Howell/Brighton Vanpool has Immediate Opening

Posted on December 9, 2016

Howell Meijer and Brighton Lee Rd(6:35)

UMHS Hospital and Domino Farms

UMHS Hospital and Domino Farms(4:30)

Howell Meijer and Brighton Lee Rd(5:15)

NIH establishes new training requirements for clinical trials

Posted on December 8, 2016

A new National Institutes of Health policy effective Jan. 1, 2017 requires investigators involved in the conduct, oversight or management of NIH-funded clinical trials to be trained in Good Clinical Practice (GCP).

GCP principles constitute an international ethical and scientific quality standard, per the International Conference on Harmonisation, for the design, conduct, recording, and reporting of clinical trials.

This training requirement is in addition to and does not replace the basic required human subjects protection training (e.g., PEERRS human subjects modules).

Who’s impacted by this change? All study team members (except administrative staff, unless directed by the principal investigator on a study or by unit-specific business processes) on current active NIH-funded clinical trials are required to hold GCP certification. 

  • If you have not received GCP training or your training occurred prior to June 1, 2014, you must complete a qualifying GCP course to ensure compliance with the new NIH policy.
  • If you have completed GCP training, locate your dated certificate. Study sponsors and IRBs may request proof of GCP certification.

See the HRPP Education Resources website for more information on GCP training requirements and providers.


Choe Wins Award for Statewide Practice Model Implementation

Posted on December 8, 2016


Congratulations to Hae Mi Choe, PharmD, who has been honored with this year’s Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists President’s Award. The award recognizes the commitment of a pharmacy professional or a pharmacy organization to advancing the theme and goal of the MSHP board of directors throughout the year.

This year, MSHP focused on provider status and the concept of “Changing Gears.” As the terrain of pharmacy continues to shift and the direction of the profession heads toward new frontiers, Choe established herself as a pioneer in her work to advance the role of pharmacists in the ambulatory care setting.

Choe has been instrumental in the development and launch of the Michigan Pharmacists Transforming Care and Quality (MPTCQ) Collaborative Process Initiative (CPI) program, a collaboration between Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan and UMHS, which aims to integrate clinical pharmacists into more direct patient care roles.

This program, which was modeled after the program Choe built at UMHS, has brought clinical pharmacy services to 16 health system or physician group practices throughout the state, which encompasses more than 50 individual practice sites, all with a goal of improving patient care through pharmacist-physician collaboration. The program continues to expand, with the intention of being implemented in all 46 health system or physician group practices that work with BCBSM over the next several years.

Choe is recognized by her colleagues as an incredible innovator as well as a strong supporter and mentor of colleagues advancing their practice. They also note she is kind, organized and approachable. Consistent with this year’s theme, Choe's work creates a framework for pharmacists to practice as providers to improve the overall care of patients. It also serves as an inspiration and model for future pharmacists to practice in these advanced roles.

Choe is an associate dean of pharmacy innovations and partnerships and clinical associate professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the U-M College of Pharmacy. 

Choe has been recognized numerous times throughout her career for both her excellence in teaching as well as for her work in developing innovative practice models. Notably, in 2011, she and her colleagues were awarded both the MPA Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award and the ASHP Best Practice Award for their group practice model in the Patient-Centered Medical Home. In 2014, Choe received the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Pinnacle Award in the Individual Career Achievement category.

Click here to read the entire press release from the Michigan Socity of Health-System Pharmacists.


Managing multiple pagers and phones

Posted on December 8, 2016


Do you carry multiple pagers and/or phones on your belt? If so, it can result in pages being missed or jumbled. This is a documented issue and can have a serious impact on patient care.

If you carry multiple devices on your belt, be sure to keep each device approximately one hand’s width apart. We know this can be difficult if you have many devices you need to carry. However, close proximity can negate or interfere with the transmission of messaging. 

If you have questions, please contact the Health Information Technology & Services Service Desk at 734-936-8000.

Move your way to well-being

Posted on December 8, 2016


Move your way to well-being this New Year with Active U!

Active U, MHealthy’s 12-week physical activity challenge, provides the perfect opportunity to start the new year off right.

Each year, the program draws thousands in the U-M community who use the weekly exercise goal, team camaraderie and coveted t-shirt as motivation to get moving.

One such colleague is Mae Huynh, Ph.D. For Huynh, carving out time to exercise, practice yoga and make simple changes like eating more vegetables has helped her de-stress and feel more energized throughout her workday.

“Maintaining good health is important so that as I age, I can hopefully reduce physical ailments that may diminish my quality of life,” said Mae, an assistant professor of research in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Medical School. “I like Active U because it gives me a snapshot of how much exercise I’ve done in a week and serves as a reminder to do more when I see that I haven’t logged enough minutes.”

Now is the chance for you to reap the benefits of Active U. Registration for the winter program is now open!

When you register, you can set your weekly exercise goal by answering a few questions about your current amount of physical activity. You may also choose to remain an individual participant or to join or create a team. Then, starting Jan. 10, begin logging your exercise in the online tracker!

“On average, most people should try to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day, at least five days a week to improve fitness,” said Colleen Greene, MHealthy senior wellness coordinator. “Walking, yoga, strength training, swimming, yard work, shoveling snow and even playing tag with the kids all count toward reaching your exercise goal each week. Active U truly is a program for all fitness levels, ages and abilities.”

