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A year-long sprint: Sanjay Gupta reflects on communications and the pandemic

May 14, 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CbBH48KYQM After more than a year of covering the coronavirus pandemic in-depth, Sanjay Gupta, M.D., still feels like every day is a sprint. But he takes the media's role as an "honest broker" in the public's understanding of COVID-19, very seriously, from the evolving knowledge about the virus and how to prevent transmission, to treatment and the uptake of vaccination. He also notes the key role of experts who are willing to engage with reporters, or communicate directly to the public through social media and their own writing.  These topics, and much more, came up in the hour-long discussion with his longtime…

COVID-19 vaccines now available for younger individuals

May 13, 2021

Michigan Medicine has opened scheduling for COVID-19 vaccine appointments for individuals as young as 12 years old. Appointments are available starting Friday, May 14, to patients age 12-15 who have Michigan Medicine medical record numbers (MRN). All appointments are still available for anyone over age 15 who has not yet been vaccinated. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to include this younger population. Previously, the Pfizer vaccine was only available to patients age 16 and older. The FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have…

Celebrate the U-M Medical School Class of 2021!

May 13, 2021

On Friday, May 14, the U-M Medical School will stream a special virtual commencement ceremony for graduating students, their families and friends. The festivities will begin at 3 p.m. on the Michigan Medicine YouTube channel; however, the community can begin celebrating now in the following ways: Visit commencement.medicine.umich.edu. This site allows graduates, families, friends, faculty, staff and learners to post messages of thanks, congratulations and well wishes (see “Add Your Message” button on the page) and follow along over the next two weeks as others post messages.Share messages on your Twitter and public Instagram accounts by using the hashtag #GoBlueMD. The…

Michigan Medicine earns five-star rating from CMS for overall quality

May 12, 2021

Congratulations to Michigan Medicine, which recently earned five stars from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for overall hospital quality! The overarching goal of the Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating is to improve the usability and interpretability of information posted on Care Compare, a website designed for consumers to use along with their health care provider to make decisions on where to receive care. In short, the rating provides consumers with a simple overall rating generated by combining multiple dimensions of quality into a single summary score. The methodology utilizes ratings in such areas as mortality, safety of…

Science and research through a visual lens, how one virtual program changed the anatomical sciences — and more health stories

May 12, 2021

A roundup of articles from both the Michigan Health and Michigan Health Lab blogs, which cover stories on breaking news and research, health tips and wellness that you won’t want to miss. P.S. Want to receive new stories straight to your inbox? Sign up for the blog e-newsletters! Michigan Health Lab Turns 5 - The Michigan Health Lab blog, and its sister blog Michigan Health, are celebrating their 5th anniversary, and it's all thanks to you, our readers.Michigan Health Lab’s 5 Most Viewed Stories May Surprise You - And one (or all) of them may serve as your next interesting read.Science and Research Through a Visual…

Michigan Medicine honored for supply chain excellence

May 10, 2021

Congratulations to Michigan Medicine, which was recently named one of the “Best 50 Health Care Providers for Supply Chain Excellence.” The honor comes from Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX), which recognized hospitals that stand out for their ability to demonstrate improved operational performance while driving down costs through supply chain automation.  To compile the list, GHX studied data from 4,100 hospitals across the U.S. and Canada. “What makes me most proud of our Supply Chain team is that this recognition represents their resilience and focus on process even during the most extraordinarily difficult of times over this past year,” said Janet…

Milestone Spotlight: Michigan Health and Michigan Health Lab blogs celebrate 5 years

May 6, 2021

https://youtu.be/JTXDNjPG_E8 The Michigan Health and Michigan Health Lab blogs are celebrating 5 years of health/wellness stories and medical news! For the last five years, Michigan Medicine’s Michigan Health blog has published stories of inspiring patient journeys and recoveries, tips on how to lead a healthy life and expertise from our care professionals. Since its launch, the blog has brought readers over 1,500 posts. Its sister blog, the Michigan Health Lab, which is celebrating the same anniversary, has published over 1,700 stories. In that span, the blogs have brought readers health advice from U-M experts, inspiring patient stories and information about cutting-edge research. In…

Medical students take 103rd Galens Smoker virtual

May 6, 2021

Galens Medical Society is proud to present the 103rd Smoker: Herpules! The Smoker is an annual musical roast of the faculty, the medical school and medicine in general that is written, acted and produced by more than 200 medical students. This year, students will take you back to ancient times as the heroic Dr. Erin McKean undertakes a series of epic labors to prove she is worthy to join the department gods on Zoom Olympus. Due to the circumstances surrounding production this year, the team is pleased to be presenting the first-ever movie Smoker, which will premiere Saturday, May 8 at 7…

Michigan Medicine opens adult and pediatric COVID-19 long haul clinics

May 5, 2021

Patients hospitalized for COVID-19 are experiencing a broad spectrum of long-term multi-organ issues involving pulmonary, cardiovascular, kidney, metabolic, mood and neurologic complications. Most recently, it’s become apparent that the risk of developing these complications is high even in patients who only experienced mild forms of COVID-19. Now, to better serve this population, Michigan Medicine is establishing clinics to provide post-discharge care to both adults and pediatric patients experiencing these long-term post COVID symptoms and complications. More than 1,500 adult patients have been hospitalized with severe COVID-19 at Michigan Medicine, with more than two-thirds having diabetes. Meanwhile, doctors at C.S. Mott Children’s…