Workshop: Preparing effective abstracts for conferences and publications

Posted on February 16, 2018

Whether you are submitting your work for publication in a biomedical journal or for presentation at a medical conference, the abstract is often the only thing that editors and conference organizers use to make decisions about accepting your work. Thus, it is imperative to prepare an abstract that not only follows the required format and length, but also is informative and can stand on its own in “telling the story” about your work.

This workshop will inform attendees about formats, styles, what to include in an abstract and how to make the best use of the allowed word count. A case study using a hypothetical research study will provide a hands-on opportunity to practice creating a successful abstract based on a limited amount of information.

Facilitated by: Thomas Annesley, Ph.D.; deputy editor, Clinical Chemistry; professor, U-M

Date: Wednesday, May 30

Two Sessions:

  • Morning: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. (Breakfast provided)
  • Lunchtime: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Lunch provided)

Location: BSRB Seminar Rooms

Register online

This workshop is hosted by the Office of Faculty Development, and if for faculty only. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend this workshop, or have questions about accessibility, please contact Jordan Wright or 734-764-2574. Please also let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies. Advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the University to arrange so letting us know at least 2 weeks in advance is much appreciated.


Workshop: Inclusive principles for clinical teaching

Posted on February 16, 2018

Inclusive teaching involves deliberately cultivating a learning environment where all individuals are treated equitably, have equal access to learning, and feel welcome, valued and supported. In this interactive workshop, clinical faculty will examine four principles for creating an inclusive clinical learning environment, one which attends to instructors' and learners' social identities and to the ways systemic inequities shape dynamics in teaching-learning spaces.

Facilitated by: 

  • Stephanie Moody, Ph.D., instructional consultant
  • Victoria Genetin, Ph.D., assistant director of diversity and inclusion, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT)

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 19

Time: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. (Breakfast provided)

Location: BSRB Seminar Rooms, first floor

Register online

This workshop is hosted by the Office of Faculty Development, and if for faculty only. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend this workshop, or have questions about accessibility, please contact Jordan Wright or 734-764-2574. Please also let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies. Advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the University to arrange so letting us know at least 2 weeks in advance is much appreciated.


UMHS board adds two new members

Posted on February 16, 2018

The U-M Health System added two new members to its board on Thursday, after approval from the board of regents.

The health system board advises the board of regents and health system leadership and provides governance. It is also acts as a governing body for licensing, accreditation, compliance, quality of medical services and related purposes.

Regents approved the following members to the board:


Kendrick Adkins, Jr., chief financial officer, Mayo Clinic: Adkins works collaboratively with institutional and site leadership in tactical financial planning, management and execution in support of the Mayo Clinic’s strategic and operating plans.

Adkins holds an M.B.A. in finance and accounting and a B.S. in industrial and operations engineering from U-M. He has other ties to the university, having served on the board of the U-M College of Engineering and as a member of the University Alumni board.


Fionnuala Walsh, Ph.D., retired senior vice president of global quality, Eli Lilly: Walsh is a recognized thought leader in the quality industry, often speaking about Eli Lilly’s sustainable, integrated quality system and the company’s commitment to maintaining a quality culture.

She earned her bachelor’s and doctoral degree in chemistry from University College Dublin.

Week in Review: Week of Feb. 12, 2018

Posted on February 16, 2018

Did you feel the love this week at Headlines?

Over the past few days, readers learned how they could create lovely valentines for patients; a Michigan Medicine security sergeant shared why she loves her job; Shon Dwyer discussed her love and passion for excellence as it relates to her role as executive director of the UH/CVC; and employees found out more about the Chinese New Year and the beloved celebrations associated with it.

In case you missed it, here’s the latest!

Where is the love? At Michigan Medicine!

Whether it was creating a unique valentine of their own at the Frankel Cardiovascular Center or signing a “virtual” card online, faculty and staff had plenty of opportunities this week to brighten up the day of those they serve. Click here to learn more about two Valentine’s Day programs designed to “send a little smile” to patients and families across the organization.

Security sergeant offers warm ‘Greet’ings at Michigan Medicine

Nothing about Nikki Greet’s job is mundane — and that’s just the way she likes it. From escorting colleagues to their vehicles, to helping jumpstart their cars or working to make the environment more comfortable for patients and families, the security sergeant plays a vital role at Michigan Medicine. Learn more about Greet and how she works hard to impact lives every day.

A steadfast passion for excellence: Q&A with Shon Dwyer, M.B.A., R.N.

Shon Dwyer, M.B.A., R.N., is the executive director of University Hospital and the Frankel Cardiovascular Center, though she’s held various roles across the organization. Recently, Headlines caught up with Dwyer to discuss the changes and constants she’s seen in her career and how a collaborative culture contributes to excellence at Michigan Medicine. Check out what she had to say!

Diversity Matters: Chinese New Year

Happy lunar new year! Today marks the start of the new lunar year, which will be the Year of the Dog according to the Chinese Zodiac. To better support the patients, families and colleagues who celebrate, click through for more about the history and traditions surrounding this festive holiday — and what it means to be born in the Year of the Dog.

Bove stepping down as chair of cardiac surgery; Prager named interim chair

Posted on February 16, 2018

Edward L. Bove, M.D., will be stepping down as chair of the Department of Cardiac Surgery on Feb. 19.

