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Information for Residents

Resident, click below to read more about important information regarding specific areas.

ACLSBLSPALS Certification

The Office of Graduate Medical Education requires proof of ACLS & BLS certification for all residents and ATLS/PALS is program dependent. Residents must be certified when they arrive at WSU and must re-certify every two years. Upon completion of the re-certification courses, the resident must provide a copy of the life support cards to the their program coordinator to upload into New Innovations.

Alumni Affairs

The mission of the Wayne State University Medical Alumni Association is:

  • To enhance the quality of education and professional development of students and alumni;
  • To unify all graduates of the Wayne State University School of Medicine who are in good standing in their profession into one association;
  • To promote the welfare of the Wayne State University School of Medicine in all ways that, to the Board of Governors and membership of this association, may seem proper and beneficial;
  • To assist in the acquisition of funds for the Alumni Annual Fund;
  • To govern the allocation of the Alumni Annual Fund to benefit the Medical School and medical students for the following purposes: student loans, lectureships, research endowments, grants of money for buildings and equipment, and for such other purposes as may seem proper to the Allocation’s Committee and to the entire Board of Governors of this association.

Contact us at: (877) WSU-MED1 (877-978-6331) or

Athletic Facilities

The Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center (MHRFC) is a state-of-the-art facility conveniently located in the heart of the WSU campus.

Highlights of the facility include a 30-foot high climbing wall, leisure pool with giant water slide, water fitness/recreation area, lazy river, bubble bench, leisure bench and 12-person spa, a fullsize gymnasium, 3-lane walking track. For more information, please call the MHRFC information line at 313-577-BFIT (2348).

Blood and Body Fluid Exposure (Needle Stick Exposure)

A resident who sustains an exposure to blood and/or body fluids or who sustains an injury in the course of a clinical assignment should go to the employee health services office at the site where rotating. If the injury occurs after hours, the resident should go to the emergency room. The resident will be promptly evaluated and treated. The resident should inform the employee health services office or emergency room that they are employees of WSU and the invoice should be sent to WSU Office of Risk Management.

A WSU Risk Management Incident Report and Supervisor Report must be completed detailing the circumstances of the exposure and forwarded to the WSU Office of Risk Management. Copies of these documents can be found on New Innovations and also on the GME Website

Send COMPLETED report directly to:
WSU Risk Management Office
5700 Cass Ave.
Suite 4622
Detroit, MI 48202

Changes in Personal Information

Any change in your name or address must be immediately reported your program office, in order to ensure no delay in receipt of important payroll information and/or documentation. Personal information must be changed in your employee information in Pipeline.

If you hold a Permanent Michigan License you must also notify the State Licensing Board of the change, in writing to the State of Michigan Board of Medicine:

  • P.O. Box 30912
    Lansing, Michigan 48909

Foreign Nationals – Specific Notice:

Federal regulations require all foreign nationals to notify INS (in addition to ECFMG) of any change in your residential address. Go to to obtain FORM AR-11 to submit your address change to INS.

Changes in Tax Withholding and/or Payroll Deductions

Based on the forms you completed upon your employment, federal, state, and Social Security deductions are taken from your paycheck. Theses deductions appear on your bi-weekly paycheck stub. To change your tax withholding, you will need to submit a new Federal W-4 form or MI-4 form to WSU Payroll office. These forms and other information can be found on the WSU Payroll Website

Continuing Medical Education

CME Mission: Wayne State University School of Medicine is committed to excellence in education and research and to the translation of new knowledge into excellence of patient care. Its commitment to the education of physicians extends from undergraduate education through residency and fellowship training to education for the practicing physician.

PURPOSE: The Goal of the CME program is to plan and deliver high quality education activities for practicing physicians in order to reinforce their past learning and to disseminate new concepts and practices in medicine which may improve patient care for all medical specialties.

In accordance with the educational affiliation agreement between Wayne State University and Wayne State University, the School is the accredited sponsor for all CME activities of Wayne State University and its constituent institutions.

