Jan-Feb 2023 - Wayne State University
Jan-Feb 2023

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Guest editorial: Addressing Differences in Skin Cancer Rates Between Urban and Rural Counties in Michigan

Guest editorial: Addressing Differences in Skin Cancer Rates Between Urban and Rural Counties in Michigan

Steve Daveluy, Dermatology Program Director         A few months ago, I was interviewed by Lansing-based journalist Eric Freedman, director of the Michigan State University Capital News service, for a Detroit News article detailing a study in the October 2022 issue of Cancer Reports on “Disparities in melanoma incidence and mortality in rural versus urban Michigan.” The study team, headed by Richard Shellenberger, an internal medicine specialist at Trinity Health Ann Arbor in Ypsilanti, drew upon data from 2015 through 2018 on prevalence and mortality rates from the Michigan Dept. of Health and Human Services and the CDC. The researchers' major finding: “The incidence rates for cutaneous melanoma were significantly higher in rural Michigan counties, from 2014–2018, for all patients, both age groups, both genders and all stages. Melanoma-specific mortality rates were also significantly higher for all patients, both age groups and both genders in rural Michigan counties.”      

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GME News and Announcements

Academic Boot Camps and workshops for 2023  

GME's Academic Boot Camps comprise 2-hour webinars and shorter supplemental research workshops. The next bootcamp on "Lifelong Learners Use Reflection and Learning Plans" will be held on Monday, April 10 from 2-4 pm. All events will be conducted by GME Director of Education Brent Stansfield via MSTeams. Full details about the DART (residents) program can be found here and the DEFT (faculty) program here, or contact Dr. Stansfield.

SEMCME QI Summit (May 12) and Research Forum (May 24)  

The SEMCME Annual Michigan Summit on Quality Improvement, Patient Safety, and High Value Care has returned as an in-person event, to be held on May 12, 2023, at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy, from 8 am  to 5 pm. Abstract submissions are due Friday, March 31. For more information, contact Nadia Juzych at njuzych@med.wayne.edu. The SEMCME Annual Research Forum will also be held in person, returning to Lovett Hall at the Henry Ford in Dearborn on May 24, 2023, from 8 am to 2:30 pm. Please note: Presenters at the Research Forum will be preselected by GME via a competitive process. For a description of the process, contact the GME Research Coordinator at hkenaga@med.wayne.edu

2022-23 Svider Memorial Resident Research Award  

GME is accepting applications for the 2022-23 Peter Svider Memorial Resident Scholarship Award in memory of the scholarly achievements, clinical excellence, and exceptional collegiality of Dr. Peter Svider, a 2018 graduate of our Otolaryngology residency program. The Svider Award is 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 Monday, April 24, 2023.

2022-23 Seed Grant applications  

GME is accepting applications for the 2022-23 Seed Grant funding cycle for both research and QI projects. Contact GME Research Coordinator Dr. Heidi Kenaga for more details.

Dr. Stansfield co-authors chapter in medical education research handbook


GME Director of Education Brent Stansfield co-authored a chapter on "Power analyses: Planning, conducting and evaluating education research" with Larry D. Gruppen, Professor in the Dept. of Learning Health Sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School. The chapter appeared in Researching Medical Education (2nd ed.), edited by Jennifer Cleland and Steven J. Durning, published by Wiley Blackwell in 2023.


Resident Council News

Resident Council meetings  

Resident Council meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30-7:30 pm as virtual events. Martha Jordan emails invites to all residents the week prior to each meeting. The next Resident Council meetings will be held on February 14 and March 14. On April 11, the Professional Development Symposium will be held from 6:30-8:30 pm on the topic "Difficult Conversations." Contact RC President Victoria Prince for more information.

Confidential reporting of issues, misconduct, or professional concerns by residents and faculty  

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


Hats Off

GME presentations at Annual WSUSOM Medical Education and Innovation Conference (MERI), Dec. 6  

GME residents and staff conducted presentations at the WSUSOM Medical Education Research and Innovation Conference, held as a virtual event on Dec. 6. Derm resident Starling Tolliver was the lead author with IM resident Jahanavi Ramakrishna and Director of Education Brent Stansfield on a poster on "Improving diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) across residencies at Wayne State: A perspective from dermatology."  Dr. Stansfield was the lead author of a poster on "Resident communication and empathy in telehealth: Analysis of multi-year OSCE data," with Associate Dean and DIO Anne Messman and Research Coordinator Heidi Kenaga. Associate Dean Messman was also co-author of a poster on "Development of a research assistant mentorship pipeline (EMRAMP)" and another on "Application of motor learning theory to teach the head impulse test to emergency medicine resident physicians with repetitive augmented terminal feedback from a video oculography device." Congratulations!