For David Young, a multimedia designer at the U-M School of Information, his commitment to moving more and making small, incremental changes helped him lose more than 100 pounds.

“The important thing for me was to always keep moving,” David said. “I started doing things like taking 10-minute walking breaks at work and parking at the back of the parking lot. It took me four or five months, but eventually reaching my goal of 10,000 steps each day wasn’t as daunting. Choosing to do that, combined with sensible eating and taking advantage of MHealthy programs like Active U, is how I stay the course.”

Among the program highlights for 2017 are:

  • More ways to log your exercise: In addition to logging via the website, text message or mobile app, you can now sync your Fitbit, Garmin or Jawbone wearable tracking device. Or, you may download and sync the free version of Runkeeper, an activity tracking app available for iPhone or Android smartphones
  • Earn an Active U t-shirt: Earn a 2017 t-shirt for successfully completing the program (free to any employee; available for a small fee for spouses and other qualified adults, students and retirees)
  • Charity donation: Participants can donate to raise money for the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
  • $50 incentive: Active U qualifies for MHealthy Rewards 2017, which gives benefits-eligible faculty and staff the opportunity to earn up to $100 for completing two qualifying healthy activities in 2017

All U-M faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students, retirees and employee spouses/other qualified adults (OQA) can register for Active U now! 

Logging exercise minutes starts Jan. 10 and continues through April 3.

Mary Anne Ryan Retirement Party 12/8/16

Posted on December 8, 2016

Mary Anne Ryan is retiring. Please come and celebrate her 26th years with the University of Michigan on December 8th from 2pm -3:30pm at 700 KMS Place, 3621 S State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 Conference Rm 5

Howell/Green Oak Vanpool has imediate opening!

Posted on December 8, 2016

D19 & 96 and Silver Lake & 23

Cancer Center P1

Cancer Center P1

D19 & 96 and Silver Lake & 23

Innovative Learning Health System projects awarded grant funding

Posted on December 8, 2016

The Medical School’s Department of Learning Health Sciences and the University of Michigan Office of Research are pleased to announce grant awards for projects to advance the development of Learning Health Systems (LHS).

Scaling a Regional Learning Health System: The Development of a Collaborative Quality Improvement Consolidation Center – (CQIC2) at the University of Michigan

Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative:
• Darrell A. Campbell, Jr., MD
• Michael J. Englesbe, MD
• Greta Krapohl, PhD, RN
• Elizabeth Seese, MS, CCRC
And Gretchen Spreitzer, PhD, Ross School of Business and Center for Positive Organizations

Building on the Collaborative Quality Improvement Learning Health System model established in Michigan, this team proposed scaling the regional system to a broader national platform. Under the interdisciplinary leadership of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, the Collaborative Quality Improvement Consolidation Center would have the opportunity to emerge as a leader in accelerating a clinically-led, practice-based, catalyst for scaling regional quality improvements on a national scale.

Integration of a Mobile Application for Heart Failure into the Learning Health System
• Michael Dorsch, PharmD, MS, College of Pharmacy
• Clayton Scott, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
• Scott L. Hummel, MD, MS, Medicine/Cardiovascular Medicine, Heart Failure Program, Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Health System
• Todd Koelling, MD, Internal Medicine, Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation Management Program
• Larry An, MD, Internal Medicine, Center for Health Communications Research (CHCR) and Cancer Survivorship Program
• Allen Flynn, PharmD, Knowledge Grid program and Department of Learning Health Sciences

This team is at the forefront of designing novel technologies that effortlessly assist in monitoring heart failure status, increase adherence to evidence based medications, promote health behavior modifications, and provide health information back to patients within a learning health system framework. This project will:
• Integrate motivational messages for heart failure patients that will evoke a behavior health change into a mobile application based on the Michigan Tailoring System,
• Integrate remote monitoring sensors data into the mobile application to enhance the use of the data within an algorithm, and
• Create an algorithm, using machine learning, that predicts clinical worsening of heart failure.

Seeking sponsors for medical device design project

Posted on December 7, 2016

The U-M Biomedical Engineering Department is seeking faculty, physicians and clinicians who have ideas for medical devices to sponsor student team design projects during the Winter Term 2017 for BME 450. This is a good opportunity to have a team of BME seniors vet an idea for a novel medical device or biomedical research device.

Project sponsors mentor BME student teams through the process of problem identification, brainstorming, detailed design, prototype building and testing. Projects should be defined to the extent that the problem is known and the sponsor has some idea of device requirements, but should also be open-ended enough to allow students to explore possible innovative solutions.

The project most involve the design of a prototype — software may be included, but the focus must be on hardware design.

Level of sponsor involvement is as follows:

  • Complete a project information form, which includes a description of the problem, project goals, deliverables, etc.
  • Facilitate contacts and opportunities for students to better understand the problem within the clinical setting, as needed
  • Meet occasionally with the team to discuss progress and provide input (approx. every 2-3 weeks)
  • Provide funds for the fabrication and testing of the prototype
  • Attend the team’s presentations in mid-April

In the past, BME students have developed diagnostic microfluidic devices, imaging phantoms, rehabilitation devices, a novel bronchoscopic lavage device, a neuropathy detector and a pressure ulcer mat. In a few cases, publications and patents have come out of these efforts.

For more information, check out the department website.

The submission deadline for projects is Monday, Dec. 19, 2016.  Please contact Rachael Schmedlen at 734-763-0575 or via email at for more information.