Nov-Dec 2021 - Wayne State University
Nov-Dec 2021

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On the Gold Humanism Honor Society

On the Gold Humanism Honor Society

This past summer, GME was very pleased to announce that an Otolaryngology resident, Michael T. Chung, had been elected to membership in the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS), an organization established under the auspices of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation to recognize senior medical students, residents, fellows, and physician-educators “who are exemplars of humanistic patient care and who can serve as models, mentors, and leaders in medicine.” In this year’s incoming resident cohort, GME welcomed Monica Hessler (TY), who as a third-year medical student in WSUSOM became a member of GHHS and subsequently served on the Executive Board of the SOM GHHS Chapter (see the Resident Spotlight in this issue).  I’d like to take this opportunity to provide everyone with a bit more information about the Gold Foundation and GHHS, who share our values and beliefs, commitment to compassionate care, and advocacy of wellness and supportive networks as the foundation of professional growth.

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GME News and Announcements

From the GME staff: Best wishes for a happy and safe holiday season!


We would like to extend to the entire GME community all best wishes for a happy and hopeful holiday season. And many thanks, once again, for all your hard work and commitment to providing the best in patient care. Associate Dean and DIO Dr. Anne Messman, Director of Education Brent Stansfield, Administrative Director Martha Jordan, and Research Coordinator Heidi Kenaga

Next Academic Boot Camp on Assessment and Remediation, Winter 2022  

GME will hold the winter Academic Boot Camp on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2022, from 9 am to noon. This interactive, virtual session will discuss how to build and use high-quality assessments in residency education by addressing (1) key concepts and techniques for ensuring that your assessments are reliable and valid and (2) evidence-based principles for effectively and fairly using assessments to achieve educational goals. Contact Director of Education Brent Stansfield at rbstansfield@wayne.edu for more information.

Svider Award for resident scholarly achievement: Deadline Mon, April 4  

GME has established the Peter Svider Memorial Resident Scholarship Award in honor of the scholarly achievements, clinical excellence, and exceptional collegiality of Dr. Peter Svider, who passed away earlier this year. He completed a residency in Otolaryngology in 2018 and subsequently held a fellowship at Rutgers. 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 reflecting the ideals of graduate medical training. The deadline for applications is April 4, 2022.

2021-22 Seed Grant applications  

WSUGME is accepting Seed Grant applications for 2021-22. 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


Resident Council News

2021 Resident Council meeting update  

At the last Resident Council on Nov. 9 from 6:30-7:30 pm, President Danny Taheri addressed current plans for the 2022 Professional Development Symposium on the topic of diversity, equity, and inclusion. It will be held Tuesday evening, April 12, 2022, and will include panel discussion as well as an implicit bias training session. Other topics included compensation and benefits, program diversity and inclusion initiatives, and preparing to practice sessions. RC meetings are scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30-7:30 pm; the next meetings will be held on Dec. 14 and Jan. 11. Contact Dr. Taheri if you would like to get involved!

Confidential reporting 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

Otolaryngology resident wins grant from Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation  

Otolaryngology resident Eric Antonucci has won a $31,000 grant from the Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation to study the use of salivary biomarkers to diagnose EOE (Eosinophilic Esophagitis). He collaborated with Oto faculty and mentor Nathan Gonik and WSUSOM assistant professor of pediatrics and otolarygology Andrew Fribley on the grant. The project will start next month. For full details, see the WSUSOM story here. Kudos!

Recent publications from Dermatology faculty and residents  

Recent publications from Dermatology include “Ethics of skin cancer treatment in a patient who continues with indoor tanning” in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, co-authored by SOM student Tessa M. LeWitt, senior resident Mehdi Farshchian, UConn Health Center Dept. of Dermatology faculty Jane M. Grant-Kels, and Derm PD Steven Daveluy; Comparison of SOX-10, HMB-45, and Melan-A in benign melanocytic lesions” in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, co-authored by SOM student Sabrina E. Dass, program alumna Taryn Huizenga, Mehdi Farshchian, and Dept. chair Darius Mehregan. In addition, the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology has accepted a research letter on “An evidence-based approach for malignancy associated and paraneoplastic generalized granuloma annulare,” co-authored by Associate Program Director Geoffrey Potts with WSUSOM students Muhammad Osto, Michigan State University College of Medicine students Salam Smidi and Amira Alnabolsi, and Oakland University Beaumont School of Medicine Rafey Rahman.  Well done!

Recent presentations from Derm faculty and residents  

At the 1st International Electronic Conference on Clinical Medicine held in Sept. 2021, WSUSOM student Manar Edriss presented a poster on “Demographic associations of stress-induced hair loss assessed in medical students,” co-authored by  WSUSOM students Hassan Alfanharawi, Arif Musa, Samia Jaffar, Anil Aranha, and Derm APD Geoffrey Potts. Manar received 2nd place at this conference for the presentation. In November 2021, senior resident Mehdi Farshchian presented a poster on "Techniques to relieve pain associated with Botulinum injections for palmar and plantar hyperhidrosis" at the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Annual Meeting. Co-authors included WSUSOM student Sarah Nasser, Arash Kimyai-Asadi (Derm Surgery Associates, Houston), and Geoffrey Potts. An abstract has been published in Dermatologic Surgery. Congratulations!  

