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Nov-Dec 2023 - Wayne State University
Nov-Dec 2023

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Marvin Wellness Webinars, 2023-24

Marvin Wellness Webinars, 2023-24

GME has long recognized the value of ensuring the psychological wellbeing of our residents and offers multiple avenues for supporting their mental health needs. Many of you know that GME has established a productive relationship with Marvin, a teletherapy resource for healthcare professionals. It is completely confidential, can be accessed 24/7, and works with all WSU insurance plans so there is no cost other than a standard co-pay. Marvin therapists are licensed, experienced mental health providers. Marvin also offers interactive webinars on a range of topics, and across 2023-24 GME is sponsoring three such webinars (all free of charge) for the benefit of our residents. On November 13, we hosted the first, on Healthy Boundaries for Improved Self-Care: A Wellness Seminar for Medical Residents,” conducted by Heidi Schrumpf, a clinical psychologist. In this residents-only seminar, participants learned how boundaries can be used to successfully engage in self-care, pursue meaningful and rejuvenating time off, and set the stage for healthier interactions at work and in their personal lives.  

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GME News and Announcements

From the GME Staff


We would like to offer all best wishes for a happy and hopeful holiday season to the entire GME community. Many thanks again for all your great work and commitment to excellence in medical education! Associate Dean and DIO Anne Messman, Administrative Director Martha Jordan, Director of Education Brent Stansfield, and Research Coordinator Heidi Kenaga

GME DEFT/DART schedule for 2023-24, data analysis hours  

The second of GME's 2023-24 Academic Boot Camps will be held on Friday, Jan. 12, from noon to 2 pm via MSTeams, on the topic Moral Determinants of Health.  Dr. Stansfield will also hold a data analysis hour, scheduled for the last Friday of each month from 4-5 pm via Zoom, to which residents and faculty can bring research design, data organization, and data analysis problems for consultation. The next will be held on Dec. 15, a bit earlier in consideration of the holidays. Contact Dr. Stansfield for more info.

First GME Seed Grant for 2023-24 awarded to Family Medicine team  

GME has awarded the first 2023-24 Seed Grant to Family Medicine faculty Kathryn Cox and resident Olivia Schimmel for their project POCUS Bingo: A Novel Way of Increasing Independent Resident POCUS Practice. Alex Christofis and Kanika Bhatara are also resident leaders on this initiative. See the Resident Spotlight in this issue for more information on the FM POCUS curriculum. There are still funds available for the 2023-24 Seed Grant cycle, in support of both research and QI projects. Contact GME Research Coordinator Dr. Heidi Kenaga for details.

GME presents posters at 2023 MER/I Conference  

GME had two posters accepted for the WSUSOM's annual Medical Education Research and Innovation Conference, held Nov. 16 in the WSUSOM. Brent Stansfield presented "RESPITE: Residents Expressing the Stresses of the Profession in a Therapeutic Environment," on outcomes from the AIAMC JEDI initiative carried out in collaboration with FM during 2022-23, and Anne Messman presented "Building a Culture of Support for Residents with Disabilities," on GME's initiative to ensure that residents with physical, emotional, or cognitive challenges or disabilities receive the support they need.

Associate Dean and DIO Messman receives promotion  

At the WSUSOM Faculty Affairs Promotion and Award Ceremony in September, GME Associate Dean Anne Messman was promoted to full professor. Congratulations!


Resident Council News

Upcoming 2023-24 Resident Council meetings  

RC meetings are held every second Tuesday of the month from 6:30-7:30 pm as virtual events: upcoming dates are Jan. 9 and Feb. 13. They are moderated by the RC President Tripti Nagar. GME Administrative Director Martha Jordan sends out invites in advance of the RC meetings to residents in all our programs. 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

Otolaryngology PD John Cramer receives promotion, SOM teaching award  

Program Director for Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, John Cramer, was promoted to Associate Professor in the WSUSOM. In addition to his robust publication and presentation record, Cramer serves on the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Committee, the American Head and Neck Society Cancer Prevention Service Committee, and the American Head and Neck Society Value & Quality of Care Service Committee. In addition to the promotion, he received the College Teaching Award, given to SOM faculty who show excellence and achievement through teaching. Photo from the WSUSOM Faculty Affairs Promotion and Award Ceremony here. Congratulations to Dr. Cramer on his continued achievements!  

