Plan ahead: Glen parking structure repairs

Posted on October 17, 2019

Please be advised that critical concrete repairs are scheduled to take place in the Glen parking structure, beginning Monday, Oct. 21.

There will be rolling space closures of up to 15 blue spaces in order to complete this work.

During the week of Oct. 28, the exit to Catherine Street will need to be temporarily closed. Signage will be posted and the entrance will be temporarily used as an exit in the afternoon to address traffic leaving the structure.

The entire project is expected to last approximately two weeks.

Plan to attend: Change it Up! bystander intervention workshop

Posted on October 17, 2019

All Michigan Medicine team members are invited to attend a “Change it Up!” bystander intervention workshop.

The workshop will take place from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30 inside the MCHC Auditorium in UH South.

Change it Up! brings bystander intervention skills to the U-M community for the purpose of building inclusive, respectful and safe communities. It is based on a nationally-recognized four-stage bystander intervention model that helps individuals intervene in situations that negatively impact individuals, organizations and the campus community.

The content in this program has been used for student groups across campus, and is now being offered for U-M faculty and staff. Through the use of educational theater, Change it Up! provides opportunities for participants to discuss and practice how to leverage bystander intervention skills within their campus communities.

 You will learn to:

  • Identify self-awareness and social responsibility as qualities of strong personal leadership
  • Discuss your own and others’ identities and experiences
  • Determine the various options for effectively intervening during a negative situation
  • Develop your ability to assess which intervention option is based on the situation
  • Discuss and practice how to leverage bystander intervention skills within their campus communities

You will benefit by:

  • Receiving high impact learning through educational theater
  • Increasing your motivation to intervene in harmful situations
  • Gaining ability to assess the effectiveness of multiple options for intervention
  • Expanding your skills and confidence to successfully intervene in harmful situations

Please contact Katherine Pearsol at for registration.

$10M gift from Tadataka and Leslie Yamada will fuel U-M efforts to improve the world’s health

Posted on October 17, 2019

Tadataka Yamada, M.D. and Leslie D. Yamada

For decades, U-M teams have tackled some of the world’s toughest health challenges through research, education and global partnership.

Now, thanks to a new $10 million gift from Tadataka Yamada, M.D. and Leslie D. Yamada, those teams will have new resources to think even bigger, work together and with global partners more effectively, and make a greater positive impact on the health and health care of people with the greatest need worldwide.

The new gift will fuel a new U-M Center for Global Health Equity.

Currently in the planning stages, the center will accelerate work by faculty, staff and students from across U-M’s schools, colleges, institutes and all three campuses to address inequities in health in the poorest nations, and in disadvantaged populations in middle-income countries.

“The University of Michigan’s public mission and excellence across many academic disciplines make us uniquely suited to address health inequities around the world,” said U-M president Mark Schlissel, M.D., Ph.D. “I applaud the Yamadas’ generosity in supporting the work of our faculty, students and staff who will create long-term, global benefits through this new center.”

Michigan ties, global hopes

The gift comes from a couple with strong U-M ties and an even stronger desire to help developing countries give their citizens access to health advances that people in the U.S. and others in high-income countries often take for granted.

The Yamadas wrote, “A great challenge of our time is that millions, mostly children in the poorest countries, die each year unnecessarily from illnesses that can be prevented or treated. The University of Michigan’s outstanding faculty across a broad array of disciplines and culture of working together make it uniquely able to address the challenge. We hope that our gift will help to catalyze action that will make a meaningful contribution toward correcting this unacceptable inequity.”

The Yamadas first became part of the U-M community in 1983, when Yamada arrived as the new chief of gastroenterology at the U-M Medical School. In 1990, he rose to chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, leading hundreds of U-M physicians and the care of hundreds of thousands of patients at what is now Michigan Medicine.

Since leaving U-M in 1996, he has worked in both the pharmaceutical industry, including as the chairman of research for GlaxoSmithKline and chief medical and scientific officer at Takeda Pharmaceuticals. He also spent five years leading the global health program for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and is now a venture partner with Frazier Healthcare Partners in Seattle. Leslie Yamada has a long record of work and volunteerism in social services and the arts.

