Web and Digital Communications
As your Web support team here at the School of Medicine, we are here to assist you in any way we can. Whether it’s getting the SOM presence of your site up-to-date, providing quality content for site visitors, or working with your office to expand your site’s usability, we are ready to help. Please find below an outline of the services we currently provide.
Considering upgrading your site or just need to have the content updated? Use our online form to contact us about general questions or to update your site.
Range from simple consultation and recommendations for your site, to full redevelopment and redesign. Take a look at our services to see what we provide that may be of assistance to you.
The identity standards are in place to help provide a clear and consistent look for WSU SOM across all of the departments, offices, units and programs.
As the Web support team for the School of Medicine, we are here to assist in getting all of the SOM Web presence up to date, and to provide informative content that is also inviting to the site visitors. Please find below an outline of the services we currently provide.
We provide the SOM with a fully database driven Web presence. We are developing all of the new sites and redesigned sites with a more easily maintainable Web presence through innovative development standards. We can create new sites and restore previous sites that require modifications. Our main focus is functionality, and we are capable of building applications that enhance Website usability and performance well beyond many of our current sites.
Web Maintenance and Content Management
WDC is fortunate enough to have the advantage of a proprietary Content Management System available to the SOM. Our team operates and maintains the flow of content between many of the units within the School of Medicine. The ease of use supports each unit that is responsible for providing accurate and up-to-date content for all of the pages and areas of their relative sites.
As stated above, we are fortunate enough to be able to use a Content Management System which allows us to develop and edit all School of Medicine websites. We regularly provide our clients with training sessions on our CMS. Once training is complete, the client will have an understanding of how to edit the web pages within thier own site. Contact WDC to schedule CMS Training.
It is vital for all units within the Wayne State University School of Medicine to represent a strong and united web presence by displaying a consistent branding identity. World-renowned for its state-of-the-art research, high standards for medical education and physician training, and dedication to providing specialized medical care to the community, there is no better reason to remain unified and proudly demonstrate our School of Medicine brand. Adhering to the WSU SOM standards not only represents our brand and shows consistency, but will allow the user to easily recognize that they are viewing a website within the School of Medicine family. Please view our branding standards below.
|White||Light Gray||Yellow||Light Beige||Light Teal||WSU Green|
|Black||Dark Gray||Yellow Gold||Beige||Teal||Burgundy|
The SOM Web Services team is currently working on developing new and updated designs for our websites. Please refer to the Branding Identity section for the general concept of styles and layout coming soon. Approved SOM website colors are interchangeable based on the client’s preference. In addition, positions of promotion sections, news and events, spotlight sections, etc. can be adjusted based on the client’s needs.
Below you will find the School of Medicine department and divisions wordmarks. They are available for download in three formats: eps, jpg and png. These are all high resolution; when using it on the web please remember to reduce to 72 dpi. If for any reason you do not see your department or division listed, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can assist you with getting one created.
Web Request Form
If you would to leave a comment and/or suggestion for our team, please just fill out the form below. Thank you.
What can I say? I have enjoyed working with you greatly. You have helped me so much and you get back to me quickly when I have questions. Your technical skills are amazing. I would be lost without your assistance.
– Joni Zwemer | Pediatric Prevention Research Center
– Jeffrey Ram, Ph.D. | Professor, Physiology
– Caryn Volpe | C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development
– Linda M. Roth, Ph.D. | Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, Family Medicine
– Bruce Berkowitz, Ph.D. | Anatomy and Cell Biology
– Brandon Parker, MPA | Neurosurgery
– Kathleen Connors, L.M.S.W., A.C.S.W. | Director of Career Planning Services
– Kerin Jones, M.D., M.S. | Emergency Medicine
– Robert G. MacKenzie, Ph.D. | Assoc. Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences
– Jen Bezanson | Otolaryngology
– Jill de Jesus | Cancer Biology Graduate Program
– Therese Johnson | Continuing Medical Education
– Michelle Brock | Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Oakwood)
– Jennifer Goewey | Urology and Dermatology
– John Elliot | Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Oakwood)
– Elissa Firestone | Family Medicine
If you would to leave a comment and/or suggestion for our team, please just fill out the form below. Thank you.