TARGET AUDIENCE: The audiences to be reached by its program of CME are:

  1. Physicians in all medical specialties and sub-specialties
  2. Faculty of the school and medical staffs of WSU hospitals
  3. Physicians practicing in metropolitan Detroit, throughout the State of Michigan or wherever practicing in the US or internationally.
  4. Physicians-in-training e. Other health care professionals from Wayne State University, the WSU hospitals and the community

TYPES OF ACTIVITIES: The educational activities provided within the program shall use whatever educational methods are appropriate and may include lectures, laboratories, discussion groups, and enduring materials such as, films, video tapes, monographs, computer programs and web based programs. The types of activities may include live courses, live regularly schedules seminars, live internet conferences, and enduring materials such as nonsynchronous internet courses and journal CME. Whenever it may promote the educational objectives of the School, any of the above types of activities may be Jointly Sponsored with other institutions or groups which may or may not themselves be accredited to provide CME.

CONTENT AREAS: The content areas of CME activities sponsored by the Wayne State University School of Medicine include primary care, and specialty and sub-specialty topics in all fields of medicine. The scope of sponsored activities includes the basic medical sciences, clinical medical sciences and the provision of health care to the public.

The CME Division shall promote excellence in teaching by facilitating the training of its faculty of the School and affiliates in the methods and techniques of medical teaching. It shall promote research into how physicians learn, how to plan and deliver educational materials to meet their needs.

The Division of Continuing Medical Education expects the general academic quality of each CME activity to be relevant to the level of medical practice of the target audience, that the educational process activities will be of appropriate quality, and that the activities will be applicable to the professional development needs of physicians and health professionals in the community. The Division of CME insures that all CME activities comply with the accreditation requirements as established by the ACCME.

EXPECTED RESULTS: The Division shall promote activities which are designed to improve healthcare outcomes and will assist activity directors in designing evaluation tools to assess audience perception of whether the activities will improve their care of patients.

Also, as part of the faculty development in each residency program the WSUSOM GME office has identified a number of Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) modules that incorporate information on Graduate Medical Education. These modules are available for faculty to complete as required by their Program Director.

DEA Numbers

There are two types of DEA Registration Numbers: 1. An Institutional DEA Registration Number is a unique number issued by the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) to a licensed, eligible institution that handles controlled substances. 2. A Personal Federal DEA Registration Number is a unique number issued by the DEA to a licensed, eligible Prescriber who applies for the right to dispense, administer, or prescribe controlled substances (e.g., narcotics).

An Institutional DEA Registration Number is a unique number issued by the DEA to a licensed, eligible institution that handles controlled substances. A participating Hospital Institutional DEA Registration Number, when combined with a unique Suffix assigned to a specific Prescriber, authorizes that Prescriber to administer, dispense, and prescribe controlled substances under the conditions described below.

A personal Federal DEA Registration Number is a unique number issued by the DEA to a licensed, eligible Prescriber who applies for the right to administer, dispense, or prescribe controlled substances. Once a Prescriber has a personal Federal DEA Registration Number, he or she may not use, under any circumstances, an Institutional DEA Registration Number.

Prescribers who have questions about DEA Registration Number usage should refer to the relevant Federal and Michigan regulations or contact the WSU SOM Office of Graduate Medical Education. Some resources include:

  • Guidelines for the use of DEA Registration number by Residents (on New Innovations)
  • DEA, Frequently Asked Questions, undated,
  • WSU SOM Office of Graduate Medical Education, 248-581-5900

Drug-Free Workplace

Drug use in the workplace is all too common. The cost of drug use to industry has been estimated at over 100 billion dollars per year.

Drug use in the workplace endangers coworkers, the company, customers, and the public. It affects the quality of service delivery and of products. Coworkers may often have to cover up for an affected employee by making excuses or redoing poor quality workmanship.

Drug-using workers have a greater frequency of sick days, use of healthcare benefits, and of workrelated injury.

Supervisors need to be educated about the signs of drug abuse and coworkers should report concerns or suspicious behavior to the supervisor. Keeping quiet enables the affected person to get sicker, expose others to increasing risk, and not be held responsible for his or her own behavior.

