Surface cutting-edge research ideas with MICHR

Posted on January 28, 2020

Do you have a brand new, loosely formed or well-established group who wants to surface cutting-edge research ideas, build collaborations and shared research agendas, and develop strategic action plans or grant proposals?

The Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) designs engaging, productive facilitated brainstorming sessions that will immerse your group in a creative environment that fosters ideation.

These sessions are tailored to your needs and goals and are ideal for identifying wicked problems and developing strategies to address them.

Learn more.


Last chance to nominate: 2020 Excellence in Adolescent Health Award

Posted on January 28, 2020

Award nominations for the 2020 Excellence in Adolescent Health Award are closing soon!

Friday, Jan. 31 is the last day to nominate an individual, program or organization that is doing exceptional work in the field of adolescent health.

Winners of this award will have demonstrated the Adolescent Health Initiative core values of collaboration, diversity and inclusion, expertise, innovation, quality, and responsiveness through their work.

You may submit multiple nominations and self-nominations are welcome. Winners will be announced at the 2020 Conference on Adolescent Health.


Cyber Safety – Review in 2: Wiping sensitive data from personal devices

Posted on January 28, 2020

Welcome back to the monthly Cyber Safety – Review in 2!

The goal of these messages is to increase awareness of key cybersecurity topics by presenting important information that can be reviewed in two minutes or less.

January’s Cyber Safety — Review in 2: Wiping sensitive data from personal devices

Many employees use personally-owned mobile devices — a smartphone, tablet or laptop, etc. — for daily work at Michigan Medicine. Perhaps you got a new one over the holidays.

Before you recycle, resell or dispose of your current personal device, you need to “wipe” it and take steps to remove any personal or sensitive data, including work data, that you may have stored on the device.

Did you know?

Merely deleting files on a device does not completely remove them. Files that are moved to a trash can or recycle bin can be easily recovered using free file recovery software. Before you dispose of the device, you are expected to wipe it.

This is especially important if you have used a personal device for U-M work purposes.

Besides, it’s policy! See the Standard Practice Guide.

View and print the January reminder poster. Feel free to hang it in your work area or share with others.

Thank you for taking two minutes to learn more about wiping personal devices. Watch for the quarterly quiz in March to win a breakfast basket to be delivered to you at work

Would you like us to come and talk to your team, unit or department about cybersecurity safety tips? Contact the Michigan Medicine Information Assurance Education & Awareness team at

What you need to know about the novel coronavirus

Posted on January 28, 2020

Michigan Medicine and the University of Michigan are closely monitoring the novel coronavirus causing an outbreak of respiratory illness. More information can be found at these links:

University of Michigan Public Affairs

University Health Service

Michigan Medicine Infection Prevention & Epidemiology

Michigan Medicine blog post

If you have any questions, please contact Michigan Medicine Infection Prevention & Epidemiology at 734-936-6355.

Michigan Medicine After Dark: Part 2

Posted on January 28, 2020

Last Halloween, Headlines shed some light on what takes place at Michigan Medicine after dark.

Today, the series is back, featuring even more of the important work faculty and staff carry out long after a majority of employees go home for the night.

Here’s a brief look at a few more team members — and how they impact patients and families who need their assistance, no matter what time it is:

Evelyn Locke and Rhea Berry, clerks, Adult Emergency Services

Locke and Berry are busy all night, answering phones, filing paperwork and carrying out any administrative tasks that need to be performed in the emergency room.

“There’s adrenaline pumping at all times working in this department,” Locke said. “So even though you’re here at all hours of the night, it’s never dull and things are always moving.”

Berry echoed those thoughts and added to them — adding that her current schedule will help her as she moves through her career.

“I’m currently a college student during the day, so working at night helps me pay for that schooling, keeps me engaged, and gives me the flexibility I need,” she said.

Sarita Goodwill, midnight associate supervisor, Patient Food & Nutrition Services (PFANS)

Goodwill and members of the PFANS team offer food to patients 24 hours a day. While the grill is turned off late at night, sandwiches and other “cold” options are always available.

Sarita Goodwill

“Orders come in almost non-stop throughout the night,” Goodwill said.

To help mitigate orders, there are three “runners” who work overnight and take carts filled with food trays up to inpatient rooms. In the meantime, Goodwill helps work the food line, arranging trays and making sure the process runs smoothly.

“All trays need to be visually inspected to ensure the right foods are going to the right patients,” Goodwill said. “With dietary restrictions and other limitations tied to a patient’s treatment plan, this job is very important.”

Goodwill said she loves working the night shift, as it provides a more peaceful environment.

