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Timothy S. Blackwell, M.D., named the chair of U-M Department of Internal Medicine
Lung disease specialist comes to Michigan from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine to lead largest department
News Release
U-M Medical School sees significant growth in NIH research awards and ranking
Based on recent federal fiscal year data released by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest single funder of biomedical research in the world, the U-M Medical School is ranked number 11 in the country, up from 13 in federal fiscal year 2022.
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University of Michigan Health recognized as a 2023 Leapfrog Top Teaching Hospital
University of Michigan Health recognized as a 2023 Leapfrog Top Teaching Hospital
Michigan Medicine neuroscientist Huda Akil, Ph.D., accepts National Medal of Science from President Joe Biden.
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U-M neuroscientist Huda Akil, Ph.D., wins National Medal of Science
Distinguished U-M neuroscientist Huda Akil, Ph.D., has received the nation’s highest scientific honor – the National Medal of Science -- for her contributions to science and their impact on humankind’s understanding of depression, anxiety, addiction and more.
Faculty Connect November 2023
Medical School News
Faculty Connect does just that — connects faculty to each other and leadership
For faculty new to the University of Michigan Medical School (UMMS), there is a lot to learn and experience during the first year.
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Firearm injury prevention expert and emergency medicine physician Patrick M. Carter, M.D., elected to National Academy of Medicine
This morning, Patrick M. Carter, M.D., was elected to the National Academy of Medicine, or the NAM, which is one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.
Medical School News
Medical student Zach Eisner (right) leads an lay-first responder exercise with U-M student actors for an online training curriculum aimed at LMIC settings.
Medical School News
Crash course: Student-led lay-first responder training scales up in Africa
A new hybrid training model developed with University support is helping to mitigate road traffic injuries in parts of Africa. Since launching LFR International several years ago, UMMS M3 Zach Eisner and former student Peter Delaney have trained thousands of first responders in Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and other countries with limited emergency medical response services.
Nitin B. Jain, M.B.B.S., M.S.P.H.
Medical School News
Nitin B. Jain, M.B.B.S., M.S.P.H, appointed chair of Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Nitin B. Jain, M.B.B.S., M.S.P.H., has been appointed chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the James W. Rae Collegiate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and a professor of orthopaedic surgery in the Medical School, effective February 12, 2024. The provost provided interim approval of this appointment, and it will be reported at the February Board of Regents meeting.
William E. Flanery, M.D.
Medical School News
William E. Flanary, M.D., to serve as 2024 Medical School Commencement speaker
Ophthalmologist and comedian William E. Flanary, M.D., will deliver the 2024 Medical School Commencement address. The ceremony will be 4-6 p.m. on May 10 in Hill Auditorium.
Dee E. Fenner, M.D.
Medical School News
Dee E. Fenner, M.D., to receive award for advancing women in academic medicine
Dee E. Fenner, M.D., is being recognized by the Medical School as the 2024 recipient of the Karin Muraszko, MD, Advancing Women in Academic Medicine Award. Fenner, who has served since 2018 as chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Bates Professor of Diseases of Women and Children, will be honored at the second annual Celebration of Women in Academic Medicine at 2 p.m. February 28, 2024, at the D. Dan and Betty Kahn Auditorium in the A. Alfred Taubman Biomedical Science Research Building.
Faculty Connect November 2023
Medical School News
Faculty Connect does just that — connects faculty to each other and leadership
For faculty new to the University of Michigan Medical School (UMMS), there is a lot to learn and experience during the first year.
Congratulations to Patrick M. Carter, MD
Medical School News
Emergency medicine physician Patrick M. Carter, MD, elected to National Academy of Medicine
Patrick M. Carter, M.D., was elected to the National Academy of Medicine(link is external), or the NAM, which is one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.
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Kahli Zietlow, MD: Building interprofessional teams
Kahli Zietlow, MD, is a clinical assistant professor of internal medicine who specializes in geriatric medicine. Originally from Michigan, she earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan before attending Duke University, where she earned her medical degree and completed her residency and fellowship. Dr. Zietlow returned to U-M in 2020 and is currently the associate director of Interprofessional Education (IPE) at UMMS and the associate program director of the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship. She is passionate about IPE, geriatric medicine and medical education. Read on to learn more about Dr. Zietlow, including her talent as a wildlife photographer!
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Alli Ruff, MD, MHPE: Helping students succeed
Alli Ruff, MD, MHPE is a clinical associate professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. Originally from Florida, she came to Michigan after earning her MD from the University of Miami and completing an internal medicine residency at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Dr. Ruff loves working with learners at all levels and fills many roles around the medical school. Find out how she faces challenges as a physician and her most important advice for medical students.
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Gabriela Leticia Maica: Breaking through language and cultural barriers
Gabriela Leticia Maica (she/her/ella), pictured far right above, comes from Staten Island, NY.
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Brandon Lu: Seizing opportunities
Brandon Lu (he/him/his) is from Basking Ridge, NJ and graduated from NYU in 2021. Before attending college and opting for an MD/PhD in med school, Brandon was involved with the Structural DNA Nanotechnology lab at NYU.
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Alicia Jacobson: Hitting the ground running
U-M Medical School M3 Alicia Jacobson grew up in Newton, MA, and graduated from University of Maryland in 2014. She spent the intervening years focused on outdoor education in Nepal, Australia and New England, which illuminated a passion for reducing barriers to health care and improving quality of life.
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Vibav Mouli: Enriching the culture of mentorship
Vibav Mouli comes from Reisterstown, MD, and graduated from Harvard University in 2016. He was drawn to orthopaedic surgery and discovered a great appreciation for the clinical experiences and peer mentorship offered at Michigan.
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Michigan Medicine doctor gains new perspective as a stroke patient
Experience gave him a new appreciation for interprofessional patient care
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Nearly 30% of caregivers for severe stroke survivors experience psychological distress
Post-traumatic stress worse among Mexican American caregivers compared to white caregivers.
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Health Lab Podcast
A smart watch that could help your heart
The device would be the first clinical-grade, diagnostic wrist-worn device for long term Afib monitoring. Visit Health Lab to read the full story.
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Medical students use virtual reality to improve diabetes
A physician invents a creative approach for medical students in diabetic care.
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Health Lab Podcast
New Research on Gender-Affirming Testosterone and Fertility
Evidence can help inform fertility care for transgender and gender diverse people who wish to become parents. Visit Health Lab to read the full story
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Free online tool expands anatomical science to the world
The tool, which is free to use, includes photography, videography and virtual reality learning resources from anatomical donors, along with comprehensive lab manuals and interactive files with click-to-reveal testing capabilities.
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