Upcoming events

Racial and SES disparities in neurological disease and how to address them

When: Wednesday, October 6, 2021 

Time: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

This webinar will provide an overview of healthcare disparities, discuss current literature regarding healthcare disparities in neurologic disease and discuss ways to achieve health equity and address disparities in the future. 

Guest Speaker:

Sonia Eden, M.D., Born and raised in Detroit, Dr. Eden received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University. Dr. Eden went on to graduate from the University of Michigan  School of Medicine in Ann Arbor, Michigan . She then interned in General Surgery, while completing a six-year residency in Neurological Surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center. After her residency, Dr. Eden finished fellow ship training in minimally invasive spine surgery with Dr. Kevin Foley at Semmes Murphey Clinic in Memphis, Tennessee.

Dr. Eden is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. She has performed extensive research on healthcare disparities and is passionate about health equity and eliminating health disparities. Dr. Eden is also the co-author of the first book ever written on the surgical management of the sacroiliac joint. In addition, she has performed extensive research on the sacroiliac joint and has been a pioneer of minimally invasive anterior approaches to the spine.


Achieving Academic Success through Professional Development

When: Thursday, October 21, 2021

Time: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. 

This session will be presented by our Senior HR Consultant. WSU Resources will be provided to you and your staff . 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Learn how to locate and navigate the many professional development resources available to faculty & staff in Accelerate and Trainings, Seminars & Workshops
  2. Learn how to create a professional development plan for self & staff
  3. Identify key professional learning critical in today's environment
    • Leading in a Hybrid work environment
    • Developing interpersonal and communication skills for team success

Guest Speaker:

Julie Crego, Senior HR Consultant

Julie is the Senior Human Resource Consultant for Wayne State University's School of Medicine and College of Nursing. Prior to joining Wayne State, Julie was a member of a leadership team that opened a successful Sub-Acute Rehab facility in Troy, MI. For 10-years, Julie was the Human Resource Director for the facility, also providing leadership and training support to other facilities in her region. Julie brings a wealth of HR expertise from over 25-years in Human Resource Consultation and Management. Valuing continuing education, Julie is presently enrolled in Wayne Law's Masters of Studies in Law program. Beyond her work in human resources, Julie is a dedicated WSU and Community Volunteer. She is currently serving on the Michigan Chapter of the Scleroderma Foundation's Board of Directors, which was recognized as Chapter of the Year in 2021 and has successfully fundraised for this organization and others. Julie enjoys reading, writing and activities with her two young adult children and teenager.


Compassion Fatigue: Caring for the Caregiver

When: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Time: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. 

In this one hour presentation, participants will learn about what compassion fatigue is and how we get it.  They will learn to recognize the factors leading to compassion fatigue.  They will also learn about the signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue.  Finally, they will create a compassion fatigue action plan to prevent/manage the development of compassion fatigue. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn about compassion fatigue is and how we get it.
  • Recognize the factors leading to Compassion Fatigue.
  • Discuss the signs/symptoms of Compassion Fatigue.
  • Create a compassion fatigue 'action plan' to prevent/manage the development of compassion fatigue

Guest Speaker: 

Lisa MacLean, M.D., is the Chief Clinical Wellness Officer for the Henry Ford Medical Group in Detroit, Michigan where she develops programming to assist clinicians in optimizing healthy coping strategies, finding good life balance and delivering high quality health care. Prior to her appointment at Henry Ford Health in 2017, Dr. MacLean served as Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Career Development at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. MacLean's has a long relationship with Henry Ford Health System. Previously, she worked at Henry Ford Hospital where she served as Psychiatry Residency Program Director, Chair of the Graduate Medical Education Committee, and Director of Education for the Psychiatry Department.


PTSD - Surviving Pandemic & Holiday Stress 

When: Friday, November 12, 2021

Time: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. 

This session will be presented by Ulliance EAP and WSU Wellness Program experts. Information will be provided on Ulliance EAP and WSU Wellness Program benefits, as well as an over view of your many program options. At the end of the session, participants will have a better understanding of the Employee Assistance Program, Wellness Warriors and where to find additional resources to survive holiday stress and address pandemic post-traumatic stress. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Ability to recognize signs of post-traumatic stress in self and staff
  2. Learn how to manage stressors, minimizing impact to health and team productivity
  3. Confidence in utilizing Employee Assistance Services for self, and referring staff
  4. Learn how wellness impacts effectiveness

Guest Speakers:

Amy Freedman, MSW, SHRM-CP WSU Account Director, Ulliance, 

Amy Freedman is a Masters level Social Worker, along with a SHRM-CP, with 17 years of expereince. Amy's practical knowledge in mental health, and understanding of the role HR provides in the area of employee relations gives her a unique frame of reference, and she believes this helps her to connect more effectively to the cosultation needs of her clients.

Travis Van Dyke, Wayne State University, HR Wellbeing Coordinator

Travis has a passion for wellness and fitness and has worked in employee wellness for over 3 years. It took him a few years after graduating from Oakland University, working in human resources, for him to realize his true calling was wellness.  He obtained his certified strength and conditioning specialist certification with the National Strength and Conditioning Association in August of 2020 during the pandemic. He loves all things fitness and even built his own gym in his basement. He currently lives with his Fiancé Catherine and their dog Luna. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, baseball, strength coaching, and of course, working out.


Mindfulness Meditation

When: Friday, January 7, 2021

Time: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

 Mindfulness is the simple method of focusing on present moment experiences in order to be fully present and function optimally in any setting. Modern medical practice is full of overlapping and conflicting priorities that can hamper our ability to perform at our highest level.

 Learning Objectives:  

  • Apply self–awareness and self-monitoring during clinical work and teaching
  • Attend to patient's needs in an effective and compassionate manner.
  • Effectively manage challenges at work and practice ways by attending to your own well-being

Guest Speaker

Howard Schubiner, MD, Dr. Howard Schubiner is an internist and the director of the Mind Body Medicine Center at Ascension Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan and a Clinical Professor at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He has authored more than 100 publications in scientific journals and books, and lectures regionally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Schubiner is a senior teacher of mindfulness meditation and the author of three books: Unlearn Your Pain, Unlearn Your Anxiety and Depression, and Hidden From View, written with Dr. Allan Abbass. Dr. Schubiner lives in the Detroit area with his wife of thirty-seven years and has two adult children.