 6/2)

Tony Mazzaschi

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