Aiming higher

“The new center will amplify, not replace, the broad range of global health efforts already under way at the university,” said Marschall Runge, M.D., Ph.D., executive vice president for medical affairs, CEO of Michigan Medicine and dean of the Medical School. “We have so much strength already, and we hope this center will attract even more faculty and students who want to make a difference in global health and improve the equity of prevention, treatment and outcomes around the world.”

Cross-campus collaborations under the new center might include efforts to strengthen health systems in low-income countries, and initiatives aimed at addressing social determinants of health such as food security. Technical solutions, such as tests of telehealth tools to deliver advanced care to low-income countries remotely, could also be part of the mix.

Building on the Yamadas’ vision, the new center’s initial concept was developed by a team led by Joseph Kolars, M.D., the medical school’s senior associate dean for education and global initiatives and director of its Global REACH program, and John Z. Ayanian, M.D., M.P.P., who leads the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI) and holds professorships in the medical school, School of Public Health and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. They are working with faculty across the university to develop the concept further.

Now, internal and external advisory groups will form to guide the effort. Further information about how faculty, staff and students can become involved will be shared as planning continues, and town hall gatherings will be held on U-M’s Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn campuses.

In addition to events and programs to bring teams together, the center may offer funding for pilot studies, gather and offer global health data for researchers to mine, and enhance global education programs for students.

In developing the concept for the gift, the Yamadas met with many members of the U-M community involved in global health. They were inspired by models of U-M cross-campus collaboration across disciplines, including IHPI, the Center for Interprofessional Education, and the M-Cubed research funding program.

F. DuBois Bowman, Ph.D., dean of the U-M School of Public Health, said, “I am grateful for Tadataka and Leslie Yamada’s generosity and their commitment to global public health. Through increased partnership, this transformative gift has the opportunity to deeply impact the health and equity of the world’s most vulnerable populations.”

Photo gallery: #shelookslikeacardiologist event aims to inspire young women

Posted on October 17, 2019

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The percentage of women entering most first year medical school classes across the nation is about 50 percent. The ratio of women in most internal medicine residency programs across the nation is about 45 percent.

However, the ratio of women in most cardiology fellowship programs is only around 20 percent. Across the nation, it is estimated that less than 15 percent of cardiologists are female and less than 10 percent of interventional cardiologists and electrophysiologists are women.

While there are likely many factors affecting this trend, one of the main difficulties in recruiting women is the lack of visible women role models in the field. Very few young women have the opportunity to see or interact with female cardiologists as they are pondering career choices.

In response to these statistics, Claire Duvernoy, M.D., chose to bring awareness to this issue by bringing female faculty and fellows at the Frankel Cardiovascular Center together to host an event that would introduce female-identifying high school juniors and seniors to female cardiologists and potentially inspire them to pursue a career in cardiology.

On Saturday, Oct. 12, 40 hopeful and high-performing young women from surrounding areas came to the CVC to explore a career in cardiology.  Duvernoy and others led the event along with several other members of the house staff and faculty. They talked about their specific role at the CVC, in addition to offering their insights and personal stories. The event featured a tour of the CVC, a hands-on echocardiography demonstration, and a “show and tell” that showcased cardiac devices and tools of the trade.

There were small group discussions and the female faculty offered insights into the journey to becoming a cardiologist.

The visiting high school students were engaged and inquisitive.

The faculty planners hope to develop mentoring relationships with many of the attendees along their career path. During the program, the female faculty acknowledged that they wouldn’t be where they are today without a mentor that helped them to see that a career in cardiology is possible.

The female faculty of the CVC believe that increasing young women’s exposure to the field of cardiology — and to practicing female cardiologists — will pique the students’ interests and improve the likelihood that some will pursue a career in cardiology.  The group aims to continue and expand this program in years to come!

An added convenience: After-Hours Nurse Triage now offered at Michigan Medicine

Posted on October 17, 2019

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Patients often experience symptoms after their doctor’s office has closed its doors for the day. This can be frustrating to a parent or caregiver whose child has an urgent need in the middle of the night, or an elderly patient needing medical advice who has limited access to transportation or who lives alone.

