Michigan Video Abstracts publishes second issue

Posted on August 22, 2017

The online journal Michigan Video Abstracts (MVA) is pleased to announce the publication of its second issue showcasing the work of respected U-M faculty from the biomedical sciences field.

MVA aims to inspire scientists, researchers and the public by introducing the experts behind innovative biomedical research through short videos.

In “The Changing Face of Critical Care Cardiology,” Shashank S. Sinha, M.D., M.Sc., house officer in internal medicine, division of cardiovascular medicine, clinical fellow for advanced heart failure and cardiac transplantation, and research fellow for the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, shared the origins of cardiac critical care, how things have changed over the past several decades, how the underlying patient population in the modern cardiac intensive care unit has changed over time, and discussed where the discipline is headed.

The video complements a recently published manuscript entitled “Changes in Primary Noncardiac Diagnoses Over Time Among Elderly Cardiac Intensive Care Unit Patients in the United States.”

This issue also features a series of videos from James O. Woolliscroft, M.D., Lyle C. Roll Professor of Medicine, professor of internal medicine and learning health sciences, past dean of the U-M Medical School. He talked about caring for and learning from patients, what led him to a career medical education, big data vs. the physiologic model of medicine, becoming a dean to highly-ranked medical school, the new medical school curriculum, and advice for young people.

In “An Educational Perspective on the Learning Health System,” Johmarx Patton, M.D., M.H.I., director of education informatics and technologies, Health Information Technology & Services, discussed the goals of the learning health system: putting actionable knowledge into the right person’s hands at the right time so they may make an informed decision, and learning how to take advantage of the ever-increasing volume of patient data that is being generated as health care becomes increasingly digital.

Michigan Video Abstracts is published by Health Information Technology & Services. For more information visit the HITS website, or email the team at


Help drive team science by joining MPrOVE Research Innovation Challenge

Posted on August 22, 2017

The Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI) and the Michigan Program on Value Enhancement (MPrOVE) are aiming to drive team science at Michigan Medicine through the first-ever MPrOVE Research Innovation Challenge.

The new program will provide planning funds for the development of interdisciplinary research projects focused on optimizing value in health care in order to advance quality, reduce costs and improve patient outcomes.

The challenge will start with a kickoff event on Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the NCRC Building 10 dining hall. At the kickoff, faculty with similar interests will be matched up to facilitate brainstorming and generate ideas for potential collaborative research projects.

Project teams will then be encouraged to develop the ideas further and submit a brief proposal to Competition Space by Nov. 3.

The deadline to register for the kickoff event is Friday, Sept. 8 at 5 p.m.

For more information on the challenge, including research themes, eligibility and how to register, click here.

Expanding Michigan Medicine’s footprint: West Ann Arbor-Parkland Plaza takes shape

Posted on August 22, 2017

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Patients will soon have even more options when it comes to obtaining world-class care from Michigan Medicine.

Following a recent kick-off meeting, call center team members began scheduling the first Parkland Plaza appointments today, a major milestone in the development of the project. The state-of-the-art facility is scheduled to open Nov. 27 and will house more than 20 adult and pediatric primary and specialty care services.

“It’s an exciting time for everyone at Michigan Medicine,” said Rachel Wiltse, senior project manager. “It’s an organizational priority to expand our care to reach as many patients — and touch as many lives — as possible. We are reinvesting in the community and ensuring that great health care is available to patients across the region.”

‘A win-win for everyone’

The new health center is designed to help doctors, nurses, therapists and staff members provide a high-quality patient experience in an alternate and convenient location.

“With it being closer to many of their homes, patients will see Parkland Plaza as a viable option for their appointments the day the facility opens,” said Nichole Goodin, a training manager who is assisting with the project. “So we’re meeting a demand in the community — while at the same time easing congestion at the academic medical center. It’s truly a win-win for everyone.”

A wide range of services

With 75,000 square feet of space, Parkland Plaza will host a variety of different departments and ambulatory services. The facility will also house a blood-draw lab and a radiology unit for general imaging, CT scans, ultrasounds and mammography.

