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The CMU College of Medicine Faculty and Staff News is published monthly.

Enjoy the November 2023 edition.

2023 Faculty Recognition and Award Ceremony

On behalf of the CMU College of Medicine, the Office of Faculty Development was honored to recognize the foundational sciences and clinical faculty, community educators, CCC and ICE preceptors at the Faculty Recognition and Awards Ceremony on October 12, 2023. Congratulations to all the nominees and recipients of the following awards.

D and C Mridha Spirit of Teaching

Award recipient: Rosemary Poku, Ph.D. – Foundational Sciences

Other nominees:
Muhammad Usman Ghani, M.D. – Medical Sciences
Renee K. Sundstrom, D.O. – Surgical Sciences
Amrish Jain, M.D. – Pediatric Sciences

Excellence in Research

Award recipient: Neli Ragina, Ph.D.

Other nominees:
Michael J. Conway, Ph.D.
Jyotsna Pandey, M.D., Ph.D.

Excellence in Teaching in Foundational Sciences

Award recipient: Joydeep Chaudhuri, M.D.

Other nominees:
Michael Elftman, Ph.D.
Robert Petersen, Ph.D.

Excellence in Teaching in Medical Sciences

Award recipient: Nikita Roy, M.D.

Other nominees:
Jennifer Romeu, M.D.
Olivia Thomas, M.D.

Excellence in Teaching in Pediatric Sciences

Award recipient: Vishwas Vaniawala, M.D.

Other nominees:
Mina Hafzalah, M.D.
Banu Kumar, M.D.

Excellence in Teaching in Surgical Sciences

Award recipient: Judy S. Blebea, M.D.

Other nominees:
Akram Alashari, M.D.
Christina Maser, M.D.

Excellence in Teaching as a Community Educator

Award recipients:

Jonathon Deibel,
M.D. Rania Esteitie, M.D.
Rania Esteitie, M.D.
Palaniandy Kogulan, M.D.
Thomas Schomaker, D.O.
David Michael Smeenge, M.D.

Congratulations to all our award recipients and nominees! We truly appreciate your time and efforts; you are having a tremendous impact!

Pandey receives Interprofessional Global Award

Congratulations Jyotsna Pandey, M.D., Ph.D., and the interprofessional team that received the Interprofessional.Global Award. They were recognized with the award for their research and thought-provoking publications especially for COVID and post-COVID issues concerning public health and health care teams.

Grants and publications

Jack Blumberg, M4; Samantha Hahn, Ph.D. and Jesse Bakke, Ph.D., published an article "Intermittent fasting: consider the risks of disordered eating for your patient" in Clinical Diabetes and Endocrinology.

Upcoming events

NBME Item-Writing Workshop
When: November 13, 2023
Time: 3 – 5:30 p.m.
Registration link

Ramping up in Academics
Topic: Time Management
When: November 14, 2023
Time: 7:30 a.m.
Speakers: Amanda Swafford, Ed.D., M.B.A., director of Office of Medical Education; Jewel Larkins, assistant director of mentoring initiatives

Faculty Development Lunch and Learn Series
Topic: Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace
When: November 16, 2023
Time: 12 p.m.
Speaker: Robin D. Benson, M. Ed., manager of educational services, MyMichigan Health
Meeting link

The Value of Listening: Hone Your Skills, Save a Life
Host: Barb Smith Suicide Resource & Response Network
When: November 17, 2023

Registration link Multidisciplinary Grand Rounds
Topic: Athletes with Intellectual Disabilities
When: November 30, 2023
Time: 7:30 a.m.
Speaker: David W. Jenkins, D.P.M., professor, Arizona College of Podiatric Medicine, Midwestern University
Meeting link.


CMU College of Medicine

Carolyn Yordy, communications specialist, October 23, 2023

New hires

CMU College of Medicine

Kenneth Lewis, Ph.D., foundational sciences faculty, October 2, 2023
Brianne Lewis, Ph.D., foundational sciences faculty, October 2, 2023
Lex Spence, Midland regional campus coordinator, October 16, 2023
Jewel Larkin, director of academic success, October 25, 2023
Laura Johnson, administrative coordinator of the Regional Health Equity Institute, October 30, 2023
Kristin LeVasseur, clinical research coordinator, November 1, 2023

CMU Medical Education Partners

Wes Van Petten, residency coordinator, October 2, 2023
Carol Delehanty, residency coordinator, October 2, 2023
Mohammed Elbashir, M.D., hospitalist, October 5, 2023
Larry Ansari, M.D., trauma surgeon, October 15, 2023
Daniella McCloskey, patient scheduler, October 16, 2023
Velencia Mejia, residency admin assistant, October 16, 2023
Candyce Keener, operations manager, October 16, 2023
Lauren Hollsopple, R.N. nurse coordinator, October 16, 2023

In case you missed it

Faculty development archive
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CME ONLINE: eLearning activities
View the growing catalog of enduring materials at CMU CME Online. If you have any difficulty finding a course, contact the CME office at cmedcme@cmich.edu.

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