GREAT/GRAND Community Forum

The AAMC is providing these forums as a platform for sharing important policy updates and other timely information with the GREAT Group and GRAND communities. Topics are selected by AAMC staff with input from the GREAT Group and GRAND Steering Committees, and suggestions are invited from the membership.

Please send topic suggestions to Amanda Field, PhD, AAMC Science Policy Specialist, at afield@aamc.org.

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Rebekah Corlew, PhD, AAMC Director of Constituent Engagement for Research Education and Women in Medicine and Science. 
Dr. Corlew is the constituent engagement director and contact for the GREAT group, GRAND, and GWIMS.



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Amanda Field, PhD, AAMC Science Policy Specialist
Dr. Field follows research and research training issues for the GREAT group and GRAND and is hosting this series.






  • Addressing Sexual Harassment in Academic Medicine - October 28

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 10/28/2020 at 2:30 PM (EDT)

    The 2018 National Academy of Science report on Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in the Academic Sciences, Engineering and Medicine revealed the prevalence of sexual and gender harassment of women is in STEMM.

    The 2018 National Academy of Science report on Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in the Academic Sciences, Engineering and Medicine revealed the prevalence of sexual and gender harassment of women in STEMM. The report demonstrated that 50% of women faculty and staff and 20-50% of women students encounter or experience sexually harassing conduct in academia, and medicine has the highest frequency. Since the report release, institutions and national agencies have dedicated considerable effort to explore innovative ways to address sexual harassment. This year both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education have been making progress to create change in the culture of science to maximize talent and end harassment. Finally, new data collected by the AAMC of faculty experiences of sexual and gender harassment across genders sheds light on issues specific to academic medicine.

    Join Carrie Wolinetz, PhD, NIH Acting Chief of Staff and Associate Director for Science Policy, and Frazier Benya, PhD, study director for the NASEM sexual harassment report, and the AAMC as they address:

    Drs. Wolinetz and Benya welcome discussion during a question and answer period to follow the presentation. You may also submit questions ahead of time to Amanda Field, PhD, AAMC Senior Science Policy Specialist, at afield@aamc.org.

    Frazier Benya, PhD

    Senior Program Officer with the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine; NASEM

    Dr. Benya’s work focuses on ensuring that science, engineering, and medicine are ethical and socially responsible, both in their practice and in who gets to participate in the work. She recently served as the study director for the National Academies study “Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.” Dr. Benya earned her M.A. in Bioethics and Ph.D. in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine from the University of Minnesota.

    Carrie Wolinetz, PhD

    Acting Chief of Staff and Associate Director for Science Policy and Director of the Office of Science Policy (OSP); NIH

    As leader of OSP, Dr. Wolinetz advises the NIH Director on science policy matters of significance to the agency, the research community, and the public, on a wide range of issues including human subjects protections, biosecurity, emerging biotechnologies ranging from stem cells to gene editing, data sharing, regenerative medicine, the organization and management of NIH, and the innovation polices related to NIH-funded research.  Prior to joining NIH, Dr. Wolinetz worked on biomedical research policy issues as the Deputy Director for Federal Affairs at the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Director of Scientific Affairs and Public Relations at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). She also served as the President of United for Medical Research, a leading NIH advocacy coalition. Outside of NIH, Dr. Wolinetz teaches as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University in the School of Foreign Service’s program on Science, Technology & International Affairs. She has a BS in animal science from Cornell University, and she received her PhD in animal science from The Pennsylvania State University, where her area of research was reproductive physiology.

    Ross McKinney, MD

    Facilitator, Chief Scientific Officer; AAMC

    Dr. McKinney leads an array of AAMC programs that support all aspects of medical research and training. He also represents the AAMC nationally on issues related to research and science policy, administration, and workforce development, and education and training. Dr. McKinney joined the AAMC in 2016 after serving as a member of the Duke faculty since 1985. During his time at Duke, he was director of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, vice dean for research at Duke University School of Medicine, and director of the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, and History of Medicine. Among his career highlights, Dr. McKinney was first author of the key Phase I and II studies on Zidovudine (AZT) use in children, and he conducted research on the natural history, prevention, and treatment of pediatric HIV disease. He received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in 1975. He earned his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and completed his internship and residency in Pediatrics, and fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases, at Duke University Medical Center.

  • NIMHD Director’s Update - July 9

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Join us for an update on key NIMHD issues for the extramural research and research training community.

    Join Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD, Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), for an update on key NIMHD issues for the extramural research and research training community. Dr. Pérez-Stable will address:

    • Current funding opportunities targeting inequities related to COVID-19 and minority health and health disparities
    • Contributors to racial/ethnic inequities in NIH funding and efforts underway to address the disparity

    Dr. Pérez-Stable welcomes discussion during a question and answer period to follow the presentation.
    You may also submit questions ahead of time to Amanda Field, PhD, AAMC Senior Science Policy Specialist, at afield@aamc.org.

