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The Michigan Medicine blog recap

May 29, 2020

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. Energy Drinks, Caffeine and Your Digestion Looking for a quick caffeine boost? Choose your beverage wisely, says one GI expert. READ MORE Timing Is Everything at the First Signs of Stroke When Tom Pawley suffered a stroke, his wife knew exactly what was happening and exactly what to do: Call 911. READ MORE Staying Summer Safe During the Pandemic Five ways to reduce your risk of COVID-19 over the holiday weekend and…

Looking back on another virus battle: U-M’s role in polio history

May 27, 2020

Top row: The Old Main hospital offered polio survivors care in a dedicated swimming pool and rehabilitation unit, as well as specialized respirator unit that included "iron lungs" and was a…

#MichMedGrad campaign to celebrate graduating house officers

May 27, 2020

It’s that time of year when many of Michigan Medicine’s house officers complete their residency and fellowship programs, and graduate to the next phase of their careers. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the usual in-person gatherings for graduating house officers will be replaced with a virtual celebration for all Michigan Medicine programs through the #MichMedGrad campaign. Colleagues, family and friends can add #MichMedGrad to their tweets and public Instagram posts to share congratulations and advice, and have these messages appear on a special website: michmed.org/grad2020. Messages and photos can also be posted directly to the site. For the 400 house…

Three diseases, one cure

May 26, 2020

Al Nykamp and his family. Photo courtesy of the Nykamp family. In a single day, Al Nykamp was cured of liver cancer, cirrhosis caused by hepatitis C and hemophilia, an inherited condition that causes…

The Michigan Medicine blog recap

May 22, 2020

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. Moms on the Frontline A tribute to mothers who are serving double duty caring for COVID-19 patients at work while also balancing family life at home during the pandemic. READ MORE Mother’s Day Wishes for 2020 A tribute to mothers who delivered babies during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE Program Aims to Help the Muslim Community Quit Smoking During Ramadan The Yallah Quit program uses culturally specific, text message-based guidance to help…

Agents for change: Student capstone showcase goes virtual

May 21, 2020

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic changed everything about the U-M Medical School curriculum practically overnight. Not only were students’ clinical rotations paused and in-person classes moved online, but educational events were canceled, as well. Among the biggest was a showcase planned for graduating students to show off their Capstone For Impact (CFI) projects. Planned for early April, the showcase was to be an opportunity for graduating students to celebrate the culmination of their hard work and energize second- and third-year classmates just beginning to contemplate their own CFI projects. While the past two years have seen similar events, this year’s was to be…

During pandemic, medical students volunteering to ensure that No One Dies Alone

May 19, 2020

Interrupted by the coronavirus, a bedside program that brings comfort to patients who find themselves alone at the end of their lives has been adapted and reintroduced by U-M medical students. COVID-19 forced the suspension of Michigan Medicine’s No One Dies Alone (NODA) program, which relies on a network of trained volunteers whose access to the clinical wards has been restricted for safety reasons. While stories of coronavirus patients having to be alone during their last moments have garnered national attention, the problem extends to non-COVID patients, too, as the pandemic has made it much more challenging for family to…

Not on stage, but instead on screens, U-M medical students graduate virtually

May 18, 2020

It is a rite of passage into their profession, but for 173 U-M medical students, this year’s commencement ceremony was different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of convening at Hill Auditorium to receive their diplomas and officially become doctors, members of the graduating Class of 2020 gathered with loved ones around their mobile phones, monitors, laptops and screens to participate in a virtual ceremony. The festivities included remarks from U-M Regent Shauna Ryder Diggs, M.D.; President Mark S. Schlissel, M.D., Ph.D.; Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Susan M. Collins, Ph.D.; the honored speaker, Regina Benjamin,…

Follow medical students through their ‘Four Years in Blue’ in new documentary

May 15, 2020

One medical school. Four years. Fifteen stories. In 2016, the U-M Medical School welcomed 172 new doctors-in-training. Out of this group, 15 students agreed to be followed throughout their medical training, documenting key milestones in their journeys from the first months on campus until just days before graduation for most of them. In the short film, “Four Years in Blue: The University of Michigan Medical School Documentary,” they share stories in their own words, with glimpses into the reality of medical school life as they lived it. The documentary realizes the vision of a talented team from the Michigan Medicine…