Week in Review: Week of April 10, 2017

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This week, Headlines focused on the various ways our faculty and staff make a difference in others’ lives every day.

Readers were given a closer look at STEPS, an autism treatment program that produces “life-changing” results and enhances the lives of children and families; faculty and staff learned a tip to improve a patient’s hospital stay; employees were invited to a symposium aimed at making Michigan Medicine more diverse, equitable and inclusive; and Headlines traced the fascinating history of professorships, which help draw world-class faculty members to U-M.

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

Autism program is a life-changer

Phil Menard and his colleagues in the STEPS autism treatment program take a family-centered approach to patient care. Specialists meet with a child on the autism spectrum — along with his or her parents — three days a week in an effort “to turn parents into full-time therapists.” In honor of Autism Awareness Month, learn more about the program and its positive effect on families.

Service Spotlight

Did you know that the Gifts of Art program can bring artwork to a patient’s bedside? Or that it provides free art projects and coloring books to patients, families and visitors? Click here to find out more about the program and how you can use its services to improve the patient experience at Michigan Medicine.

Diversity at Michigan Medicine: Join the discussion

On Monday, April 24, all faculty and staff are invited to attend a diversity symposium hosted by the Office for Health Equity and Inclusion. The half-day event is one of the many campuswide activities supporting the university’s ongoing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategic plan. Click through to find out more and register for this exciting event!

Monumental gift yields U-M’s first-ever professorship

When Elizabeth Bates, M.D., died in 1898, she had no known connection to U-M. However, she was aware that the university led the way in educating future female doctors. To honor that leadership, Bates endowed a professorship aimed at making it easier for future generations of women to earn a medical degree. Read Bates’ story and how she laid the groundwork for nearly 300 Michigan Medicine professorships over the years.