The current issue of AAMC News and Leadership Announcements is now available:
On July 1, the AAMC released a new report on research evaluation commissioned from RAND Europe. The report, Measuring Research: A Guide to Research Evaluation Frameworks and Tools, provides a comprehensive review of existing models for evaluating the academic, health, social, and economic impacts of biomedical research. To build on this report, the AAMC has formed two expert panels comprised of key research leaders and stakeholders. The panels will convene later this year to develop recommendations regarding new and emerging areas of research and health disparities research. It is hoped that the recommendations of these panels will serve as a starting point for a larger conversation on how to capture the full value of research and ultimately account for investments in the medical research enterprise.
AAMC is hosting a webinar on Monday, July 8 from 10-11 am EDT, on its research evaluation initiative and the new report from RAND Europe. The webinar is free, but pre-registration is required.
AAMC Chief Scientific Officer Ann Bonham, Ph.D., recently wrote an online commentary for The Scientist on research evaluation. Dr. Bonham said that by taking the lead in demonstrating accountability as well as evaluating and communicating the value of medical research to broad audiences with a suite of academic and non-academic measures, the medical school community can bolster ongoing public support for funding.
The LCME no longer lists the Palm Beach Medical College as an applicant institution. The for-profit institution had been listed an an “Applicant School” by the LCME since March 2010. Three schools continue to be listed as Applicant Schools by the LCME: California Northstate University College of Medicine (Rancho Cordova, CA), College of Henricopolis School of Medicine (Martinsville, VA) and King School of Medicine and Health Science Center (Abingdon, VA). No schools are currently listed as “Candidate Schools.”
The Hill, a newspaper popular on Capitol Hill, last week published an op-ed linking actress Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy and the role of NIH-funded research in creating the biotechnology industry, the methods that enable the isolation of faulty genes, and promising treatments for women who develop breast cancer. The authors noted that instead of investing more in NIH-supported research, sequestration further reduces the NIH budget, which has declined 22 percent over the last decade. The authors asserted that “now is the time to invest in critical NIH-funded research so we can uncover a better understanding of what to do to protect our health and treat disease.” The op-ed was written by Allen Spiegel, M.D., Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, and Steven Safyer, M.D., the president and CEO of Montefiore Medical Center.
The July 2013 issue of Academic Medicine is now available online. Several commentaries in the issue discuss the challenges facing department chairs. Of special note is an essay by the late Dr. George Sheldon, titled, “Embrace the Challenge: Advice for Current and Prospective Department Chairs.” Dr. Sheldon, a former chair of the AAMC and the Council of Academic Societies, as well as past chair of the Dept. of Surgery at UNC, died on June 16th.
Research reports from the upcoming August issue of Academic Medicine are available in the “Published Ahead-of-Print” section of the journal’s web page. Among the articles in the August issue is “Toward a Common Taxonomy of Competency Domains for the Health Professions and Competencies for Physicians,” by AAMC colleagues Robert Englander, MD, MPH, Terri Cameron, MA, Adrian J. Ballard, Jessica Dodge, Janet Bull, MA, and Carol A. Aschenbrener MD.
Politico Plus on Tuesday reported that “Dr. Julian Harris, the Bay State’s Medicaid director, is leaving next month to become associate director of the OMB health office, the State House News Service reports. Harris, who has directed MassHealth for the past two years, is also a member of the federal long-term care commission that met for the first time last week.” She will succeed Keith Fontenot, who retired in March.
The AAMC’s MedEdPORTAL has announced a call for submissions for educational tools and resources to be included in its Public Health Collection. This collection serves to support the expansion of a better prepared health workforce by identifying, developing, and sharing resources aimed at improving the public health content along the continuum of medical education. Through the AAMC-CDC Cooperative Agreement, this collection supports the goals of CDC’s Academic Partnerships to Improve Health by enhancing the teaching of population health concepts. The three options for submission to the MedEdPORTAL Public Health Collection include: Publications, iCollaborative, and CE Directory, which represent peer-reviewed curricula, effective practices and innovations, and continuing education courses, respectively.
AAHRPP has posted a case study concerning the independent review model being advanced by the National Cancer Institute Central Institutional Review Board. The case study discussed the NCI Central IRB’s piloting of a new, independent model with rigorous evaluation by participating sites. The NCI Central IRB also sought and achieved AAHRPP accreditation to give an objective assurance of high standards.
The Detroit News on Sunday reported, “The roller coaster ride of former Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan took another turn…when he announced he will jump back into the race as a write-in candidate for mayor.”
