Mar-April 2024 - Wayne State University
Mar-April 2024

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GME spring and summer events

GME spring and summer events

I’m pleased to invite our readership to attend the 2024 Professional Development Symposium, co-hosted by the 2023-24 Resident Council and our office, to be held next Tuesday evening, April 16, as a virtual event. The PDS will address “Accommodating Physicians with Disabilities to Serve a Diverse Patient Population,” with our special guest speaker Zoie Sheets, MD, MPH, currently an Internal Medicine and Pediatrics resident at University of Chicago Medicine. Her work focuses on the intersection of disability and medicine, promoting access and inclusion for both disabled physicians and patients. Living with a disability herself, she has witnessed the harm perpetuated by ableism in healthcare and believes that increasing the number of disabled doctors will improve outcomes for those with disabilities. Dr. Sheets has published articles in several medical journals and served on national panels, chairs the Trainee Advisory Committee for the DocsWithDisabilities initiative, and frequently provides disability justice education for medical schools across the country. All residents, faculty, incoming interns, program leadership and staff, and medical students are welcome to attend.  Please send an RSVP to receive the link in advance of the event.

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GME News and Announcements

GME/APRH QI Research Day, Tues April 23, noon-4:30 pm (Zoom)  

GME and APRH residency programs will hold the 13th Annual Quality Improvement Research Day on April 23 as a virtual event. Eight teams of residents in Internal Medicine and 6 teams in Family Medicine/Transitional Year will present their their research via narrated PPTs and then take questions "live" from a panel of judges. Visit the QI Day webpage for more details, register here to receive the Zoom meeting link, or contact GME Research Coordinator Dr. Heidi Kenaga.

9th Annual SEMCME Michigan Summit - QIPS & Research Forum, May 22  

The 9th Annual SEMCME Michigan Summit on Quality Improvement & Patient Safety will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, as a combined daylong event together with the 46th Annual Research Forum, in Lovett Hall at The Henry Ford. For details, visit SEMCME or contact GME Research Coordinator Dr. Heidi Kenaga.    

New hospital fitness-to-work guidelines document now available  

Associate Dean and DIO Anne Messman has created an archive itemizing the fitness-to-work guidelines at our clinical learning sites in the Detroit metropolitan area, now available on a new GME webpage devoted to Program Director resources (under "For Faculty" in the GME main menu). Take a look!


Resident Council News

Next Resident Council meeting: Professional Development Symposium, Tues April 16  

RC meetings are usually held every second Tuesday of the month from 6:30-7:30 pm. However, the April 9 meeting was cancelled in view of the upcoming Professional Development Symposium, to be held on April 16 from 7:30-8:30 pm EST. This event will be moderated by 2023-24 RC President Tripti Nagar. Residents, fellows, faculty and staff, medical students and other members of the SOM community are welcome to attend. Register here to receive the Zoom link.

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

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


Hats Off

Derm residents, faculty, med students publish research  

Dermatology residents and faculty in collaboration with medical students have had an paper entitled "Dermatology resident comfort level treating hair conditions related to patients with skin of color," accepted for the International Journal of Women's Dermatology. Co-authors include Starling Tolliver (Chief Resident), Camilla Cascardo (former OUWB student), Nikita Wong (former WSUSOM student), Yasmine Abushukur (former OUWB student), and Geoffrey Potts (Associate Program Director). Another collaborative article has been published in the Journal of Cosmetologic Dermatology entitled "Eyelash serums: A comprehensive review." Co-authors include Maya Baiyasi (MS-4, WSUSOM), Kayla St. Claire (2023 Derm program graduate), Meredith Hengy (incoming Derm resident), Komal Tur (2023 WSUSOM graduate), Fatima Fahs (2020 Derm program graduate), and Geoffrey Potts. Congratulations to all!

IM resident and Program Director co-author publication accepted for Future Cardiology  

Internal Medicine resident Jai Kumar and Program Director Sarwan Kumar are co-authors of a publication recently accepted for Future Cardiology entitled "Long term clinical outcomes of intravascular imaging-guided PCI vs. angiography-guided PCI in complex coronary lesion." Kudos!      

IM Program Director co-authors another KevinMD blog post  

Program Director Sarwan Kumar co-authored another KevinMD blog post (with Deepak Gupta) on "Why Immigrant Physicians Struggle to Bring Their Aging Parents to the US." Well done!