  • Some Signs Of Drug Use In The Workplace Include:
  • Decreasing quality of work
  • Mood swings and irritability
  • Unpredictable behavior Frequently ill, absent, or late
  • Desire to work alone
  • Frequent trips to bathroom
  • Not letting briefcase or purse out of sight
  • Decreased ability to tolerate usual workload and
  • Change in hygiene and/or dress
  • Obvious Signs of Drug Use in the Workplace include:
  • Alcohol on breath
  • Odor of marijuana or
  • Caught using or selling drugs

Employees have a right to a safe, drug-free workplace. Read the alcohol and drug policy at your place of employment. Utilize the employee assistance program, if your company has one, but do not ignore the issue.

As stated in the WSU SOM GME Agreement of Appointment each resident is subject to a health examination and supplementary test(s) which includes tests for drug and/or alcohol abuse and may also include a cotinine (nicotine) test.

Incident Reporting

One of the six focus areas of the ACGME Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) program is patient safety. During the CLER site visit the sponsoring institution (WSU) will be assessed on opportunities residents have for reporting errors, unsafe conditions, and near misses. In an effort to make it easier for the WSU residents/fellows to access the information we have consolidated the reporting information from all of our partner training sites into a central location. Please remember the goal of these reporting systems is not to punish anyone but to fix the system and prevent medical errors. The incident reporting information can be found on the GME Website

Related Resources:

Relevant Information:


Lab-Coats are provided through individual departments. Please see your coordinator and/or director for information. Individual programs are responsible for ordering lab coats with the Wayne State University School of Medicine logo for each resident.

Legal Aid and Legal Actions

Legal aid is available to all WSU Graduate Medical Residents in connection with any circumstances involving a hospital patient(s). Any development of a medico legal nature must be handled through the Risk Management Office. If legal papers relating to a patient are served on a Resident, contact the GME office.

Medical Licensure

WSU Residents must possess valid Michigan medical licenses (Educational Limited and Controlled Substance). Effective October 1, 2008, in accordance with State of Michigan requirements, all individuals applying for a health professional license in the State of Michigan are now required to undergo a criminal background check and submit fingerprints. A State of Michigan medical license will not be issued without the completion of the above procedures.

The Graduate Medical Education Office will assist a resident in obtaining and/or renewing of medical licenses, however, it is the resident’s responsibility to ensure that his/her medical license is valid at all times.

You are allowed to have a Michigan Limited Educational License for a period of six (6) years. After that time you must apply for a permanent medical license. To obtain an application please see the State of Michigan website:

One Cards and ID Badges

WSU One Cards allow the residents access to the resources of Wayne State University. There are also discounts available at area businesses, they are identified by the Show Your One Card signs (see Discounts). There is no fee for your first OneCard. However, if you lose your OneCard, a replacement fee of $10 will be charged to obtain a new OneCard. To get a replacement OneCard, you will need to fill out a Replacement Form and return it to the OneCard/Parking Service Center and a new OneCard will be issued to you for a $10 fee. The OneCard/Parking Service Center is located in the Welcome Center, 42 W. Warren Avenue, Suite 257, Detroit, MI. Please call (313) 577-CARD for more information. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Each resident will be issued an ID badge from the hosting institution and will be responsible for the badge under that institution’s policy.


The residents must park in the designated lot at the hospital in which they are rotating. Information regarding resident parking locations is distributed to new residents by their residency office at the time of appointment.

Professional Liability Coverage

Your professional liability coverage is through the host institution. Your policy is a limited claims made policy with extended reporting endorsement (tail coverage). In addition to liability “gap” insurance is provided for all exposure in outpatient facilities in other institutions. This coverage does not extend outside of the training program. See the WSU GME office for complete details.


WSU is a smoke-free environment; therefore, smoking is prohibited in all areas of WSU including private offices, bathrooms, conference rooms, locker rooms, etc.

To ensure the safety of all patients, all hospitals are smoke-free environments. Please refrain from smoking on any hospital campus including your car parked on hospital property.

As stated in the WSU SOM GME Agreement of Appointment each resident is subject to a health examination and supplementary test(s) which includes tests for drug and/or alcohol abuse and may also include a cotinine (nicotine) test.

Student Loans

Student loans are the responsibility of the postgraduate resident. For more information, please contact your lender and access your loan information and requirements for student loan reduction of payment or other information as needed. Verification of training may be sought from the Office of Graduate Medical Education at (248)581-5900.

Worker’s Compensation

All workers compensation claims are managed and processed according to the State of Michigan Workers With Disabilities Compensation Act of 1982.