Dr. Larry Altman, in Tuesday’s New York Times, highlighted two unsettling recent studies of doctors from New York City teaching hospitals. According to Dr. Altman’s report, “The studies, published in the May issue of the journal Preventing Chronic Disease, support what researchers have long suspected: that heart disease is overreported as a cause of death, while diseases like pneumonia and cancer tend to be underreported. Equally disturbing, one of the studies suggests that the health system is far too cavalier about the accuracy of death certificates.” Dr. Altman also wrote, “Particularly disturbing is that most doctors said they had no formal training in filling out death certificates, either in medical school or in their residency programs.”
The AAMC has announced a workforce improvement funding opportunity available now through the AAMC’s cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Workforce Improvement Projects (WIPs) focus on workforce development in various areas of public health practice. The announcement of the 2013 WIPs is one method used by CDC to solicit proposals from eligible applicants from members of academic partner institutions in topic areas that are of interest to the CDC Centers, Institutes and Offices (CIOs). The WIPs are available to AAMC members or members of these academic organizations: the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the Association of Schools of Public Health, and the Association of Prevention Teaching and Research. The application deadline is July 23, 2013 at 8:00pm ET.
An article in Sunday’s Kansas City Star discussed medical practice divorces. The article reported, “There’s a whole industry of management consultants, psychologists and lawyers providing medical practices with the health care equivalent of marriage and divorce counseling.” The article highlights some particularly troubled practice relationships.
The Newark Star Ledger on Sunday reviewed the integration of most of UMDNJ into Rutgers, which took effect on Monday. It is being called the largest merger in the history of U.S. higher education.
Rutgers has announced the launch of a new Neuroscience Consortium, harnessing the talent of scientists and physicians from Rutgers University and its two new medical schools.
William G. Powderly, MD, the J. William Campbell Professor of Medicine and co-director, Division of Infectious Diseases at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been named director of the Institute for Public Health (IPH). In his new role, Dr. Powderly will oversee all five centers and initiatives of the IPH, including the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging; the Center for Community Health & Partnerships; the Dissemination & Implementation Initiative; the Public Health Data & Training Initiative; and the Center for Global Health, for which Dr. Powderly currently serves as director.
The Sunday New York Times reported, “More researchers are insisting on seeing all the data behind all clinical trials for drugs, not just the rosy reports that companies choose to release.”
David A. Acosta, M.D., previously chief diversity officer at the University of Washington School of Medicine, has been named associate vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion at UC Davis Health System, effective July 8. Dr. Acosta is currently the chair of the AAMC’s Group on Diversity and Inclusion.
The new issue of The AAMC Reporter includes, among other features, an article about medical schools integrating health disparity education across the curriculum. Dr. Darrell Kirch’s commentary focuses on “Taking a Lesson from the 2013 Match.” Dr. Kirch concludes, “As the results of this year’s Match show, the nation’s medical school graduates already are feeling the painful effects of the 16-year-old cap on the number of federally supported residency training positions. Let us take a lesson from the 2013 Match. Unless Congress acts to expand GME training, patients will be the next to feel the squeeze when they have to wait longer to see a physician! The AAMC and the nation’s medical schools are committed to ensuring that does not come to pass.”
Duke has created a new Department of Neurology. The former Division of Neurology was officially elevated to department status on July 1. Dr. Joel Morgenlander, who served as interim division chief, will now serve as interim chair of the new department until a permanent chair is named.
The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) on Tuesday announced that in 2016, with the opening of its new $550 million research hospital, it will change its name to “The Ability Institute of RIC.”
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) Grants Program is currently accepting applications for both Dissertation and Research Grants until September 5, 2013. Now in its 23rd year, the AERA Grants Program, with support from the National Science Foundation, provides small grants for conducting studies of education policy and practice using federally-funded, large-scale data sets. Applications are encouraged from a variety of disciplines.
Rajiv Sood, MD, has been named the new Chief of Plastic Surgery in the Department of Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine. He joined the faculty at Indiana University School of Medicine in 1992, as Director of the Richard Fairbanks Burn Center at Wishard Memorial Hospital. He also serves as the Director of the Burn Unit at Riley Children’s Hospital. Dr. Sood succeeds Jack Coleman, III, MD, who served as the Chief of Plastic Surgery for the last 21 years. Dr. Coleman will continue as a member of the faculty in the Division of Plastic Surgery.
Nature reported on Tuesday that NIH is seeing a surge in manuscripts being deposited in PubMed Central. Nature says that the surge coincides with NIH’s announced “cracking down on enforcing its public-access policy.”
