For more than a decade, Yolaine Civil, M.D., had been helping patients and families throughout the state through her role with the Ambulatory Pediatric Clinic at Michigan Medicine.But in 2010 — following a transformative experience volunteering in Haiti after a devastating earthquake struck the nation — her ambitions grew.“While I had always had a deep affection toward helping people in need, including lower income individuals, single-parent households and immigrant families from all over the globe, I knew that it was time to do more after my life-changing volunteer experience,” said Civil, who decided to leave her position at Michigan Medicine and pursue a role with Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).From 2012 to 2014, Civil completed four missions with MSF, working in both west and central Africa to improve the lives of neonatal patients and their mothers.
June is Pride Month, a time to celebrate the achievements and collective strength of the LGBTQ population.At Michigan Medicine, individuals across the organization provide resources to those who identify as LGBTQ, including members of the U-M LGBTQ Health Network — a group consisting of faculty, staff, students and community members. Additionally, there is a committed team of experts dedicated to promoting equitable and inclusive health care to transgender individuals — employees who make up the Comprehensive Gender Services Program (CGSP). Here’s a closer look at CGSP, whose works embodies the themes of Pride Month 365 days a year:
While many Michigan Medicine community members look forward to May for warmer weather and Memorial Day weekend, others excitedly welcome the month as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM). APAHM can be described as a celebration of both members of the Asian population and Pacific Islanders in the U.S., as well as their contributions to society.Many individuals are unsure of what the terms, “Asian” and “Pacific Islander,” truly entail. Per the U.S. Census Bureau, both “Asian” and “Pacific” encompass the Asian continent (in its entirety), as well as the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.Similar to other heritage-based commemorative months, APAHM originated in U.S. Congress several years ago. While APAHM first began as “Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Week” in 1979, it was later expanded to an entire month in 1990.In order to better understand the importance of community within the Asian American and Pacific Islander population, Headlines caught up with Rohan K. Achar, first-year medical student and treasurer of the United Asian American Medical Student Association (UAAMSA) at the U-M Medical School.
Last week, a number of events across the academic medical center brought together faculty, staff, students, patients and families to discuss, celebrate and engage in all aspects of the patient experience.Patient Experience Week kicked off with a panel discussion on Physician Burnout and Well-Being, which was moderated by Marschall Runge, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the U-M Medical School, executive vice president for medical affairs and CEO of Michigan Medicine. The physicians on the panel discussed a myriad of issues that impact the physician/faculty experience, including operational issues, personal expectations and a willingness to openly recognize the problem of burnout in both themselves and others.The day after the expo, the Office of Patient Experience partnered with the Office for Health Equity and Inclusion to host an event focused on improving communication with diverse patient populations. Resources from the event are now available on the OHEI website.
This past Tuesday, Michigan Medicine’s Office for Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI) hosted its third annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Symposium in Ford Auditorium.“By being here, you are showing your support for all of the incredible diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives happening across Michigan Medicine,” David J. Brown, M.D., associate vice president and associate dean for health equity and inclusion and associate professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, told the audience of more than 100 faculty and staff members. “Our mission, with all of your support and engagement, is to truly foster an environment of respect that honors the well-being, individuality and dignity of all who work, learn and heal at our academic medical center.”
In celebration of Black History Month, Headlines sat down with faculty, staff and students from across the organization to discuss the importance of diversity in medicine, who they have looked up to during their careers and to find out any advice they wanted to offer the next generation of minority leaders.
Compared with the general population, few physicians have disabilities. A Michigan Medicine doctor explains how a personal accident shaped his professional path.That’s because he has been a patient and a doctor in that scenario.In 2013, Okanlami was on his way to becoming an orthopaedic surgeon. The University of Michigan Medical School graduate was in his third year of residency at Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. But his dreams were almost derailed after sustaining a spinal cord injury at a Fourth of July pool party with friends and fellow residents.“I jumped into the pool,” he says. “I didn’t do a backflip or anything like that. There was no diving board, but I hit either the ground or the side of the pool or someone’s leg. I can’t be completely sure, but immediately I was unable to move anything from my chest down.”Okanlami’s medical instincts kicked in.
For Clarissa Love, her experience managing an “invisible” disability has inspired her to become a visible champion for those in need.Love was born with spina bifida, a birth defect caused by a baby’s spine not fully forming in the womb.“Most people are familiar with severe cases of spina bifida — where an individual’s spine is actually exposed at birth,” said Love, a project associate manager with Michigan Medicine’s Office for Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI). “My form can best be described as ‘hidden’ because my spine was enclosed at birth and a lot of the symptoms I deal with are now difficult for others to even notice.”In honor of National Birth Defects Awareness Month, Love shared her story and how she works to impact lives at Michigan Medicine.
This week, Michigan Medicine hosted its 28th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Health Sciences Symposium to commemorate the life and legacy of the civil rights leader.More than 300 members of the organization gathered Monday in Dow Auditorium for the symposium, which was hosted by the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI) and sponsored by a number of the U-M health sciences units — including the School of Dentistry, College of Pharmacy, School of Public Health, School of Nursing, School of Social Work, Michigan Institute for Clinical Health Research, Kinesiology, U-M Medical School and Michigan Medicine.“This event represents a collaborative effort that allowed members of our respective units to come together in a powerful way,” said OHEI administrative manager Yvette Harris. “If we as members of the U-M community uphold Dr. King’s values on a daily basis, [everyone’s] presence at this event will become that much more meaningful.”
Later this month, the Office for Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI) will host the Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium in the Dow Auditorium. The event is just one of many ways in which the office seeks to promote diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) across the academic medical center.Headlines recently caught up with the head of OHEI — David J. Brown, M.D. — to discuss DEI efforts on campus and the challenges and successes Michigan Medicine has experienced when it comes to diversity. Here’s what he had to say.