July-Aug 2021 - Wayne State University
July-Aug 2021

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GME welcomes incoming 2021 class of residents

GME welcomes incoming 2021 class of residents

GME held its New Resident Orientation on June 29, welcoming an incoming cohort of physicians who would officially begin their residencies on July 1. As in 2020, the Orientation was held as a Zoom meeting and began with my introduction of WSUSOM Dean Mark Schweitzer, who welcomed the attendees. Next, Danny Taheri, the 2021-22 President of the Resident Council, provided a brief overview of Council activities and goals for the upcoming year. The remainder of the Orientation comprised a short introduction by the GME staff to the “GME World,” with summaries of staff roles and responsibilities. We also addressed key topics in graduate medical education: professionalism, resident wellness, health disparities, medical error reporting, and communication skills. In addition, GME staff provided information about the upcoming OSCE exercises (simulated patient encounters), required of all interns and PGY-1 residents, with cases devoted to health disparities, cultural competency, and telehealth delivery.

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GME News and Announcements

Fall 2021 Academic Boot Camp (DART/DEFT): Tuesday, Oct. 19


The first Academic Boot Camp of 2021 will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 19. The seminars are conducted by GME Director of Education Dr. Brent Stansfield. Both DART (for residents) and DEFT (for faculty) projects can lead to sustainable improvements to our programs' curricula and may also result in a conference presentation or publishable manuscript. Attendees might pursue projects that address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their area of training. More information about and links to register for the DART program will be found here and for the DEFT program here. For more information, contact Dr.  Stansfield at rbstansfield@wayne.edu

GME launches Svider Award to recognize resident scholarly achievement  

GME is pleased to announce the establishment of the Svider Award, in honor of the scholarly achievements, clinical excellence, and exceptional collegiality of Dr. Peter Svider.  He completed a residency in the Dept. of Otolaryngology in 2018 and subsequently held a rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery fellowship at Rutgers University. Dr. Svider wrote more than 250 peer-reviewed publications and 8 book chapters. He died in 2021 at the age of 34. Starting in 2021-22, the Svider Award will be given once annually to a graduating resident or fellow in any GME program in recognition of distinctive achievement in scholarly activities across the entire period of training. This award provides GME and program leadership with an opportunity to publicly acknowledge and commend a resident who has achieved a high level of scholarly productivity that reflects the ideals of graduate medical training.  

GME selected to participate in AIAMC NI VIII to create diversity and inclusion initiatives  

GME is pleased to announce that it will be participating in the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Center's (AIAMC) National Initiative VIII on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI), together with Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital. The AIAMC National Initiatives are national, multi-institutional collaborations in which residents lead multidisciplinary teams in QI projects designed to drive change that can result in meaningful and sustainable outcomes improving the quality and safety of patient care. The office-and-hospital teams were selected on the basis of demonstrated commitment to better understanding and improving justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in their clinical learning environments. Participants will attend four learning sessions as well as monthly networking teleconferences and educational webinars. For more information, contact GME Director of Education Brent Stansfield at rbstansfield@wayne.edu  

2021-22 Seed Grant applications now being accepted  

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

GME's recent scholarship


GME's article entitled "An OSCE case for opioid management: Standardized patient ratings of communication skills as a predictor of SBP scores" has been published in the Journal of Patient-Centered Research & Reviews. It was co-authored by staff members Heidi Kenaga and Brent Stansfield with former GME Dean and DIO Tsveti Markova, IM Program Director Sarwan Kumar,  and former FM Program Director Pierre Morris. In addition, Dr. Stansfield recently presented a poster on "Wellness vulnerabilities of resident medical interns: COVID impacts self-care and perceived institutional support," research arising from a collaboration with the Charleston Area Medical Center. Co-authored by Dr. Kenaga and Dr. Markova, the poster was presented by Dr. Stansfield at the Coalition for Physician Well-Being Annual Conference held July 28-30.


Resident Council News

July, August 2021 Resident Council meetings  

The first Resident Council meeting for 2021-22 was held on July 13 from 6:30-7:30 pm as a virtual event. There was good attendance from all programs. President Danny Taheri (IM) addressed the upcoming year's agenda, including the focus of the 2022 Professional Development Symposium, mostly likely diversity and inclusion. The second meeting was held on August 10; among other topics, attendees discussed individual programs' social media presence, resident compensation, the Marvin program (a free mental health resource specifically for residents), community outreach and engagement, and a possible social event in the fall sponsored by the RC. All RC meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30-7:30 pm. Contact Dr. Taheri if you would like to get involved!

