This week’s episode of The Wrap was a social affair!

Posted on September 19, 2019

Have you wanted to learn how to make more of a professional impact on social media? Or are you interested in finding out the best ways to share the exceptional work you and your colleagues are performing?

If so, tune in to the latest episode of The Wrap, where you can find tips and resources to help you enhance your personal professional social media profiles.

Listeners can also get details of an exclusive discount thanks to their MCard, and there was the weekly trivia contest. Check it out below!

Learn more about Michigan Medicine’s policy on service animals

Posted on September 19, 2019

As a leader in diversity, equity, and inclusion, Michigan Medicine is committed to ensuring equal access for all of those in the community. According to the Affordable Care Act, Section 1557, a patient cannot be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

Many patients with disabilities come to Michigan Medicine using assistive devices like wheelchairs, walkers and canes. In addition, some patients may be accompanied by a service animal that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for their handlers.

For example, a dog that calms a person with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack is considered a service animal. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals.

When a patient arrives with a service animal, which generally would be a dog but may include a miniature horse, the animal must be able to accompany them into the clinic or hospital in areas open to the public.

Documentation is not required to identify a service animal. If you are uncertain that an animal is providing vital assistance to an individual, you may ask only the following questions:

  • Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability?
  • What work or task has the dog been trained to perform?

For respect of the patient and to be within compliance, you cannot ask about the person’s disability, medical documentation or ask the dog to perform a task.

Michigan Medicine thrives on providing excellent patient care.

To learn more about Michigan Medicine’s policy on service animals, please watch this video. It has been designed to provide real life examples on how to handle patients with service animals and describes the rights of patients with service animals. You may also download this FAQ sheet to share with colleagues.

If you have any questions or concerns about how to handle service animals or other civil rights issues, please contact the Patient Civil Rights Coordinator at 734-936-6439 or email

Plan ahead and expect delays: Hayward Street closure to impact parking areas

Posted on September 19, 2019

Please be advised that an upcoming road work project along Hayward Street is expected to impact North Campus parking areas.

Plan ahead and expect delays if you will be traveling or parking in the area.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • On Saturday, Sept. 21 and Sunday, Sept. 22, Hayward Street between Murfin Avenue and Hubbard Road is scheduled to be closed to vehicular traffic for milling and repaving. 
  • As a result, parking lots NC48, NC21, NC20, NC28 and NC29 will be closed.
  • The lots will be closed the evening of Friday, Sept. 20 to ensure vehicles are removed prior to the work. 
  • NC26 will remain accessible through the NC53 lot.
  • Draper Road and Beal Avenue will be inaccessible from the north.
  • Detour signs will be in place to route buses and vehicular traffic around the site using Hubbard between Hayward Street and Murfin Avenue.

Details on U-M and AAATA bus route detours can be found here and here, respectively.

Calling all ‘Little Victors!’

Posted on September 19, 2019

Before you know it, 2020 will be here! That means it’s time to nominate your “Little Victor” to be featured in C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital’s 2020 calendar!

What does each child receive?

  • All nominated children will be featured in some way in the 2020 calendar.
  • Each child also will be featured at some point during the course of 2020 as a “Little Victor” on Mott’s social media channels.
  • Each child will be invited to attend the Calendar Launch Party and autograph session in December.
  • Each family will receive two complimentary copies of the 2020 calendar. Additional calendars will be available for purchase online.

What do you need to do?

  • When choosing a favorite photo of your child, please look for a clear, well-lit, high-quality photo. The file name of the photo should be your child’s last name followed by your child’s first name, i.e. “Smith Jack.jpg.” Your photo will not be accepted and will not be included in the calendar if it does not include your child’s name in the file name.
  • If you do not have the ability to scan your signed consent form and send it via email, you may fax it (Attn: Mott Calendar, to 734-615-2169) or mail it to us (Attn: Aimee Bergquist, Michigan Medicine, North Campus Administrative Complex, 2901 Hubbard Road, Suite 2400, SPC 2435, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2435).
  • Your submission will not be confirmed and your child will not be included in the calendar unless your consent form and photo are received by Oct. 4.

For more information, please email Thank you, and Mott looks forward to celebrating your “Little Victors” all year long!

Exhibition season: Faculty, staff put artwork on display at Michigan Medicine

Posted on September 19, 2019

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Every year, Michigan Medicine employees show off that they aren’t just talented in the clinic, lab, office or classroom — they shine in creative ways away from work as well.

Much of that talent is currently on display at Michigan Medicine as part of the 32nd annual Gifts of Art Employee Art Exhibition.

The exhibit, which can be found on the first floor of Taubman Center, features 84 pieces of art created by 57 faculty, staff, students, volunteers and family members.

“Our employees are amazing — from jewelry to photography to 3-D pieces, you would never know that most of this work was made by those who simply create art as a hobby in their free time,” said Kathi Talley, visual arts coordinator for Gifts of Art. Talley helped install the exhibit last week.

The talent level of the artists allows the exhibition to fit in seamlessly with the dozens of others that Gifts of Art brings to the academic medical center throughout the year. Those exhibits are made up of pieces created by professional artists.

“Everyone at Michigan Medicine is committed to creating a healthy, inviting atmosphere for our patients, families and colleagues,” Talley said. “And art is a key component of that commitment. You can come down here and escape for a few minutes, taking in art that is certain to evoke emotions, reduce stress and spark joy.”

Among this year’s entries is Keeping Up Appearances, a painting by Lona Mody, M.D., professor of internal medicine; Nefertali Collar, made of beads and embroidery by Sandy Collins of CVC 2A; and Rita the Rhino, a piece made of yarn by CT Technologist Andi Evans.

All of the artists strive to have their pieces named Best in Show — or capture a number of other awards — which will be presented at a reception to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the gallery. The Master of Ceremonies at the reception will be Hilary King, M.S., R.N., associate director of operations at Michigan Medicine. The juror will be Jim Leija, deputy director for public experience and learning at the U-M Museum of Art.

Among the awards given out will also be a People’s Choice Awards, which will be voted on by visitors to the gallery. So be sure to stop by the exhibit, which is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

For more information on the employee art exhibition, including a look back at last year’s award winners, click here.

Healthcare-induced trauma: when past experiences impact current care

Posted on September 19, 2019

Come join us for this month’s Schwartz Center Rounds for Compassionate Care, entitled “Healthcare-induced trauma: when past experiences impact current care.” Panelists will discuss personal experiences, followed by a lively discussion. This session is eligible for CME, Nurse CE, and Social Work CEU. Lunch is available.

Dr. Mehwish Khaliq (Fallahi-Sichani Lab) Presents Cancer Biology Research Seminar

Posted on September 19, 2019

The next Cancer Biology Research Seminar will be Wed., Sept. 25 at 4 PM in 2903 THSL.
The presenter will be Dr. Mehwish Khaliq, Cancer Biology T32 Research Fellow from Dr. Mohammad Fallahi-Sichani’s lab, who will present her research, “Uncovering the dynamic influence of histone lysine demethylases in therapy-induced phenotype switching and cell heterogeneity in BRAFV600E-mutant melanoma cells”. 

If curious about upcoming seminars, please click here.

CDB Seminar – Kathleen J. Green, PhD

Posted on September 18, 2019

The Department of Cell & Developmental Biology seminar series is pleased to present Kathleen J. Green, PhD, Joseph L. Mayberry Professor of Pathology, Professor of Dermatology, Northwestern University, Associate Director, Basic Science Division, R.H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Her talk is entitled “How Cell Communication Drives Tissue Form and Function.”

Link to seminar info