Inaugural Diversity in Medicine Conference seeks abstracts

Posted on October 19, 2018

The planning committee of the inaugural Diversity in Medicine Conference at the U-M Medical School invites any student, resident, faculty or staff member to submit an abstract on primary research projects or innovative programs that address the need to increase diversity among health care providers.

Submissions for poster and oral presentations will be accepted, and individuals may submit more than one abstract.

The submission deadline is Oct. 28.

And stay tuned to Headlines for more information about registering for the conference itself, which will be held from Feb. 8-10, 2019. Registration will open Nov. 8!

Submit abstracts or send any questions to

Faculty workshop: Navigating available institutional data resources

Posted on October 19, 2018

This workshop will cover some of the key initiatives through which the U-M Medical School is managing institutional data and information as an asset.

In particular, hosts will briefly cover the UMMS framework for information asset management (data governance), artifacts that provide details on the organization’s data environment (enterprise metadata management) and data assets that specifically support the research community (the Research Data Warehouse).

In this workshop, participants will learn:

  • A brief overview of the UMMS data governance infrastructure and resources available to support data needs
  • Information about the Research Data Warehouse
  • Utilization of metadata artifacts such as the Data Set Catalog and Information Management Glossary
  • A brief overview of the Information Management Glossary (location and value)

When: Tuesday, Nov. 13
Time: Noon – 1:30 p.m. (Lunch provided)
Where: BSRB Seminar Rooms, 1st floor

Register here.

This workshop is hosted by the Office of Faculty Development and is open to faculty only. Questions? Please contact Jordan Wright, 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 alert organizers if you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies. Advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange, so giving two weeks advance notice is much appreciated.  


Faculty workshop: Strategies for developing and using teaching scripts

Posted on October 19, 2018

“Teachable moments” arise frequently in the clinic setting, but are they being used to effectively educate learners? Teaching scripts are a tool that can be used efficiently by the busy academic clinician to enhance learning, and have been used in certain departments to integrate basic science teaching in the clinical curriculum. In this workshop, faculty will learn strategies for developing and using teaching scripts in the clinical setting.

Facilitated by:  Maya Hammoud, M.D., professor, obstetrics and gynecology; and Angela Liang, M.D., assistant professor, obstetrics and gynecology

Date: Monday, Nov. 12

Time: 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. (Breakfast will be provided)

Location: BSRB Seminar Rooms, first floor

Register online

This workshop is hosted by the Office of Faculty Development, and is open to faculty only. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend this workshop, or have questions about accessibility, please contact Jordan Wright or 734-764-2574. Please also let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies. Advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the University to arrange so letting us know at least 2 weeks in advance is much appreciated.


Wrap up your week with the newest episode of The Wrap!

Posted on October 19, 2018

It’s Friday — which means it’s time for the latest episode of The Wrap, Michigan Medicine’s employee podcast!

With weekly episodes available each week, The Wrap aims to keep busy employees informed about what’s happening across Michigan Medicine with news briefs, conversations, trivia and more.

This week, Anuja Mudali from the Office of Patient Experience stopped by to discuss the unique Breaking the Rules for Better Care survey and why it was so beneficial at the Rogel Cancer Center and Radiation Oncology clinic.

Check out the episode below or find it on iTunes, StitcherAmazon or any of your preferred podcast hosting platforms. You can even listen on your Amazon Echo and other home devices.

Apply for M.S. in clinical research design and statistical analysis

Posted on October 19, 2018

The department of Biostatistics is accepting applications for the Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis (CRDSA) program On Job/On Campus M.S. starting in October 2019.

The program is designed for health care professionals who are involved in clinical research. It helps them develop expertise in research design and statistical analysis while continuing their professional employment.

The U-M School of Public Health pioneered the non-residential OJ/OC format in 1972. Approximately 800 students have successfully completed the CRDSA program since then. Participants meet in Ann Arbor for a four-day weekend (Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) once every four to five weeks for 30 hours of class time.

Between weekends on campus, participants complete course assignments and work on projects while remaining in their jobs.

For information about admission criteria and requirements, click here or contact Fatma Nedjari at or by calling 734-615-9812.

Steve Kunkel, Ph.D., appointed interim executive vice dean for research and chief scientific officer

Posted on October 19, 2018

Steve Kunkel, Ph.D., has been appointment interim executive vice dean for research and chief scientific officer, effective Oct. 1.

Steve Kunkel, Ph.D., has been appointment by the board of regents as interim executive vice dean for research and chief scientific officer, effective Oct. 1.