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

Derm faculty, residents have articles accepted


Dermatology Associate Program Director Geoffrey Potts, resident Mehdi Farshchian, and WSUSOM medical student Jenna Yousif are co-authors of a manuscript on "Oral nail growth supplements: A comprehensive review" accepted for publication in the International Journal of Dermatology.  Dr. Potts and Dr. Farshchian have had another manuscript on "Transient hypertriglyceridemia associated with propranolol for treatment of infantile hemangioma" accepted by the Australian Journal of Dermatology. Well done!

Derm faculty present at MSMS Spring Scientific Meeting


At the MSMS Spring Scientific Meeting held on June 17, Dermatology APD Geoffrey Potts, Dept. Chair Darius Mehregan, and Program Director Steve Daveluy participated in an Updates in Dermatology 2021 session, giving talks on "Hyperhidrosis management for the primary care physician," "Skin biopsy: Getting your money's worth," and "Serious medications for serious skin disease: What you need to know," respectively. Congrats!

Derm PD Steve Daveluy quoted in MEN'S HEALTH


Dermatology Program Director Steve Daveluy was quoted in a story on "Six Tips for a Productive Telehealth Appointment with a Dermatologist" in the July 27th issue of Men's Health. Kudos!  

Need assistance with a manuscript, abstract, or a poster?


Just a reminder that WSUGME is happy to offer any faculty or resident assistance in the preparation of a poster or abstracts for submission to academic conferences or review of a manuscript. Contact Research Coordinator Heidi Kenaga at 313 577 0671 or email hkenaga@med.wayne.edu


Promoting Resident Wellness

Marvin: New wellness resource for residents  

GME is happy to introduce Marvin, a new mental health resource developed specifically for medical residents. Marvin works with residents' insurance so there is no cost. It is also confidential and can be accessed at any time so it is convenient for residents to use. Please see this video link about the program, and here's a sign-up link.

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 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.

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.


Program News

Internal Medicine holds 2021 graduation ceremony, awards


The Internal Medicine program held its 2021 Graduation Celebration at the Cherry Creek Golf Course in Shelby Township on the evening of Wednesday, June 16. Thirteen residents are moving on to positions as hospitalists or beginning fellowships in specialties such as geriatrics, cardiology, pulmonary critical care, and nephrology. Ankita Aggarwal, Laith Al-Janabi, Victoria Gonzalez, Gloria Hong, and Manishkumar Patel received Chief Resident certificates. Vatsal Khanna and George-Joseph Nahal were chosen as Interns of the Year, Kristen Hughes was selected as Resident of the Year, and Manishkumar Patel won the Professionalism Award. Mohammad Fityan was designated Teacher of the Year (Core Faculty) and Sunitha Santhakumar Teacher of the Year (Community Faculty). Photos here. Congratulations to all, and good luck! 

Dermatology at Top Golf and Breakout Escape Rooms  

Dermatology started the new residency year with wellness and team-building events. On June 30, residents and faculty went to Top Golf in Auburn Hills and on July 1, the residents participated in an activity at Breakout Escape Rooms in Royal Oak. Photos here.  

Family Medicine residents and faculty enjoy outdoor fun at 2021 graduation  

In July, Family Medicine residents and faculty had some outdoor fun at a Rochester park, celebrating 2021 graduates Ashley Aragona, Tarek Chahine, Peter Ly, Ben Maynard, and Brad Woelke. A farewell party for faculty member Dr. Salieha Zaheer was part of the festivities. Photos here. Best of luck to all! 

Upcoming Events


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Admin Updates

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Research Resources

Medical Education Research and Innovation workshop series, third Tuesdays
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
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Professional Development

DMC GME Professional Faculty & Resident Development playlist
Office of the Provost: Resources for faculty professional development and success
Resident mentorship opportunities with WSUSOM
Leading the Rounds: WSUSOM podcast on leadership in medicine
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

Detroit Responds: Stories from the Time of COVID-19
Wayne State University Global Health Alliance
Learn more about science and public policy in the D: SciPol-Detroit
Join the Resident section of the Michigan State Medical Society

Resident Spotlight

Michael T. Chung (Oto) wins Gold Humanism Honor Society Award

Faculty Spotlight

Eleanor King promoted to PD of Family Medicine (pictured with son Sam Mazur)


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