Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Research as an Emissary

If a picture paints a thousand words, what does a video give us? 

I was ecstatic to see the highlights video from the 2017 MedStar Health Research Symposium and share it with MHRI associates at our spring town halls.

For those who could not attend the Symposium, this video really gives you a feel for the symposium events and the commitment that MedStar Health make to advancing health. I hope you enjoy and share this video with your colleagues.



I couldn't say it better than this.


If you'd like to share the video, it can also be found on the MedStar Health YouTube channel at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPsLGF6FpU4&t=1s


Monday, June 12, 2017

Quarterly Manager's Meeting: Engaging Everyone

At the beginning of the month, MHRI manager's came together for the quarterly manager's meeting. Each meeting has a different focus, and this sesssion was focused on the results of the 2017 Engagement Survey.


Stephen R.T. Evans, MD, executive vice president for Medical Affairs and chief medical officer for MedStar Health started the day out, setting the stage for the importance of the associate survey. After that, Jill Perkins, PhD, from Willis Towers Watson, the company that created, managed and analyzed the associate survey shared the results.



As we reviewed the results, managers chimed in with their thoughts and feedback. The conversation was engaging and allowed us to recongize the strengths and opportunities for MHRI and MedStar Health.


We took the time to award three groups for the highest associate engagement and greatest increase and then Dr. Evan's presented MHRI with an award for our overall results.




There was a lot of conversation regarding the results and what we can do to continue making MHRI a great place to work. The next step is for managers to get their results and share it with each department. I look forward to seeing action plans go into place!


Here are some pictures from the meeting:



 
   

Sharing Our Knowledge

Guest Blogger: Eva Hochberger
Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Office of Research Development, Planning & Communications


In my role at MHRI, I do many things. A recent, new experience for me was attending an event in the community with associates from the MedStar Community Clinical Research Center.

The team was invited to present at a local church on diabetes and let attendees know about diabetes clinical research at MedStar. The group was engaged and wanted to know more about how to care for themselves and their families. The questions they asked really highlighted all the information out there and that our clinicians and associates want to share their knowledge!

The discussion was a reminder that because we work within healthcare and research fields, we interact daily with information regarding health that some people are unaware of. It’s important to share the knowledge, through community events and industry presentations, to support the health of the global community.



Wednesday, June 7, 2017

MedStar #Patient2Consumer

Are you ready to do your part in helping MedStar stay on the cutting edge of innovation that advances health and wellness?

I know many researchers and investigators at MHRI are also innovators! Here is your chance to connect with others who have the same goal as you: to advance the health and wellness of our community.
MedStar Health is collaborating with global startup incubator and seed fund 1776 to host a startup competition called the MedStar #Patient2Consumer Challenge.

The effort is intended to activate the startup community throughout the country (not just in Silicon Valley, Boston, and New York!) to identify those innovative startups that have the potential to catalyze the transformation of any strategic aspect of MedStar’s health system in order to benefit our patients through more convenient, consumer-friendly care.

You can read the challenge annoucement or learn more on the challenge site. The deadline to submit your idea through the application portal is Sunday, June 11, 2017 (by 11:59 p.m. ET).

Partnering with the most promising emerging leaders enables us to further understand the innovation landscape and find—and realize—the next big thing.

The MedStar #Patient2Consumer Challenge is intended to focus and drive these outcomes. Thank you for helping connect us—whether that’s with a late-stage startup looking to take its work to the next level, or an earlier stage effort in need of further validation and/or domain expertise. (And if you are already working with a startup, recommend that they apply today!)

Monday, June 5, 2017

Building a Legacy

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
 
What is going to be your legacy?

Wow! That is a big, audacious question! It is also exactly what we were asked at the end of the MedStar Leader of the Future.

The MedStar Leader of the Future is a multi-part training course for all managers across MedStar Health. I just completed Day 4, which is dedicated to “Nurturing Talent”, a dynamic session in which we discussed everything from effective communication to mentorship. As participants shared their “legacy”, it was not surprising how it often connects to empowering associates. One of my favorites was “to build a world class organization, one associate at a time.”

So how can we accomplish our “legacy”? Well, to start, the scientist in me wants to first “collect data” – and that is exactly what the associate survey is all about! Thanks to all of you, we now have survey results from well over 85% of associates. This week, we will start digging into the results (and written comments) with the MHRI managers, and then we will present the survey results to everyone in Town Halls, running June 9th to 21st.

One area of opportunity that you helped us identify on the prior survey was professional development, a clear route to enhancing associate empowerment. I have no doubt that this is an area we will continue to focus on going forward. Peter Senge, an American systems scientist who is a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, said it best: “A learning organization is one in which people at all levels, individually and collectively, are continually increasing their capacity to produce results they really care about.”

This quote resonates with me on several levels. First, the importance that each person is an individual and that individual growth collectively results in organizational growth. Second, the organization must continually grow and become a "learning organization” because the world is constantly changing; there is no field where this is more evident than in research and healthcare. Lastly, we all want to do meaningful work that we truly care about and what can be more meaningful than advancing the health of those around us!

That leads me back to our professional home at MedStar. What makes MedStar what it is? What will it take for MedStar to recognize its full potential in the future? The answer becomes clear as I write this monthly message – It is each one of us, together. Together, we will continue building a learning environment that advances health.

Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours.” - Les Brown

Thank you.

Neil



Read Focus at MedStarResearch.org/FOCUS.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Art of Mentorship: “I Don’t Like Public Speaking"

Guest Blogger: Emily Paku
Program Coordinator,
Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science



The jitters right before the presentation, stuttering throughout the presentation, and a deep sigh of relief after the presentation--I’m sure I’m not the only one, right? In my role as Program Coordinator for the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science Multisite Study Support and Recruitment UnitI interact with colleagues from various institutions and backgrounds. What I wasn’t prepared for was the number of presentations I'd have to give to the community.

While preparing for one presentation, I discussed my nervousness with Tina Stanger, MHRI’s Director of Contracts & Grants Management. Months later, Tina asked me to co-present at the National Council of University Research Administrators – Region II Meeting.  Talk about tackling your fears head first!
Luckily, with encouragement and coaching from Tina, Becky Montalvo and Karen Wade, I utilized my professional development funds for the conference. Boy, was it a professionally developing experience!
I not only had the opportunity to sharpen my public speaking skills, but also the opportunity to network with research administrators in the Mid-Atlantic region. I attended sessions related to my current position and sessions that provided information I can use in the future.

Through this journey, Tina taught me tips and tricks for public speaking. Because of this, I wasn’t as nervous during the presentation and I even learned some methods for engaging the audience. As a result of the information I learned at MHRI and Tina’s encouragement to present, I was able to share best practices with the attendees. 

We were strongly encouraged to submit our presentation for the next NCURA FRA/PRA conference! Not only did chair and committee members for the conference take the time to let us know that our group was very engaged, attendees stopped by to express how much they learned and how they enjoyed the session.
Thanks to encouragement and coaching received from Tina, Becky & Karen, I took advantage of the opportunity to learn and grow not only as an MHRI associate, but as a clinical research professional. Whether it’s to sharpen a rarely used skill, learn about things related to your field from colleagues and experts across the country or to face your fears: Take advantage of the opportunity!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Honoring Memorial Day 2017

This Memorial Day, we honor the men and woman of our nation's Armed Forces who have proudly and honorably sacrificed for the freedom of Americans everywhere.

And, to those who continue to valiantly serve, and their families, we appreciate your unwavering commitment. 

For your service, bravery and sacrifice, thank you.