Learn more about antibiotics during World Antibiotic Awareness Week

Posted on November 17, 2017

Today is the final day of World Antibiotic Awareness Week, a perfect opportunity to learn more about antibiotic resistance and the importance of judicious antibiotic prescribing and use.

To help colleagues learn more about this important topic, the Michigan Medicine Antimicrobial Stewardship Program has a website that serves as a thorough resource for all things related to antibiotics. Click here to check out the site, which includes guidelines for treatment of infectious syndromes developed for Michigan Medicine, antibiograms, patient education materials and more.

“At Michigan Medicine, our goal is to empower and engage providers to choose the right antibiotic at the right dose for the right duration,” said Lindsay Petty, M.D., assistant professor of internal medicine in the U-M Medical School. “That’s why these programs are so important — they give health care specialists the information they need to help decrease antibiotic resistance and minimize adverse events for our patients.”

If your division, department or group would like the assistance of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program to work through any antibiotic-related issues, email any member of the following team: Lindsay Petty, Carol Chenoweth, Tejal Gandhi, Alison Tribble, Nick Dillman, Greg Eschenauer, Kristin Klein, Jerod Nagel or Twisha Patel.

University celebrates DEI efforts, looks to the future

Posted on November 17, 2017

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Last week, the university hosted a campuswide summit designed to give community members an opportunity to learn about the important work completed during the past year to improve diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

“The summit [was] a way of making it clear to our community that diversity, equity and inclusion are part of the fabric of our community; that DEI is not a fad,” said Robert Sellers, vice provost for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer.

Among the highlights of the week at Michigan Medicine was an appreciation event for the organization’s DEI implementation leads hosted by the Office for Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI).

The half-day event featured remarks from the organization’s leadership team, a keynote address by Neha Sangwan, M.D., CEO of Intuitive Intelligence, and a mini-grant awards ceremony that recognized individuals who are looking to make a difference in improving the culture at Michigan Medicine.

“Our DEI leads work so hard every day to support and promote an inclusive community that welcomes everyone at Michigan Medicine,” said David J. Brown, M.D., associate vice president and associate dean for health equity and inclusion and associate professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. “That’s why we wanted to take the opportunity to personally recognize them for their support in establishing a solid foundation for so many of our ongoing DEI efforts.”

A day to look ahead

As part of the event, Brown outlined the university’s DEI Year 2 plan, including its core objectives, measures of success and action plans before Sangwan took the stage for her interactive keynote address. Her speech emphasized one of the strategic priorities of the Year 2 plan: inclusive communication.

“When I heard that inclusive communication was defined as a priority at Michigan Medicine, I couldn’t wait to speak here,” Sangwan said. “Any organization’s success is measured by how well its individuals communicate with each other, regardless of their differences. That’s why this work is so important.”

The final part of the event rewarded employees who have identified plans to improve DEI at Michigan Medicine with one of 15 mini-grants.

In order to be considered for an award, each submission had to align with the Year 2 strategic goals and priorities and demonstrate how a clearly-defined DEI-related problem can be addressed through innovation and creativity.

Phyllis Blackman, director for OHEI, and Alfreda Rooks, director for Community Health Services, presented the recipients with awards in increments of up to $5,000.

“The shared interest in health, the future of health care and people — on every level — among these grantee winners is refreshing and needed in today’s climate,” said Blackman. “Through their vested commitment to promoting a community here at Michigan Medicine that we can all be proud of, they are upholding our shared values — and I am just so proud of each and every one of them.”

Congratulations to the following awardees. For more information and details of their projects, click here:

  • Daniel Shumer, pediatrics
  • Mariam Ayyash, OHEI
  • Jenny Murphy, Standardized Patient Program at The Center for Experiential Learning and Assessment
  • Sarah Filer, Alena Williams and Alison Nix, MHealthy
  • Ladele Cochran, Ypsilanti Health Center
  • Gracie Trinidad, Information Assurance
  • Elaine Reed, Gifts of Art
  • Christin Carthage, transplant center
  • Christina Vallianatos, human genetics
  • Fatema Haque, Heather Wagenschutz and Tu’Rone Elliott, medical students
  • Lauren Ranalli, Community Health Services, Adolescent Health Initiative
  • Juan Caceres and Stephanie Reyes, medical school
  • Chelsea Harris, M.D., surgery
  • Larry Charleston, M.D., neurology
  • Kyle McLain, pediatric endocrinology

Thank you to the mini-grant winners and everyone at Michigan Medicine who is working hard to improve the organization’s DEI climate!

Week in Review: Week of Nov. 13, 2017

Posted on November 17, 2017

The Headlines Week in Review is celebrating its one-year anniversary! Help commemorate this milestone by checking out this week’s featured stories.

Faculty and staff got a closer look at the winners of the annual Gifts of Art Employee Art Exhibition; a U-M physician shared how he is bringing much-needed genetic counseling to sub-Saharan Africa; Jesus Cepero, Ph.D., R.N., NEA-BC, sat down with Headlines to discuss his advocacy for the nursing community at Michigan Medicine; and employees were honored for making a difference last month.

