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Class of 2015 trio to compete in Ultrasound World Cup
In Headlines on September 15, 2014
Nicole Messenger

Nicole Messenger

Michael Devisser

Michael Devisser

Jacob Price

Jacob Price

Three fourth-year medical students from the Wayne State University School of Medicine will put their ultrasound skills to the test at the Ultrasound World Cup next month.

The event is part of the third annual World Congress on Ultrasound in Medical Education, set for Oct. 10-12 in Portland, Ore. The Class of 2015’s Nicole Messenger, Jacob Price and Michael Devisser will compete Oct. 11 against up to nine other teams of three in a sono-competition that will include live scanning, simulation and more.

Competing teams include medical students from the Ohio State University, the University of Kentucky and the University of California Irvine. The event will take place at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland.

“My teammates and I are interested in pursuing careers in emergency medicine, and are fascinated by ultrasound,” Messenger said. “This seemed like a great way to get more involved in the emergency medicine field and gain better exposure to ultrasound.”
Detroit Lions 'Meet Up & Eat Up' fall season kicks off Tuesday
In Headlines on September 15, 2014
Detroit Lions mascot Roary has fun with the WSU Public Health Student Organization.

Detroit Lions mascot Roary has fun with the WSU Public Health Student Organization.

Public health and medical students from the Wayne State University School of Medicine will join Detroit Lions players, mascot Roary and Executive Chef Joe Nader from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Detroit Eastern Market to kick off a new season of “Meet Up & Eat Up with the Lions and Ford.”

The fall program is an extension of the United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s statewide summer campaign encouraging children to Meet Up & Eat Up at hundreds of summer food sites in Michigan.

Additional Meet Up & Eat Up fall dates include Sept. 23 and 30, and Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28.

The School of Medicine is among the initiative’s partners scheduled to be on site to educate the community and children from Detroit Public Schools about eating fresh fruits and vegetables, and about where to find fresh produce in the city. The event will also address food insecurity and hunger in Detroit.

The School of Medicine first partnered with the Detroit Lions’ Living for the City campaign in 2012. The philanthropic initiative focuses on sustainable community health, wellness and development. The school and the team launched an official partnership in November 2013, the first of its kind between a National Football League franchise and a university medical school.

Since then, the Lions and the school’s Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences have worked with Detroit residents, especially children, to teach methods to improve health through health fairs and other programs.

The young students at Eastern Market will enjoy a morning of activities that include  educational lessons on the impact of nutrition by WSU’s public health and medical students, a “Play 60” recess session, a tour of the market and a healthy snack demonstration by Chef Nader.

"The Lions are proud to partner with the Ford Motor Company Fund and an impactful coalition of community organizations to promote health and wellness," said Detroit Lions Team President Tom Lewand in a news release. "Together, along with our players and alumni, we will engage Detroit youth to improve nutrition and increase physical activity while emphasizing the importance of making healthy choices."

The school joined Living for the City as part of the federally-funded Bridges to Equity program, which is housed in the Family Medicine Department. Bridges to Equity develops and implements educational programming to engage medical students in inter-professional collaboration with public health students and faculty on community-based projects to reduce health disparities.

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Shiffman Director Martin named to National Library of Medicine Board
In Headlines on September 11, 2014
Sandra Martin

Sandra Martin

Sandra Martin, the director of the Wayne State University Shiffman Medical Library, has been named to the U.S. National Library of Medicine Board of Regents.

Her four-year appointment to the board will run through 2018.

“I am awed by the honor to serve on the NLM Board of Regents,” said Martin, who returned this week from her first meeting of the board, “even more so to recognize how unique the opportunity is to form policy and shape the activities of the largest medical library in the world along with medical professionals and leaders in the health care industry. I am excited by the opportunity to be at the table when after almost 10 years the library will begin a long-range planning process, which adds to the uniqueness of the opportunity.”

The board serves as the advisory body to the U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services, the assistant secretary of Health, the director of the National Institutes of Health and the director of the National Library of Medicine. The board is the final review body for the library’s extramural grant program.

The world’s largest biomedical library, the NLM maintains and makes available a massive print collection and produces electronic information resources on a “wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe.” The library also supports and conducts research, development and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology.

Martin, a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals, previously served in positions with the Medical Library Association and the Association of Academic Health Science Libraries.