To support Michigan Medicine patients’ 24/7 needs, ambulatory care has introduced After-Hours Nurse Triage, a phone advice and scheduling service for primary care and geriatric patients.

This call-in service is staffed by ambulatory care registered nurses who conduct initial patient screenings, document clinical assessments, record responses to questions asked during the triage process and send patient care instructions directly to the patient portal at

“Nurses advise patients about what symptoms to look out for, how to effectively manage their symptoms and make referrals to a more urgent care setting, if necessary,” said Nancy May, interim chief nurse executive and chief nursing officer for the U-M Medical Group. “It’s an extraordinary, convenient service that connects patients with a Michigan Medicine nurse who can help them manage their symptoms over the phone.”

Physicians on-call

Michigan Medicine physicians are on call to support this effort and offer additional clinical advice as needed. After-hours triage nurses are also able to schedule patient appointments on the spot for the next day (or the next available appointment) at one of Michigan Medicine’s primary care ambulatory clinics based on the needs of the patient.

This service was designed to provide Michigan Medicine patients with the right care, at the right location at the right time.

“We are thrilled to bring this centralized service to our patients.” said May. “The goal is to enhance patient care while preventing unnecessary hospital readmissions and avoiding needless trips to the ER.”

The service has already received positive feedback since its launch in February.

For instance, one provider reached out to a colleague at the Brighton Health Center’s internal medicine clinic with the following message:

“I wanted to pass on some positive feedback regarding one of the triage RN’s. I very much appreciated the effort [made] in assessing some challenging situations over the weekend. This nurse did an excellent job in summarizing the pertinent issues, involving the physician at appropriate times and completing the interaction with the patient.”

Patients have found the service to be beneficial as well.

“We’ve heard from those who utilized the service that it helped them get the advice they needed and feel more at ease about their health,” May said. “That perfectly aligns with our goals for the program.”

Gaining momentum

Michigan Medicine’s After Hours Nurse Triage has gained much momentum since its inception, tripling the amount of call volumes and adding five nurses to its staff. The service now boasts a staff of 12 nurses, has logged more than 8,000 encounters to date — and has no indication of slowing down.

To access this after-hours service, primary care and geriatric clinic patients should call their general clinic phone number and they will be directly connected to the nurse triage center. This service is available from 5 p.m.- 8 a.m. Monday-Friday, and 24 hours on Saturday, Sunday and holidays.

Patients are encouraged to submit prescription renewal requests on the patient portal or by calling the clinic during regular office hours. Patients who have more urgent needs for prescription refills after hours will have the on-call providers consulted for consideration.

You’re invited: Come celebrate the hospital of the future!

Posted on October 17, 2019

All Michigan Medicine faculty and staff are invited to come celebrate the hospital of the future!

A special event is planned for 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25 in an outdoor tent adjacent to the Frankel Cardiovascular Center. Remarks by Michigan Medicine leadership will begin at 4:30 p.m.

The festivities will mark the beginning of the construction phase of the new hospital announced last month.

“The planning and design of this hospital would not have been possible without the many dedicated hours of input from our key stakeholder in the Michigan Medicine community,” said Marschall S. Runge, M.D., Ph.D., executive vice president for medical affairs, CEO of Michigan Medicine and dean of the U-M Medical School. “It is their expertise and input that helped us envision the 12 floors, clinical work space, and patient and family areas that will make this hospital the most advanced and progressive facility in the state. This celebration will serve as a thank you for their engagement and participation in this lengthy process.”

Light refreshments will be served.

See you there!

Data Office Lunch & Learn

Posted on October 17, 2019

Bring your lunch and learn more about available data resources at University of Michigan in the latest installment of the Data Office Lunch & Learn series! Presenters:

  • Victoria Blanc, Ph.D.: Central Biorepository
  • The OTIS

Questions? Email (link sends e-mail)!


Do you want to save money, time and forget the hassle of parking? Join our Brighton VanPool and do all three.

Posted on October 16, 2019

Lee and Fieldcrest Roads Park-n-Ride
7:00 AM

P4 – Old Mott/UH South Parking Structure
7:30 AM

P4 – Old Mott/UH South Parking Structure
5:10 PM

Lee and Fieldcrest Roads Park-n-Ride
5:45 PM