Academic Digest October 2021

Clerkship Faculty & Residents Honor Roll

The Wayne State University School of Medicine is fortunate to have outstanding faculty and residents that teach at each clinical campus and realize the important and central role that each faculty and resident plays in student education. Residents repay the excellent teaching they had as students by passing it on to the next generation. Each month the M3 students from the Wayne State University School of Medicine evaluate the faculty and residents on the various clinical services. These student evaluation scores are totaled and ranked. The top faculty and residents are named to the Clerkship Directors Teaching Honor Roll. Congratulations and appreciation are in order for all of these physicians who take extra time to ensure that the next generation of physicians are exceptionally trained. Thank you for being passionate about educating physicians-in-training!

For the 2020-2021 academic year, the list of faculty and residents from the following sites were named to the honor roll:

  • Henry Ford Health System
  • Detroit Medical Center
  • William Beaumont Hospital
  • Ascension St. John Hospital
  • Veterans Hospital
  • Doctors in the Community

Click here to view the Wayne State Faculty and Residency Honor Roll

Newest PEARLS Nominees

Seven medical students are ‘PEARLS’ at the School of Medicine

In the latest round of a quarterly reward program launched by the Wayne State University School of Medicine to recognize outstanding efforts displayed in all four medical classes, seven students have earned kudos for acts of professionalism above and beyond the typical.

Candace Acuff, Geoffrey Ginter, Mugdha Joshi, Leya Maliekal, Arif Musa, Cedric Mutebi and Sara Saymuah were named this quarter’s Professional, Empathetic, Accountable, Respectful, Leadership and Stewardship, or PEARLS, a program intended to recognize students who exhibit exemplary professional behavior. The program launched a year ago.

Candace Acuff, Class of 2022

Acuff was nominated by Jason Papaconstandinou, M.D., a Psychiatry resident on Acuff’s rotation.

“During patient rounds, a patient that was not under our service was calling out for help from another room. Too often we assume someone else is addressing the patient’s need – a tech, a nurse, their primary team or other, and we continue our rounds,” he said. “However, this student took it upon herself with one of her colleagues to go and check on the patient, who had fallen to the floor, was in great distress, and no one else was paying attention or doing anything about it. Candace served as a reminder to us – we are there to provide compassionate care to all and not just to the patients that are on our list. We are called to serve, so how can we ignore such a literal call for help? She did not wait to be told to go, she simply went and did what needed to be done.”

“It’s such an honor to be able to serve in this capacity, and I am extremely grateful to be recognized as a medical student who prioritizes professionalism in addition to my clinical duties. I look forward to continuing to do the work with each principal of the PEARLS program in mind,” Acuff said.
Geoffrey Ginter, Class of 2022
Geoffrey Ginter was nominated by resident Paul Nguyen, M.D. “Student Doctor Ginter from day one showed the utmost respect and was extremely professional. As a third-year year medical student, he took ownership of his patients and displayed diligence, compassion, enthusiasm and was a team player,” Dr. Nguyen said.
Mugdha Joshi, Class of 2022

Like Acuff and Ginter, Joshi was also nominated by a resident, who recognized the way she handled an issue that occurred while she was off rotation.

“She approached the issue in a very professional manner. I believe Mugdha did the right thing in a very open, honest and professional way,” Mohammad Al Zoubi, M.D., said.

“I'm honored to have been nominated,” Joshi said.

Leya Maliekal, Class of 2023

Maliekal was nominated by Academic and Student Programs Manager Erika Roberts for her time and courage to speak to a group of faculty and staff in June about her experiences in the pre-clerkship curriculum.

“Her presentation was thoughtful and comprehensive, and focused on how best to support students in that phase. The group was impressed with her suggestions. Her vulnerability is something to be admired and will help the curriculum team change for the better,” Roberts said.

