October 23, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources,

Friday is here! And it’s also still fall. Meaning cider and donuts are in full effect! Grab a warm cup of cider and get caught up on anything you might have missed in Headlines this week. Topics include: open enrollment, living out the ‘caring’ core value, quality improvement and diversity in microbiology.

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

Open Enrollment for 2021 benefits runs now until October 30

There is just over one week left for faculty, staff, retirees and benefit-eligible graduate students to change their benefits during open enrollment. Changes must be made by 5 p.m. on Oct. 30. Changes can be made to health, dental, vision and legal plan enrollments. Click the link for more details. 

Living our ‘caring’ core values: Phlebotomists focus on comfort to ease patient anxiety 

A multidisciplinary team conducted a research project and design a ‘poke program’ to reduce anxiety and pain associated with pediatric blood draws. What some call a ‘needle poke’ can be the most terrifying medical experiences they encounter. Check out more about this program and the team behind the research. 

Going the [social] distance: Employees perfect quality improvements while staying safe

Patient safety is Michigan Medicine’s top priority. While COVID-19 has changed a lot about the way our faculty, staff and learners work, one thing that couldn’t change was their commitment to improving the quality and safety of care for our patients. This story highlights two teams and how their work is helping the organization continue on its journey to high reliability while showcasing commitment to Michigan Medicine’s values. 

Microbiologists for Diversity

A team of microbiologists and science communicators planned and hosted Black in Microbiology (#BlackInMicro), a week of virtual events that highlighted the values scientists from minority backgrounds bring to the field. The events drew thousands of attendees from across Michigan Medicine and the world! 

The Wrap Podcast 

Be sure to catch up on past episodes of The Wrap.