July-August 2020 - Wayne State University
July-August 2020

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New resident physicians attend GME Orientation as virtual event, June 30

New resident physicians attend GME Orientation as virtual event, June 30

It’s the start of a new academic year, following a 100% successful Match as in previous years, although the COVID pandemic has made this time unlike any other we’ve experienced. I would like to extend our congratulations to the 46 resident physicians who are beginning training in one of our eight programs. The pandemic did not stop our usual resident onboarding activities, but it did necessitate the addition of COVID learning modules to the standard IHI, FD4ME, and AMA set. The onboarding process culminated in the New Resident Orientation, held by the Office of Graduate Medical Education on June 30 as a virtual online event. The Orientation opened with a welcome message by new WSU School of Medicine Dean and Vice President of Health Affairs Dr. Mark Schweitzer. Following the Dean was Dr. Ben Maynard, 2020-21 President of the Resident Council, who offered a brief overview of Council activities and goals for the upcoming year. Next, the GME staff and I conducted a session on the “GME World” and the basics of WSU employment. The balance of the agenda included brief introductions to key topics in GME: professionalism, resident wellness, health disparities and cultural competency, medical error reporting, and communication skills.

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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 NI Notice Board  

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

GME completes virtual OSCE/OSHEs for 2020


The OSCE/OSHE training traditionally held following the New Resident Orientation was 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 residents and faculty the assessment reports and videos of all online simulated encounters in the coming weeks. Contact the GME Director of Education Dr. Brent Stansfield at rbstansfield@wayne.edu for more information.

WSUSOM Dean issues guidelines for coming to the medical school campus  

Please click here for Dean Mark Schweitzer's letter to residents regarding guidelines for coming to campus.

Dean Markova member of team winning AMA grant to improve transitions during medical training  

A coalition of medical schools including the WSUSOM has secured a highly competitive Accelerating Change in Medical Education Innovation Grant from the American Medical Association (AMA). This initiative will develop best practices and guidelines for easing medical students' passage through four key transitions during their training. GME Senior Associate Dean and DIO Tsveti Markova is a member of the team that won this grant. For details, click here.

AAMC statement regarding peaceful protests by medical students and residents  

Both aspiring physicians and medical school administrators have expressed concern that being arrested for lawful protesting may impact admission to medical school or residency. In response, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has developed guidance in support of applicant participation in demonstrations and other forms of peaceful public protest against police brutality and systemic racism. Achieving the AAMC’s goal of fostering a more diverse and equitable health care workforce requires the critical examination of how we recruit, select, and educate the next generation of physicians, including how we evaluate and consider the lived experiences and external circumstances encountered by applicants. This guidance is intended for residency program directors and others in the admissions community as they review and refine their processes for the upcoming selection cycles. For the full statement, click here.      

AAMC calls for stories and poems during these critical times  

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), in partnership with StoryCorps and the National Endowment for the Arts, is seeking oral and 55-word stories for collaborative listening and story-sharing that explore the lived experiences of the healthcare workforce. Through a mix of media and forms, the AAMC is seeking a diverse range of voices and perspectives from the entire academic medicine community - from pre-meds to faculty, clinicians, and educators - to honor and chronicle this community during this unprecedented time. Submissions will be accepted on an ongoing basis. For more information, click here.  


Resident Council News

First meeting of 2020-21 Resident Council  

At the Resident Council meeting held via Zoom on Tuesday, June 9 from 6:30-7:30 pm, new RC President Ben Maynard (Family Medicine) presented a slate of goals for the upcoming year. Click here for a message from Ben Maynard. Going foward, the RC will meet monthly on the second Tuesday of each month via Zoom.

Confidential concern reporting  

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


Hats Off

Anesthesiology residents and faculty have SARS-CoV-2 research published  

In July, Anesthesiology program faculty and residents had their research on "Clinical Comorbidities, Characteristics, and Outcomes of Mechanically Ventilated Patients in the State of Michigan with SARS-CoV-2 Pneumonia" published as correspondence in the Journal of Clinical Anesthesia. Program director Sandeep Krishnan was first author, with resident co-authors Peter Paik, Ashley Miller, Alicia Barclay, Adam Cassella, Jon Lucaj, and faculty co-authors Zulfiqar Ahmed, Director of Education, Joffer Hakim, and Farhad Ghoddoussi. Click here for a copy. Congratulations!