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

Art at work: Employees show off talent, skill in annual exhibition

Every year, dozens of faculty, staff, students, volunteers and family members share their creative talents through the Gifts of Art Employee Art Exhibition. This year was no different, with 79 members of the Michigan Medicine community submitting artwork. Click here to check out the winning submissions, including a piece by security officer Jennifer Baldwin that took home two awards!

Pediatrician using technology to expand genetic counseling to Ethiopia, Ghana

Michigan Medicine faculty and staff continue to impact health care around the globe. Shane Quinonez, M.D., for instance, recently developed a software application for health workers in Ethiopia to provide much-needed genetic counseling to their patients. Learn Quinonez’s remarkable story and how patients are benefiting from his valuable work.

Advocating for our nursing community: Q&A with Jesus Cepero, Ph.D., R.N., NEA-BC

In May, Jesus Cepero joined the organization as chief nursing officer for C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital. Next month, he will also take over as interim chief nurse executive for Michigan Medicine. Headlines recently caught up with Cepero to discuss his current and future roles and his priorities for the nursing community. Find out what he had to say!

Making a Difference: October 2017 highlights

Employees across the organization work hard every day to make a difference in the lives of those they serve. Read about some of the remarkable colleagues who were lauded by a patient, family member or coworker last month!

U-M researchers stand for World Diabetes Day

Posted on November 17, 2017

U-M researchers stand during World Diabetes Day earlier this week.

Researchers from the Program for Neurology Research & Discovery (PNR&D) gathered earlier this week to support World Diabetes Day, celebrated on Nov. 14 with the theme “Diabetes and Women — Our Right to a Healthy Future.”

Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S., affecting more than 29 million people with another 86 million showing pre-diabetic signs. The number of diabetes patients is increasing by 5 percent per year and more than one in three Americans born in 2000 will likely develop diabetes in their lifetime.

PNR&D, under the direction of Eva Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., is a team of more than 30 physicians and neuroscientists dedicated to understanding neurological disorders and finding better treatments and cures. Diabetic neuropathy, or nerve damage, is the leading cause of diabetic amputations and can also cause damage to the heart and eyes.

“Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in our country and around the world,” Feldman said. “And the sad fact is that its numbers will continue to climb. Its neurological complications can be devastating, and we are determined to understand those complications so we can treat and ultimately cure them.”

Understanding diabetic neuropathy is a main focus of PNR&D scientists:

  • PNR&D scientists have developed a diagnostic procedure for peripheral neuropathy that is used worldwide.
  • PNR&D researchers have discovered that excess fats in the bloodstream (dyslipidemia) may play a greater role in diabetic neuropathy than sugars in the bloodstream — a finding that may help find new treatments.
  • The program’s laboratory is working to understand how excess fats in the bloodstream negatively impact the human brain — and developing studies in patients that identify how obesity and diabetes can reduce a patient’s ability to think, as well as reduce strength and mobility.
  • Next steps include conducting clinical trials in a number of distinct populations to compare the nervous system benefits of weight loss, increased exercise and bariatric surgery.

World Diabetes Day focused this year on women’s health. According to the International Diabetes Federation:

  • There are currently more than 199 million women living with diabetes. This total is projected to increase to 313 million by 2040.
  • Two out of every five women with diabetes are of reproductive age, accounting for more than 60 million women worldwide.
  • Diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women globally, causing 2.1 million deaths per year.
  • Women with type 2 diabetes are almost 10 times more likely to have coronary heart disease than women without the condition.
  • Women with type 1 diabetes have an increased risk of early miscarriage or having a baby with malformations.

For more information about the Program for Neurology Research & Discovery, please click here.


Workshop: Techniques for fostering clinical reasoning among learners

Posted on November 17, 2017

This workshop is ideal for any faculty interested in elevating their own teaching skills, especially regarding fostering clinical reasoning and medical decision making.

Sound clinical reasoning is essential for quality patient care. Diagnostic error is found in 5-15 percent of cases in medicine, and three-fourths of these are cognitive errors. These statistics underscore the importance of developing the cognitive processes necessary for effective problem solving and diagnostic accuracy. Clinical reasoning, therefore, is a critical component of professional training.

Learning Objectives:

  • To discuss the importance of clinical reasoning in patient care and the diagnostic process.
  • To recognize the merits of examining the approaches of exemplary clinician-educators.
  • To identify tangible skills and techniques to foster clinical reasoning among learners.
  • To practice cultivating clinical reasoning in a safe and supportive learning environment.

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 20

Time: Noon – 1:30 p.m. (Lunch will be served)

Location: BSRB Seminar Rooms, first floor

Register online

This workshop is hosted by the Office of Faculty Development, and is open to faculty only. Questions? Contact Jordan Wright at wjordan@umich.eduIf you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend this workshop, or have questions about accessibility, please contact Jordan Wright. Please also let Jordan know if you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies. Please allow at least two weeks advance notice as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange.   

