Jan-Feb 2022 - Wayne State University
Jan-Feb 2022

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GME accomplishments for 2020-21

GME accomplishments for 2020-21

I am happy to highlight the 2020-21 achievements of our faculty, residents, and fellows in our eight programs (Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine/FM-Urban Track, Dermatology, Otolaryngology, Preventive Medicine, Transitional Year, Urology). Readers may view more details about our outcomes in the recently published Executive Summary for the year.

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GME News and Announcements

Next GME Research Workshop (Feb) and spring Academic Boot Camp (April)  

GME will hold the next Research Workshop on regression analysis on Wednesday, Feb. 16, from noon to 1 pm. This didactic session will cover how to perform multiple linear regression analysis on real-world datasets. The spring Academic Boot Camp will be held on Monday, April 11, from 2 to 5 pm. This interactive, virtual session will address how to build a successful clinical learning environment and the psychosocial aspects of professional development. Contact Director of Education Brent Stansfield at rbstansfield@wayne.edu for more information.

Svider Memorial Resident Scholarship Award - application deadline 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 in 2021. 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. The deadline for applications is April 4, 2022.

SEMCME QIPS Summit (May 18) and Research Forum (May 25)  

The 7th Annual SEMCME Michigan Summit on Quality Improvement & Patient Safety will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, from 8 am to 12:30 pm via Zoom. The Summit includes (1) a voiceover PowerPoint competition and (2) a livestream slide competition. Program faculty and fellows are also welcome to present their projects. For more information, contact Nadia Juzych at njuzych@med.wayne.edu. The 44th Annual SEMCME Research Forum will be held on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, from 8 am to 12:30 pm, also online. Participants will present either a prerecorded PowerPoint presentation or a livestream slide presentation on the day of the event via Zoom. **Presenters at the Forum will be selected by GME via a competitive process. For a description of the process, click here or contact GME Research Coordinator at hkenaga@med.wayne.edu

GME publishes article on handoffs in OCHSNER JOURNAL  

Late in 2021, GME published an article on "Using a Direct Observation Tool (TOC-CEX) to standardize transitions of care by residents at a community hospital" in the Ochsner Journal, 2021;21(4), co-authored by Heidi Kenaga, Tsveti Markova, Brent Stansfield, and Program Directors Tess McCready (Transitional Year) and Sarwan Kumar (Internal Medicine).

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

Resident Council meetings - Professional Development Symposium, April 12  

At the last Resident Council meeting on Feb. 8 from 6:30-7:30 pm, President Danny Taheri addressed current plans for the 2022 Professional Development Symposium on the topic of equity, diversity, and inclusion. The symposium will be held Tuesday evening, April 12, 2022, from 6:30-8:30 pm and will include an implicit bias training session. Resident Council meetings are scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30-7:30 pm; the next meetings will be held on March 8 and May 10. 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

GME presentations at 3rd Annual WSUSOM Medical Education and Innovation Conference, Dec. 7  

On December 7 of last year, more than 300 viewers from around the world participated in WSUSOM's 3rd Annual Medical Education Research and Innovation Conference (MERI), which showcased completed and ongoing medical education research and innovation projects by students, residents, staff and faculty. Click here for a list of the GME faculty and staff presentations at MERI. Congratulations!  

Recent Dermatology scholarship


Faculty and residents in Dermatology had three articles accepted or published: (1) In Clinics in Dermatology, "Applying to a Dermatology residency without a home program: Advice to medical students in COVID-19 pandemic and beyond," co-authored by Rafey Rehman, an Oakland University Beaumont School of Medicine student; Sarah Shareef, a MSU College of Human Medicine student; Tasneem Mohammad, Dermatology faculty at Henry Ford; Geoffrey Potts, WSUGME Dermatology program APD; and Fatima Fahs, a WSUGME Dermatology program alumna now faculty at both Oakland University Beaumont School of Medicine and WSUSOM; (2) in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, "Aluminum-containing antiperspirants are not associated with breast cancer," co-authored by Muhammad Osto and Maya Baiyasi, WSUSOM students; Mehdi Farshchian, Dermatology resident; Amira Alnabolsi and Salam Smidi, MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine students; and Geoffrey Potts; and (3) in the International Journal of Dermatology, "Intradermal progesterone testing for autoimmune progesterone dermatitis," co-authored by Rafey Rehman; Kayla St. Claire, Dermatology program resident; Fatima Fahs; and Geoffrey Potts. Well done!         

Internal Medicine presentations and publications


Internal Medicine resident Mishita Goel, former IM faculty member Mohammad Fityan, and current IM faculty Muhammad Kashlan had an e-poster presentation, Ground glass opacities amidst COVID-19 pandemic: A case of early manifestation of amiodarone-induced pulmonary toxicity, accepted for the 2022 CHEST Congress held in Bologna, Italy, in early February and subsequent publication in the online supplement of Chest.  In addition, IM residents Ahmad Refai, Mishita Goel, Danyal Taheri Abkouh, Hussein Tahanulqiwa, and Mohammad Fityan were co-authors of A rare case of Leriche Syndrome in a patient with colon cancer: Case report and literature review, accepted for the 2022 meeting of the American College of Cardiology, to be held in Washington, DC, in early April. Kudos!  

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


WSUGME is happy to offer any resident or faculty 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.

WSU 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

Family Medicine: New clinical site at 400 Mack  

Family Medicine Program Director Eleanor King reports that FM will be starting a partnership with Wayne Health Clinics at 400 Mack to work with the FM-Urban Track residents in the next academic year. Dr. King and Tess McCready, Transitional Year Program Director, had a great conversation with the site leadership during a tour of the facilities in January. The new clinic is dedicated to serving the citizens of Detroit, and FM is delighted to be a part of this!  


Equity Matters

Karmanos Health Equity Book Club: Discussion of research article on care of cancer patients in Detroit, March 2022  

The Karmanos Health Equity Book Club will meet next on March 31 from 4-5:30 pm to discuss "A review of research on disparities in the care of black and white patients with cancer in Detroit," published in Frontiers in Oncology in July 2021. This article was co-authored by a number of WSUSOM faculty, including Michael S. Simon, Sreejata Raychaudhuri, Lauren M. Hamel, Louis A. Penner, Kendra L. Schwartz, Felicity W. K. Harper, Hayley S. Thompson, Jason C. Booza, Michele Cote, Ann G. Schwartz, and Susan Eggly. Register for this event here.

Upcoming Events


WSUSOM's implicit bias training webinars: Stereotypes and Women in Medicine, Mon, Feb. 21 (Zoom)


Race and health education: A Black History Month panel discussion, Feb. 22


SEMCME Career Transition/Preparing to Practice webinars, Feb/March 2022


2022 PDS: "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Be a Catalyst for Change" - April 12, 6:30-8:30


Admin Updates

2021-22 ACGME resident and faculty surveys: New reporting window

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
Resident mentorship opportunities with WSUSOM
Leading the Rounds: WSUSOM podcast on leadership in medicine

Nota Bene

WSUGME residents, faculty contribute to AMA publication on transitions in medical education
Detroit Responds: Stories from the Time of COVID-19
Learn more about science and public policy in the D: SciPol-Detroit


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