Jan-Feb 2021 - Wayne State University
Jan-Feb 2021

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GME's Health Disparities Task Force

GME's Health Disparities Task Force

WSUSOM residents and faculty are deeply committed to reducing health disparities and improving patients' lives. With a longstanding focus on innovation in education, research, and clinical care, our residency programs train a diverse group of physicians who strive to provide equal healthcare for all. Implementation of effective strategies for addressing health disparities (HD) has been a concern in medical education for more than 20 years. However, in 2020 the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on minority populations has made the challenge of achieving health equity more critical than ever. To meet this challenge, in the summer of 2020 GME established a HD Task Force to assist our programs with incorporating HD training as a permanent component of their curricula beginning in 2021. This initiative is in accord with the mission of Wayne State University, the School of Medicine, as well as mandates from ACGME and the State of Michigan. In August 2020, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Directive 2020-7 calling for “all health care professionals to receive training on implicit bias and the way it affects delivery of health care services . . . The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) . . . will establish implicit bias training standards as part of the knowledge and skills necessary for licensure, registration, and renewal of licenses and registrations of health professionals in Michigan.”  

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GME News and Announcements

New Reporting Window for All ACGME Resident and Faculty Surveys


The pandemic has delayed the opening of the ACGME’s annual Resident and Faculty Surveys for the 2020-21 academic year. There will be one reporting window for all programs to participate in both the Resident and Faculty surveys. That window will open February 1, 2021 and close April 1, 2021. This change will give programs more flexibility in completing the surveys, moving from a 5- to an 8-week reporting period. GME will be monitoring completion to ensure that all our programs achieve at least 70% compliance for residents and faculty (our goal is to have 100% compliance for both surveys in all programs). Program Coordinators should ensure that core faculty lists are accurate in ACGME ADS, since they will be the ones required to complete the survey. While making this accommodation for Resident and Faculty Survey participation, ACGME reminds all programs that this year’s surveys are mandatory and must be completed by April 1, 2021. It should be noted that all questions on the 2020-21 Resident and Faculty surveys are the same as those on the 2019-20 surveys. Any questions or concerns should be directed to Martha Jordan at mjorda@med.wayne.edu.  

SEMCME: QIPS Summit and Research Forum [virtual] dates announced  

The 6th  Annual Michigan Summit on Quality Improvement & Patient Safety will be held on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, from 8 am to 12:30 pm via Zoom. The Summit comprises two parts: (1) a voiceover PowerPoint competition and (2) a livestream competition. Program faculty and fellows are also welcome to present their projects. For more information, contact Nadia Juzych at njuzych@med.wayne.edu. The 43rd  Annual Research Forum will be held on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, from 8 am to 12:30 pm, also online. Presenters will be selected by the GME office via a competitive process. Participants will present in either Voiceover PowerPoint Presentation (VOPP) via YouTube or Livestream Slide Presentation (LSSP) via Zoom. For more information, contact Ginger Keiffer at gkeiffer@med.wayne.edu. The GME office will be providing information on the selection process for the Annual Research Forum shortly.  

Spring 2021 Academic Boot Camps (ABCs)


GME will be holding all ABCs as Zoom webinars in 2021. The next will be held on Friday, April 16 from 3-6 pm. The seminars are conducted by Dr. Brent Stansfield, GME Director of Education. Both DART (for residents) and DEFT (for faculty) projects can lead to sustainable improvements to our programs' curricula and may also result in conference presentations or publishable manuscripts. More information about and links to register for the DART program will be found here and for the DEFT program here.

2020-21 Seed Grant applications


WSUGME is now accepting Seed Grant applications for 2020-21. There are separate applications for Research projects and QI projects. Prospective applicants are welcome to send application drafts in advance of the deadline for preliminary review and feedback by GME staff. Click here to access the Seed Grant webpage with full details and the applications. Questions? Contact Dr. Kenaga, Research Coordinator, at hkenaga@med.wayne.edu


Resident Council News

From Your Resident Council: Plans for Professional Development Symposium, April 13  

The last meeting of the Resident Council was held on February 9 from 6:30-7:30 pm. Topics included plans for the second annual Professional Development Symposium, now to be held as a virtual event on the evening of April 13, on the theme of Leadership in Medicine. The RC meets monthly on the second Tuesday of each month via MS Teams. Click here for a message from the RC President.

Confidential Report of Issues, Misconduct, or Professional Concerns  

The Resident Council would like to remind all incoming and current residents that GME hosts a page for confidential concern reporting.


Hats Off

WSUSOM Medical Education Research and Innovation (MERI) Conference  

GME residents, faculty, and staff participated in the WSUSOM's 2nd Annual Medical Education Research and Innovation (MERI) Conference, held on December 8, 2020, as a virtual event. The MERI conference provides students, residents, faculty, and staff with a showcase for their current curricular innovations, a platform for receiving input about possible program implementation, and a venue for moving research into publishable form. The keynote speakers included Holly Gooding, Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Emory University School of Medicine and co-director of the Harvard Macy Program for Educators in the Health Professions, who spoke on "The science of learning and its application to health professions education," and Anna Cianciolo, Associate Professor of Medical Education at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, on "The editorial process from soup to nuts." Here's a list of GME presenters. Congratulations to all!  

Anesthesiology residents and faculty publish article


Anesthesiology residents Jon Lucaj, Peter Paik, Nazia Siddiqui, and Program Director Sandeep Krishnan have published an article titled "Echocardiography to diagnose an evolving Sinus of Valsalva fistula from infective endocarditis," to appear in the Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia. Well done!  

