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Jan-Feb 2024 - Wayne State University
Jan-Feb 2024

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GME accomplishments at mid-year

GME accomplishments at mid-year

At the halfway mark in the 2023-24 academic year, I’d like to share with our readers three notable GME achievements to date. First, GME and its primary clinical partner, Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital (APRH), were again selected to participate in an AIAMC (Alliance of Independent Academic Centers) National Initiative, to be conducted across 2023-25. These initiatives are national, multi-institutional collaboratives by which resident and faculty teams carry out activities aligned with their site's strategic goals, seeking to drive change that will result in meaningful and sustainable outcomes for patient populations and institutional culture. National Initiative IX’s focus is on the Social and Moral Determinants of Health. AIAMC chose the GME/APRH team based upon their demonstrated commitment to local and community engagement and providing equitable care for all. For this initiative, GME is collaborating primarily with the Family Medicine program at APRH, in particular their current efforts toward creating a formal FM Community Outreach curriculum. 

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GME News and Announcements

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

The third of GME's 2023-24 Academic Boot Camps will be held on Wednesday, March 13, from 9-11 am on the topic "Positive Psychology and Wellbeing." This session will be hosted by Marvin. GME Director of Education Dr. Brent Stansfield is continuing to hold a data analysis hour on 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. Contact Dr. Stansfield for more info.

Derm team awarded Seed Grant for research project  

GME has awarded a 2023-24 Seed Grant to Dermatology resident Hailey Olds and faculty mentor Darius Mehregan for their project Next Generation Sequencing for Diagnosis and Treatment of Cutaneous Follicular Lymphoma. Funds are still available for the 2023-24 grant cycle, in support of both research and QI projects. Contact GME Research Coordinator Dr. Heidi Kenaga for details.

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 Research Forum, in Lovett Hall at The Henry Ford. For details, contact your Program Director or GME Research Coordinator Dr. Heidi Kenaga.


Resident Council News

Upcoming Resident Council meetings, annual Professional Development Symposium  

RC meetings are held every second Tuesday of the month from 6:30-7:30 pm as virtual events. Upcoming dates are Feb. 13 and March 12. GME Administrative Director Martha Jordan sends out invites in advance of the RC meetings to all residents. RC meetings are moderated by the RC President Tripti Nagar. The annual Professional Development Symposium will be held on Tuesday, April 16, as a virtual event. 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

IM resident and PD coauthors of article in hepatology journal, letters to editor  

Internal Medicine resident Jai Kumar and Program Director Sarwan Kumar are coauthors of an article entitled "Cardiovascular outcomes post bariatric surgery in patients with metabolic dysfunction-associated steatotic liver disease - A systematic review and meta-analysis," which recently appeared in Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology. They also are co-authors of a Letter to the Editor on heart failure in the March issue of Current Problems in Cardiology, and Jai Kumar is co-author of two more Letters to the Editor on Pregnancy and fetal outcomes in patients with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and cardiovascular risk prediction, published in the same journal. Kudos!  

IM Associate Program Director named ACP Fellow, joins SEMCME QI Committee and QI Day panel  

Internal Medicine APD Vesna Tegeltija has been named a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. She has also been asked to join the SEMCME QI Committee and will participate on a SEMCME panel entitled "QI 101: Preparing for Your Institutional QI Competition," to be held via Zoom on Feb. 29. Congratulations!  


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. The second GME/Marvin wellness webinar on "Positive Psychology and Wellbeing" will be held on March 13. For details, contact Dr. 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, 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.

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 mental health challenges. The services are available by telephone or videoconferencing.

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.


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 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. 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


National Thank a Resident Day - February 23, 2024


SEMCME: GME Leaders Conference, March 1


MSMS Monday Night Medicine: Implicit bias training, March 4


Urban Health Research Conference, WSU campus, April 17


SEMCME: Chief & Senior Resident workshop (in person), April 26


WSU Office of DEI implicit bias workshops, 2024


Global Health Research Workshop, summer 2024


Upcoming Deadlines

2024 Michigan Family Medicine Research Day abstracts, deadline March 11
2024 Southeast Michigan Regional Research Symposium (Promedica), deadline March 11

Research Resources

StatPearls: A publishing opportunity for residents and faculty
SEMCME 2023-24 Research Workshops
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

Pandemic Recovery Survey results from IHME (Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation)

Professional Development

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

Nota Bene

Ezemenari Obasi, PhD, appointed WSU Vice President for Research
MAME hosting free monthly Zoom sessions with immigration attorney for GME community
WSU: Free financial consultations with TIAA and Fidelity investments
Learn more about science and public policy in the D: SciPol-Detroit

Faculty Spotlight

Meena Moossavi, MD - Dermatology faculty


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