CSC Brown Bag: Dr. Cindy Hayes on Cumulative QBL Best Practices

Posted on May 24, 2019

Description: Cindy Hayes, DNP, MSN-ed, RN, CPAN, CAPA, CNE, Assistant Professor, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Neihoff School of Nursing will facilitate the talk “Pilot Simulation Training Program for Cumulative Quantification of Blood Loss (QBL) for Recognition and Prevention of Obstetric Hemorrhage.”  Please join Dr. Hayes’ discussion on simulation-based training for facilitating best practices for improving obstetric hemorrhage patient outcomes. Everyone adopting nationally-recognized best clinical standards in context of simulation-based training will find this June 7th CSC Brown Bag of interest. Lunch will be provided!

Workshop: Improving patient safety through improved communication skills

Posted on May 24, 2019

This workshop is focused on developing an understanding of how health professionals communicate and how workflow and clinical activities often contribute to missed communication opportunities, with implications for patient safety.


  • Milisa Manojlovich, Ph.D., R.N., professor, Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership, U-M School of Nursing
  • Nathan Houchens, M.D., associate chief of medicine, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System; assistant professor, Department of Internal Medicine, U-M
  • Sarah Krein, Ph.D., R.N., Renis Likert Collegiate Research Professor, research professor, Internal Medicine, U-M Medical School and adjunct research professor, U-M School of Nursing

Date: Thursday, June 6

Time: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. (Breakfast provided)

Location: BSRB Seminar Rooms

Register online

This workshop is hosted by the Office of Faculty Development, and is open to faculty and staff. 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.

Reminder: Memorial Day parking update

Posted on May 24, 2019

Please be advised that enforcement in campus parking lots and structures will be suspended on Memorial Day (Monday, May 27) with the exception of the P1, P3, P4, P5 and the Arbor Heights (M95) parking lots.

However, yellow permit parkers will have what is usually considered weekend access to the P3, P4 and P5 structures.

On Tuesday, May 28, parkers must exit P4 and P5 by 8 a.m. and exit P3 by 9 a.m.

Please note, University Transit Services will not operate on Memorial Day.

Also on Memorial Day, the East Ann Arbor Employee Parking Shuttle will not operate. Service will resume at 4:20 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

Fuller Pool parking lot set to close to U-M parkers

The paved portion of the Fuller Pool parking lot will close to U-M parkers over Memorial Day weekend and will not reopen to university vehicles until after Labor Day.

Parkers may only use the gravel portion of the lot during the period between these two holidays.

Stroke technology wins 2019 Biomedical Innovation Cup

Posted on May 24, 2019

The Vortex Catheter Technology, a new platform for minimally-invasive treatment of stroke patients, was chosen by a panel of investors as the winning project at the 2019 Biomedical Innovation Cup, an event hosted by Fast Forward Medical Innovation (FFMI).

The annual pitch was held in conjunction with the premier venture event, the Midwest Growth Capital Symposium.

The technology, which uses telescoping endovascular catheters that are navigated within the brain and activated to generate a whirlpool to completely remove obstructing clots with one pass while avoiding the release of small fragments, took the top prize at the standing-room only event on May 15. It beat out other top-notch innovation projects from a group of life science clinicians and researchers of the Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) for Life Sciences Program.

Developed by a U-M team, including neurosurgery resident and researcher Luis Savastano, M.D., Ph.D., Aditya S. Pandey, M.D., Albert Shih, Ph.D., and Yihao Zheng, Ph.D., this device has the potential to enable integrated, enhanced navigation into the target cerebral artery. This leads to complete recanalization regardless of the size, location or firmness of the clots, and without clogging or releasing of clot fragments.

“The Biomedical Innovation Cup has been such a great opportunity to help perfect our pitch,” Savastano said. “We were able to gain valuable feedback and our team and business strategy are stronger because of all of the work preparing for this event.”

Early-stage investor “sharks” at this year’s event included representatives from BioVentures Investors, Invest Michigan, Arboretum Ventures and Agent Capital.

MTRAC for Life Sciences Innovation Hub, co-managed by FFMI and the U-M Office of Tech Transfer, is a statewide program that supports translational research projects in life sciences —including medical devices, diagnostics, therapeutics and health-related information technology — with high commercial potential. The $4 million statewide program is supported by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

“There’s a level of momentum and energy around the biomedical and health care innovation community in Michigan,” said Kelly B. Sexton, Ph.D., associate vice president for research – technology transfer and innovation partnerships at U-M, and the event’s emcee. “The Biomedical Innovation Cup event shows what’s possible with great support of innovative ideas, strong collaboration between public and private sectors, and what lies ahead for our region and state.”