    The AAMC looks forward to providing this platform for interaction with the GREAT and GRAND communities on these and future topics. Please send topic suggestions to Amanda Field (above).

    Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD

    Director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)

    Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD, is Director of the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), which seeks to advance the science of minority health and health disparities research through research, training, research capacity development, public education, and information dissemination. Dr. Pérez-Stable practiced general internal medicine for 37 years at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) before moving to NIH in September 2015. He was professor of medicine at UCSF and chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine for 17 years. His research interests include improving the health of racial and ethnic minorities and underserved populations, advancing patient-centered care, improving cross-cultural communication skills among clinicians, and promoting diversity in the biomedical research workforce. For more than 30 years, Dr. Pérez-Stable led research on Latino smoking cessation and tobacco control policy in the United States and Latin America, addressing clinical and prevention issues in cancer screening, and mentoring over 70 minority investigators. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2001.

  • The View from the NIH Office of Extramural Research – May 12

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Join us for an update on key NIH policies for the extramural research and research training community.

    Join Mike Lauer, MD, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, for an update on key NIH policies for the extramural research and research training community. Along with general NIH updates, Dr. Lauer will address how the NIH is responding to the coronavirus pandemic, including:

    • A recap of NIH administrative flexibilities for research impacted by COVID-19
    • Considerations for when labs begin reopening
    • The recently announced NIH/FNIH public-private partnership
    • Other ways Academic Medicine Centers can respond to Covid-19
    • How the pandemic has affected other NIH priorities, such as foreign government influence and addressing sexual harassment

    Dr. Lauer welcomes discussion during a question and answer period to follow the presentation.
    You may also submit questions ahead of time to Amanda Field, PhD, AAMC Senior Science Policy Specialist, at afield@aamc.org.

    The AAMC looks forward to providing this platform for interaction with the GREAT and GRAND communities on these and future topics. Please send topic suggestions to Amanda Field (above).

    Michael S. Lauer, MD

    Deputy Director for Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

    As the NIH’s deputy director for extramural research, Dr. Lauer’s office oversees policies and programs that affect all research grant support at academic medical centers and universities.  He has spearheaded efforts to expand support for early-career investigators and for meritorious, established investigators at risk for losing further NIH support.  Dr. Lauer is also leading efforts to identify and disclose foreign government influences on NIH-funded laboratories, along with enforcing requirements to post data and results from NIH-sponsored clinical trials.

  • Accessing Available AAMC Data for Research, Evaluation, Policy, and Advocacy – March 12

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Join Hershel Alexander, PhD, AAMC Director of Data Operations and Services, for a discussion on AAMC data resources.

    If you have not already registered, please register to view the recording.

    Join Hershel Alexander, PhD, AAMC Director of Data Operations and Services, for a discussion on AAMC data resources. Dr. Alexander will provide an overview of selected AAMC data resources that may be of interest to the biomedical science community for research, evaluation, policy, and advocacy purposes. The presentation will cover descriptions of how to access AAMC data and what data are available, including:

    • Compensation data on residents, faculty, chiefs, chairs, deans, and medical school and hospital administrators 
    • Research, instructional, care, administrative, financial, and other data about medical schools and teaching hospitals from data collections such as the annual LCME surveys, the Operations Management Survey, and the Hospital Operations and Finance Survey
    • Applicant, student, and resident data from data collections such as MCAT, AMCAS, Student Records System (SRS), student surveys, ERAS, and GME Track 
    • Academic, employment, and demographic data on medical school faculty from data collections such as the Faculty Roster

    We welcome discussion during a question and answer period to follow the  presentation on whatever topics might be of interest, including your recommendations for how to improve AAMC data collections and data reports.

    You may also submit questions ahead of time to Amanda Field, PhD, AAMC Senior Science Policy Specialist, at afield@aamc.org.

    The AAMC looks forward to providing this platform for interaction with the GREAT and GRAND communities on these and future topics. Please send topic suggestions to Amanda Field (above).