Recent scholarly and professional accomplishments by Dermatology residents and faculty  

Derm resident Allene Fonseca was awarded a Skin of Color Society Summit Resident Member Travel Grant to attend the 2023 SOCS Meeting the Challenge Summit held in Washington in December. PD Steve Daveluy and chief resident Starling Tolliver will be panelists for the American Academy of Dermatology's Diversity Champion Workshop. Tolliver’s abstract “Diagnostic and therapeutic challenges in managing generalized essential telangiectasias” has been accepted for the 2024 Gross & Microscopic Symposium, to be held in San Diego during the AAD Annual Meeting in March. In addition, Tolliver is coauthor of a poster accepted for the Annual SOCS Scientific Symposium, to be presented by WSUSOM student Kirk Williams, on “Efficacy of the Minority Outreach for High School Students (MOHSS) program in addressing racial and ethnic disparities in skin cancer awareness and outcomes,” also held in conjunction with the AAD Annual Meeting. Daveluy was second author on a poster accepted for the 2023 MER/I Conference on "A survey of learning deficiencies in dermatology residents," with WSUSOM students Madison Meyer (first author) and Mindy Kim (third author). Resident Hailey Olds has been selected to participate in the Rising Derm Stars Competition for Residents at the 2024 Winter Clinical next February in Miami. Finally, Derm APD Geoffrey Potts has been promoted to Associate Professor by the WSUSOM. Well done everyone!          

Derm faculty publishes articles with program alumni, participates in WSUSOM WE AIM program  

Meena Moossavi was senior author on two articles published in Cureus this past summer: "Paring of skin for superficially lodged foreign body removal," with first author Kendahl Oberdorfer (WSUSOM graduate) and second author Mehdi Farshchian (Dermatology Program alumnus), and "Step-by-step guide to the punch removal technique for dermal piercing: A surgical pearl," with first author Adam Elder (WSUSOM student) and recent Dermatology program alumni Hany Deirawan and Taylor Adlam. Moossavi was also accepted into the WE AIM (Wayne State Empowerment of Academicians in Medicine) program, launched in 2022. WE AIM focuses on the professional development of underrepresented junior and mid-career faculty, enhancing their skills for success in academic medicine. Kudos!          

IM Program Director coauthors blog post on KevinMD  

Sarwan Kumar has co-authored another KevinMD blog post (with Deepak Gupta), on "Improving medical specialty selection with pre-training examinations." Congrats!  

Urology residents, faculty, WSUSOM student publish articles, present poster  

Urology resident Michael Sessine, dept. chair Michael Cher, and faculty Kevin Ginsburg were coauthors of a recent article "Can MRI help inform which men with a history of multifocal high-grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia or atypical small acinar proliferation remain at an elevated risk for clinically significant prostate cancer?" in the Journal of Urology. In addition, Ginsburg and faculty Aron Liaw coauthored "The high price of anonymity: Comparison of cost of direct-to-consumer mail order pharmacies compared with an online wholesale pharmacy," with first author and WSUSOM student Jack Vercnocke, also published in the Journal of Urology. Resident Michael Wang presented a poster entitled "Application of the STRATCANS criteria to the MUSIC active surveillance cohort" at the Society of Urologic Oncology Annual Meeting, coauthored by Vercnocke and Ginsburg. Well done!        


Promoting Resident Wellness

Marvin: Mental health resource for residents  

Marvin is a confidential mental health resource that can be accessed 24/7. Please see this video about the program, and here's a sign-up link.  See this issue's From your DIO for more information about Marvin and about upcoming Marvin wellness webinars being scheduled by the GME office, or contact Brent Stansfield.

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. 

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.


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 focuses on building research networks in four areas: Black Health and Racial Equity; LGBTQ Health; Middle Eastern and North African [MENA], Refugee, and Immigrant Health; and the Community Health Scholars Program. Contact Director 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.

Institute for Healing and Justice in Medicine, UCSF/UCB  

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 and 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


Associate Dean Messman participates in national Doctors With Disabilities panel, Dec. 12


LGBTQ Health Equity Research Network Meeting (CHECK-UP), Dec. 13


Karmanos Health Equity Book Club: Unequal Health: Anti-Black Racism and the Threat to America's Health, Dec. 14


SEMCME: GME Leaders' Conference, March 1, 2024


4th Southeast Michigan Regional Research Symposium (Promedica), 2024


Research Resources

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

Research Highlights

Surgeon Sex and Long-Term Postoperative Outcomes Among Patients Undergoing Common Surgeries, JAMA

Professional Development

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

Nota Bene

Learn more about science and public policy in the D: SciPol-Detroit
WSU Employee Spouse/Child Reduced Tuition Application, Winter 2024

Resident Spotlight

Residents Kanika Bhatara, Alex Christofis, and Olivia Schimmel on new POCUS curriculum in FM


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