May-June 2020 - Wayne State University
May-June 2020

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Our residents meet the challenge of COVID-19

Our residents meet the challenge of COVID-19

I write this in the third month of the COVID-19 pandemic, as our clinical sites moved out of Stage 3 at the end of May into Stage 2 for the duration of June and perhaps the rest of the summer, although this may change (the ACGME’s definitions of these stages can be found here).  The impact of the coronavirus on our healthcare landscape has been great although likely not fully measurable at this point.  It does appear that the rate of infection has been lessened somewhat by the implementation of stay-at-home orders, social distancing, and personal protective measures.  However, Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-110 rescinding the Safer at Home order takes effect this week, and we should expect some negative effects on prevalence rates in our state.  I know that our residents stand ready to meet challenges we will face down the road.

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GME News and Announcements

Revised ERAS deadlines, NRMP schedule changes  

See these important announcements concerning revised ERAS residency timeline and NRMP schedule changes. USMLE Step 2 CS testing has been delayed for 12-18 months.

Coronavirus updates on New Innovations Notice Board  

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

GME completed virtual OSCE/OSHEs for 2020


The OSCE/OSHE training traditionally held following the New Resident Orientation will be conducted this summer by the School of Medicine's Kado Clinical Skills Center as a virtual activity for all programs during July and August. GME will be sending all participants complete information about the process. For more information, contact the GME Director of Education Dr. Brent Stansfield at rbstansfield@wayne.edu.

WSUGME Seed Grant Applications for 2019-20  

GME can still accept Seed Grant applications for 2019-20, but please contact Dr. Kenaga, GME Research Coordinator, at hkenaga@med.wayne.edu.  Click here to access the Seed Grant webpage with full details and the applications.

GME Academic Bootcamps for 2020-21: Fall, winter, spring  

Following the success of the Academic Bootcamp as a virtual learning experience last April, GME has decided to hold all ABCs as Zoom meetings for the upcoming year. There will be three, one in September, January, and April. The seminars are conducted by Dr. Brent Stansfield, 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 a conference presentation or publishable manuscript. Attendees might pursue projects that address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their area of training. More about the DART program will be found here and on the DEFT program here

GME Dean and staff co-author abstract for 2020 AAMC annual meeting, publication in OCHSNER JOURNAL  

Associate Dean of GME Tsveti Markova, MD, and Director of Education R. Brent Stansfield, PhD, are co-authors of an abstract accepted for the November 2020 AAMC Learn-Serve-Lead Annual Meeting entitled "Checking in with Medical Students:  Validation of a New Assessment Tool, Impact of the Learning Environment, and Implications for Informed Institutional Changes that Cultivate Wellness."  The primary author is WSUSOM faculty Eva Waineo, MD, and other co-authors include WSUSOM Assistant Dean for Continuous Quality Improvement and Compliance Jason Booza, PhD; WSUSOM medical student Hannah Kopinsky; and WSUSOM Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Career Development Margit Chadwell, MD.  In addition, Dr. Markova, Dr. Stansfield, and GME Research Coordinator Dr. Heidi Kenaga are co-authors of a manuscript recently accepted for publication in Ochsner Journal, "Building a Culture of Well-Being in Primary Care Resident Training Programs."  


Resident Council News

Update: Resident Council officers elected for 2020-21  

At the Resident Council meeting held via Zoom on Tuesday, May 12, from 6:30-8:30 pm, attendees elected new officers for 2020-21. Ben Maynard (Family Medicine) is President-Elect and Ashley Miller (Anesthesiology) is Vice President-Elect. Ben was Vice President of the RC last year. We commend outgoing President Vera Pochtarev on her enthusiastic leadership and strong commitment to improving RC activities and engaging residents in Council goals. Going forward, the RC will meet monthly on the second Tuesday of each month via Zoom. Click here for a message from Ben Maynard and Ashley Miller.

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

Family Medicine residents present at DFMPHS Annual Virtual Research Day, April 15  

On April 15, the Dept. of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences held its Annual Research Day as a virtual event on April 15, 2020. The theme of the event was "Preventing Violence," aligning with the American Public Health Association's focus for 2020. Several Family Medicine residents conducted oral and poster presentations. Click here for the full program. Kudos to all!

Residents present research at Michigan Virtual Research Forum, May 22-26


Four residents' research abstracts were accepted for the 2020 Michigan Virtual Research Forum, held as an online event during the last week of May. Click here for a complete list of titles, co-authors, and YouTube videos of their presentations. Congratulations! 

IM, FM, and TY residents present research at the 2020 QIPS Summit, May 27  

Residents from Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Transitional Year programs presented their Quality Improvement projects at the 5th Annual SEMCME Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) Summit, held virtually on May 27th. Click here for a list of co-authors and titles. Congratulations to all!

APRH/GME Quality Improvement Research Day, abstracts compendium available now  

Unfortunately, the 9th Annual Quality Improvement Research Day co-sponsored by GME and Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital, which had been scheduled for May 5, was cancelled. However, GME and APRH leadership would like to recognize and commend residents' research efforts and has collated abstracts in this compendium. Kudos to all!    

Anesthesiology publication, conference abstract accepted  

Congratulations to Anesthesiology residents and faculty Adam Milam, Farhad Ghoddoussi, Jon Lucaj, Spurthy Narreddy, Nakul Kumar, Vennela Reddy, Joffer Hakim, and Sandeep Krishnan for their recently accepted publication in the Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia entitled "Comparing the Mutual Interchangeability of ECOM, Flotrac/Vigileo, 3D-TEE and ITD-PAC Cardiac Output Measuring Systems in Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting." This research had been destined for the 2020 MARC conference, which was cancelled. Jon Lucaj, Michael Chait, and faculty mentors Zulfiqar Ahmed and Sandeep Krishnan will be presenting an abstract on "Epidural Blood Patch Following Postdural Puncture Headache After Neurostimulator Placement" at the American Society of Anesthesiologists conference in October 2020.  Well done!  

Need assistance with your manuscript, poster, or presentation?


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 Dr. Kenaga at 313 577 0671 or email hkenaga@med.wayne.edu


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 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.


Program News

A generous donation from FIGS to our APRH residents  

From Victoria Gonzalez, Internal Medicine: As our new Wellness Chief, a couple of weeks ago I reached out to FIGS (a scrubs company), telling them our story and sharing what our amazing residents are doing on the frontlines. They responded with a beautiful care package full of items to boost morale. We were very surprised and appreciative . . .  it was just what we needed during these trying times!  Click here to see photos.

Admin Updates

Revised Annual Program Evaluation (APE) schedule for 2020

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
Don't have an ORCiD yet - ? Set one up here

Nota Bene

Join the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS): Resident and Fellow Section
Earn CME credit with AMA Ed Hub courses
WSU's professional development toolkit: Accelerate courses (all online!)

Resident Spotlight

Mehdi Farshchian, MD, PhD: Telemedicine in the Dept. of Dermatology


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