“Sharing my academic journey openly and vulnerably with our school administration was empowering. I am grateful to the WSUSOM administration for their willingness to kindly listen to and learn from my experiences, and I hope that my sharing benefits future students,” Maliekal said.
Arif Musa, Class of 2022

Arif Musa was nominated by Maysoon Al-Hihi, M.D., for developing in his third year of medical school a research project to address the issue of increasing representation of minority and female residents in diagnostic radiology.

“He recruited a diverse team of diagnostic radiologists, residents and medical students to support him in conducting the study, which included me as the associate program director of the Diagnostic Radiology Program at the Detroit Medical Center,” Dr. Al-Hihi said. “The goal of the project was to identify which strategies were used by program directors to increase diversity in their radiology residency programs. Arif obtained Institutional Review Board approval, wrote the questionnaire that would be distributed to program directors and submitted the survey electronically. He monitored data collection and conducted the statistical analysis as well, all during his core clerkships.”

He is the principal investigator for the project and the lead author for the manuscript. Musa, now a fourth-year student, is applying for Diagnostic Radiology residencies.

“It is my honor to be recognized by the medical school for my study of increasing diversity in the specialties of diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology and radiation oncology. My mentor has spearheaded efforts at the Detroit Medical Center to increase the numbers of Black and female residents and those that are under-represented in radiology. I could therefore think of no better mentor than Dr. Al-Hihi to advise my research,” Musa said.

He continued, “By recruiting a diverse group of co-authors from different levels of training, I hoped to develop a study that incorporated the perspectives of several groups, including those that were under-represented in radiology. I am proud to be part of an institution such as Wayne State University that is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and responsive to the changing needs of a diverse society.”
Cedric Mutebi, Class of 2022

Mutebi was nominated by Curriculum Specialist Sonal Patel for his role as a dedicated collaborator in a social accountability initiative organized by the school.

“He has worked after hours to collaborate on a challenging proposal, engaged in deep thinking about the process and outcomes of the work, and done it all with a positive attitude and a smile on his face,” Patel said.

“I am very grateful and honored to have been nominated for this recognition. I am just one of the many students who have taken up this charge for a curriculum and learning environment centered around the principles of justice,” Mutebi said.
Sara Saymuah, Class of 2022

Patel also nominated Saymuah for the award, for leading several initiatives to organize the efforts of the new board, including setting up a shared folder on OneDrive for the board to store and share documents, recording meeting minutes for the first few meetings, and guiding other board members to analyze, document and organize data for selecting new learning coaches.

“She has been a natural leader in the newly organized Peer Support Advisory Board,” Patel said. “She makes valuable contributions to all of our brainstorms, and the board wouldn't be the same without her.”

"I am thrilled to be recognized among the other PEARLS nominees. As a medical student at WSUSOM, I have the privilege of meeting and learning from exceptional faculty, staff and peers daily. I am fortunate to be surrounded by such encouraging colleagues who make it easy to develop my skills as a professional and leader. The PEARLS nomination reinforces that I am doing the right things in the right place: growing, learning and continuing to create an environment of support and encouragement for all my colleagues, faculty and patients,” Saymuah said.

Shiffman Medical Library Resources

Shiffman Medical Library acquires MedOne Education collection

For students, educators and clinicians, the Thieme MedOne Education platform provides an extensive e-book library of medical textbooks. This collection covers most subjects in the medical school curriculum and can be used in coursework or for study, review, exam prep and research. When searching or viewing the collection, images, videos, audio clips and user-curated playlists are available alongside e-books. The user-friendly interface offers numerous viewing modes for textbooks, as well as complete downloading and annotation features.

For a comprehensive list of titles in MedOne Education please visit tinyurl.com/medoneshiffman

To access titles, conduct a search in Shiffman's MedOne Education Library.

Introducing Segment 1 Business in Medicine Elective

School of Medicine introduces new Business of Medicine elective

The new MD1 5155: Business of Medicine elective course launched earlier this month, offering the School of Medicine the opportunity to begin building closer ties with Wayne State University’s Mike Ilitch School of Business faculty and programs, and providing medical students with an insider’s view of the business of medicine.