IM resident at American College of Gastroenterology conference  

Vatsal Khanna presented two posters at the 2021 national American College of Gastroenterology conference held in Las Vegas last October: (1) "Gastric emphysema secondary to intractable vomiting" and (2) "Transient small bowel intussusception in an adult." Kudos! 

IM resident at American College of Gastroenterology conference
Anesthesiology resident Lucaj featured in ASA podcast on personal finances  

In October, Anesthesiology resident Jon Lucaj participated in a "Residents in a Room" podcast sponsored by the American Society of Anesthesiology. The topic was personal finances: "From tips on how to manage student loan debt and craft a good investment strategy to thoughts on what they wish medical school taught them about business, this no-holds-barred episode packs an informative punch!" The podcast is available on the ASA website here. Well done!        

IM Program Coordinator Sarah Parker receives C-TAGME  

This past October, Internal Medicine Program Coordinator Sarah Parker was awarded a C-TAGME (Certification for Training Administrators for Graduate Medical Education) by the National Board for Certification of Training Administrators of GME. The board establishes standards for the profession in order to acknowledge the expertise needed to successfully manage GME programs and to recognize those administrators who have achieved competence in all areas related to their profession. Congratulations, Sarah!

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


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: Wellness resource for residents  

Marvin is a 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 about the program, and here's a sign-up link.

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.

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. 

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

Derm Program hosts Michigan Dermatological Society Meeting  

On November 10, the Dept. of Dermatology hosted the annual Michigan Dermatological Society Meeting, attended by dermatologists from all over the state. It was held as a virtual event, hopefully for the last time. Derm faculty and residents presented their most interesting cases and attended the 44th Annual Hermann Pinkus Lecture by Adam Rubin, Associate Professor of Dermatology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on "Updates in Nail Disease." Program Director Steven Daveluy provided opening and closing remarks and also gave a talk on “Integrative Dermatology.”    

IM residents' fellowship matches for 2022  

The following Internal Medicine PGY-3 residents have matched into fellowships for 2022: Saad Chaudhry, Geriatrics Fellowship, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York; Yashar Eshman, Geriatrics Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio; Padmini Giri, Rheumatology Fellowship, University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC), Kansas City; Mishita Goel, Cardiology Fellowship, Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University, Michigan; Bernadette Schmidt, Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship, Michigan State University/Ascension Providence Hospital, Michigan. Well done!    

Preparing to Practice/Financial Literacy sessions sponsored by Family Medicine  

On November 11, Family Medicine held a "Preparing to Practice/Financial Literacy" session for residency programs at APRH. It was conducted by Susan Sanford, Physician Recruiter at Trinity Health, an experienced speaker and attorney who does similar sessions for SEMCME. Attendees were very enthusiastic about the presentation, and thus one more has been scheduled for the spring. FM Program Director Eleanor King has also been hosting regular Career Lunches at APRH, led by recruiters at local hospitals.

New training partnerships developed by Family Medicine  

Family Medicine has developed some new and exciting partnerships at APRH. Starting in December, Rob Richards will spend Thursdays with a local Sports Medicine physician, Dr. Timothy Dekker, learning the basics of SM procedures, including ultrasound guided injections. This will be an ongoing opportunity for FM residents. In the same vein, FM will have a resident attending our hospital outpatient CHF clinic weekly and working directly with patients and NPs/PAs to prevent congestive heart failure readmissions. 


Equity Matters

Karmanos Health Equity Book Club, Thurs, Dec. 16: BLACK MAN IN A WHITE COAT, with author Damon Tweedy  

The next Karmanos Health Equity Book Club on Thursday, Dec. 16 at 4 pm will discuss Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy, who will attend this [virtual] event. Dr. Tweedy, a graduate from and associate professor of psychiatry at the Duke University School of Medicine and a staff physician at the Durham Veteran Affairs Health System, has published articles about race and medicine in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune, as well as in various medical journals. Panelists include Dept. of Urology faculty Isaac J. Powell. Click here to register!    

Friday Zoom meetings re AIAMC JEDI initiative  

Every Friday at noon, GME will hold one-hour Zoom sessions about its plans for the JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) initiative sponsored by the AIAMC. This initiative is a collaboration with Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital in which residents and faculty will develop QI projects seeking meaningful and sustainable outcomes that will lead to a better understanding and improvement of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in their clinical learning environments. Contact GME Director of Education Brent Stansfield at rbstansfield@wayne.edu for more information and a meeting invite.

Upcoming Events


WSUSOM implicit bias training: Structural racism 101, Wed, Dec. 15


Winter 2021 SEMCME workshops


Upcoming Deadlines

Housestaff Emerging Academy of Leaders USA Program - Dec. 15
2022-24 Jeremiah A. Barondess Fellowship - Deadline Dec. 31

Admin Updates

Reminder: ACGME Milestone Evaluation data window: Nov 1 - Jan 14

Research Resources

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

Professional Development

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

Nota Bene

Detroit Responds: Stories from the Time of COVID-19
Learn more about science and public policy in the D: SciPol-Detroit

Resident Spotlight

GHHS inductee Monica Hessler (TY)

Faculty Spotlight

Meet Anesthesiology Program Director Sandeep Krishnan


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