AAMC News and Leadership Announcements, 2013 Sept. 3

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

On August 28th, the HHS held a public meeting on “Protections of Human Subjects and Research Studying Standard of Care Interventions.” The various presentations from the day-long hearing are now available on-line. Dr. Ann Bonham, AAMC Chief Scientific Officer, testified and also submitted a written statement. She underscored “the critical need for empirical research to refine the ‘standard of care’ and clarify the definition of reasonable foreseeable risk and provide informative and reasonable guidelines for disclosure of those risks.”
http://tinyurl.com/kt88hqc (video)
http://tinyurl.com/mx7vqd5 (Dr. Bonham’s written testimony)

The University of California, San Diego, on Saturday announced that Dr. Thomas McAfee “was killed in an accident while on vacation in Africa.” Until very recently, Dr. McAfee was the Dean of Clinical Affairs for UC San Diego Health Sciences and CEO for UC San Diego Faculty Practice. He was set to assume a new position at the University of Southern California on Tuesday as the CEO of the Keck Medicine of USC Medical Foundation.

Elyse I. Summers, J.D., director, Division of Education and Development, at the HHS Office for Human Research Protections, has been named president and CEO of the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, effective October 14, 2013. She succeeds Marjorie A. Speers, Ph.D., who in February announced her plans to retire by year- end. Dr. Speers has led AAHRPP since its founding in 2001, establishing the organization as a champion for quality research and rigorous human research protections worldwide. Before joining OHRP, Ms. Summers held positions with the Food and Drug Administration and the Association of American Universities.

An article in Sunday’s Arizona Republic discussed a controversial NCI-funded trial in India focused on cervical cancer screening. The article discussed the issue of the “standard of care” when the standard is no care.

The September issue of Academic Medicine has been posted. It includes numerous articles of interest, including a report on doctoral programs intended to train future leaders in clinical and translational science, a study and related commentaries on measuring the outcomes of GME institutions and training sites, and an article on the evolution of faculty affairs and faculty development offices. Articles from the October issue of Academic Medicine are now available on-line in the “Published Ahead-of-Print” section of the journal’s web site. Among those articles is a report, “Managing Conflicts of Interest in Clinical Care: The ‘Race to the Middle’ at U.S. Medical Schools.” The issue also features, “Aligning Academic Continuing Medical Education With Quality Improvement: A Model for the 21st Century,” by my AAMC colleagues Nancy Davis, David Davis, Nathan Johnson, at al. Also in the October issue is an essay by Dr. Victor Dzau and colleagues at Duke, titled, “Fostering Innovation in Medicine and Health Care: What Must Academic Health Centers Do?”

A segment broadcast on Friday by Minnesota Public Radio discussed the impact of NIH research funding cuts on the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota.

Arkansas State University has hired a consulting firm to explore the feasibility of establishing an osteopathic medical school at the Jonesboro institution.

An article in Crain’s Detroit Business on Tuesday profiled David Wood Jr., M.D., the Beaumont Health System’s new chief medical officer. The article also detailed recent physician leadership recruitments at the System, including the appointment of seven physician department chiefs in the past two years.

A new study published by JAMA Internal Medicine found, “…there was no statistically significant improvement over time in the earnings of female physicians relative to male physicians. Overall, the gender gap decreased considerably outside of the health care industry but inconsistently within it.”

Tuesday’s New York Times featured an article by Natalie Angier on the “Mystery of the Missing Women in Science.” The article asserts, “Even as girls prove their prowess in science and math, their ambivalence lingers when it comes to fields formerly painted boy blue. As researchers see it, that reluctance, that slight and possibly subliminal case of unfounded quantipathy, must be confronted and understood if the wider inequities in science are to be rooted out for good.”

The Minneapolis Star Tribune on Sunday featured an article on the research activities of a University of Minnesota chemical and biomedical engineer whose research into “the mechanical forces that help wounds heal” has morphed into engineered replacement heart valves and arteries. The article reported, “The research journey that carried [Dr. Robert] Tranquillo from wound mechanics to engineered heart valves illustrates the importance of plodding, basic science — and the way that serendipity sometimes rewards diligence.”

Dr. Jerry Bauman, dean of the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Pharmacy, has been named interim vice president for health affairs at UI. He succeeds Dr. Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia who has been named senior vice president for health sciences at the University of Arizona. The News-Gazette, published in Champaign, reported on Friday that the University of Illinois’ president has commissioned a review of the Office of the Vice President for Health Affairs. The position was created in 2010.

Daniel J. DeBehnke, MD, MBA, Chief Clinical Integration Officer at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and professor of emergency medicine, has been named Chief Executive Officer of Medical College Physicians Group (MCP) and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs – Adult Practice. Dr. DeBehnke has been serving as interim CEO of MCP since March 2013.

Dr. Andre Levchenko, a former biomedical engineering professor at Johns Hopkins University, has been named director of Yale’s West Campus Systems Biology Institute. The Yale Daily News reports that with the appointment, four of the expected six permanent institute directors have been appointed at the West Campus.

Nicolas Musi, M.D., a physician-scientist in the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, will become director of the Health Science Center’s Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies, effective Sept. 1. Dr. Musi, professor of medicine and a faculty physician with UT Medicine San Antonio, joined the Health Science Center in 2003. He occupies the Sam and Ann Barshop Endowed Chair in Translational Research and directs the Center for Healthy Aging within the Barshop Institute, and is director of the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center within the South Texas Veterans Health Care System. Dr. Musi is succeeding Arlan G. Richardson, Ph.D., the founding director of the Barshop Institute.

Tony Mazzaschi

PS: Feel free to email <cfas@aamc.org> if you have a problem accessing any article or resource mentioned in this summary. Also, have colleagues email <cfas@aamc.org> if they would like to receive these news postings. We also welcome news tips and corrections.

PPS: Registration is now open for the 2013 AAMC Annual Meeting, November 1-6, in Philadelphia.


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