Jessica Kandel, MD, has been named professor of surgery, section chief of pediatric surgery and surgeon-in-chief at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital, effective Aug. 1. Dr. Kandel joins UChicago Medicine from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons where she served as the R. Peter Altman Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics in the Institute for Cancer Genetics and co-director of its Pediatric Tumor Biology Laboratory.
Michael W. Weaver, MD, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at Temple University School of Medicine (TUSM), has been appointed Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at TUSM. He has served as Interim Chair of the Department since August 2012.
Donald Jacobs, M.D., a long-time faculty member, has been appointed chair of the department of surgery at the St. Louis University School of Medicine. A vascular surgeon, Dr. Jacobs has been serving as interim chair for the past year.
St. Louis University also has announced that the former Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer for the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, Alexander Garza, M.D., MPH, will become associate dean for public health practice and associate professor of epidemiology at SLU this fall. His appointments will be in the SLU College for Public Health and Social Justice.
Dr. David Stephens has been named interim chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Stephens is vice president for research at the Woodruff Health Sciences Center and division chief of infectious diseases in the Department of Medicine. He is also the Stephen W. Schwarzmann Distinguished Professor of Medicine and has a joint appointment as professor in both microbiology and immunology (School of Medicine) and epidemiology (Rollins School of Public Health). Earlier this year, Dr. Wayne Alexander announced that he would be stepping down at the end of June.
Uma Sundaram, MD, has been named Director of the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center (ECCC) at Cabell Huntington Hospital and Vice Dean for Clinical and Translational Sciences at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. He joins Marshall from West Virginia University, where he served as professor of medicine, microbiology, immunology and cell biology; director of the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute; and assistant vice president of the WVU Health Sciences Center.
CNN’s “Life’s Work” series, which features innovators and pioneers who are making a difference in the world of medicine, featured NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., last week. Dr. Collins spoke about his work leading the Human Genome Project and the progress made in genome sequencing.
Terrie E. Inder, MD, PhD, MBChB, will join Brigham and Women’s Hospital as chair of the Department of Pediatric Newborn Medicine. The Division of Newborn Medicine is transitioning to the Department of Pediatric Newborn Medicine “in order to meet strategic goals including the development of an enhanced multidisciplinary clinical and research center that focuses on translational research in the newborn… The department’s research will focus on three key areas: neonatal neurology, pulmonary biology and care, and neonatal health and cost-effectiveness outcomes.” Dr. Inder is currently professor of Pediatrics, Neurology and Radiology at Washington University School of Medicine, and the director of the Washington University Neonatal Development Research (WUNDER) team.
Tony Wynshaw-Boris MD, PhD, has been named chair of the Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center. Since 2008, the Cleveland native has served as the Charles J. Epstein Professor of Human Genetics and Pediatrics at the School of Medicine of the University of California at San Francisco as well as Chief of the Division of Genetics in the UCSF Department of Pediatrics.
Abbas Hyderi, MD, MPH has been appointed Associate Dean for Curriculum at the University of Illinois at Chicago. As Associate Dean at the Chicago campus, he has oversight of the M1 through M4 curriculum, in addition to retaining principal leadership for the M1/M2 curriculum. One of the college’s leaders in curricular reform, he has served in Chicago as Interim Associate Dean for Curriculum and Assistant Dean for Curriculum since January 16, 2012, and September 16, 2010.
University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg on Friday announced his intention to leave that position in the summer of 2014. When he steps down as Chancellor, He will have served 19 years in the position. Mr. Nordenberg is a lawyer and was dean of the Pitt School of Law before being named chancellor.
The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) on Tuesday announced that its Board of Trustees has approved a change in venue for the Wausau location of the MCW’s community medical education program serving Central Wisconsin. A detailed analysis undertaken in the past few months determined that the previously announced location, the Liberty Mutual Building, was too large for MCW’s purposes. Now, Aspirus Wausau Hospital will house the medical education program’s classrooms and administrative offices, and Northcentral Technical College will share anatomy and simulation space.
Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University on Monday named Matthew N. Bartels, M.D., M.P.H., chair of the Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine Department at Montefiore, and professor and chair of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Einstein. Dr. Bartels joins the Bronx institutions from Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, where he has served as director of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and founder and director of the Human Performance Laboratory. He will assume his new position in September 2013.
And finally…Nathan Belofsky, author of “Strange Medicine: A Shocking History of Real Medical Practices Through the Ages,” has posted an essay on the Huffington Post detailing “12 Crazy Historical Medical Practices That Did More Harm Than Good.”
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