Mar-April 2022 - Wayne State University
Mar-April 2022

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2022 Professional Development Symposium

2022 Professional Development Symposium

I am happy to report that the 2022 Professional Development Symposium on “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Becoming a Catalyst for Change,” held on the evening of April 12, was a great success. The Symposium had more than 80 attendees, comprising many of our current residents, fellows, Program Directors and core faculty, and interns, as well as faculty and medical students in the WSUSOM and other institutions. The Symposium was co-sponsored by the Office of GME and the 2021-22 Resident Council, with RC president Danny Taheri, MD (Internal Medicine) and Vice President Kat Siemiesz, MD (Family Medicine) serving as moderators. Symposium speakers included Herman Gray, MD, MBA (pictured at left, above), Chair and Distinguished Service Professor of Pediatrics in the WSUSOM and former president and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Michigan; and Donovan Roy, EdD (pictured at right, above), the Vice Dean of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access in the WSUSOM.

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GME News and Announcements

SEMCME's Preparing for Practice webinars: PPTs and links  

For those who could not attend the SEMCME "Preparing for Practice" webinars earlier this spring, the presentation PPTs and recordings have been posted on the GME site. The presenter, Susan Sanford, an attorney and Physician Recruiter at Trinity Health, is highly regarded for her expertise. Thanks to Geoffrey Potts (Dermatology APD) for providing these materials!

GME presents at 2022 ACGME Annual Conference  

GME recently presented three research posters at the ACGME conference: "Identifying positive and negative factors that affect the promotion of clinical faculty at the Wayne State University School of Medicine: Does gender matter?," co-authored by Associate Dean Anne Messman, Yang Liu, John Collins, Marissa Matthews, Robert Ehrman, and GME Director of Research Brent Stansfield; "Wellness vulnerabilities of resident medical interns: COVID impacts self-care and perceived institutional support," co-authored by Brent Stansfield, Heidi Kenaga, Elise Drake, Denise Burgess, Sharon Hall, and Tsveti Markova; and "What sorts of residents get what sorts of ratings? An analysis of quantitative ratings of resident competencies and descriptive adjectives," co-authored by Brent Stansfield and Anne Milne, the Associate Program Director in Family Medicine.  

GME will return to conducting face-to-face OSCEs in summer 2022  

After two summers of conducting the annual OSCE/OSHE training required of all interns and PGY1s as virtual events, GME will return to an on-site administration in the WSUSOM's Kado Family Clinical Skills Center in July and August 2022. However, going forward GME will administer 1 out of the 4 cases as a telehealth encounter in order to assess residents' communication skills in this mode of delivery. In addition, 2 of the 4 cases will focus on health disparities and cultural competency. For more information, contact the GME Research Coordinator Heidi Kenaga.


Resident Council News

Final Resident Council meeting for 2021-22  

The final Resident Council meeting for 2021-22 will be held on May 10 from 6:30-7:30 pm, once again as a virtual event. Council leadership elections for 2022-23 will be conducted at this meeting. All welcome to attend!  

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

Dermatology resident publishes two articles on medical ethics  

Mehdi Farshchian has published "Ethics of documenting patient's race and ethnicity in dermatology clinical notes and presentations" with co-author Jane Grant-Kels of the University of Connecticut, and "Ethics of encouraging a malpractice lawsuit against a dermatologist colleague" with co-authors Vivian Liu, WSUSOM student, Jane Grant-Kels, and Darius Mehregan, Chair of Dermatology, in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Congratulations!

Anesthesiology residents will present at 2022 MARC  

At the next Midwest Anesthesia Residents Conference to be held on April 29-May 1, five Anesthesiology residents will conduct research presentations: Tim Burkholder (presenter) and Soumya Tippireddy on "Anaphylaxis during cardiac surgery: When should surgery be rescheduled?"; Sarah Craig (presenter) and Adam Cassella, "Sternal dehiscence and failure of rigid fixation with subsequent sternocostal separation after cardiac surgery;" Ivi Latifi (presenter) and Anthony Cerna, "Cardiac tamponade versus right ventricular inflow obstruction by transesophageal echocardiography;" Sujeivan Mahendram (presenter) and Paul Mah, "Pharyngocutaneous fistula after anterior cervical spine fusion"; and Jee Ha Park (presenter) and Matthew Cao, "Concomitant duodenal ulcer perforation and acute ischemic limb." Anesthesiology Program Director Sandeep Krishnan is the faculty mentor for all of these projects. Well done!  

Anesthesiology residents and PD co-author case report  

Anesthesiology residents Jee Ha Park and Nazia Siddiqui and Program Director Sandeep Krishnan are co-authors of a case report entitled " 'The pericardial effusion is drained, but the catheter is stuck' - Percutaneous evacuation of pericardial effusion complicated by pigtail catheter entrapment in fibrinous pericarditis," to be published in the Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia. Kudos!

Dermatology APD publishes article with program alumnus and WSUSOM student  

Geoffrey Potts, Associate Program Director in Dermatology, is co-author of "Pustular rash masking Kawasaki Disease" in the International Journal of Dermatology, with Greg Messenger, Derm program alumnus, and Nathaniel Messenger, WSUSOM student. Congrats!

Need assistance with manuscript, poster, or conference presentation?


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 hkenaga@med.wayne.edu


Promoting Resident Wellness

Family Medicine and TY golf outing  

On March 29, Family Medicine and TY residents and faculty spent an afternoon at Topgolf, an "entertainment venue with a high-tech driving range, swanky lounge with drinks and games" located in Auburn Hills. Photos here!

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  

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.


Equity Matters

ACGME Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officers Forum: Monthly virtual meetings  

The ACGME's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officers Forum is open to anyone serving in this role. Monthly calls are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 5:00-6:00 pm CST. The next calls will be held on May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, Sept. 14, Oct. 12, and Nov. 9.  For more information, email diversity@acgme.org    

New ACGME modules on health equity  

The ACGME is proud to unveil self-directed ACGME Equity Matters content in Learn at ACGME. These educational resources provide diverse perspectives while raising historical and current injustices in the medical education system in an organized and intentional way. The materials are designed for organizations with leadership support, as well as resources and infrastructure commitments to equity for making meaningful change. (Note: A free account is required to access content in Learn at ACGME.) The modules are available in two tracks: a continuing medical education (CME) learning path and a video library. In the learning path, content is self-paced within a structured design for CME credit. The video library content can be accessed in any order; ACGME recommends employing a trained facilitator when viewing the modules with large audiences to avoid perpetuating harm and ensure a safe learning environment.

Upcoming Events


WSUSOM implicit bias training: Identity privilege among healthcare providers, May 3 (virtual)


MSMS: Monday Night Medicine implicit bias training, May 9


7th Annual SEMCME QIPS Summit (May 18) - Virtual


44th Annual SEMCME Research Forum (May 25) - Virtual


Research Resources

PubMed's Clinical Queries: Locate clinical research studies more quickly
Shiffman Library: Online research and teaching support services
StatPearls: A publishing opportunity for residents and faculty
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

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

Faculty Spotlight

Faculty Spotlight: Andrea Milne, MD, PhD (Family Medicine) - pictured with son Jack


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