March-April 2020 - Wayne State University
March-April 2020

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Thank you for your dedication and commitment

Thank you for your dedication and commitment

I write this in the midst of an unprecedented national health emergency and global crisis resulting from the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. “Unprecedented” is a word that is being used a lot lately, and we don’t know yet the full scope of the pandemic in terms of lost lives, impaired health status, and transformation of the US healthcare landscape. At the same time, those affected by the coronavirus will benefit from a well-trained healthcare workforce, a robust biomedical research environment, and dedicated public health professionals whose efforts toward treating, mitigating, and closing down the pandemic will ultimately be successful.

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GME News and Announcements

GME CV Updates posted on New Innovations Notice Board


All of the GME biweekly CV Update emails (with links) are archived on the New Innovations Notice Board.

Incoming 2020-21 residents


GME is happy to announce its incoming resident class for 2020-21, 44 physicians from 11 US and 16 international medical schools. Click here for a complete list.

Spring 2020 Academic Bootcamp a (virtual) success!


GME held its Academic Bootcamp as a virtual learning experience on Friday, April 3, from 9-noon. Nine residents and 3 faculty participated in the seminar, led by Dr. Brent Stansfield, Director of Education. All participants discussed some exciting proposals for DART and DEFT projects. Their collaboration with WSUGME and the Office of Learning and Teaching will result in sustainable improvements to our programs' curricula and may also lead to a conference presentation or publishable manuscript. Attendees might pursue projects that address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their area of training. Full details on the DART program will be found here and on the DEFT program here

2019-20 Seed Grant applications


WSUGME is still accepting Seed Grant applications for 2019-20. There are now two separate applications, one for Research projects and one for QI projects. Prospective applicants are encouraged to send materials in advance for review 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

Update: Resident Council meeting, March 10


The Resident Council meeting was held on Tuesday, March 10, in 1200 Scott Hall, from 6:30-8:30 pm. The next RC meeting (virtual) will be held on Tuesday, May 12, from 6:30-8:30 pm. At this meeting, the RC officers for 2020-21 will be elected.

Confidential concern reporting


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


Hats Off

Anesthesia residents' research accepted for 2020 MARC


Although the 2020 Midwest Anesthesia Residents Conference was cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, residents in the Anesthesia program had several posters and abstracts accepted, and GME would like to acknowledge their work. Click here for a complete list of co-authors and titles. In addition, they have just had an article accepted for the Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia. Congratulations!

IM residents have multiple posters accepted, article published


Ankita Aggarwal and Anubhav Jain had a poster accepted for the annual AHA-Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology conference; it will now appear as an abstract in an online supplement of ATVB. Drs. Aggarwal and Jain also had a poster accepted for the annual conference of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions; an abstract will appear online in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions. IM resident Dr. Sourabh collaborated with Drs. Aggarwal and Jain on a poster for the annual Society of General Internal Medicine conference, which will be published in an online supplement of JGIM. Ankita Aggarwal, Anubhav Jain, Sourabh, Mishita Goel, with advisors Mohammad Fityan and Sarwan Kumar, had a poster presentation accepted for the annual AHA-Quality of Care and Outcomes Research conference, to appear as an abstract in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. Two teams of residents had posters accepted for the June 2020 CHEST ITALY conference, postponed until 2021: Ankita Aggarwal, Anubhav Jain, Jurgena Tusha, Yashar Eshman, with advisors Mohammad Fityan, Zain Kulairi, and Sarwan Kumar on “Efficacy and safety of dexmedetomidine in management of alcohol withdrawal,” and Yashar Eshman, Ankita Aggarwal, Victoria Gonzalez, with advisors Mohammad Fityan and Zain Kulairi on “A rare cause of interstitial lung disease.” These posters will appear as abstracts in an online supplement of CHEST. Ankita Aggarwal is co-author of an article to be published in the June issue of the American Journal of Cardiology. Click here for a pre-publication version. Kudos to all! 

Quality Improvement Research Day, APRH, abstracts compendium available now


Unfortunately, the 9th Annual Quality Improvement Research Day at Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital, scheduled for May 5, ultimately was cancelled.  However, GME and APRH leadership would like to recognize and commend residents' research efforts and has collated abstracts in this compendium:  click here.  Kudos to all!


Promoting Resident Wellness

Ulliance 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


Click here for more information on the Warriors Strong Together, 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


COVID-19: AMA's National Physician Townhall - 1-2:30 pm, April 9


Postponed: SEMCME Chief and Senior Resident workshop (April 24)


Cancelled as a live event: QI Research Day, Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital (May 5)


Upcoming Deadlines

SEMCME Research Forum: Now an online competition
Michigan QIPS Summit: Now an online event

Admin Updates

GME Associate Dean Markova applies for Stage 3 Declaration from ACGME

Research Resources

Shiffman Library: Online research and teaching support services
StatPearls: A publishing venue for faculty and residents
PRiMER: New publication for Family Medicine research
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Nota Bene

STORY FROM THE FRONTLINES: Vesna Tegeljita, MD, MBA (Internal Medicine)


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