“There’s fewer staff in the kitchen and throughout the hospital, which makes it easier to deliver carts and help patients as efficiently as possible,” Goodwill said. “Teamwork also seems to be more prevalent overnight — with fewer people, we all pitch in wherever we’re needed.”

Danielle Redding, registered nurse, Children’s Emergency Services

Redding helps to triage patients when they come in to the Emergency Department at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

Danielle Redding, center, with her colleagues.

“I help determine the acuity of patients and how quickly they need to be seen by our clinical team,” Redding said.

Being that first line of defense in an environment that isn’t as chaotic as during the day is exhilarating for Redding.

“I can take time to help ease somebody’s fear or anxiety and make them feel better about their visit or their child’s visit,” she said. “It’s satisfying knowing the impact we can make in somebody’s life at all hours of the day.”

Do you work overnights? And do you want to be featured in a future Michigan Medicine After Dark story? Email and let us know!

MiChart upgrade coming April 19

Posted on January 28, 2020

The next MiChart upgrade is planned for Sunday, April 19. This will be the first planned upgrade for 2020 with a goal to reduce downtime duration and impact to the organization.

The April upgrade will include updates, system maintenance and new features to the MiChart application. The newest upgrade will enable some significant changes and enhancements, including:

  • Improved order search features to boost frequent searches and account for typos
  • A new layout in the inpatient Care Plan to review and manage the plan, document progress and resolve the plan, and write the care plan note
  • Streamlined LDA Avatar assessment and display
  • The LOS (level of service) activity will move from the Wrap Up tab to the bottom right of the Orders Bar so that it will be easily available at any time during the visit

User Experience Labs

To prepare for new features within the upgrade, MiChart users are invited to attend User Experience Labs to test their daily workflows in a practice environment. The labs will offer the opportunity to identify the impact of changes and provide feedback to the MiChart Upgrade project team analysts and trainers. 

Sign up using this link — MiChart April 19, 2020 Upgrade User Experience Lab Sign Ups — to attend one of the one-hour sessions offered in Arbor Lakes and at the hospital on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 25: between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., UH 2C-228
  • Wednesday, Feb. 26: between 8 a.m. and noon, Arbor Lakes
  • Thursday, Feb. 27: between 6 a.m. and noon, UH 2C-228
  • Tuesday, March 3: between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., Arbor Lakes
  • Wednesday, March 4: between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m., UH 2C-228
  • Friday, March 6: between 6 a.m. and noon, UC 2C-228

Please be sure to indicate your role and location so that organizers may better anticipate the type of users and applications that will need support.

Labs are available to all users, but targeted for clinical users. Please note that billing will hold separate, focused lab sessions that will be communicated separately.

For more information

For updates, please visit the upgrade page of the MiChart website and see the weekly Tell-All newsletters which will be posted on the News & Updates page each Tuesday.

Clinical Trials Support Office Lunch and Learn: Designing Strong Pilot and Feasibility Studies

Posted on January 27, 2020

Join the Clinical Trials Support Office for our first-ever Lunch & Learn. Held quarterly, the CTSO Lunch & Learns will center around topics that provide you with the tools to better your research.

February’s Lunch and Learn Topic: Designing Strong Pilot and Feasibility Studies

A feasibility study is an analysis of a project’s relevant factors to determine if it will be successful, while a pilot study is a small scale clinical trial to evaluate its feasibility and to improve the trial design and refine endpoints before it becomes a full-scale study. Both come with their own challenges. Participants in this session will learn more about feasibility and pilot trials and apply that knowledge to a real case study in an interactive workshop.

At the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Know when it is appropriate to undertake the study
  • Be able to articulate reasons and set criteria for success
  • Learn different types of research designs
  • Understand the pragmatic considerations when starting a study
  • Utilize the CONSORT criteria for pilot studies

Presented by:

  • Susan Murphy, ScD, OTR/L – Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Medical Director, Behavior, Function, & Pain CTSU?
  • Peter Higgins, MD, PhD – Professor of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology; Medical Director, Ambulatory & Chronic Disease CTSU
  • Angie Lyden, MS – Clinical Research Science Coordinator, CTSO

Lunch is provided. Space is limited. RSVP is required.


Westland/Garden City vanpool –sit back, save some $ and enjoy the ride

Posted on January 27, 2020

Kroger @ Merriman & Cherry Hill
6:45 AM

Domino Farms B & Cancer center
7:00 AM

Cancer center & Domino Farms B
4:45 PM

Kroger @ Merriman & Cherry Hill
5:40 PM