Publications by Internal Medicine resident Mishita Goel, residents, and faculty


IM resident Mishita Goel, program alumnus Shubhkarman Dhillon, Program Director Sarwan Kumar, and Associate Program Director Vesna Tegeltija are co-authors of an article "Clinical judgement in chest pain: A case of Near miss multivessel coronary artery disease" to be published in the Journal of Medical Cases. Dr. Goel was also a co-author of an article titled "Impact of arrhythmias on hospitalizations in patients with cardiac amyloidosis," an NIS database study published in the American Journal of Cardiology. Most recently, she collaborated with current resident Victoria Gonzalez, program alumna Reina Badran, and faculty Vesna Tegeltija on "Clinical course of COVID-19 in identical twins," which appeared in the Journal of Medical Case Reports. The latter publication was featured in a New York Times story published in January 2021 titled "Twins with Covid help scientists untangle the disease's genetic roots" by Katherine J. Wu (for more details, see this issue's Resident Spotlight). Way to go!        

Dermatology resident and faculty publication


Dermatology Associate Program Director Geoffrey Potts is co-author of an article "Pleomorphic fibroma: A clinicopathologic case series and review of the literature," published in the American Journal of Dermapathology, with Taylor Adlam, a current Dermatology resident; Sarah Stierman, a Dermatology program alumna; Meena Moossavi, Dermatology faculty and Chief of Dermatology at the VA; and Darius Mehregan, the Hermann Pinkus Chair of Dermatology in WSUSOM. Congratulations!      

Mehdi Farshchian, Dermatology resident, publishes articles


Dermatology resident Mehdi Farshchian is co-author of an article on "Management of primary focal hyperhidrosis: An algorithmic approach," accepted for publication in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. It was written in collaboration with Vivian Liu, a SOM student, and Dermatology Associate Program Director Geoffrey Potts. Dr. Farshchian also co-authored an article with Sonal Muzumdar and Jane M. Grant-Kels in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology titled "Dear Dr. Dermatoethicist: Ethics of social media marketing by dermatologists." In addition, Dr. Farshchian published a case report in Dermatologic Therapy on "Desquamative skin rash associated with temozolomide in a patient with glioblastoma," co-authored with Redina Bardhi, a SOM student, and Steven Daveluy, the Dermatology Program Director. Way to go!        

Family Medicine faculty gives community presentation on vaccines


On Thursday, January 28, Family Medicine faculty member Eleanor King gave a presentation entitled “A Brief History of Vaccines” under the auspices of Smart Towns, a lifelong learning community program led by educational organizations in Rochester, Rochester Hills, and Oakland Township. In addition to an historical overview, Dr. King discussed how vaccines have become a vital yet also controversial feature of contemporary society. Hats off!  


Promoting Resident Wellness

ACGME's AWARE resources offer stress and burnout mitigation techniques  

ACGME has developed a suite of on-demand well-being resources called AWARE, designed to promote well-being among residents and faculty. AWARE primarily focuses on individual strategies for cognitive skill-building and includes a video workshop, podcasts, and the ACGME AWARE app. Programs, institutions, and individuals can download these resources for integration into existing curricula or use in tandem with other efforts to mitigate the effects of stress and burnout and foster well-being among members of the GME community.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)


The WSU Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provided by Ulliance is available to all residents, faculty, and staff at no cost. It's confidential and available to you, your partner, and your dependents. To reach an advisor immediately, you may call 1-800-448-8326. Click here for the link to the Ulliance Life Advisor Resource Center website log-in page. To log in, enter "Wayne State University" as the name of your employer and "Detroit" as the City of Employment. The website provides more detailed information about the services included in EAP and how to access them. 

Dept. of Psychiatry's Warriors Strong Together program


Warriors Strong Together is a program offered by the Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences that provides free assistance for all members of the WSU community who may be experiencing difficulties coping with the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic. As an added convenience, the services are available by telephone or videoconferencing per the caller’s preference.

Upcoming Events


SEMCME: "Preparing for Practice" 2021 virtual seminars


Global Health Practitioner Speaker Series, next March 5


Webinar: Lynn Smitherman on Racism as a Social Determinant of Health, March 8


Save the Date: GME Professional Development Symposium, April 13


Upcoming Deadlines

Teaching and Learning in Medicine Editorial Internship Program

Research Resources

Shiffman Library: Online research and teaching support services
PubMed's Clinical Queries: Locate clinical research studies more quickly
StatPearls: A publishing venue for faculty and residents
PRiMER: Publication for Family Medicine research
Don't have an ORCiD yet - ? Set one up here

Professional Development

SEMCME's spring 2021 webinars
Resident mentorship opportunities with WSUSOM
Learn more about science and public policy in the D: SciPol-Detroit
Wayne State University Global Health Alliance
WSUSOM Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS)
WSU's professional development toolkit: Accelerate courses (all online!)
Earn CME credit with AMA Ed Hub courses

Nota Bene

Webinar: Telehealth and Virtual Care: Opportunities and Challenges in GME
Leading the Rounds: WSUSOM podcast on leadership in medicine
Join the Michigan State Medical Society: Resident and Fellows Section

Resident Spotlight

COVID Twins Study - Mishita Goel, Internal Medicine

Alumni News

Cortney Cole (FM alumna) matches into University of Michigan Hospice Fellowship, 2021
In Memoriam: Peter Svider, Otolaryngology alumnus


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