FFMI, a unit of the Office of Research at the U-M Medical School, offers resources and support to world-class biomedical researchers at the university and across the state. It provides groundbreaking funding programs, dynamic educational offerings and deep industry connections that help biomedical researchers navigate the road to successful innovation and commercialization, with the ultimate goal of positively impacting human health.

For more information about FFMI, visit


Don’t forget: Union staff nominations sought for Police Oversight Committee

Posted on May 24, 2019

The election to fill the union representative staff position on the university’s Police Department Oversight Committee will take place from June 10 until 14. Nominations are being accepted for the seat representing bargained-for staff members from the following unions: AFSCME, IUOE, HOA, MNA and Skilled Trades.

The deadline for nominations is today, May 24.

The Police Department Oversight Committee considers grievances against any police officer or the U-M Police Department. It reports its findings and recommendations to the executive director of the Division of Public Safety and Security.

The six-member committee is comprised of two student members, two faculty members (one Senate faculty and one non-Senate faculty), and two staff members (one union and one non-union representative), who are nominated and elected by their peers for two-year terms.

University Human Resources is conducting this election. Members of the AFSCME, HOA, IUOE, MNA and Skilled Trades unions may nominate themselves or another union member to serve on the committee for the term July 1, 2019-June 30, 2021.

To submit a nomination, click here.

More information can be found on the Police Department Oversight Committee website.

Trauma Burn teams earn patient safety honor

Posted on May 24, 2019

Congratulations to the Trauma Burn ICU and the Trauma Burn Acute Care staff for going a full year with a CLABSI (Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infection)!

For their efforts, the team received a 365 Days of Safety Award from the organization.

The 365 Days of Safety Award program recognizes outstanding practice within a patient care unit, area, clinic or department which resulted in the avoidance of patient harm and health care-acquired conditions for 365 consecutive days. The award also demonstrates the sustainability of the associated patient safety practice.

To learn more about 365 Days of Safety Award, to see past winners or to submit a nomination, click here.

Week in Review: Week of May 20, 2019

Posted on May 24, 2019

Happy holiday weekend everyone! Before you fire up the grill or start planning out your summer, be sure to get caught up on all that’s happening around Michigan Medicine.

Earlier this week, Headlines featured Shannon Spicer, a nurse tech at Mott who now works on the same unit where she was treated for leukemia 19 years ago. Former participants in a youth mentoring program also described how the initiative helped forge their career path; readers learned how a research clinical subjects coordinator spoke up for patient safety; and employees were given tips and perks to help them make the most of their summer.

In case you missed any of that, here’s the latest!

Pediatric leukemia patient returns to cancer unit as nurse tech

Shannon Spicer stands as a testament to the power of medicine. The former pediatric leukemia patient at Mott has returned to the organization as a nurse tech, helping patients and families on the same unit where she was treated. Click through for Spicer’s remarkable story and learn how she is helping give “people hope and comfort.”

Set up for success: Mentorship program helps area youth pursue careers in health care

Benjamin Case, Aleigthea Telfair and Tiere Emerson all have something in common — they found their way to Michigan Medicine thanks to a youth mentoring program administered by Human Resources. Learn about the program, how you can participate, and how these three program graduates have gone on to make a difference both within the organization and across the globe.

Close call in the OR: Speaking up prevents patient harm

Speaking up for safety is everyone’s responsibility. That’s the mindset research clinical subjects coordinator Joseph Brooks took when he was in the operating room observing a recent procedure. In the darkened room, Brooks noticed the patient slipping off the table. Find out how Brooks’ ensuing actions prevented patient harm and exemplified the organization’s values of caring, teamwork and integrity.

Savoring the summer: Reminders to pause and reconnect with what matters most

Believe it or not, Memorial Day is here! With longer days and better weather ahead, you may be hitting the road or just planning a “staycation” or two. No matter what your plans are, be sure to check out these tips that will help you make the most of your summer — and even find a few discounts and perks that will make it easier to savor the warmer weather even more!

Want to stay in the know on the go? Check out the latest episode of The Wrap above!

Downriver Van Pool

Posted on May 24, 2019

Sibley & Telegraph Rd
6:30 AM

7:15 AM

4:00 PM

Sibley & Telegraph
5:00 PM

Kevin Smith

Dr. Thomas Rothstein (Western Michigan Univ) presents Immunology Research Seminar

Posted on May 23, 2019

The Graduate Program in Immunology and Research Training in Experimental Immunology Training Grant welcomes Thomas Rothstein, MD, PhDProfessor of Biomedical Sciences; Director of the Center for Immunobiology; Assistant Dean for Investigative Medicine at the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine, who will present “Human B1 cells in health and disease” on Wednesday, May 29 from 12:00-1:00 PM in 3330 Medical Science I Bldg.

Please contact Graduate Program in Immunology Administrator, Zarinah Aquil (, for further information.