May-June 2024 - Wayne State University
May-June 2024

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Guest editorial: 2024 AIAMC Annual Meeting

Guest editorial: 2024 AIAMC Annual Meeting

Eleanor King, Family Medicine Program Director     This past April, I attended the Annual Meeting of the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers (AIAMC) in Tucson, Arizona, with GME Research Manager Heidi Kenaga (pictured above). The meeting united AIAMC members to explore challenges, share insights, and foster collaboration in the evolving landscape of academic medicine, particularly with regard to community-based programs. The annual meeting also provided a platform by which participants in the AIAMC’s National Initiative IX (focused on SMDH, the social and moral determinants of health) could showcase their current NI projects and share findings from prior year projects. We met in smaller groups to exchange best practices, strategies, and approaches, learning about innovative programs, partnerships, and technologies driving advancements in clinical care, medical education, and research, such as an app designed to help patients register to vote while waiting for care in the clinical office setting.  

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GME News and Announcements

Svider Award winner: Jahanavi Ramakrishna (Internal Medicine)  

GME is happy to announce the winner of the 2023-24 Peter Svider Memorial Resident Scholarship Award: Jahanavi Ramakrishna. See the Resident Spotlight (at right) in this edition for an interview. The Svider Award recognizes a graduating resident or fellow in any GME program with an especially distinctive achievement in scholarly activities. Congratulations to Dr. Ramakrishna, and many thanks to all the applicants who submitted excellent records for consideration!

2024 OSCE/OSHEs, Kado Clinical Skills Center, WSUSOM campus  

In July and August, GME will be conducting OSCE/OSHE training in the Kado Center on the WSUSOM campus to assess residents' communication skills. All incoming interns (who will begin residency at WSU in July 2024) and current second-year residents (who began residency at WSU in July 2023) are required to participate in this training. GME will email all participants documents about the OSCE/OSHEs about 2 weeks in advance of their scheduled training date. For more information, contact your Program Director, Program Coordinator, or Dr. Kenaga.

Administrative Director Martha Jordan attends AHME Institute in May  

The annual Association for Hospital Medical Education Institute features presentations from policymakers as well as medical education professionals tasked with translating policies into curricula so that trainees are suitably prepared to meet the requirements of the US healthcare landscape. The Institute offers tracks for institutional administrators, program directors and program coordinators, and continuing medical education professionals. Martha Jordan attended sessions on the ACGME Institutional Site Visit to prepare for our visit in 2026, as well as panels on resident wellness and institutional oversight of residency programs. She is excited about the information she brought back and eager to introduce some changes in WSUGME.  

Brent Stansfield taking position at Baylor College of Medicine


The GME office is sorry to report that Brent Stansfield, PhD, the GME Director of Education, will be leaving at the end of June to become Assistant Dean of Assessment in the GME Office­­ at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He will miss the WSUGME team and all the dedicated doctors and educators but anticipates future collaborations on assessment projects. The GME community wishes him the best of luck!


Resident Council News

2024-25 Resident Council leadership: President Allene Fonseca Katz  

RC meetings are held every second Tuesday of the month from 6:30-7:30 pm as virtual events. Martha Jordan sends an invite to all residents in advance of each meeting. The President-elect for 2024-25 is Allene Fonseca Katz (Dermatology), who will host the RC meetings for the upcoming year. Everyone welcome!

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

Dermatology resident wins scholarship to ASDS Symposium  

Dermatology resident Allene Fonseca Katz was awarded a scholarship to next year's American Society of Dermatologic Surgery Cosmetic Symposium, which offers residents a unique opportunity to learn the science, treatment, and available therapies and techniques for cosmetic procedures perfomred by dermatologic surgeons.  Kudos!  

IM residents' research win awards at 2024 SEMCME spring research event  

At the SEMCME QIPS/Research Forum event on May 22, Internal Medicine resident Anoopa Mathew took First Place in the QI Slide Presentation competition for her talk on "Improving obesity outcomes in an academic internal medicine clinic: A quality improvement study," co-authored by fellow IM residents David Samrah, Jahanavi Ramakrishna, Aman Saleemi, Emecheta Ajaero, Hasan Ilyas, and Javaria Asif, with faculty advisors Vesna Tegeltija and Zain Kulairi. The prizes included $1,000, a certificate, and the Robert Flora Award (photo here). IM resident Wadid Sirry won a Judges' Commendation for his research poster presentation on "Acute gout flares in hospitalized patients with association of area deprivation index with prostate cancer outcomes in a contemporary North American cohort," co-authored by Alaa Taha, Abdullah Yesilyaprak, and Nabeel Badar, and faculty advisors Sarwan Kumar and Vesna Tegeltija. The prizes included $100 and a letter of commendation. Well done!  

