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Wayne State welcomes 59 new residents, fellows to its Graduate Medical Education program

June 26, 2015

The Wayne State University School of Medicine’s Department of Graduate Medical Education welcomed 59 new physicians to its sole-sponsored residency and fellowship programs with orientation June 23 in the Margherio Family Conference Center in Detroit.

The new physicians hail from University of Michigan Medical School, Boston University School of Medicine, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Indiana University School of Medicine, and more than two dozen other colleges in the United States and across the world. While Detroit was a new destination for most, 15 of the new residents and fellows are graduates of the Wayne State University School of Medicine. Sixteen residents will participate in a transitional year at Wayne State before moving to another program.

“Once again the WSU programs matched outstanding candidates. They joined us for GME orientation, excited and ready to embrace the opportunities that their residencies and fellowship programs present. They learned about our institution, its rich educational and scholarship resources, and the high-quality learning environment at our hospital partners,” said Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education Tsveti Markova, M.D., F.A.A.C.P., who is also professor and endowed chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences.

Orientation was organized to explain the intricacies of a residency at Wayne State while also providing a central location for all new residents to meet and greet each other and GME faculty and staff.

In July, the physicians will formally begin residency and fellowship training in Wayne State’s Anesthesiology, Brain Injury Medicine, Dermatology, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Urology programs located at Wayne State’s partner hospitals, including Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center, and the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center. Depending on the specialty, physicians not in a transitional year program will continue their education with WSU for the next three to seven years.

Orientation activities included a “GME Jeopardy” game quizzing contestants on GME topics and policies, an introduction to the Shiffman Medical Library and its electronic resources, an overview of GME benefits, an introduction to the system-based practice/quality improvement and safety standards at the Wayne State University Physician Group and a “Resource and Knowledge Bazaar” featuring frequented School of Medicine vendors and offices.

“Instead of the usual lectures, they enjoyed the interactive Jeopardy format to learn more about clinical competencies, quality improvement, patient safety and fatigue mitigation. We are glad to have them on board,” Dr. Markova said.

At the end of the day, the Graduate Medical Education Department’s Resident Quality Council hosted a new resident welcome dinner at the Garden Bowl restaurant and bowling alley in Detroit.

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