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Dr. Stan Eisen, Director
Preprofessional Health Programs
Christian Brothers University
650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN  38104

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Received this month:

 

 

For more information, please see Article #4. 

 

Table of Contents:

 

1.    ===AAMC STAT===,  News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, July 14, 2014 issue.
2.  The Lancet, a prestigious British journal, has published a Series of reviews entitled The Health of Americans, with contributions from leading health experts at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from the US Department of Health and Human Services, and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).    
3.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, July 21, 2014 issue.  
4.  Received this month.  

 

1.    ===AAMC STAT===,  News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, July 14, 2014 issue.  

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News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

July 14, 2014

•  AAMC Offers Assistance to VA, Urges Conferees to Address Physician Shortages
•  Competition Winners to Create Free MCAT2015 Resources for Khan Academy  Collection
•  Report Details State Impact of Medicaid Expansion
•  Final Cohort of Physician Leaders Selected for RWJF Clinical Scholars Program
•  On the Move



AAMC Offers Assistance to VA, Urges Conferees to Address Physician Shortages

The AAMC sent a letter last Friday urging a congressional conference committee to pass legislation that would address backlogs in patient care services at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In the letter to conferees, AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., said that 161 of the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals have the capacity to help provide health care services to VA patients. He urged conferees "to pass legislation swiftly to help improve veterans’ access to care outside of the VA, including expedited contracting with non-VA hospitals, timely reimbursement for services, and expanded VA and Medicare graduate medical education to help address physician workforce shortages that have turned the VA into the proverbial canary in the coal mine.” Kirch also emphasized the long-standing partnership between the VA and the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals that dates back to the end of World War II when newly established VA-academic affiliations made the agency an integral part of residency training for the nation’s physicians. Read more about the AAMC’s work with the VA and efforts to improve the health of veterans.


Competition Winners to Create Free MCAT2015 Resources for Khan Academy Collection

The AAMC, Khan Academy, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have announced the winners of a competition to create free online resources to help students prepare for the revised Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) that will be administered in 2015. The winners—representing more than a dozen AAMC-member medical schools and teaching hospitals nationwide—will receive hands-on training with Khan Academy leaders to create new videos, questions, and articles for Khan Academy’s MCAT collection. The collection provides free resources for undergraduate and pre-med students interested in pursuing health professions. Since the first competition was launched last year, content creators have developed more than 500 videos and hundreds of practice questions, with new content added each week. Videos in the MCAT collection already have been viewed more than 2 million times, with more than 1 million practice problems solved.


Final Cohort of Physician Leaders Selected for RWJF Clinical Scholars Program

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has announced the final cohort of the Clinical Scholars program. A group of 31 physicians from specialties including primary care, emergency medicine, pediatrics, surgery, and psychiatry will spend two years examining the delivery, impact, and organization of health care and receive training in leadership and health policy and research. RWJF is concluding the Clinical Scholars program, among others, and engaging in initiatives to take its leadership programs in a new direction to expand the number of leaders and scholars working together to ensure all people have the opportunity to lead healthy lives.


Report Details State Impact of Medicaid Expansion

A new report from the Obama administration’s Council of Economic Advisers highlights the potential impact of implementing Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. The report shows that at the state level, expansion provided better coverage, preventive services, and overall health. Expansion also increased savings for state and local governments, financial stability for at-risk populations, and economic productivity and employment.


On the Move

Sam Hawgood, MBBS, has been named the 10th chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He currently is dean of the UCSF School of Medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs. He had been serving as interim chancellor since April 1. Hawgood first joined UCSF in 1982 as a research fellow. The UC Board of Regents will vote on the proposed appointment on July 17.

Harold L. Paz, M.D., CEO of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State’s senior vice president for health affairs and dean of its College of Medicine since April 2006, was named executive vice president and chief medical officer of Aetna. A. Craig Hellemeier, M.D., medical director of Penn State Hershey's Children's Hospital and chair of pediatrics, will serve as CEO and senior vice president for health affairs and dean in the interim while a national search is conducted.

 

 

2.  The Lancet, a prestigious British journal, has published a Series of reviews entitled The Health of Americans, with contributions from leading health experts at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from the US Department of Health and Human Services, and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).  

 

 


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  The Health of Americans

Dear reader,

The Lancet has published a Series of reviews entitled The Health of Americans, with contributions from leading health experts at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from the US Department of Health and Human Services, and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

The Series describes some of the major health challenges facing the United States, including chronic and infectious diseases, injuries and accidents, and outlines how opportunities provided by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) could improve public health.

The Series also evaluates health spending in the US (currently the highest in the world per capita), by comparison with other high-spending OECD countries.

Comment
Improving health in the USA: progress and challenges

Viewpoint
Health security in 2014: building on preparedness knowledge for emerging health threats

Global health and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Series
Prevention of chronic disease in the 21st century: elimination of the leading preventable causes of premature death and disability in the USA

Challenges of infectious diseases in the USA

Prevention of injury and violence in the USA

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: opportunities for prevention and public health

Health-care expenditure and health policy in the USA versus other high-spending OECD countries

Editorial
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of healthiness

Regulating America's smoking scourge

The future of paid family leave in the USA

Perspectives
Harold Jaffe: tireless proponent of better health for the USA

We hope you find this Series both interesting and informative.

