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Medical student rotations paused immediately

March 18, 2020

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AMMC) and Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) has recommended that, effective immediately, medical schools should pause all medical student clinical rotations until at least March 31. The U-M Medical School has elected to align with this recommendation, effective immediately. Virtual learning opportunities can continue for medical students. According to the AAMC and LCME, “this pause will allow the medical education community, including learners, to develop appropriate educational strategies and alternative clinical experiences to best assure safe, meaningful clinical learning for students. It will also help with current concerns about the availability of personal protective…

Video: A thank you to all employees for keeping patients safe

March 18, 2020 Last week was National Patient Safety Week. While patient safety is a top priority at Michigan Medicine throughout the year, Patient Safety Week offers an opportunity to recognize faculty and staff for their excellent work and steadfast commitment to providing the safest, most reliable care for patients every day. In recent days and weeks, the organization has witnessed an amazing response and tremendous support from employees around the COVID-19 pandemic and additional measures being taken to ensure the safety of not only patients, but visitors and employees, as well. This week, leaders from the Adult Hospitals shared a “Short…

A Message from Marschall on PTO bank

March 17, 2020

Colleagues, I am pleased to share with you that we have a special paid time off (PTO) bank for employees who are exposed to COVID-19 while on the job. We strongly believe that we need to recognize our physicians, nurses and all of our staff who are caring for patients with COVID-19. So, in addition to regular, paid time-off benefits, we are providing up to an additional 120 hours, special-use PTO bank for employees who need to quarantine as a result of caring for confirmed COVID-19 patients. This is in addition to the 80 hours of special use PTO that…

A Thank You from Marschall

March 17, 2020

Colleagues, During this unprecedented time in our country due to the coronavirus pandemic, I want to share my deep gratitude for the entire Michigan Medicine community and our continued operations. This is an incredibly challenging time for all health care providers as we face uncertainty and great complexity, both in our professional and our personal lives. The outstanding teamwork, planning, and forward thinking for COVID-19 preparedness that I have seen across the organization is nothing short of incredible. I sincerely thank all of the teams who have come together to determine how we manage COVID-19 patients, while still maintaining the…

Marschall Runge, M.D., Ph.D., focuses on compassion in latest ‘Minute with Marschall’

March 17, 2020

In his latest blog post, Marschall S. Runge, M.D., Ph.D., reminds faculty and staff that “challenging times require compassion.” That’s especially true as the organization deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. As Runge said, “Whether you are on the front line caring for patients or in a back room adjusting schedules and procedures based on the latest data on COVID-19, the accelerated time-lines and sheer volume of decision-making and work can be exhausting and stressful.” Click here to read the full entry.

Important COVID-19 Update from Jeffrey Desmond, M.D., Chief Medical Officer

March 14, 2020

To all employees of Michigan Medicine: We want to thank everyone for the work they are doing as we deal with implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize these efforts are well outside normal work, and this is greatly appreciated. We are providing you with an update of the COVID-19 situation in the community. The state of Michigan currently has 16 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and there are three Washtenaw County residents. We are committed to keeping you informed, so we are sharing that a second inpatient at the University of Michigan Health System is positive for COVID-19 and in…

UPDATE: COVID-19 for Employees

March 13, 2020

Colleagues, Michigan Medicine continues to take all precautions necessary to keep our community safe as the number of coronavirus cases in Michigan continues to increase. In alignment with guidance from the university campus, please be aware of the following information and guidance. Work from home The university is encouraging eligible employees (those who deliver services that do not directly impact patient care) to work from home when possible. Although Michigan Medicine will remain open and fully operational, we want to reduce traffic to our medical campus and remote locations when possible. Please discuss telecommuting options with your supervisor as appropriate.…

Update: COVID19 to Leaders

March 13, 2020

To Michigan Medicine Leaders, Thank you for your ongoing leadership and support as we continue to manage the very difficult and rapidly changing coronavirus pandemic. In an effort to limit group interactions and practice social distancing to prevent potential COVID19 spread, I ask that you support the following changes to our workforce policies.   Telecommuting Michigan Medicine will remain open and fully operational, but we need to encourage eligible employees (those who deliver services that do not directly impact patient care) to telecommute when possible and appropriate. To prepare for this, please review the telecommuting policy, and ensure you have the…

A Message from Carol R. Bradford, M.D.

March 12, 2020

Dear Medical School learning community: As a follow-up to the announcement today of how the University of Michigan learning community is dealing with COVID-19 starting tomorrow, we want to amplify and clarify a few things about how this news relates to our Medical School:  We are canceling in-person classes on Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13. Classes for medical students will be fully in an online format beginning Thursday. All classes will resume Monday, March 16, but will be delivered remotely; students and instructors will not meet in-person through at least Tuesday, April 21. Please note: Normal clinical and laboratory rotations, as part…