Webinar series to touch on variety of medical education topics

Posted on August 12, 2016

Please join us for the upcoming International Association of Medical Science Educators fall web seminar series on a variety of topics in medical education.

Jointly sponsored by the Division of Professional Education and the Clinical Simulation Center in the Department of Learning Health Sciences and the Office of Faculty Development, you are invited to view all or some of the webcasts.

The webinars will be shown on campus every Thursday from Sept. 8 through Oct. 6 from noon-1 p.m., but they are also accessible via your computer.

For more information about the webinars, please visit the IAMSE website.

Sept. 8: Use of preclinical High Fidelity Medical Simulations to promote the integration of basic and clinical sciences in undergraduate medical education.

Sept. 15: Self-directed learning in your curriculum — getting from theory to practice.

Sept. 22: Entrustment decision-making in EPA-based curricula.

Sept. 29: The breadth and depth of standardized patients in the teaching and assessment of clinical skills.

Oct 6: New tools and paradigms for assessing professionalism in the health sciences

Questions? Contact Jordan Wright at


Workshop: Sleep Optimization for Busy Medical Faculty

Posted on August 12, 2016

This session will present the role of sleep and fatigue in cognitive and physical performance. Facilitators will delineate the sleep and circadian "thieves" that impair our daily functioning and discuss easily implemented behaviors to enhance sleep, energy and performance.

Jonathan Barkham, MD, clinical instructor of internal medicine and neurology
Cathy Goldstein, MD, assistant professor of neurology

Objectives of the workshop:

  • Understand the impact that fatigue and sleepiness have on performance and burn-out.
  • Describe the purpose of sleep and circadian control of sleep timing and other biological rhythms.
  • Discuss adequate sleep durations and determine your individual sleep need to optimize your energy levels.
  • Outline the repercussions of circadian disruption and how to ensure alignment of your internal clock with your required schedule.
  • Provide sleep "hacks" to improve the quality and quantity of your sleep for optimal alertness.

When: Friday, Nov. 11

Time: 8 a.m.- 10 a.m. (Breakfast will be provided)

Where: BSRB Seminar Rooms

Register online

This workshop is hosted by the Office of Faculty Development, and is open to faculty only. Questions? Contact Jordan Wright at


Update: Weekend construction and repair projects

Posted on August 12, 2016

Please be advised that two weekend construction projects may affect UMHS staff and visitors. First, the city is expected to temporarily close the intersection of East Medical Center Dr. and Observatory St. this Sunday. It is one of the final steps in the ongoing repaving project. Be sure to plan ahead and expect delays. Also remember to remind patients and visitors to build in extra time when traveling to the area.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The intersection is expected to be closed beginning at 7 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14
  • The intersection is expected to reopen around noon on Sunday.
  • For those who use AAATA, please visit the AAATA website, as buses using Observatory will be rerouted the day of the pavement work.

Additionally, there is an ongoing concrete repair project in the circular drive to the Cardiovascular Center. The project began on Thursday and is expected to last through Saturday, though the work is weather-dependent.

Those who work in the area, including members of the valet staff and entrance services, are directed to move operations indoors as much as possible.

While the work may be inconvenient, it is essential to repair various trip hazards that the current uneven concrete presents outside of CVC. The project will make our facility safer for all patients, visitors and staff.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation!

Troy (Southfield) Vanpool Seeks Riders

Posted on August 12, 2016

Troy LifeTime Fitness (with stop in Southfield)

UM medical campus (with stop at North campus NCRC)

UM medical campus (with stop at North campus NCRC)

Troy LifeTime Fitness (with stop in Southfield)
6:30pm or

Howell Vanpool has Immediate Opening with Domino Farms stop

Posted on August 12, 2016

Howell Meijer

UMHS Hospital and Domino Farms

UMHS Hospital and Domino Farms

Howell Meijer

Plan ahead: Catherine St. parking structure closure

Posted on August 11, 2016

Please be advised that the Catherine St. parking structure is scheduled to be closed this weekend for necessary concrete repairs in the east and west stair towers. Plan ahead and build in extra time if you typically park in this structure.

Here's what you need to know:

  • The repairs are scheduled to take place between 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12 and 6 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 15.
  • Due to the stairwells being closed, by fire code, the entire structure must be closed.
  • Alternate parking will be available in the Ann St. parking structure and the Glen Ave. parking structure. 

