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Reminder: Leaders to host virtual Town Hall this afternoon

September 18, 2020

Don't forget, a virtual Town Hall will be hosted by Michigan Medicine leaders on this afternoon, Sept. 18, at 2 p.m.  Topics of discussion will include vaccine clinical trials, COVID-19 surveillance testing, flu shots and staffing issues. To join the town hall: https://umich-health.zoom.us/j/92478265278?pwd=SGVvMk1NeHZISlUyRlVZNUFxWkNldz09 Password: 657670 To join via iPhone one-tap:     US: +13017158592,,92478265278#  To join via telephone:     Dial: +1 301 715 8592      Webinar ID: 924 7826 5278

Brian J. Zink, M.D., appointed interim executive dean for academic affairs

September 18, 2020

Brian J. Zink, M.D., has been appointed interim executive vice dean for academic affairs (EVDAA) in the U-M Medical School, effective Sept. 8. His appointment, which also includes service as interim chief academic officer (CAO) for Michigan Medicine, was approved by the board of regents Thursday.  Zink is a professor of emergency medicine, and since September 2019, he has served as senior associate dean for faculty and faculty development. He will continue in this role while working with senior leadership in administering the medical school’s academic mission, which includes oversight and guidance for medical and graduate students, and residents. He…

Gorav Ailawadi, M.D., M.B.A., named chair for the Department of Cardiac Surgery

September 18, 2020

The board of regents Thursday approved the appointments of Gorav Ailawadi, M.D., M.B.A., as chair of the Department of Cardiac Surgery and the Helen F. and Marvin M. Kirsh Professor of Cardiac Surgery in the U-M Medical School, effective Sept. 1. He also will hold an appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Ailawadi, a former surgery resident at Michigan Medicine, returns to U-M after serving as a professor of surgery and chief of cardiac and thoracic surgery at the University of Virginia. He held a joint appointment in biomedical engineering, and was director of minimally invasive cardiac surgery, surgical…

Editorial from Marschall Runge, M.D., Ph.D.: Masking proves critical to safe return to college campuses

September 16, 2020

Widely publicized efforts to control the rate of COVID-19 infection among returning higher ed students have met with variable success. In some cases, colleges and universities have cancelled or postponed on-campus activities; in other instances, the rate of infection has been modest and on-campus classes continue. Across the spectrum, these varied results have led to many conversations, some quite heated, about the pros and cons of on-campus learning. Unfortunately, as in so many circumstances, there is uncertainty which can lead to strongly held beliefs, passionate debate and in some cases real polarization. But the main point is getting lost. We…

Michigan Medicine leaders to host virtual Town Hall on Friday, Sept. 18

September 15, 2020

A virtual Town Hall will be hosted by Michigan Medicine leaders on Friday, Sept. 18, at 2 p.m.  Topics of discussion will include vaccine clinical trials, COVID-19 surveillance testing, flu shots and staffing issues. To join the town hall: https://umich-health.zoom.us/j/92478265278?pwd=SGVvMk1NeHZISlUyRlVZNUFxWkNldz09 Password: 657670 To join via iPhone one-tap:     US: +13017158592,,92478265278#  To join via telephone:     Dial: +1 301 715 8592      Webinar ID: 924 7826 5278

Live conversation with President Schlissel and Provost Collins

September 15, 2020

All members of the U-M community, including those at Michigan Medicine, are invited to a live conversation between President Mark S. Schlissel and Provost Susan M. Collins later this afternoon, Sept. 15. The two will converse with Professor Scott E. Page, who is a faculty member in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Stephen M. Ross School of Business. The conversation will take place from 1:45 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. and the live stream will be available at umich.edu/watch. A recording will also be posted after the event.  Professor Page has agreed to pose questions and concerns…

Organization increases inpatient rehab capacity through partnership at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea

September 15, 2020

Michigan Medicine is expanding the reach of its Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) expertise through the organization’s joint venture with St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea (SJMC). Today, Sept. 15, SJMC opened the…

High Reliability: Our Promise

September 15, 2020

Throughout the past year, our organization has shown incredible resilience and adaptability. Despite continuous change, the organization has remained steadfast in its journey to high reliability. Numerous examples of high reliability skills in action occur daily across the organization. Before COVID-19, almost 15,000 employees took the in-person training high reliability training. In an effort to continue the HRO journey, new virtual trainings were launched in mid-August through MLearning. In order to raise more awareness and reinforce the learned skills, there will be materials published periodically on a variety of platforms for teams to share, internalize and actively practice. So be…

Nurse Practice Environment Survey opens today

September 14, 2020

Registered nurses who are involved in direct patient care at Michigan Medicine are being asked to participate in a Nurse Practice Environment Survey, beginning today. The survey is a requirement for Magnet redesignation and is not related to the annual organizationwide Employee/Faculty Engagement surveys. The engagement surveys are scheduled to once again take place in Spring 2021. Those who are eligible for the Nurse Practice Environment Survey will be sent an email with a unique link. If you do not receive an email, you are not eligible for the survey.