The course is designed, co-taught and co-directed by Mike Ilitch School of Business Associate Professor of Marketing Jeffrey Stoltman, Ph.D., and School of Medicine Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education and Curricular Affairs Senthil Kumar Rajasekaran, M.D.

“The opportunity to collaborate with the extremely talented students and faculty of the School of Medicine is one I simply could not pass up,” Dr. Stoltman said. “Across the more than three decades I have been on the faculty here, I have had the immense pleasure of connecting now and then, but this is taking it to a whole new level. Working with these future physicians and supporting them in their effort to expand their horizons and develop as leaders will be the highlight of my career. The life and well-being of every human being is touched by the medical professionals at the heart of the health care industry. I can’t wait to see what grows from this collaboration.”

The first session was held Oct. 7, with 30 first-year medical students selected to participate. It will expand to a larger cohort of students in subsequent years. The class is held in person Thursdays, and includes guest speakers and projects.

The course creates a setting in which future physicians explore various aspects of the business of medicine to gain insight into affecting the future of health care. The course guides students through an examination of the economic and financial aspects of, and the strategic, organizational and operational issues within, the industry.

The quest for improved patient outcomes and cost containment is fueling transformational change across the landscape of health care payers, providers, systems and services. Students will examine the changes and develop a multidisciplinary perspective by learning from the people and organizations affecting the rate and flow of money, services, products and information.

“The knowledge needed by physicians expands past basic science and patient care, and includes the essential knowledge about the business aspect of medicine. In an effort to accomplish this goal, we are excited to launch an elective in Business of Medicine in partnership with the Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business,” Dr. Rajasekaran said. “The entire elective is designed using the experiential learning model, where students work in small groups and engage in lively discussions with an expert in the room.”

Post Baccalaureate

Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Highlights

Members of the Class of 2024 who were recently awarded scholarships:

Jerry Graham Jr., Scholarship Award Recipient
  • Lewis Graham: National Medical Fellowships $5,000 Dr. Herman and Shirley Gray Family Scholarship
  • Ariel Walker: 2021 Dr. Felecia Williams Aspiring Physicians Michigan Scholarship Award
Psychiatrist and Post-Baccalaureate alumna Iyantta Howell, M.D.

Psychiatrist and Post-Baccalaureate alumna Iyantta Howell, M.D., facilitated "Medical School: Thriving, Surviving and Getting Out of Your Own Way," for participants to recognize and address the many pitfalls that can impede academic success. Dr. Howell is a double board-certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist with more than 12 years of experience working in a variety of clinical environments, including inpatient and outpatient settings, prisons, residential treatment facilities and partial hospital programs. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and obtained her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine. She completed her Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship training at the University of Pennsylvania/ Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

She enjoys working with all age groups and has served ethno-culturally diverse populations, engaging with patients and families, and partnering with team members within complex organizational structures. In addition to interventions such as medication management, Dr. Howell places a strong emphasis on psychoeducation, with the goal of empowering patients on topics such as disease recovery and disease prevention.

What are those QR codes around campus, anyway?

The Warrior Improvement and Solutions by Engagement (W.I.S.E.) Program

You have likely seen the signs posted around campus with a QR code. These signs are a resource for you to share feedback you have about School of Medicine programs, activities, and campus environment, which includes facilities and campus community members. Let us know if something went wrong or you had a positive experience while on campus. This information will be used to make real-time improvements and recognize areas and individuals that provided a positive experience for you at the School of Medicine. After providing your email address for follow up, you will receive a response within 24 hours of submitting a report through the QR code.

The W.I.S.E. Program is to give each stakeholder of the school the opportunity to provide suggestions and feedback that may improve your student experience.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, contact Kanye L. Gardner at oaacqi@med.wayne.edu

For general comments regarding School of Medicine or specific facilities feedback, scan the QR codes:

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