CME Credits
The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Michigan Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity


Upcoming symposium to focus on opioid epidemic

Posted on November 17, 2017

On Monday, Nov. 27, the National Academy of Medicine will hold its annual Rosenthal Symposium at U-M, focusing on the opioid epidemic.

The symposium will take place at Ford Auditorium in University Hospital, and will run from 3 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. A live webcast is available. Registration is required for in-person and online participation — please click here to register.

Each year, the NAM (formerly known as the Institute of Medicine) hosts an annual discussion to bring greater attention to critical health policy issues facing the country today.

This year’s symposium, co-hosted by U-M, will focus on how challenges associated with managing acute and chronic pain have led to an explosion in the abuse of prescription pain medications and a nationwide epidemic. Panelists will consider how to inform health care policies that impact the opioid epidemic by asking:

  • How can the wealth of epidemiological, clinical and basic science information about the biology of pain and addiction be used to stem the opioid epidemic?
  • What can be done now?
  • What should be done in the longer term?

Pioneering pain researcher Allan Basbaum, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Anatomy at the University of California, San Francisco, and member of the National Academy of Medicine, will describe the current understanding of the neurobiology of pain and discuss opportunities to translate knowledge about basic research into treatments for various types of pain, as the country continues to confront real-life challenges.

The plenary lecture will be followed by a panel of U-M faculty who will address various facets of the opioid epidemic across a wide range of disciplines.

The panel includes:

  • John Traynor, Ph.D., Edward F Domino Research Professor; associate chair for research, Department of Pharmacology
  • Shelly B. Flagel, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Psychiatry; research associate professor, Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute; adjunct associate professor, Department of Psychology
  • Chad M. Brummett, M.D., associate professor, Department of Anesthesiology; director, clinical anesthesia research; codirector, Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network
  • Richard Miech, Ph.D., research professor; principal investigator, Monitoring the Future, Survey Research Center

The panel will address topics that include:

  • Epidemiological aspects of opioid use and abuse
  • Clinical aspects of acute and chronic pain treatment
  • Neurobiological and behavioral mechanisms that predispose to substance use and addiction, and
  • Molecular and pharmacological aspects of opioid actions

A reception for all guests will follow the symposium.

About the Rosenthal Symposium: Through the generosity of the Richard & Hinda Rosenthal Foundation, the National Academy of Medicine hosts an annual symposium to bring greater attention to critical health policy issues facing our country today. Learn more by clicking here.


Canton 1 looking for a rider

Posted on November 17, 2017

Canton Kroger @ ford Canton center

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Canton Kroger @ Ford & canton center

U-M collects a record-setting 424 units of blood

Posted on November 16, 2017

U-M scored big this weekend in the 36th Annual Blood Battle against Ohio State.

Donors showed up at Michigan Stadium Sunday to help the American Red Cross collect 424 units of blood, a new record and the largest one-day blood drive on the U-M campus.

Dozens more signed up as organ donors and were screened for Be the Match, the national bone marrow registry. Just one organ donor can save up to eight lives and the waiting list grows.

Michigan Stadium holds about the same number of people who are now waiting for a life-saving organ transplant nationwide — about 110,000 people.

Sunday’s total of blood donations counts in the U-M’s quest to keep the trophy in the Blood Battle. For 36 years  — since 1981 — the Blood Battle challenges each university’s supporters to bring in the most blood donations in the weeks before the football teams face-off, which will take place this year on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor.

OSU won the Blood Battle for the second straight time last year.

Sunday’s Be a Hero at the Big House event was sponsored by Wolverines for Life along with the American Red Cross, Be the Match/National Marrow Donor ProgramGift of Life Michigan and Eversight Michigan.

If you couldn’t donate blood on Sunday, more community Red Cross blood drives are planned. Find a list of blood drives online or by calling 1-800- RED CROSS. Use sponsor code GOBLUE when donating. 

Computer Security 101: U-M students show what they know

Posted on November 16, 2017

Information Assurance (IA) recently engaged U-M students, including medical students, with a computer quiz to raise awareness of information technology security issues.

IA has been giving the Computer Security 101 exam to students for the past 13 years. This year’s quiz resulted in the highest completion rate yet — more than double the rate of response from the original quiz in 2005.

This year’s 10-question online quiz covered topics ranging from the risks of peer-to-peer file sharing, avoiding phishing scams, the advantage of two-factor authentication and securing devices with software updates. As a bonus to the important security knowledge that students gained from the quiz, those who scored 90 percent or higher were entered into a drawing for prizes such as an Apple Watch, iPad Mini, Beats Solo headphones and more.

IA believes strongly in the value of educating everyone at U-M about IT security best practices. Take the Computer Security 101 quiz yourself by clicking here and explore the Safe Computing website for tips on protecting your online privacy and security.