“It will be a cutting-edge facility for all types of patients,” said Yvette Salamey, senior project manager. “From treating newborns to caring for our oldest patients, Parkland Plaza demonstrates the versatile and impressive work performed across Michigan Medicine.”

Click here for more information about West Ann Arbor-Parkland Plaza.

New Grass Lake Van Needs Rider (1st month free gas)

Posted on August 22, 2017

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Employees give ‘two thumbs up’ to Ice Cream Social, Researchpalooza

Posted on August 21, 2017

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It was a star-studded day at Michigan Medicine as employees gathered Wednesday for the annual Ice Cream Social and Researchpalooza.

The Hollywood-themed event recognized the hard work and dedication of faculty and staff and treated them to music, games, giveaways and sweets.

“It’s not often you get to have employees from every discipline come together to meet each other and see what kind of work they do,” said David Vanderstelt, an ECMO specialist. “On top of that, we get a chance to step away, eat ice cream and appreciate the beautiful weather. What could be better?”

Employees stole the spotlight all day long as they sang karaoke and posed for cameras along the red carpet while the organization’s leaders exercised their arm muscles scooping up generous servings of ice cream.

“Michigan Medicine’s reputation as one of the best academic medical centers in the country is because of the efforts of our faculty and staff,” said Steve Bernstein, M.D., MPH, associate dean for clinical affairs and chief quality officer. “I believe it’s important to show our appreciation and celebrate the outstanding work our staff does in delivering the highest quality and safest care, performing ground-breaking research, and educating the next generation of providers. I feel privileged to work with our team and to be able to show my thanks by providing a cool treat on a hot day.”

Researchpalooza a blockbuster hit

In conjunction with the Ice Cream Social, the research community gathered in the med school courtyard for Researchpalooza to learn about each other’s work and services.

Hank Paulson, M.D., Ph.D., Lucille Groff Professor of Neurology and director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center, had ample opportunity to cool off in the center’s dunk tank, while the Office of Regulatory Affairs brought two dogs to meet with faculty and staff.

The Department of Communication, meanwhile, used its booth to sign up subscribers for the new Michigan Health Lab research news website, a platform to share stories about the achievements of Michigan Medicine researchers and educators.

The department challenged anyone involved in research to explain their work in about 30 seconds, on camera, in language that anyone can understand. See how one team member did at describing her work:


And the winner is …

New this year, a raffle was held to give away themed gift baskets donated by vendors and departments as a token of their appreciation. All employees — whether they attended the Ice Cream Social or not — were entered into the raffle.

Congratulations to the following winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s festivities and be sure to check out the photo gallery above to see who was caught by the paparazzi during the event!

U-M Medical School launches program on health, spirituality and religion

Posted on August 21, 2017

Patient-centered care depends on the ability of a provider to effectively communicate with patients regarding the values and the beliefs that are important in their lives.

Initiatives such as the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Medical School Objectives Program have helped to clarify the spiritual competencies that should be developed in learners. These competencies include knowing how to apply knowledge about spirituality, faith and religion in patient care; integrating spirituality and an understanding of patients’ religious values into clinical practice; establishing compassion and communication with patients, families and colleagues; and incorporating spirituality into professional and personal development.

Given this, the U-M Medical School has developed a new program on health, spirituality and religion. This program will serve as a home for education, research and collaboration with the goal of providing holistic-patient centered care.

Interested in learing more about it? Contact Kristin Collier, M.D., at or Jeremy Baruch, M.D., at

7A earns hand hygiene compliance honor

Posted on August 21, 2017

Members of 7A pose with a treasure chest after earning hand hygiene compliance honors.

Congratulations to the faculty and staff of 7A, who were recently lauded as the organization’s highest performing unit for hand hygiene compliance in July.

Infection Prevention and Epidemiology presented the unit with a treasure chest filled with goodies and the team was added to the IPE honor roll.

Other units to make the honor roll last month include: 5A, 11W, 5B, RC, Peds Dialysis, 7B, 4C, EVS, 8B, 8DNS, 7C, 12E, 8E, 6C, MSSU Maize and PT/OT.

Click here to check out the latest numbers from your unit!

Toledo Van Opening

Posted on August 21, 2017


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