Bove became the inaugural chair in 2012, after various leadership roles in cardiac surgery. Under his leadership, he elevated cardiac surgery from a division to a department, and has facilitated substantial growth in all clinical areas. He also launched robust research programs in stem cell and outcomes research, and established an integrated six-year residency program.

The department is also recognized for its nationally and internationally renowned faculty, including Bove’s work pioneering heart surgery for children with congenital heart disease.

As the organization prepares to launch its search for a permanent replacement, Richard L. Prager, M.D., has been appointed interim chair for the Department of Cardiac Surgery, effective Feb. 19. Prager has served as the director of the Frankel Cardiovascular Center since 2003 and was program director of the Thoracic Residency Program from 2009 to 2015. He also serves on the executive committee and board of directors for the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. His research focuses on acquired heart disease, health outcomes research, patient safety, organizational efficiencies and education.

Prager received his M.D. from the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center. After completing a general surgery and thoracic residency at U-M, he joined Vanderbilt University as an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery. Prager returned to U-M in 1984 as a clinical associate professor in the Section of Thoracic Surgery and director of the Adult Cardiac Division. He was promoted to clinical professor of cardiac surgery in 1999.

Michigan Medicine, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System moving forward with joint venture

Posted on February 16, 2018

The U-M board of regents approved on Thursday a master affiliation and joint venture between Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) and Michigan Medicine for the 133-bed St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea hospital.

While both SMJHS and Michigan Medicine will have an interest in St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea, as the majority and managing partner SJMHS will provide leadership, nurses and staff and continue to oversee all hospital operations.

This joint venture builds upon the existing Michigan Medicine family residency clinic located on the St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea campus since 1978. The surgical procedures provided by Michigan Medicine will expand at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea, and patients in Chelsea and western Washtenaw County will have increased access to Michigan Medicine physicians. Construction will begin shortly on additional operating rooms at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea, and other expanded services and surgical procedures will be explored as the partnership progresses.

All St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea staff will remain SJMHS employees, and no staff reductions will occur as a result of this agreement. All Michigan Medicine employees, including physicians, residents and house officers who work at Chelsea will remain employees of the University of Michigan.

To learn more details, click here.

Workshop series covers basics of health research

Posted on February 15, 2018

The Research Basics workshop series is designed to present basic, introductory-level material covering concepts in clinical or health research. It is open to all study team members who are new to clinical or health research at U-M or new to any of the topics listed below. 

This three-part series engages participants and provides opportunities for skill building and learning. Maximum benefit will be gained by attending all three sessions, but it is not required. All sessions are held at Danto Auditorium.

Topics include:

  • Fundamentals of Data Management (March 8)

  • Essential Documents and Good Clinical Practice (March 15)
  • Conducting and Obtaining Valid Informed Consent (April 3)

Click here to register!


Developing and empowering employees: Expanded opportunities through MPLAN in 2018

Posted on February 15, 2018

An integral part of Michigan Medicine’s inpatient hospital operating system, MPLAN combines a two-part leadership model with a variety of tools — including visual management and daily huddles — that empower units to function operationally and solve problems on a local level.

This year, hospital leaders are looking to build on the effectiveness of MPLAN — which stands for Medical Directors Partnering to Lead Along with Clinical Nursing Directors. The leadership team is offering a series of new opportunities available to MPLAN units in University Hospital, the Frankel Cardiovascular Center, C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital.

“One of MPLAN’s priorities, as well as one of our UH/CVC-specific priorities, is to develop our employees into caring, expert and successful leaders,” said Shon Dwyer, UH/CVC executive director. “The MPLAN medical director and clinical nursing director positions provide leadership opportunities — now we need to make sure these leaders have the development resources and tools to lead successfully.”

Reallocating resources

In response to requests for more leadership development resources by MPLAN partners, funds have been reallocated to run dedicated leadership programming for all clinical nursing directors and medical directors who wish to participate.

“The focus will be on building out individual strengths and applying them to MPLAN partner responsibilities, including communication, creative problem-solving and creating a supportive environment,” said Dwyer. More information will be available on the MPLAN website as details are finalized.

MPLAN opportunities are not limited to the dyad partners.

“MPLAN isn’t about simply creating new leadership positions — it’s about strengthening opportunities for collaboration [with all employees],” said Chris Dickinson, chief clinical officer for C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital. “In particular, we’ve seen units successfully use the daily management system and available data to engage in creative problem-solving. We want to help take this teamwork and innovation to the next level.”

Funding opportunities

To help reach that next level, MPLAN units will have access to $2,000 per year. These funds can be used for any activity, programming or project that supports or furthers MPLAN goals.

Examples might be piloting a project to show proof of concept, bringing in speakers, organizing lunch-and-learns, or investing in photo boards or cameras to improve recognition and communication efforts. More examples are available on the “Unit Funds” section of the MPLAN website.

The MPLAN partners on each unit will help determine if a request meets the criteria, but any person or group that participates in day-to-day unit activities is welcome and encouraged to put forth an idea and request funds.

“I’ve been actively rounding on the units since I began my role last September,” said Devin Carr, UH/CVC chief nursing officer. “The faculty and staff that I’ve met and spoken with have a wealth of knowledge and creativity. By making this money easily available, we hope to encourage them to really tap in to their ideas.”