The current issue of AAMC News and Leadership Announcements is now available:
Arthur L. Kellermann, MD, MPH, Paul O’Neill-Alcoa Chair in Policy Analysis at the RAND Corporation in Washington, DC, has been named the new Dean of the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). Before joining RAND, he was a professor of emergency medicine and public health and associate dean for health policy at the Emory School of Medicine. He founded Emory’s Department of Emergency Medicine and served as its first chair from 1999 to 2007. He succeeds Dr. Larry Laughlin who stepped down earlier this year.
Dr. Paul Ogden, M.D., has been named Interim Dean of the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, effective July 1. Dr. Ogden, board certified in internal medicine, previously served as the college’s Vice Dean of Academic Affairs and as the Regional Chair of Internal Medicine for the medical school’s Bryan-College Station campus. He succeeds outgoing dean Dr. T. Samuel Shomaker, who will remain on staff as a special assistant to the interim president of the Texas A&M Health Science Center, E.J. Pederson.
Brian L. Strom, M.D., M.P.H., an epidemiologist, will become the inaugural chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) on Dec. 2. Under the New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act, which took full effect July 1, most of the schools and institutes that made up the former University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey were combined with existing Rutgers University units like the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy; the Rutgers College of Nursing; and the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research to form Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Dr. Strom currently serves as executive vice dean for institutional affairs at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. Rutgers also announced that RBHS interim chancellor Dr. Christopher J. Molloy, who will continue to serve in this capacity until Dr. Strom’s arrival, will become Rutgers University’s senior vice president for research and economic development after completing his service as interim chancellor.
Two new appointments have been announced to fill positions vacated by Dr. Paul Ogden upon his appointment as the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine’s interim dean. Ruth L. Bush, M.D., M.P.H., has been named Interim Vice Dean of the Bryan/College Station campus, while Wei-Jung Chen, Ph.D. has been named Acting Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Dr. Bush and Dr. Chen began work in their new positions on July 1.
Last week, the Boards of Trustees of the Mount Sinai Medical Center and Continuum Health Partners voted unanimously to approve joining their institutions into a combined entity to be called the Mount Sinai Health System, and a Definitive Agreement has been signed. Final regulatory applications are underway and approvals are expected to be completed this fall. As a result, the Mount Sinai Health System would include the following major hospital campuses in the metropolitan New York area: Beth Israel Medical Center (Manhattan), Beth Israel Brooklyn, the Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Queens, New York Eye & Ear Infirmary, St. Luke’s Hospital, and Roosevelt Hospital.
Sunday’s Washington Post featured an article on the workings of the American Medical Association’s Relative Value Update Committee, or RUC. The article asserted that “the AMA estimates of the time involved in many procedures are exaggerated.” Surveys by specialty societies that inform the RUC’s work were also criticized in the article.
The CMS Innovation Center has posted year one results for the Pioneer ACO Model, which was “designed for health care organizations and providers that are already experienced in coordinating care for patients across care settings.” CMS said, “Costs for the more than 669,000 beneficiaries aligned to Pioneer ACOs grew by only 0.3 percent in 2012 where as costs for similar beneficiaries grew by 0.8 percent in the same period. 13 out of 32 pioneer ACOs produced shared savings with CMS, generating a gross savings of $87.6 million in 2012 and saving nearly $33 million to the Medicare Trust Funds. Pioneer ACOs earned over $76 million by providing coordinated, quality care. Only 2 Pioneer ACOs had shared losses totaling approximately $4.0 million. Program savings were driven, in part, by reductions that Pioneer ACOs generated in hospital admissions and readmissions.” Montefiore Medical Center said it achieved the highest financial performance among the 32 Pioneer ACOs.
Georgia Trend, a business magazine, has posted an article on how the University System of Georgia turned eight institutions into four. The article highlights the merger of Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University, resulting in Georgia Regents University (GRU). Dr. Shirley Strum Kenny, who served as interim president of ASU, is quoted in the article as saying, “Of all the consolidations that were done, this is by far the most challenging and complex, but it could have the biggest payoff.”
What will U.S. medical schools look like in 2033? To answer this question, the AAMC has launched a video competition, “Light-years Beyond Flexner: Academic Medicine in 2033,” challenging member medical schools to envision the innovations of the future of academic medicine. Schools interested in participating are asked to form a team and submit a two-minute video depicting any aspect of medical school or medical education 20 years into the future. The winning school will receive a “Golden Ticket” redeemable for one registration at the 2014 AAMC Annual Meeting and 10 additional AAMC meetings in 2014!
JAMA Internal Medicine has posted a commentary by Catherine Lucey, MD, titled, “Medical Education: Part of the Problem and Part of the Solution.” Dr. Lucey is Vice Dean for Education at UCSF. (Subscription may be necessary.)
