May-June 2022 - Wayne State University
May-June 2022

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Office of Graduate Medical Education Accomplishments, 2022

Office of Graduate Medical Education Accomplishments, 2022

I’m pleased to report on the Office of Graduate Medical Education’s year of educational achievements.  Full details on GME accomplishments as well as the outstanding work of our residents and faculty will appear later in 2022 in our annual Executive Summary, but I’d like to provide a brief overview of our spring activities here.

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GME News and Announcements

Winner of first Peter Svider Memorial Resident Scholarship Award  

GME is pleased to announce the winner of the 2021-22 Peter Svider Memorial Resident Scholarship Award: Mehdi Farshchian (Dermatology). The Svider Award recognizes a graduating resident or fellow in any GME program with an especially distinctive achievement in scholarly activities. Congratulations to Dr. Farshchian, and many thanks to all applicants who submitted outstanding records for consideration.

Annual GME/APRH QI Research Day, May 10  

GME and Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital held the 11th Annual Quality Improvement Research Day on May 10 as a virtual event. Eight teams of residents in Internal Medicine and 5 teams in Family Medicine/Transitional Year presented their research via narrated PPT presentations. Visit the QI Day webpage for the winners, a recording of the event, and more details. Kudos to all! 

OSCE/OSHE training to be held in July and August in Kado Clinical Skills Center  

This summer, GME will return to an on-site administration of the OSCE/OSHE training in the WSUSOM's Kado Family Clinical Skills Center. Going forward, GME will administer 1 out of the 4 OSCE cases as a telehealth encounter in order to assess residents' communication skills in this mode of delivery. All incoming interns and current first-year residents are required to take this training. For more information, residents should contact their Program Coordinator or the GME Research Coordinator Heidi Kenaga.


Resident Council News

Council leadership for 2022-23 elected  

At the last Resident Council meeting on May 10, leadership for the upcoming year was determined:  Victoria Prince (Family Medicine) will serve as President, and Katrina Siemiesz (Family Medicine) will continue as Vice President. The next Resident Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 14, 6:30-7:30 pm, as a virtual event. All are welcome!

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

Anesthesiology residents and faculty publish RCT study  

Anesthesiology residents Jae Choi, Anna Lahori, and Opinder Gill together with faculty Joffer Hakim, Farhad Ghoddoussi, and Program Director Sandeep Krishnan were co-authors of "Adductor canal blocks with bupivacaine and magnesium after same-day discharge total knee arthroplasty improve post-operative pain relief and decrease opioid consumption: A prospective randomized controlled trial,"  published in the Clinical Journal of Pain.  Well done!  

FM residents present at spring 2022 DFMPHS Research Day and Michigan FM Research Day  

This past spring, FM residents presented their research at two local meetings, first the 6th Annual Dept. of Family Medicine & Public Health Sciences Research Day on April 21 at which FM-UT resident Danny Garcia won the Excellent Abstract Award for "Improving pediatric lead screening exams performed at 1 and 2 years of age at Community Health and Social Services (CHASS) Center." Visit the event website for the entire program and a video recording. On May 26, four FM resident and faculty teams presented posters at the 44th Annual Michigan Family Medicine Research Day. Congratulations!

IM residents present at SEMCME research events, spring 2022  

Our IM residency program was well represented at the two spring SEMCME research conferences, held this spring as virtual events. Fifteen resident teams had QI projects accepted for the QIPS Summit, held on May 18. Four received awards: "Overutilization of amylase and lipase testing in acute pancreatitis," presented by Alaa Taha (First Place, Live Stream presentation), "Improving resident error reporting: A QI initiative," presented by Verisha Khanam (Third Place, Live Stream presentation), "Standardizing treatment of inpatient asymptomatic hypertension," presented by Trishya Reddy (Second Place, Voice-Over PowerPoint presentation), "Improving ICU transition of care: A QI initiative," presented by David Samrah (Third Place, Voice-Over PowerPoint presentation). At the SEMCME Research Forum held on May 25, Mishita Goel conducted a livestream presentation on "Utilization of IMPROVEDD VTE risk score for Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) risk stratification in COVID-19 pneumonia."  Congratulations to all!  

IM residents present research at ACP-Michigan Residents' Day, ATS in San Francisco  

Thirteen Internal Medicine resident teams presented posters on their research projects at the ACP-Michigan Resident's Day held on May 13. In addition, IM resident Warda Zaidi presented a poster at the American Thoracic Society meeting in San Francisco entitled "Utilization of IMPROVEDD risk score for Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) risk stratification in COVID-19 pneumonia." Well done!

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.


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  

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: End-of-year events, Street Medicine in Detroit  

On April 29th, the Family Medicine program held its first Annual Senior Dinner at Pinky's in Royal Oak, with every class member in attendance, and the next day FM residents learned more about splintering and casting from orthopedic surgeon Jason Samona. Photos here. And from FM Program Director Eleanor King, here's a brief story about practicing street medicine in Detroit.

Anesthesiology program graduates' future plans  

Several 2022 graduates of the Anesthesiology program have accepted fellowships here in Michigan: Both Anna Lahori and Adam Cassella will begin pediatric anesthesiology fellowships at Children's Hospital of Michigan, and Nazia Siddiqui will hold a cardiothoracic anesthesia fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital. Jon Lucaj will be moving to the West Coast for a critical care fellowship at Cedar Sinai in Los Angeles, and Jae Choi will be employed as a general anesthesiologist at the Houston Methodist Teaching Hospital in Texas. Opinder Gill will be engaged in private practice in Arizona. Congratulations to all!

Upcoming Events


MSMS implicit bias training schedule for 2022


Karmanos Health Equity Book Club: "Unwell Woman: Misdiagnosis and Myth in a Man-Made World," June 16 (virtual)


WSUSOM lecture: "Systemic Racism in Medicine in Detroit," June 16 (virtual)


Upcoming Deadlines

Global and Urban Health Equity (GLUE) Program applications due July 31

Admin Updates

ACGME Milestone Reporting Window deadline: June 24, 2022

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

WSUSOM seeking assistance from alumni in launching MD/MBA joint degree
Detroit Responds: Stories from the Time of COVID-19
Learn more about science and public policy in the D: SciPol-Detroit

Resident Spotlight

Starling Tolliver, Dermatology resident (PGY-2)


WSUSOM Alumni Affairs
WSUSOM Diversity and Inclusion
American Medical Association

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