    Hershel Alexander, PhD

    Director of Data Operations and Services, AAMC

    Dr. Alexander's team contributes to a variety of efforts to provide compelling information to help transform academic medicine. For example, the team assists the Liaison Committee on Medical Education with the LCME Annual Medical School Questionnaire, LCME Annual Financial Questionnaire, LCME Student Financial Aid Questionnaire, and LCME Data Tables. The team also provides applicant, student, graduate, and resident information through the Post-MCAT Questionnaire, Matriculating Student Questionnaire, Year Two Questionnaire, Graduation Questionnaire, Student Records System, GME Track, and Report on Residents. Data Operations and Services helps with compensation studies as well, such as the Faculty Salary Report, Report on Resident/Fellow Stipends and Benefits, Report on the Compensation of Medical School Deans, Report on the Compensation of the Deans’ Office Staff, Department and Division Administrator Compensation Survey Report, and Practice Plan Executive Compensation Report. The team collaborates with the Council of Teaching Hospitals on projects, including the Annual Survey of Hospital Operations and Financial Performance, Quarterly Survey of Hospital Operations and Financial Performance, Group on Information Resources IT Survey, Compliance Officers’ Forum Survey, and Group on Resident Affairs Members Survey. In addition, members of this team are involved with other AAMC data resources, such as the Faculty Roster, Medical School Profile System, Missions Management Tool, Operations Management Tool, AAMC/SACME Harrison CME Survey, Institutional GME Leadership Survey, Development Survey, Summer Health Professions Education Program Annual Report, and Organizational Characteristics Database. Hershel has been with the AAMC since 2001.

  • Report from the National Academy of Sciences: The Science on Effective Mentoring in STEMM – December 4

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Join us for a discussion on the newly released report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, The Science of Effective Mentoring in STEMM.

    If you have not already registered, please register to view the recording.

    Join us for a discussion on the newly released report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, The Science of Effective Mentoring in STEMM. The study director of the report, Maria Lund Dahlberg, and a member of the report consensus committee, Rick McGee, PhD, will discuss:

    • Key report findings on the science of mentorship in STEMM
    • Report recommendations on institutional implementation of effective mentoring practices
    • Highlights of the online mentoring resource guide designed by the report committee

    Ms. Dahlberg and Dr. McGee will also encourage discussion during a question and answer period after their presentation. While they will be accepting questions during the webinar, you may also submit questions ahead of time to Amanda Field, PhD, AAMC Science Policy Specialist, at afield@aamc.org.

    The AAMC looks forward to providing this platform for interaction with the GREAT and GRAND communities on these and future topics. Please send topic suggestions to Amanda Field (above).

    Maria Lund Dahlberg

    Program Officer with the Board on Higher Education and Workforce and the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine – National Academy of Sciences

    Maria Lund Dahlberg is the study director for the Consensus Study on the Science on Effective Mentoring in STEMM for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and a program officer with the Board on Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW) and the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM). Her work with the National Academies spans topics ranging from equity, inclusion, and diversity in science, through science communications, to postdoctoral research experiences, health care, and innovation ecosystems. She came to the National Academies by way of a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellowship, which she received after completing all requirements short of finalizing the dissertation for her doctorate in physics at Pennsylvania State University. Ms. Dahlberg holds a B.A. with high honors in physics from Vassar College and an M.S. in physics from Pennsylvania State University. 

    Rick McGee, PhD

    Associate Dean for Faculty Recruitment & Professional Development - Northwestern Medicine

    Richard (Rick) McGee is the associate dean for professional development and a professor of medical education at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He also served as a member of the consensus committee for the National Academies’ report, the Science on Effective Mentoring in STEMM. His primary role at Northwestern is to mentor and coach junior faculty beginning their independent research programs. A primary element of this work is a unique grant-writing coaching group model he has created.  His career evolved to this role starting from 20 years as a basic scientist and merging into leadership of research training programs at multiple institutions. He has developed and tested a number of novel mentoring and group coaching approaches. These roles led to an evolution to actually studying career development of young scientists from the perspective of social science theories and models.  He currently leads a group of social and education researchers conducting a large-scale, longitudinal, largely qualitative research study of career development and decisions of several hundred biomedical Ph.D. students.  His group is also studying a novel group career coaching model in a randomized controlled trial, also with several hundred Ph.D. students. All of these and his previous efforts also focused on fostering diversity in academia.

  • Insights on Federal Funding and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – September 25

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Join us for a discussion on essential topics to the biomedical research community:

    If you have not already registered, please register to view the recording.

    Join AAMC Senior Director of Public Policy and Government Relations Tannaz Rasouli, MPH, for a discussion on essential topics to the biomedical research community:

    • Where the Federal appropriations process stands
    • NIH and agency budgets

    Ms. Rasouli will provide updates and then encourage discussion during a question and answer period. While she will be accepting questions during the webinar, you may also submit questions ahead of time to Amanda Field, PhD, AAMC Science Policy Specialist, at afield@aamc.org.

    The AAMC looks forward to providing this platform for interaction with the GREAT and GRAND communities on these and future topics. Please send topic suggestions to Amanda Field (above).

