AAMC News and Leadership Announcements, 2013 Nov. 15

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

On Thursday, Dr. Brooks Jackson was named the new dean of the University of Minnesota Medical School and vice president for Health Sciences. Dr. Jackson has been director of pathology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for the past 12 years. He will assume his new position in February.  Aaron Friedman, M.D., announced in February that he would step down as dean and VP at the school at the end of the calendar year.

The White House announced on Thursday evening that President Obama will nominate Dr. Vivek Murthy of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital as Surgeon General of the United States.  According to the White House, “Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy is the Co-Founder and President of Doctors for America, a position he has held since 2009. He is also a Hospitalist Attending Physician and Instructor in Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School, a position he has held since 2006.”  Dr. Murthy received a B.A. from Harvard University, an M.B.A. from Yale School of Management, and an M.D. from Yale School of Medicine.  Dr. Boris Lushniak has been serving as Acting Surgeon General since Dr. Regina Benjamin resigned in July.

The new issue of the New England Journal of Medicine features an essay by Drs. Alan Guttmacher, Steven Hirschfeld, and Francis Collins, titled, “The National Children’s Study – A Proposed Plan.” Due to cost, recruitment, and methodological issues, the study has been under review. The IOM held a workshop on the study last December and public comments on the study’s methodology were solicited by NIH in a February Federal Register notice. The NEJM essay discusses recruitment and operational plans for the study going forward.

NDD United has released a new report, “Faces of Austerity: How Budget Cuts Have Made Us Sicker, Poorer, and Less Secure.” NDD United is a coalition of leaders joining forces in an effort to save public services (known in Congress as nondefense discretionary — NDD — programs) from devastating budget cuts.

The University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry is celebrating the 100th anniversary of their medical school. To honor the occasion, last weekend four deans (Dr. Douglas Miller, the current dean, and former deans Drs. Douglas R. Wilson, Lorne Tyrrell and Thomas Marrie) shared their recollections on leading medical education and research over the past 100 years. The session, moderated by University of Alberta graduate Robert Lampard, author of “Deans, Dreams and a President,” was a highlight of alumni weekend at the school. Dr. Lampard concluded the session by noting, according to an article posted on the U of A web site, that the medical school has been tremendously successful with over 7,000 graduates who are now caring for Albertans and Canadians, advancing basic science, and improving clinical care with their translational research discoveries.

A new 5-year, $37.8 million initiative, with support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, “will enable university researchers to harness the full potential of the data-rich world that characterizes all fields of science and discovery.” The partnership involves the New York University, the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Washington, “will spur collaborations within and across the three campuses and other partners pursuing similar data-intensive science goals.” The initiative was announced at a White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) event. OSTP released several fact sheets about its efforts to support “big data” initiatives.

The Klamath Falls Herald and News reported on Thursday that OHSU is planning to open a new campus in the city, focused on rural health.  According to the article, the campus will include most of the health professions. Klamath Falls is a city of 20,000 about 280 miles southeast of Portland.

Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have issued a new Health Policy Brief that describes the Medicare Hospital Readmissions Reductions Program (HRRP), established as part of the Affordable Care Act.

The VA has posted a new video featuring research scientists saluting the generosity of veterans who volunteer to participate in VA Health Services Research & Development Service (HSR&D) conducted research. The video highlights the many areas of research in which veterans participate.

A team from Eastern Virginia Medical School was announced as the winner of the Light-years Beyond Flexner video competition on Nov. 5 at the AAMC 2013 Annual Meeting. The video “EVMS 2033,” depicts the future of medical education and highlights how advanced simulation, self-paced curricula, and team-based learning would prepare medical students with knowledge of content and technical proficiency in clinical skills. A playlist of all qualified video submissions is available online.

In a blog posting on Thursday, Dr. Sally Rockey, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, dispelled some rumors that NIH might limit grant applications. She wrote that the option of limiting applications was raised in a October 2011 dialogue on extramural grants.  She reported that the idea “was discarded at the outset and we are not pursuing it now.”

A survey sponsored by the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and The Science Coalition (TSC), asked leaders from 171 research universities to describe the early effects of the automatic, across-the-board spending cuts in the federal budget (“sequestration”) that began in March. In the first seven months of sequestration, “70% of responding universities cited delays in research projects and 70% experienced reductions in the number of new research grants. The widespread delays and reductions in research activities reported by the survey respondents have immediate, real costs for researchers and students as well as long-term financial and opportunity costs for the nation’s research enterprise.”

Dr. Sally Rockey, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, has posted data on her bog site concerning “what’s trending for NIH-supported trainees and fellows receiving PhDs, in terms of fields of study.”  The data shows that “in some fields — such as molecular biology and biochemistry — the number of NIH-supported Ph.D. recipients has flattened out. Other fields, such as immunology, have increased steadily. The most striking trend, however, is in the field of neuroscience, where there has been a huge spike within the last decade.”

The Wall Street Journal on Saturday published an interview with Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health. He discussed NIH-backed advances and explained the consequences of devoting limited fiscal resources to NIH and biomedical research.

AAMC Diversity Data Snapshots (DDS) are electronic resources containing relevant news sources, data points and research findings related to diversity in higher education, academic medicine and health equity to help our medical schools build capacity for diversity and institutional excellence. This month’s presentation provides several maps detailing the geographical impact of racial and ethnic minority primary care physicians in the United States.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College have announced the launch of the Dalio Institute of Cardiovascular Imaging, funded by a gift of $20 million from a foundation supported by Raymond T. Dalio, a hospital trustee. Dr. James K. Min, an expert in cardiovascular imaging and a physician-scientist who has led several large-scale multicenter clinical trials, has been appointed director of the Dalio Institute of Cardiovascular Imaging. Dr. Min, the former director of cardiac imaging research and co-director of cardiac imaging at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, will direct the new institution.

