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School of Medicine - Wayne State University

Dear Class,

I hope you are holding up okay, given how tough this past week has been for the WSUSOM family.

Please make sure to check out all the mental health resources available to you in Dr.Waineo’s email on 1/19 at 10:14am. You can also find more information about treatment resources, attached.

Please find pertinent information about your current courses (Human Body Foundations 3, P4, SL, & CS) for the week of 1/23/23-1/27/23, and a reminder about the candlelight vigil for Anthony, below:

Human Body Foundations 3 with Dr. Braun & Dr. Walker

Congrats on completing Exam 1 in the HBF-III course. We hope you are enjoying learning about the endocrine system and the anatomy of the neck. Next week, you will complete your study of the endocrine system with the first PBL of HBF-III. You will expand your understanding of how the brain processes touch and pain sensations by examining the somatosensory and trigeminal pathways. You will also learn about the structure and function of the ear and examine the associated auditory and vestibular pathways. In your ongoing study of Gross Anatomy, you will finish dissection of the neck and begin preparing for the exploration of the scalp and skull. Here are the required active learning sessions for the fourth week of the course:  

Gross Anatomy Lab 23 (In-Person in the GA Labs) for dissecting GA Group A students on Tuesday, January 24 from 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm. Please visit the Canvas page that lists prep information for this session. Labs will be open for completion of the hand-off with receiving GA Group B students from 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm or the following day from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. The due date for the lab chart 23 assignment is Wednesday, January 25 at 5:00 pm

Neuroscience Lab 03 (In-Person in the Scott Hall MD Labs) on Wednesday, January 25 for GOLD groups 9:00 am - 10:30 am and GREEN groups 10:30 am - 12:00 pm. Please prepare for this session by reviewing lecture 36 by Dr. Walker and lecture 37 by Dr. Ichinose. 

 Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Day 1 (Virtual via Zoom) on Wednesday, January 25 for all students from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm. Students will read a case and formulate their own learning objectives for further research. Prep information will be posted on Canvas prior to the session. 

Gross Anatomy Lab 24 (In-Person in the GA Labs) for dissecting GA Group B students on Thursday, January 26 from 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm. Please visit the Canvas page that lists prep information for this session. Labs will be open for completion of the hand-off with receiving GA Group A students from 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm or the following day from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. The due date for the lab chart 24 assignment is Friday, January 27 at 5:00 pm

Histology Lab 17 (In-Person in the Scott Hall MD Labs) on Friday, January 27 for GOLD groups 10:00 am - 11:00 am and GREEN groups 11:00 am - 12:00 pm. Note that this is only a one-hour lab session. Please prepare for this session by reviewing Dr. Holt's lecture 40 on the Microanatomy of the Ear. An optional, but highly recommended, review of Histology Lab 17 will be provided live by Dr. Braun on Monday, January 30 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm via Zoom. If you are unable to attend the review, a recording will be posted on Canvas for your later viewing. 

Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Day 2 (Virtual via Zoom) on Friday, January 27 for all students from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm. Students will present their research findings as part of a team presentation. 

P4 with Dr. Markowitz

Unit 11 on Thursday Jan 26 will explore trauma informed care and taking a sexual history. Some objectives include: Practice taking a history that includes asking about these issues in a sensitive and non-judgmental way. History pertaining to abuse/interpersonal violence, and history related to stress and anxiety. Understand what medical professional burnout is.  Understand the importance of self-care and mental health in medical professional health and also understand and identify what stressors are present for medical students. Demonstrate use of the CAGE questions in assessing substance use .

The pregroup work assignments are due by 11:59 pm on Wed, Jan 25. As always, watch for classrooms and updates to room assignments in your Canvas Calendar.  Please read the unit 11 Study guide and be prepared.

SL with Dr. Kaur & Dr. Nazer

OPTIONAL: Social History In-person Troubleshooting Session on Wednesday, January 25 from 12:15 pm to 1:15 pm in Maz 301/302 classroom. Faculty will be there to respond/assist you with any problems you may be experiencing with this assignment. This session is optional and for only those needing extra help. You are still more than welcome to email us with your questions and concerns. 

Thank you for submitting your 1st encounter. If you have completed your 2nd encounter please enter the patient note on Canvas Seg1C.  If you have problems contacting your patient first try by email, phone, and/or text.  If you still have a problem please reach out to Dr. Mendez at 

If you submitted your 2nd encounter you may proceed to submit your patient’s biography on Canvas Seg1C. Please check canvas Seg1C for blank templates and biographies examples.

The minimum volunteering clinical or a combination of mentoring outreach hours is two per month. Check the opportunities listed here (BSO Calendar)  Please report 5 Clinical and 2 Mentoring/Outreach hours in the Service Learning portal ( by February 26, 2023

CS with Dr. Miller

HEENT sessions continue Monday, January 23rd.  A few points about the upcoming sessions:

These encounters will be follow up encounters.  Instead of asking past medical history, medications, social history, etc. questions, you'll be provided with a paper "patient chart" at the beginning of the encounter instead of the usual blank sheet of paper.  You'll simply be confirming that the information you have is accurate and updating it as indicated.  A copy of the patient chart is posted on Canvas for your review.

You will be expected to complete the HEENT exam at your upcoming session.  If you have additional time, I HIGHLY suggest beginning the cranial nerve exam, as the neuro exam is quite long and often students are unable to finish it during the neuro session.  Extra time is built into the HEENT session to provide opportunity for practice.  Please come prepared to practice the cranial nerve exam.

Candlelight Vigil in Loving Memory of Anthony Chifor

Please join our School of Medicine Family on Monday afternoon in the Margherio Family Conference Center for a vigil and remembrance of third-year student Anthony Chifor.

We will gather to express our grief at the loss of this promising young man and physician-in-training who left us far too early.

This will be this coming Monday January 23rd, from 3:30-4:30pm in the Margherio Confrence Center. Remote attendance is available using the link here.

Best Regards,
Tapinder Singh