Dermatology faculty and resident publish article  

Dermatology APD Geoff Potts and resident Taylor Adlam co-authored an article with WSUSOM med student Krishnan Parashar entitled "The impact of hyperhidrosis on quality of life: A review of the literature," just published in the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology. Kudos!

Residents, faculty, and medical students participate in mini-medical school fair  

In collaboration with the Michigan Health Council, WSUSOM students, residents, and faculty volunteered at a mini-medical school event at Chandler Park Academy on Friday, January 20. They hosted stations that covered topics like hand hygiene, bone health, nutrition and exercise. Over 100 students participated in the event, and the hope is that these activities will inspire young minds to consider the medical field someday!

IM Program Director co-authors letters in KevinMD  

Internal Medicine Program Director Sarwan Kumar co-authored two letters published on KevinMD, described as the "web's leading platform where physicians, advanced practitioners, nurses, medical students, and patients share their insights." The Jan. 18 letter, written with anesthesiologist Deepak Gupta, was entitled "The medical school selection process may be more crucial for shaping the future physician workforce." The second letter, written with Dr. Gupta and Dr. Shushovan Chakrabortty, on "Balancing employee needs and fair pay during federal holidays," was published on Jan. 24. Well done!    

Internal Medicine residents' research at AACE Annual Meeting  

Six teams of Internal Medicine residents have had abstracts accepted for the annual meeting of the American Association for Clinical Endocrinology on May 4-6, 2023, in Seattle, WA. Congratulations!

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 Dr. 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.

WSU Employee Assistance Program (EAP)  

The Employee Assistance Program provided by Ulliance is available to all residents, faculty, and staff at no cost. EAP is confidential and available to you, your partner, and your dependents. To reach an advisor immediately, 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 information about EAP services and how to access them. 

Dept. of Psychiatry's Warriors Strong Together  

Warriors Strong Together is a program offered by the Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences providing free assistance for all members of the WSU community who may be experiencing difficulties coping with the impacts of the pandemic. As an added convenience, the services are available by telephone or videoconferencing.


Equity Matters

Karmanos Health Equity Book Club: Villarosa, UNDER THE SKIN, March 30  

The next Karmanos Health Equity Book Club will discuss Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of our Nation by Linda Villarosa on March 30, 4-5 pm. Reading the book prior to the session is encouraged but not required.

Institute for Healing & Justice in Medicine, CA  

Launched in 2020 by medical and graduate students in the Joint Medical Program at the University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine and the UC-Berkeley School of Public Health, the Institute for Healing & Justice in Medicine is an interdisciplinary organization that publishes community-based scholarship about emerging medical and public health practices addressing social justice. The institute has engaged more than 3,000 individuals from hundreds of institutions around the world in their activities, which include research working group initiatives, a peer-reviewed publication, a justice resource hub, and community healing gatherings.

Upcoming Events


SEMCME's Hot Topics Series: The Role of Doctors' Voices in Shaping Public Opinion, Thurs, April 6 (virtual)


Urban Health Research Conference: Using Big Data to Improve Population Health, Wed, April 12


SEMCME Chief and Senior Resident Workshop, Weds, April 19-May 10 (virtual)


SEMCME JEDI Committee: Equity & Wellness workshop, Friday, April 28 (virtual)


Admin Updates

ACGME resident and faculty surveys open Feb. 13 through April 9

Research Resources

Center for Health Equity and Community Knowledge in Urban Populations (CHECK-UP)
Getting started on research: Resources at Shiffman Medical Library
PubMed's Clinical Queries: Locate clinical research studies more quickly
StatPearls: A publishing opportunity for residents and faculty
Don't have an ORCiD? Set one up here

Professional Development

MedEdPORTAL offering Scholarly Publishing Webinar Series
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

Nota Bene

History of Black Americans in Medicine webinar series, Wednesdays in Feb. (virtual)
Learn more about science and public policy in the D: SciPol-Detroit
Detroit Responds: Stories from the Time of COVID-19

Faculty Spotlight

FM faculty Kathryn Cox takes a polar plunge: A journey to Antarctica


WSUSOM Alumni Affairs
WSUSOM Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access
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