Richard Sharp, Ph.D., has been named director of the newly-formed Mayo Clinic Biomedical Ethics Program. He will lead the ethics activities within the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized, Center for Regenerative Medicine, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Dr. Sharp comes to the Mayo Clinic from Cleveland Clinic, where he served as the Director of Bioethics Research and Co-Director of the Center for Genetic Research Ethics and Law at Case Western Reserve University.

NYU School of Medicine has announced the creation of a new Institute for Innovations in Medical Education (IIME), “comprised of a multidisciplinary team of educators, informaticians, and other innovators who will conceive new ways to combine advances in educational strategies with new informatics solutions.” The IIME will oversee both the Division of Educational Informatics (DEI), established in 2007, and a new Division of Education Quality and Analytics (DEQA) that concentrates on novel methods of assessing and evaluating competencies and milestones achieved by educational programs, students, house staff, and practicing physicians at every level of NYU Langone. The IIME will also launch a Faculty Development Program to cultivate the next generation of teaching faculty focused on educational innovation. Marc Triola, MD, associate dean for educational informatics, has been named the inaugural director of IIME.

The Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program, designed specifically to offer Advanced Practice Nurses “a life-changing opportunity to become leaders of new models of care,” is accepting applications for its one-year certificate program.  The program includes onsite retreats combined with distance-based sessions, offers innovative and integrated training in the areas of leadership, management, organizational development, business, community engagement and population health. Applications are being accepted until January 31, 2014.  Thirty Program Fellows will be selected to participate for the 2014-2015 Program Year.

Lawrence C. Brody, Ph.D., a genetics and genomics researcher, has been selected to be the first director of the newly established Division of Genomics and Society at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). Dr. Brody is currently chief of the Genome Technology Branch within NHGRI’s intramural research program, and the chief scientific officer of the trans-NIH Center for Inherited Disease Research.

James Bradley, MD, has been appointed Professor of Surgery at Temple University School of Medicine, and Chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Surgery at Temple University Hospital, effective November 1, 2013. He is joining Temple from UCLA where he held multiple titles including Director of Craniofacial Surgery, the Bernard Sarnat Chair of Craniofacial Research, Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at UCLA Olive-View Medical Center, and Chief of Pediatric Plastic Surgery at Mattel Children’s Hospital.

The Cleveland Clinic has created a fellowship “focused on developing physician expertise on the complicated ethical issues involved in organ transplantation.” David Shafran, MD, is the first fellow in the program. He is currently a pediatric nephrology fellow at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. The fellowship was created with a donation from former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, and his wife, Judith. The program director is Kathryn Weise, MD, who also directs the Cleveland Fellowship in Advanced Bioethics.

The Department of Commerce on Wednesday announced that three U.S. organizations will receive the 2013 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, “the nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership.” All of this year’s winners are from the health care and education sectors: Pewaukee (WI) School District, Pewaukee, Wis. (education); Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano, Texas (health care); and Sutter Davis Hospital, Davis, Calif. (health care). This year, the judges chose to honor two health care organizations for their best practices in the leadership criterion: Duke University Hospital and Hill Country Memorial (Fredericksburg, Texas).

William E. Tucker, MBA, CPA, has been named the new Associate Dean for Practice Plan Affairs at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Mr. Tucker will remain as Chief Corporate Officer of the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s faculty practice plan, Faculty Physicians Inc. (FPI), a role in which he has served since 2006.

James J. Barba, President and CEO of Albany Medical Center, recently announced the public phase of the Center’s latest fund-raising initiative — Lifeline: The Campaign for Albany Medical Center. He also announced a $15.5 million anonymous gift, the largest in the institution’s more than 170-year history, bringing the total giving to $106.8 million toward the campaign’s goal of $125 million; $75 million is earmarked for medical education and research and another $50 million for the new 325,000-square-foot Patient Pavilion, which houses 60 medical/surgical rooms, 20 additional operating rooms and leading-edge intensive care units for both adults and infants, including a 30-bed Intensive Care Unit and a new 56-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The Sacramento Bee reported this week that a union has filed two state ballot initiatives affecting hospitals. The first “would forbid hospitals from charging more than 25 percent above the cost of patient care.” The second, “would bar nonprofit hospital executives from receiving more than $450,000 in annual compensation.” According to the paper, the union hopes the measures will qualify for the November 2014 ballot.

The 2013 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, released on Monday, finds “the number of international students at colleges and universities in the United States increased by seven percent to a record high of 819,644 students in the 2012/13 academic year, while U.S. students studying abroad increased by three percent to an all-time high of more than 283,000.” The report was issued by the Institute of International Education in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

This month’s Emory Magazine highlights the longstanding partnership between Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology, which has become a blueprint for collaboration between a public and a private research university. The partnership is based on the joint Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering between Emory School of Medicine and the Georgia Tech College of Engineering, but the magazine explores numerous other areas of collaboration including predictive health, global safe water, vaccine delivery, robotics, and pediatrics, among others.

An article in Tuesday’s Boston Globe profiled Kevin Tabb, the chief executive officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The article reported that he “is negotiating his most ambitious deal of all, a three-way combination with Lahey hospital and Atrius Health that would truly transform Beth Israel — if he can pull it off.”

Tony Mazzaschi

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