Students to host water drive for Detroit Water Brigade Thursday
In Headlines on September 10, 2014

The Gold Humanism Honor Society of the Wayne State University School of Medicine will host a water drive from 4 to 5:45 p.m. Sept. 11 in the school’s Parking Lot 75, located on Canfield Street in Detroit, across from Scott Hall. There are no restrictions on bottle size or quantity. Organizers hope to collect at least 50 24-packs of bottled water or the equivalent.

Students will deliver the water to a distribution hub of the Detroit Water Brigade, a volunteer-led alliance working to bring emergency relief to people facing water shutoffs while also advocating for an income-based Water Affordability Plan in Detroit.

The action group was founded in June to provide drinkable water, cold weather gear, filters and rainwater collection systems to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s estimated 12,000 residential and commercial account holders who have past due or shutoff notices. Once requested, the Detroit Water Brigade delivers water within 24 hours to anyone with a copy of their shutoff notice. For more information, visit

“I think the Detroit Water Brigade is an important initiative to support because it is a health issue and we are future physicians. Obviously there are many factors at play, but the underlying theme is that there are people, old and young, without access to clean water,” said GHHS President Matt Falkiewicz, Class of 2015. “I think as members of this society it is our duty to support and lend a helping hand for the people of our community and beyond. This is especially true in our community, where those people have been hit hard by water shutoffs and flooding.”
National association honors Seema Sethi, M.D., for dedication to patient care
In Headlines on September 8, 2014
Seema Sethi, M.D., F.C.A.P.

Seema Sethi, M.D., F.C.A.P.

The College of American Pathologists recognized Seema Sethi, M.D., F.C.A.P., with a Resident of the Year Award at CAP’s annual conference, “CAP ’14 - The Pathologists’ Meeting,” today in Chicago.

Dr. Sethi is a fourth-year resident in anatomic and clinical pathology at the Wayne State University School of Medicine.

“The CAP is pleased to recognize Dr. Sethi’s dedication to pathology and her accomplishments as an author and researcher,” said CAP President Gene Herbek, M.D., F.C.A.P.

Established in 2010, the award recognizes outstanding contributions by a CAP junior member to the specialty of pathology, to pathologists, to laboratory medicine or to the general public, according to the college.

“Every morning I wake up with a thought to make a difference in the lives of the patients that we serve,” said Dr. Sethi. “My efforts are but a drop in the ocean, but every drop counts.”

It’s that dedication to making a difference that inspired Dr. Sethi to choose pathology as a career.

“Pathology is the specialty of medicine that enables us to have a positive impact on patient care, disseminate knowledge among medical students and bring the latest high-tech advances to the patient’s bedside through translational research,” she said.

Dr. Sethi is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and is frequently invited to lecture on various aspects of pathology. In addition to her membership in the College of American Pathologists, she is a member of Women in Cancer Research and several other societies.

Brain Injury Association to honor Dr. Lawrence Horn for professional service
In Headlines on September 5, 2014
Lawrence Horn, M.D.

Lawrence Horn, M.D.

Wayne State University School of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Professor and Chair Lawrence Horn, M.D., will be honored at the 17th annual Brain Injury Association of Michigan Legacy Society Spring Tribute Dinner on April 18, 2015, at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

Dr. Horn, who also leads the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan at the Detroit Medical Center, will receive the Legacy Society Professional Service Award for his leadership and exceptional dedication to providing advocacy and consultation for patients enduring brain injuries.

“It was a great and unexpected honor to have been selected to receive the Professional Service Award from the Brain Injury Association of Michigan,” Dr. Horn said. “Our state has many superb professionals who have devoted their careers to the care and support of people who sustained traumatic brain injuries.”

Dr. Horn’s specialty interests include traumatic brain injury and spasticity. He has served as his department’s residency program director since 2006, and is the service chief for physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, and medical director of the Neuroscience Program at RIM.

He has been involved with national and state chapters of the Brain Injury Association since the early 1980s, when it was called the National Head Injury Foundation. The association educates and robustly promotes important issues regarding brain injuries to patients, their families and caregivers.

“It is this long tradition of advocacy that makes this award so special,” he added.

The Legacy Society was established in 1999 to raise community awareness and visibility of the brain injury field while also celebrating the work of key individuals in the movement. As a service award recipient, Dr. Horn will be an honorary member of the society.

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