    Tannaz Rasouli, MPH

    Senior Director of Public Policy and Strategic Outreach, AAMC

    As Senior Director of Public Policy and Strategic Outreach at the Association of American Medical Colleges, Tannaz Rasouli holds primary responsibility for the AAMC’s legislative advocacy in support of medical research, medical education, and public health funding and preparedness. In July 2016, she was named Executive Director of the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research, a coalition of more than 200 patient and voluntary health groups, medical and scientific societies, and academic and research organizations, supporting an enhanced federal investment in the biomedical, behavioral, and population-based research conducted and supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

    In addition to her current areas of responsibility, since joining AAMC’s Government Relations office in January 2006, Tannaz has been responsible for several legislative issues of interest to medical schools and teaching hospitals, including the health care workforce, health equity, and other federal health care programs. From 2007 – 2016, Tannaz served as co-executive director of the Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition (HPNEC), an alliance of more than 60 national organizations representing schools, programs, health professionals, and students advocating continued support for federal health care workforce programs administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration. In this capacity, she provided strategic direction for the coalition’s advocacy activities, coordinating briefings, meetings, and correspondence with Congress and the administration. 
     
    Tannaz received her bachelor’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and her master of public health in health policy from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  
     
    Since 2013, she also has served as adjunct faculty at the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies. 

    Christa Wagner

    Senior Legislative Analyst, AAMC

    Christa Wagner currently serves as a Senior Legislative Analyst at the AAMC where she is responsible for legislative and regulatory policy and advocacy in support of medical research and academic medicine’s partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Her work includes supporting and coordinating two coalitions convened by the AAMC, the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research which supports an enhanced federal investment in the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Friends of VA Medical Care and Health Research (FOVA) which is dedicated to supporting an increased federal investment in the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical and Prosthetic research program. Christa also serves as an editor of the AAMC’s weekly government relations newsletter, Washington Highlights. 

    Prior to joining the AAMC, Christa served as the American Society for Human Genetics (ASHG) and National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Genetics and Public Policy Fellow. In this role, she contributed to health and science policy efforts at a scientific member society, as well as in the executive and legislative branches of the US government, including Capitol Hill experience as a health fellow in the office of US Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio. Christa received her Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry from Oberlin College and her PhD in Cellular and Molecular Medicine from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

  • Key Issues in Science and Research Policy: Data Sharing and Foreign Government Influence - July 24

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/24/2019

    Join us for a discussion on essential topics to the biomedical research community.

    If you have not already registered, please register to view the recording.

    Join AAMC Senior Director of Science Policy and Regulatory Counsel Heather Pierce, JD, MPH, for a discussion on essential topics to the biomedical research community:

    • The future of sharing research data and recognizing those who share
    • How recent revelations about how foreign government influence is affecting the US research and research training enterprise

    Ms. Pierce will provide updates and then encourage discussion during a question and answer period. While she will be accepting questions during the webinar, you may also submit questions ahead of time to Amanda Field, PhD, AAMC Science Policy Specialist, at afield@aamc.org.

    The AAMC looks forward to providing this platform for interaction with the GREAT and GRAND communities on these and future topics. Relevant and timely topics will be decided as each webinar approaches. Please send topic suggestions to Amanda Field (above).

    Heather Pierce, JD, MPH

    AAMC Senior Director of Science Policy and Regulatory Counsel

    Heather Pierce is Senior Director for Science Policy and Regulatory Counsel at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). She serves as AAMC's leader for scientific regulatory issues including human subject protections, clinical research, conflicts of interest, research data sharing, evidence-based regulation, and collaborations between industry, government, and academia in biomedical research. She is the subject matter expert for the AAMC's Forum on Conflict of Interest in Academe and for Convey, the AAMC's global financial interest disclosure system.  Ms. Pierce is Chair of the Board of Directors of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R), where she has been a regular contributor to in-person programs and webinars for over a decade and has served on the Board since 2014. She regularly speaks at national forums on issues related to the protection of human subjects, regulatory burden, research ethics, biospecimens, scientific misconduct, legislation and policymaking related to research, and research compliance, and has published articles and commentaries on these topics in Nature, Science, The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and The American Journal of Bioethics. She has served on committees, working groups and task forces of organizations including the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and the National Dialogue on Healthcare Innovation.  Prior to joining AAMC, Ms. Pierce was an attorney in the Health Care Group of the law firm of Ropes & Gray LLP in New York. Her regulatory practice focused on medical research and clinical care. She received her law degree from NYU School of Law and her MPH in Health Law from Boston University.

    Jabbar Bennett, PhD

    GREAT Group Chair

    Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer
    Associate Professor of Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine     
    Northwestern University