Dermatology faculty and resident have article accepted by the American Journal of Transplantation


Geoffrey Potts, the Dermatology associate program director, is senior author of "An Eruption of Numerous Spiny Papule in a Pediatric Transplant Patient," an article recently accepted for publication in the American Journal of Transplantation. The first  author is Luke Horton, a fourth-year student in WSUSOM; the second author is Fatima Fahs, a 2020 graduate of the Dermatology program; and the third author is Amrish Jain, of the pediatric nephrology unit at Children's Hospital of Michigan. Well done!  

Internal Medicine residents present at CHEST National, Oct 2020


IM resident Verisha Khanam has had a research project entitled "Sequential Organ Failure Assessment Score in Patients Infected with SARS-CoV-2" accepted for presentation at the Chest Annual Meeting, to be held as a virtual event in Oct. 2020. Co-authors include residents Jurgena Tusha, Danny Taheri, and Laith Al-Janabi, with faculty mentors Vesna Tegeljita and Sarwan Kumar. Congratulations!    

Internal Medicine residents publish two case reports  

IM resident Mishita Goel was co-author of an article entitled "Successful Triplet Pregnancy Post-Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplant in a Patient with Doxorubicin-Induced Cardiomyopathy," published in JACC: Case Reports in June 2020. For a copy of the article, click here. Mishita Goel, Victoria Gonzalez, Reina Badran, and faculty mentor Vesna Tegeljita have had a case report on "Clinical Course of COVID-19 in Identical Twins" accepted for publication in the Journal of Medical Cases. Kudos to all!

Internal Medicine residents have posters accepted for ACG, CHEST Italy conferences


A poster on "Treatment of Severe Hypertriglyceridemia-Induced Pancreatitis with Insulin Drip" co-authored by IM residents Raashi Chawla, Zachary Johnson, Mishita Goel, Michael Meehan, and faculty mentor Zain Kulairi was accepted for the upcoming American College of Gastroenterology conference. Tanaz Salimnia, Fred Bittner, and Mishita Goel had a poster accepted for the 2020 CHEST Italy conference (now postponed until 2021). Well done!

Internal Medicine resident co-authors chapter in gastroenterologic handbook published by Wolters Kluwer


IM resident Mishita Goel has co-authored a chapter on "Basic Colonoscopy" with Rajesh Keswani, Medical Director of Quality at the Northwestern Medicine Digestive Health Center, for the Handbook of Gastroenterologic Procedures (5th edition), published by Wolters Kluwer Health. Congrats! 

Need assistance with your manuscript, conference presentation, or 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

Dermatology wellness event at Tree Runner in West Bloomfield  

The Dept. of Dermatology kicked off the new residency year with a resident wellness and team-building activity on June 24 at Tree Runner Adventure Park, a high-ropes course in West Bloomfield. For a photo, click here.  

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

Dermatology holds graduation ceremony, June 2020  

Dr. David Mehregan, distinguished faculty (retired) in the Dept. of Dermatology, hosted a celebration at his home on June 20 for the Derm residents graduating in 2020: Thomas Chu, Fatima Fahs, Taryn Huizenga, Greg Messenger, and Cynthia Nicholson. Click here for photos.  

Internal Medicine program's graduation ceremony  

The Internal Medicine program held a ceremony for its 2020 graduates in the auditorium of Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital on June 24. Click here for photos and here for a memorable YouTube video, created by Padmini Giri and Bernadette Schmidt, depicting the year's events.

Family Medicine-Urban Track residents attend protest representing White Coats for Black Lives  

FM-Urban Track residents Alicia Garcia Steele, Danny Garcia, and Frances Osaigbovo attended a protest march held in Royal Oak in June, representing White Coats for Black Lives. Click here for a story and photos submitted by Dr. Steele.


Graduating Residents

2020 graduates' career plans  

In 2020, WSUGME graduated 39 physicians from its residency programs. For a list of their career plans, click here. Congratulations to all!

Upcoming Events


2020-21 Academic Boot Camps, DART and DEFT


ACGME offers free, virtual leadership skills webinars for chief residents


WSUSOM offers alumni opportunities for virtual engagement with current SOM students


Upcoming Deadlines

AMA -- Health Systems Science Student & Resident Impact Challenge, applications due 9/21/20

Admin Updates

Revised Annual Program Evaluations (APEs) scheduled 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

STORY FROM THE FRONTLINES: Geoffrey Potts, MD (Faculty, Dermatology)
STORY FROM THE FRONTLINES: Mishita Goel, MD (Resident, Internal Medicine)
MSMS offering 17 free webinars on COVID-19
WSUSOM students start leadership in medicine podcast, Leading the Rounds
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

Inaugural Preventive Medicine program residents, 2020-21


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