Dr. Atul Gawande has authored an article in new issue of The New Yorker, titled, “Slow Ideas: Some innovations spread fast. How do you speed the ones that don’t?”
Dr. Darrell Kirch, President and CEO of the AAMC, responded on July 16 to a recent article in the Baltimore Sun concerning changes in the MCAT exam. Dr. Kirch concluded, “While volunteer and service opportunities are very much valued by admissions committees, a solid foundation in the psychological, social and biological factors that help explain behavior — and the impact of cultural, social, and socio-economic differences on well-being — is critical for producing well-rounded physicians who are best equipped to have good bedside manners, communication skills and the ability to connect with people.”
On July 24, the IOM Committee on Geographic Variation in Health Care Spending and Promotion of High-Value Care will release a new report examining regional differences in Medicare and commercial health care spending and use. There will be a live audio webcast, accessible via the page below, on the day of the event.
Alan P. Marco, M.D., M.M.M., FACPE, has been appointed to the faculty Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine and president and CEO of Wright State Physicians, one of the largest physician-managed multispecialty groups in the Dayton region, effective Sept. 9. Dr. Marco comes to Wright State from the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, where he served as professor and chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and the program director for the residency-training program in anesthesiology.
The Cleveland Clinic has announced numerous leadership changes at its various regional hospitals.
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center have named Douglas Rhee, MD, chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. He succeeds renowned cornea specialist Jonathan Lass, MD, who served as department chair for almost two decades. Dr. Rhee has been with Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary since 2005.
Dr. Stefano Bertozzi has been named dean of the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, effective Sept.1, 2013. Dr. Bertozzi is currently a senior fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he has directed the HIV and tuberculosis programs and led a team that manages the foundation’s portfolio of grants in HIV vaccine development, biomedical prevention research, diagnostics, and strategies for introduction and scaling-up of interventions.
Dr. Lori D. Frasier has been named the leader of Penn State Hershey’s new Division of Child Abuse Pediatrics. Dr. Frasier joins Penn State Hershey from the University of Utah School of Medicine, where she is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Child Protection and Family Health. She also is the current chair of the American Board of Pediatrics’ Subboard on Child Abuse Pediatrics.
Tradeline is hosting their annual Academic Medical and Health Science Centers 2013 conference in Orlando on October 21-22. This year, they will be holding a special tour of the Lake Nona Medical City in Orlando, which will include tours of Nemours Children’s Hospital, Orlando (NCH), University of Central Florida College of Medicine, Medical Education Facility, and the University of Florida Lake Nona Research & Academic Center.
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center has been designated a National Cancer Institute cancer center. The UK Markey Cancer Center is the 68th medical center in the country to receive this prestigious designation, and is the only NCI-designated cancer center in the state of Kentucky.
Dr. Leon McDougle, the first chief diversity officer at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, was profiled in Sunday’s Columbus Dispatch. Dr. McDougle is the incoming chair of the AAMC Group on Diversity and Inclusion.
Penn State President Rodney Erickson has announced the appointment of Dr. Neil Sharkey, associate dean for research and graduate education in the College of Health and Human Development, as interim vice president for research; and Dr. Regina Vasilatos-Younken, senior associate dean for the Graduate School, as interim dean for the Graduate School, both effective Aug. 1. Dr. Henry C. “Hank” Foley, who has been named executive vice president for academic affairs for the University of Missouri System, previously held both positions in a combined role. Dr. Erickson said the University will conduct a search for an individual to once again fill both roles beginning later this year.
HHS recently released the 2013 Annual Progress Report to Congress on the National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care. The report “provides details on implementation activities by the private and public sectors, efforts to align quality measures, and successes in six priority areas, including patient safety, community health, and affordability. Since the National Quality Strategy was first released in 2011, the private and public sectors have continued to implement activities that improve the delivery of health care services, patient health outcomes, and population health, as directed by the Affordable Care Act.”
The National Institutes of Health on Monday announced it will fund up to $24 million per year for four years to establish six to eight investigator-initiated Big Data to Knowledge Centers of Excellence. The centers “will improve the ability of the research community to use increasingly large and complex datasets through the development and distribution of innovative approaches, methods, software, and tools for data sharing, integration, analysis and management. The centers will also provide training for students and researchers to use and develop data science methods.”
The new issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) featured an article that describes “the significant steps that Maryland has taken toward finding solutions for disparities in health care and access to care that negatively impact minorities and lower-income residents.” The Viewpoint is co-authored by University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.; Lieutenant Governor Anthony G. Brown, J.D.; and Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Joshua M. Sharfstein, M.D.
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