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.


Infographic: Reducing the use of low-value care

Posted on August 11, 2016


Value-Based Insurance Design, or V-BID, improves health care quality and efficiency by reducing consumer cost-sharing for services that have strong evidence of clinical benefit. The identification and removal of low-value services can achieve these same goals and produce immediate savings. However, defining what is meant by “low-value” is challenging, because the benefit of a specific clinical service is never always of high or low value.

A new infographic illustrates the scope of low-value care and the benefits of applying a clinically-nuanced approach to the low-value realm.

Click here to download the U-M V-BID Center’s low-value care infographic.

The U-M Center for Value-Based Insurance Design leads in research, development and advocacy for innovative health benefit designs. For more information about V-BID, please visit the center’s website, and follow the center on Twitter and LinkedIn.


Merge iConnect Access to replace WebPACS radiology image viewer

Posted on August 11, 2016

Doctors Reviewing Test Results

On Saturday, Aug. 13 at 7 a.m., the web-based radiology image viewer for MiChart, also known as WebPACS, will be replaced by the Merge iConnect Access (Merge iCA) viewer. Merge iCA is a web-based viewer that was necessary to implement in order for the upcoming MiChart Go-Live scheduled for Oct. 8.

Improvements introduced by Merge iCA include:

  • The support of modern browsers.
  • Improved access to older ultrasound studies.
  • The ability for users to launch directly into a study without having to choose from the entire list of patient studies.
  • Merge iCA’s initial sizing for approximately 18 months of studies while the old viewer held a maximum of two and a half months. Approximately three months of studies will be pre-loaded on Aug. 13.

There are a few functionality changes and known issues, which MCIT teams are working diligently to address. Please see the Merge iConnect Access tip sheet to see the issues, impacts and current solutions.

Training resources are available both in video format and hard-copy documentation. The Merge iCA video bundle can be found on the MiChart website, located under the Training Videos and Playlists page. Users can also access the videos by searching for “iConnect” on the LearnMiChart website. Hard-copy training documentation can be found by searching for “iConnect” on the Training Resources for Providers page or Ambulatory Care Tip Sheets page of the MiChart website.

For any questions, please call the service desk at 734-936-8000, Option 2.

Helping hands: Doctors lead hand surgery workshop in Vietnam

Posted on August 11, 2016

Two U-M surgeons traveled recently to Vietnam to help train local doctors in specialized hand reconstruction techniques. U-M Chief of Hand Surgery Kevin Chung and Hand Surgery Fellow Matthew Brown spent four days in the city of Hue last month, working with dozens of surgeons from across Vietnam.

“I had done some international trips, but nothing at all like this. It was quite a shock to perform surgery with 30 or 40 people watching,” said Brown, MD, who joined UMHS in 2015. “I’ve never seen a group of physicians more interested. Every operating room we worked in was packed and afterward they asked great questions.”

Held in early July, the four-day trip was organized through ReSurge, a nonprofit that aims to boost surgical capacity and capabilities in developing countries. Dr. Chung has worked with ReSurge for more than a decade and has hosted similar workshops in many countries including Ghana, Ecuador, Honduras, Nepal and Cambodia.

“For me, working with ReSurge is about service and engagement. For trainees and fellows like Dr. Brown, these experiences provide critical educational opportunities and exposure to health care in developing countries,” said Dr. Chung. “ReSurge has already expressed an interest in us returning to Vietnam and we are tentatively slated to visit Ho Chi Minh City next year.”

This year’s destination, Hue, a city of about 350,000 in central Vietnam, is home to the country’s third-largest hospital system, Hue Central Hospital, as well as one of Vietnam’s largest medical colleges.

Nearly 40 Vietnamese surgeons from across the country attended to learn advanced techniques from Chung and Brown, who performed surgeries each morning and led follow-up workshops in the afternoons. The focus was primarily on correcting congenital hand disorders like fused fingers or thumb hypoplasia, in which the thumb is underdeveloped or sometimes absent entirely. The physicians saw and treated a lot of children, Brown said.

“All of the patients and their families were very grateful. You feel gratified as always for helping them, but even more important is that we helped educate a group of doctors,” Brown said. “Even though it is one of the largest hospital systems in the country, they don’t have anyone specialized in pediatric hand surgery. This was an opportunity to pass on some technical skills so they can better perform the procedures and hopefully teach others to do them as well.”