AAMC News and Leadership Announcements, 2013 Oct. 6

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

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) “has removed probationary status for the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine,” University President Stephen J. Kopp announced on Friday. The school was placed on probation in June 2011.

The Canadian Press reported on Saturday that the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine has been placed on probation by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools. The Regina Leader-Post featured an interview with the president of the school about the action and her belief that the school needs to be restructured.  This is the second time the school has been placed on probation in the past 11 years.  The school was on probationary status from 2002-2006.

On Sept 30, Dr. Darrell Kirch, AAMC President and CEO, distributed a memo to the AAMC leadership that includes important information regarding medical schools, teaching hospitals, the Affordable Care Act, and open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace.

The AAMC Holistic Review Project is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, October 16, at 2pm ET, titled, “Navigating the Post-Fisher Environment.” Webinar panelists will provide an overview of the Supreme Court’s decision in Fisher v. University of Texas and introduce a framework to aid in understanding the Court’s decision and it’s operational impact on medical school diversity-related enrollment initiatives going forward.

NIH officials have responded to concerns about the government shutdown’s affect on ClinicalTrials.gov. Earlier in the week the site was on-line, but could not accept new trial registrations. On Thursday, NLM employees who support the site were ‘un-furloughed” and new registrations are now being accepted.

Ora H. Pescovitz, M.D., CEO of the University of Michigan Health System and U-M’s executive vice president for Medical Affairs, authored an essay in Saturday’s Detroit Free Press on federal support for biomedical research and its impact on patients and their families.  She detailed some of the impacts of the government shut down and sequestration on academic research efforts.

Sunday’s New York Times Magazine features an article, “Why are There So Few Women In Science?”

The new issue of Science contains a set of articles titled, “Communication in Science: Pressures and Predators.”  Science submitted a fraudulent research report to a number of open access journals, some of which bit.  The Chronicle of Higher Education reported on Friday that some open-access advocates are questioning the journal’s suggestion that the findings of its experiment implicate the open access business model, noting that Science and other subscription-based journals have published fraudulent papers as well.  The set in Science also contains an article concerning the future of scientific meetings.

Dr. Atul Gawande, a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, wrote an essay in this week’s issue of The New Yorker concerning efforts to obstruct the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

An Associated Press article on Wednesday, which ran in many newspapers, discussed efforts “to move gene sequencing out of the lab and into ordinary medical care…” The article highlighted a study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine from Baylor that concluded, “Whole-exome sequencing identified the underlying genetic defect in 25% of consecutive patients referred for evaluation of a possible genetic condition.”

The new issue of The New York Review of Books contains an interesting exchange between David Goldhill and Arnold Relman concerning the irrationality of the health care system. Mr. Goldhill, author of the book “Catastrophic Care” was responding to Dr. Relman’s earlier review of his book. He wrote, “Our health care debate is imprisoned by a set of assumptions that have gone unexamined for at least fifty years.”  He goes on to list several of the assumptions.

New York Times blogger Dr. Pauline Chen reported this week on a new study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine concerning medical students and drug representatives. The journal article concluded, “Despite recent policy changes, a substantial number of trainees continue to receive gifts from pharmaceutical representatives. We found no relation between these outcomes and a school’s policies concerning interactions with industry.”

The AAMC and BMJ are co-sponsoring a webinar on Monday to introduce a new online resource, “Maximizing Value: Payment Models and Care Redesign,” to help health care organizations implement alternate payment models. The webinar will preview a new organizational readiness assessment tool and demonstrate how current participants in the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative are using the products to benefit their organizations. Register now for this free event, which will be held on Monday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m., ET.

As part of its Diversity 3.0 Learning Series, the AAMC has posted a new video on the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers. In this video, Jaeyoung Yang, a medical student at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine discusses his experience as a project manager at the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers. The coalition works with healthcare providers, hospitals, and physician practices to improve the care and coordination of healthcare for Camden residents while decreasing costs. Mr. Yang provides an overview of the coalition’s services and discusses opportunities available through the coalition to medical students interested in gaining additional experience working with underserved populations. The work of the coalition was recently highlighted when its founder, Jeffrey Brenner, M.D., received a MacArthur Genius Grant. Dr. Brenner is a presenter at the AAMC Annual Meeting in November.

The Engelberg Center at the Brookings Institute has announced two appointments. Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the National Coordinator for Health IT at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will join the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform as a Visiting Fellow. Darshak Sanghavi, MD, most recently chief of pediatric cardiology and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, has joined the Center’s Health Care Value and Innovation Initiative.

Douglas P. Clark, M.D., is the new chair of the Department of Pathology at the University of New Mexico’s Health Sciences Center. Dr. Clark previously served as Professor of Pathology and Oncology, and Division Director of Cytopathology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Swedish Health Services in Seattle has named Anthony (Tony) A. Armada as its new Chief Executive Officer, beginning Nov. 1, 2013. He currently serves as President of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.

Gary V. Desir, M.D., professor of medicine (nephrology), has been named interim chair of the Yale University School of Medicine’s Department of Internal Medicine, pending a search for a permanent chair. He fills the vacancy left by Jack A. Elias, M.D., who is the new dean at Brown University’s Alpert Medical School.

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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