What is the easiest way to request help from Web & Digital Communications?
Please contact us at email@example.com and someone from our team will be able to assist you. For all new website redesign requests, please use the New Web Project Request form on this site. Include details on your project and how we can help, and we will contact you as soon as we can.
Can you help me with building a new Website or redeveloping an existing site?
The Web & Digital Communication team specializes in web maintenance/basic design, web development, and content management. Departments are always welcome to contact us concerning their current and future web needs.
How long does it take to design a website?
The process of the development and design of websites varies. Smaller sites with minimal content can be built in a shorter time span than it will take for more complex sites. We will need to meet with you to go over the anticipated outcome of a site to better project a timeline. To do this, please contact WDC.
How do I publish content/information on the School of Medicine website?
This depends on what you actually want to publish. General publicity/informative material can be published via department sites, unit sites and the SOM homepage depending on the nature and audience for the information. Teaching material should be published through Blackboard. Please contact the firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
How do I request an update, change or deletion to information already published on a website?
Many departments and units at the School of Medicine have individual members of staff who are trained to maintain their own areas of the Website. The WDC team will let you know who your representative is or will undertake the work for you if no such person has yet been trained. To do this, please contact WDC.
Can we maintain our department web pages ourselves?
The head of your department can assign a member of staff to take over the responsibility of the maintenance of your site. As a short-term solution, you can contact WDC and we can make the changes needed until someone is identified in your department to handle the ongoing maintenance for your site.
What is the WSU Content Management System (CMS)?
The WSU Content Management System (CMS) is a tool that has been built in-house, at the university, to provide the functionality needed to both create and maintain websites throughout the university. The School of Medicine utilizes this tool, which is a user-friendly browser-based tool for creating and managing websites. For further information on the CMS and how to transition your site into this system, please contact us.
I have never maintained a website/pages before. What training is available?
We offer training on our Content Management System. The CMS contains an easy-to-use interface, which does not require specialist software or web-authoring expertise. However, some knowledge of HTML will help. Training on the system will need to be undertaken before anyone is given access to create and maintain Web pages stored in the CMS. Contact WDC for further details.
Can I have a different design for my Website/pages?
As a large, successful entity of a higher education institution, it is important that the School of Medicine Website projects a coherent, professional image and allows users to access information quickly without becoming confused by changes in style and navigation, lending the visitor to have to verify that they are at the same institution. However, we strive to create some level of individual identity through the use of the elements on each site.
We understand it is necessary to maintain the interest of the user, and so it’s recommended that sections of the site adopt their own imagery to a degree to clearly brand their area of the SOM Web presence without detriment to the functioning and navigation of the site. The WDC unit will be able to advise further.
Are there any design guidelines that I should adhere to?
Yes. Academic and administrative departments are required to adopt the brand identity for the School of Medicine. We can help you to better understand guidelines and discuss how to meet these requirements for branding. Contact WDC for more information.
Is it possible to add photo galleries, documents, and video to my web pages?
Yes. The WDC unit is constantly improving the toolset available to the School of Medicine allowing the inclusion of such interactive elements to some areas of the SOM’s Web presence. There is a streaming video server provided through BioMedical Communications that allows for some of the needs you may have. Contact WDC to discuss your requirements and we will be able to help you determine which unit here at the School of Medicine can best support your needs.
Can our department/unit have its own domain name?
The School of Medicine has the domain of med.wayne.edu and therefore is able to create sub-domains making it easier for external audiences to identify a unit. We advise the use of www.yourunit.med.wayne.edu. Contact WDC for further details.
There is a photograph I want, but I do not have access to the image. How can I get it?
Please contact WDC and give as much detail about the image as you can (event, location, who is in the photo, etc.) so that we can possibly be of assistance. Providing the URL of the where the image is located would also be helpful. If BioMedical Communications originally photographed an image you will need to contact them directly to obtain a copy. Their contact information is on their site at [path_url]/ume-biomed-design-and-digital-imaging/.
For all new web project requests, please refer to the New Web Project Request Form.
For scheduling CMS training or any other additional questions and information, please contact us via email at email@example.com.
Web Services Manager