IM residents' research projects accepted for ACP-Michigan Chapter meeting, May 3  

IM residents and faculty have had 11 projects (research, QI, and case reports) accepted for the 2024 ACP-Michigan Chapter's Resident & Medical Student Day, to be held on Friday, May 3, in downtown Detroit. Congrats!


Promoting Resident Wellness

Marvin: Free mental health resource for residents  

Marvin is a mental health resource developed specifically for medical residents. Marvin works with residents' insurance so there is minimal cost. It is also confidential and can be accessed at any time. Please see this video about the program, and here's a sign-up link. Contact Dr. Brent Stansfield for details.

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, 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.

ACGME's AWARE suite of resources  

ACGME offers a suite of on-demand wellbeing resources called AWARE, designed to promote wellbeing 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. These resources may be downloaded for integration into existing curricula or used with other efforts to mitigate the effects of stress and foster wellbeing.


Program News

Derm faculty and residents named to Gold Humanism Honor Society  

GME offers its congratulations to Dermatology Program Director Steven Daveluy, Associate Program Director Geoffrey Potts, Chief Resident Starling Tolliver, and Chief Resident Audrey Fotouhi for being inducted into the Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society at the WSUSOM.  Well done!    

Family Medicine residents speak on healthy aging at senior center in Pontiac  

On March 12, Family Medicine residents Steve Nguyen, Wayte DaVill, and Oladipupo Dehinbo gave a talk on "Brain health and healthy aging" to more than 115 attendees at the Golden Opportunity Club in Pontiac. They addressed how nutrition, mental health, physical activity, and socialization can impact how the brain ages and functions later in life. There was a very active Q&A session!  

Derm resident quoted in NBC article on proposed AAD anti-DEI resolution  

Dermatology resident Starling Tolliver is quoted in an NBC News article on a proposed resolution to end DEI initiatives in the field, presented at the American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting in early March. Not only was the resolution defeated, the AAD resolved to "expand the academy’s mission to prioritize diversity and address inclusion issues within the field."


Equity Matters

WSUSOM African American History Symposium (virtual), Jan-May 2024  

The second annual Lawrence Lackey Jr., M.D. African American History Symposium began on January 31. Presented by the WSUSOM's Black Medical Association/Student National Medical Association and Black Men In White Coats, the weekly Zoom lectures focus on facets of Black Americans in medicine. Presentations can be accessed from noon to 1 p.m. each Wednesday through May 4. 

Center for Health Equity and Community Knowledge in Urban Populations (CHECK-UP)  

The Center for Health Equity and Community Knowledge in Urban Populations (CHECK-UP) promotes collaborations between WSU faculty and community organizations to advance health equity in Detroit. The Center Director is Hayley S. Thompson, PhD, a clinical psychologist whose research addresses racial and ethnic disparities in cancer care and outcomes. She is a professor in the WSU Dept. of Oncology and the Associate Center Director for Community Outreach and Engagement at Karmanos.

Upcoming Events


Urban Health Research Conference, WSU campus, April 17


SEMCME: Residency Coordinators, GME Managers, & GME Specialists Conf: Prof Devel & Collaboration, April 19


Learn more about the 2024-25 ABMS Visiting Scholars Program: Informational webinar April 23


SEMCME: Chief & Senior Resident Workshop, April 26


WSU Office of DEI implicit bias workshops, 2024


Global Health Research Workshop, summer 2024


Upcoming Deadlines

MedEdPORTAL seeks new editor-in-chief, deadline April 30

Research Resources

StatPearls: A publishing opportunity for residents and faculty
SEMCME 2023-24 Research Workshop Series
Resident research site at Shiffman Medical Library, WSUSOM
PubMed's Clinical Queries: Locate clinical research studies more quickly
Don't have an ORCiD? Set one up here

Research Highlights

Reimagining the CCC to Enhance Educ and Prepare for Comp-Based Time-Variable Advancement, J Gen Intern Med, 2022

Professional Development

Resident mentorship opportunities with WSUSOM
Office of the Provost: Resources for faculty success

Nota Bene

Kimberly Andrews Espy, PhD, invested as 13th president of Wayne State University
WSU Employee Spouse/Child Reduced Tuition Application, Spring/Summer 2024
MAME hosting free monthly Zoom sessions with immigration attorney for GME community
WSU: Free financial consultations with TIAA and Fidelity
Learn more about science and public policy in the D: SciPol-Detroit

Resident Spotlight

Meet Wayte DaVill, Family Medicine resident

Staff Spotlight

Meet Latonjala Turner, IM Program Coordinator


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