Yours sincerely,

The Lancet

 

Read the Series online for free

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Join us on a tour through our nearly 200 year history: from Thomas Wakley's original mandate to today's thriving portfolio of leading specialty journals and digital initiatives. Launched to mark the publication of our 'Health of Americans' Series, this video shows you the many ways The Lancet continues to influence global health. 

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3.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, July 21, 2014 issue.  

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News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

July 21, 2014

  • AAMC Hill Briefing Addresses VA Physician Shortages
  • Registration for New AAMC Medical Education Meeting is Now Open
  • Study Explores AAMC Fee Assistance Program and Access to Medical School
  • Appeals Court Upholds Consideration of Race in Fisher Case
  • The Golden Goose Award Recognizes Economists' Research in Game Theory
  • On the Move

AAMC Hill Briefing Addresses VA Physician Shortages

In conjunction with a Capitol Hill briefing the AAMC hosted Thursday on physician shortages at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., released a statement indicating that "the briefing laid out important information for members of the congressional conference committee considering legislation to alleviate delays experienced by veterans seeking care at the VA." Kirch noted that more than 160 medical schools and teaching hospitals have said they have capacity to help the VA once the agency determines what services are needed. At the briefing, Carolyn Clancy, M.D., interim VA under-secretary for health, highlighted the historic 70-year partnership between the VA and academic affiliates, noting that 127 VA facilities have affiliation agreements for physician training with 130 of the AAMC's 141 member medical schools. AAMC's Chief Public Policy Officer Atul Grover, M.D., Ph.D., described the physician shortages nationwide that are a result of the cap on Medicare's support for GME and highlighted the important connection between VA GME and Medicare GME, and the necessity to increase federal funding for both. More information on the association's work with the VA is on the AAMC's website.

Registration for New AAMC Medical Education Meeting is Now Open

Professionals from across the medical education continuum are invited to attend the inaugural AAMC Medical Education Meeting, Nov. 6–7 in Chicago. Through this national scholarly forum, educators, thought leaders, students, and others from across disciplines within medical education will gather to learn about the latest advancements in the field, gain practical skills, make valuable connections to advance their careers and scholarly work, and together, increase the quality of education at their institutions. The AAMC Medical Education Meeting will be held in the same location and just prior to Learn Serve Lead 2014: The AAMC Annual Meeting (which will open for registration soon). For full program details and to register, please visit the AAMC's website.

Study Explores AAMC Fee Assistance Program and Access to Medical School

There have been sharp increases in the percentages of students participating in the AAMC Fee Assistance Program (FAP) among those who have taken the MCAT® exam, applied through AMCAS, and been admitted to medical school, according to the latest Analysis in Brief. The study shows that between 2006 and 2011, FAP awardees accepted to medical school tripled, from 2.2 to 6.6 percent, among those accepted to medical school, exceeding the overall increase in the total number of admissions to medical schools. The program is designed to improve access to applying to medical school, and the application entails expenses that occur during various steps of the process. The findings suggest that those with limited financial means who enter the applicant pool each year have become more likely to apply for and receive fee assistance, which improves access to applying to medical school among well-qualified applicants of lower income backgrounds.

Appeals Court Upholds Holistic Review in Fisher Case

A recent ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upholds the consideration of race as one of many holistic review factors in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. While last year's Supreme Court ruling accepted the educational benefits of diversity, it remanded the case to the appeals court to apply a higher level of scrutiny to the means by which a university achieves diversity. Last week's appeals court ruling held that the university met even the requirements of strict scrutiny. In 2012, the AAMC joined 29 organizations on an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to preserve the Grutter v. Bollinger ruling in the Fisher case, and to continue to uphold the constitutionality of a many-factor (including race), individualized admissions process to achieve a diverse student body.

The Golden Goose Award Recognizes Economists' Research in Game Theory

Three economists received the 2014 Golden Goose Award for their research on game theory, which enabled the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to first auction spectrum licenses in 1994. The award honors researchers whose federally funded research may not have seemed to have significant practical applications at the time it was conducted, but have resulted in major benefits to society. According to the announcement, "Since the first auction, the FCC has conducted 87 auctions, raising over $60 billion for the U.S. Treasury and enabling the proliferation of wireless technologies that make life convenient, safe, and connected."

On the Move

Patrice Delafontaine, M.D., has been named dean of the University of Missouri School of Medicine, effective Dec. 1. He is currently chief of cardiology at Tulane University School of Medicine. Leslie W. Hall, M.D., is serving as dean on an interim basis.

Wiley "Chip" Souba, M.D., will not seek reappointment to a second four-year term as dean of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He will remain on faculty at the school and "expand his work in the leadership field and on preparing students to become leaders in health care," according to a Geisel News Center story. Souba has served as dean since September 2010. Duane Compton, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and senior associate dean for research, began serving as interim dean on July 15. He joined Dartmouth as a faculty member in 1993.

 

4.  Received this month.  

From the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC):  The Official Guide to the MCAT2015 Exam.  If you’re interested in reading through this, I have one copy in my office:

 

Dr. Stan Eisen, Director
Preprofessional Health Programs
Biology Department
Christian Brothers University
650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104
E-mail: seisen@cbu.edu
http://www.cbu.edu/~seisen/
Caduceus Newsletter Archives: http://www.cbu.edu/~seisen/Caduceus.html