Anesthesiology residents, faculty publish articles  

Anesthesiology Program Director Sandeep Krishnan, program alumna Nazia Siddiqui, and current resident William Hrebec were coauthors (with Jee Ha Park, TJ Szymanski, S Uribe-Marquez, and KG Miletic) of an article entitled "Management of anticoagulation and antifibrinolytics in catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome," published in Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia in May. In addition, faculty member Krassimir Denchev coauthored "Utility of POCUS in undifferentiated shock" with Santhalakshmi Angappan, JC Humanez, and SC Minear, which appeared in the ASA Monitor in April. Bravo!          

Anesthesiology residents present at 2024 SCA Annual Meeting  

At the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists' Annual Meeting in Toronto this past April, four residents presented their research outcomes:  Vidhi Patel on “Comprehensive TEE examination for a difficult diagnosis of aorto-right ventricular fistula after TAVR,” with co-authors Aileen Haque and faculty mentors Nazia Siddiqui and Sandeep Krishnan; Nicholas Huang on "Lift heavy, but not too heavy: A unique case of SOV rupture in a power-lifter," with co-authors Andrew Tudosie and faculty mentor Nazia Siddiqui; Sylas Buller on “Valve-in-valve-in transcatheter mitral valve replacement” with co-authors Michael Schultz and faculty mentor Sandeep Krishnan; and Sujeivan Mahendram on “On-pump coronary artery bypass grafting in the setting of Moyamoya Disease,” co-authored by Hassan Abdinur and faculty mentor Sandeep Krishnan. Photo here. Well done!

FM and PM residents present at 46th Michigan Family Med Research Day  

Our Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine residency programs were well represented at the 2024 Michigan Family Medicine Research Day, held on May 23. In the morning oral presentation section, Mohamad Hamdi spoke on "Identifying obesity management: Best practices in FQHCs in the State of Michigan using UDS"; during the midday poster session, Rasha Abdulridha spoke on "The therapeutic role of a ketogenic diet in managing chronic diseases: A clinical review," and Sana Siddiqui on "Are there disparities based on gender in the acute management of pain in the emergency room setting?"  In the afternoon oral presentation section, Kanika Bhatara spoke on "POCUS BINGO," Leen Alrashed on "Tracking the association between hospital readmission and transition of care appointments in a family medicine residency program"; Monica Aguilar on "Offering RESPITE: Residents expressing the stresses of the profession in a therapeutic environment"; and Wayte DaVill on "Nutrition knowledge self efficacy: Insights from a brief community-based nutritional education quality improvement intervention."  Congratulations to all!

IM and Derm Program Directors receive promotions


GME is pleased to report WSUSOM's recognition of the accomplishments and expertise of two of our Program Directors:  Dermatology PD Steve Daveluy has been promoted to Professor, and Internal Medicine PD Sarwan Kumar to Associate Professor. These promotions become effective in August 2024. Congratulations!  


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.

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

Anesthesiology conducts M4 Transition to Residency (TTR) seminar for WSUSOM students  

On April 9, the Anesthesiology program conducted a half-day, in-person TTR seminar for 14 WSUSOM medical students who matched into anesthesia. There were 4 sessions: (1) faculty member Dipti Ghatol delivered the first on opioids and non-use in pain management; (2) Laura Clemens conducted the second as a problem-based learning discussion-style lecture on airway management; (3) Dr. Clemens and Associate Program Director Steve Landau conducted a hands-on airway management experience, while faculty members Krassimir Denchev and Zulfiqar Ahmed conducted a hands-on trial of ultrasound probe placement and needle handling; and (4) current residents Matthew Cao, Vidhi Patel, and Bryan Roberts spoke about the "Things I wish I knew before starting my residency," followed by a Q&A session. Feedback was extremely favorable, with attendees commending the impressive hands-on experience in addition to the discussion-style lectures. Photos here.  

FM and TY residents enjoy end-of-year DIA visit, social hour  

On April 30, Family Medicine and Transitional Year residents and faculty visited the Detroit Institute of Arts and enjoyed a social hour afterward at the Detroit Shipping Company as an end-of-year wellness event. During the sojourn at the DIA, residents were asked to engage in reflective activities as part of FM's AIAMC initiative to incorporate the practices of narrative medicine into residency training. Photos here and here.


Equity Matters

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


2024 WSU Office of DEI implicit bias workshops


2024 SEMCME programs & events


Upcoming Deadlines

Applications due for WSU Global & Urban Health Equity scholars program, July 1

Research Resources

StatPearls: A publishing opportunity for residents and faculty
SEMCME 2023-24 Research Workshop Series
Resident research site at Shiffman Medical Library, WSUSOM
WSU library site for creating posters and PPT presentations
Don't have an ORCiD? Set one up here

Research Highlights

AI in Grad Medical Education Applications, JGME, April 2024

Professional Development

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

Nota Bene

WSUSOM 2023-2030 Strategic Plan
MAME: Free monthly Zoom sessions with immigration attorney for GME community
WSU: Free financial consultations with TIAA and Fidelity
SciPol Detroit: Learn more about science and public policy

Resident Spotlight

2023-24 Svider Award winner Jahanavi Ramakrishna


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