Currently the senior associate dean for research, Endowed Professor of Pathology Research, and the Peter A. Ward Distinguished University Professor, Kunkel has a long and robust history with U-M. He has served in various leadership and administrative positions, including the associate dean for interdisciplinary studies in the Horace Rackham Graduate School, interim dean of the Horace H. Rackham Graduate School, and interim vice provost for academic affairs.

Kunkel’s research interests have centered on assessing molecular mechanisms of lung inflammation by studying cytokine and chemokine biology. He is highly recognized in his field, as he has co-authored more than 600 peer-reviewed manuscripts, edited four books, contributed numerous chapters in various books and has maintained multiple NIH grants. He is currently the co-chair of the board of scientific counselors for the NIAID-NIH.

Kunkel joined the U-M faculty in in 1980 and has been senior associate dean for research since 2007.

Please welcome and support Kunkel in his new role!

Week in Review: Week of Oct. 15, 2018

Posted on October 19, 2018

TGIF everybody! As the week winds to a close, take a look back at some of the featured stories at Headlines.

Over the past few days, readers learned about a unique survey that allowed patients, families and employees to give timely feedback at the Rogel Cancer Center and radiation oncology clinic. Employees also met Pam Beatty Cupitt, an administrative manager who has been dedicated to the organization for 50 years; Senior Director of Quality Linnea Chervenak, M.H.A., stopped by to share her advice to aspiring leaders; and faculty and staff were lauded for Making a Difference last month.

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

Breaking the rules for better care

This summer, the Office of Patient Experience carried out a survey in the Rogel Cancer Center and radiation oncology clinic asking one simple question: “If you could change one thing or break one rule to improve the patient experience, what would it be and why?” Click here to read about the feedback the teams received — and find out if a similar survey would be beneficial in your area!

Fabulous 50: Administrative manager celebrated for half a century at Michigan Medicine

Pam Beatty Cupitt arrived at Michigan Medicine in 1968 — one year after graduating high school and at a time when typewriters sat on every desk. A lot has changed since then, including her role, as she began as a ward clerk and now serves as an administrative manager in the U-M Medical School. Learn Cupitt’s story as she prepares to be honored at the upcoming Service Awards dinner on Oct. 29.

Providing quality leadership: Q&A with Linnea Chervenak, M.H.A.

Since its inception in 2016, Linnea Chervenak, M.H.A., has teamed with Chief Quality Officer Steve Bernstein to help develop and carve out a role for the Quality Department at Michigan Medicine. In honor of Quality Month, the senior director of quality recently sat down with Headlines to discuss her responsibilities and the advice she’d give to aspiring leaders. Check out what she had to say!

Making a Difference: September 2018 highlights

Employees across the organization work hard to inspire their colleagues and make a difference in the lives of those they serve. Click through to read about some of the remarkable faculty and staff members who were recognized by a patient, family member or coworker last month.

Want to stay in the know on the go? Check out the latest edition of The Wrap at the top of the page!

Unsustainable Pharmaceutical Prices and Potential Solutions

Posted on October 19, 2018

The annual U.S. market for prescription drugs is more than $500 billion, representing almost 17% of all health care expenditures, and it is rising at an unsustainable rate. In 2017, the average American spent $1,100 per year on medications. It is, therefore, no wonder that the public and elected officials are fixated on understanding the factors leading to high prices and forging workable policy solutions. Dr. Sean Sullivan, a health economist and expert on drug pricing, will discuss the many reasons why prescription drugs cost so much in the US and the options to address the problem.

Hammer named president-elect of the Endocrine Society

Posted on October 18, 2018

Gary Hammer, M.D., Ph.D.

Members of the Endocrine Society have elected five new officers and council members to lead the world’s oldest, largest and most active organization devoted to research on hormones and the clinical practice of endocrinology. U-M faculty member Gary Hammer, M.D., Ph.D., will serve as president-elect in 2019-2020 and then as President in 2020-2021.

Hammer is director of the Endocrine Oncology Program at Michigan Medicine. He has been a society member since 1999, and has since served on several committees and various journal editorial boards. These include the Governance Task Force, the Endocrine Reviews Editor-in-Chief Search Committee, the Strategic Plan Retreat, the Endocrine News Advisory Board and the Committee on Governance Affairs.

Hammer has also served as the chair of the Annual Meeting Steering Committee and of the Scientific and Educational Programs Core Committee. His awards and honors include the Endocrine Society’s 2013 Edwin B. Astwood Award Lecture for Outstanding Research in Endocrinology and U-M’s 2005 Jerome Conn Award for Outstanding Research.