Week in Review: COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials, med school commencement — and more!

May 21, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources,

This week, Headlines featured programs, resources and people working to make the organization — and health care delivery in general — better.

For instance, there was a closer look at the team behind COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials and the efforts they made to ensure high standards of integrity and ethics while going through the process of unblinding participants.

Readers also learned about resources available to help end the stigma of mental health and build a psychologically-safe culture at Michigan Medicine. Finally, faculty and staff looked back on a unique virtual commencement ceremony, when 169 students became doctors and graduated from the U-M Medical School.

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

Leaning on integrity: Research scientists unblind participants in COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials

When the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine became available, it put researchers at Michigan Medicine in a quandary — if they wanted to allow their own clinical trial participants a chance at receiving the vaccine, they would need to “unblind” them, putting data and research at risk. But with a focus on integrity, they did just that. And they did so in a way that didn’t jeopardize their own trials. Click here to learn more!

Wellness Wednesday: Ending the stigma of mental health at Michigan Medicine

As Mental Health Awareness Month continues, Headlines turned its focus toward helping foster a culture of connection, compassion and community. Only once those are emphasized at all levels of the organization can the stigma around mental health start to subside. Check out ways you can play a role in breaking down those barriers.

Diversity Means More: Team shares tools to build solidarity and a psychologically-safe culture

Over the past year, the Anti-Racism Oversight Committee has been gathering feedback from faculty, staff and learners. The work is helping to identify gaps and tools that team members need to build a psychologically-safe culture for all. Click through for trainings, activities and resources that will help demonstrate how to speak up and stand up for others at Michigan Medicine.

Celebrating the Class of 2021: Leaders during the pandemic

Nothing about the last year has been “normal.” So it was only fitting that the U-M Medical School Class of 2021 had a unique, virtual commencement ceremony. Take an inside look at last week’s event, which celebrated 169 doctors-to-be and the impressive work they have carried out throughout the COVID-19 pandemic!

The Wrap employee podcast was off this week, but be sure to go back and listen to any episodes you may have missed, including last week’s show featuring Kirk Brower, M.D., chief wellness officer at Michigan Medicine. Brower discussed burnout and how you can identify and manage it in your daily work life!