Friday, April 28, 2017

Having Fun Getting Ready for the Symposium

What is that noise?  Is there a party going on?  Maybe a comic show since everyone is laughing so loud - I need to check it out.

You can imagine how surprised I was when I walked into the multi-purpose room at UTC yesterday to see a large group of associates working together to prepare for the Symposium! You would think they were having a new years' party given the laughter and fun.  Everyone from associates who only joined MHRI a few weeks ago to ones who have attended all 5 of the previous Symposiums were there, taking their lunchtime to come together to prep the materials needed for Monday.

While not a competition for speed, word has it that the team with Randy Estes, Deliyah Westley, and Angela Thomas finished their stack of bags first. Thanks to all the associates who stopped by throughout the afternoon to ensure everything is in readiness for Monday's symposium.

I hope you take the opportunity to join us on Monday, May 1, to see the results of the combined efforts of MHRI associates.


6th Annual MedStar Research Symposium
Educational Sessions begin at 1 pm
Resident & Fellow Oral Presenetaionts begin at 3 pm
Abstract poster presentations and keynote address begin at 4 pm


Bethesda North Marriott & Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Rd.,
North Bethesda, MD 20852

** The Bethesda North Marriott Conference Centers off-site parking is located at: 6130 Executive Blvd., Rockville, MD 20852.**









Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Quarterly Managers' Meeting: Associate Presentation


For this quarter's Manager's meeting, we invited one of our associates to join all the managers to present their research. We welcomed Bonnie Carney, a research associate in the Burn Research Lab at MedStar Washington Hospital Center to present her research.

Having associates at the Manager's meeting reminds our managers that research is a team sport and that each person on the team has an impact on the results. Thank you for joining us and presenting your research, Bonnie!



Thursday, April 20, 2017

Making MHRI Their Professional Home

Last week, we hosted the first annual MHRI Service Award luncheon.

At MHRI, we are committed to engaging our associates and want them to make MHRI their professional home. In honor of those associates who have committed multiple years here (5, 10, 15, or 20 years of service), the Associate Engagement committee suggested that we take the time to recognize those associates at a lunch in their honor. This luncheon is in addition to the presentation of the service award and gift at the annual year-end celebration.


I was joined by executive team members Mary Anne Hinkson, Joan Bardlesy and Karen Wade to honor these associates on their 5 year work anniversary. It was great spending some time with associates who work across the system, hear about their area of work and having them come together and connect. Associates who work only floors from each other had the chance to meet and discuss their roles at MedStar Health Research Institute.

Thank you to the Associate Engagement Committee for suggesting this idea and the planning team who helped pull it off, and thank you to each 2016 Service Award recipient, who continue to support the work that MHRI conducts in order to advance health and support our communities.





Thursday, April 13, 2017

Continuing Progress with OnCore

I’ve been trying to keep you updated on the status of the new MedStar Health and Georgetown University collaboration of the clinical trial management system (CTMS), OnCore. OnCore will serve as a workflow manager and repository of all clinical research administrative and management activities.

Announced in February 2016, we have been hard at work with a kick-off meeting and immersion training in April 2016, followed by the launch of two pilots, in oncology and cardiology, in late 2016. Our goal was to fully test and vet the system before rolling it out to all areas of clinical research.

Since our pilot go-live, we have made lots of progress in 2017. End user training for all Oncology Regulatory Coordinators and Clinical Research Coordinators (CRCs) took place in January, followed by the data migration of all Oncology studies and subjects to OnCore in February. End user training for all non-oncology Regulatory Coordinators and CRCs at MHRI also took place in February and March.Several studies, including newly activited studies are now going 'live' using OnCore to help manage the trial.

With end user training and the oncology data migration complete, we still have lots of work to do. For example, we are manually entering all new non-oncology studies into OnCore, along with calendars and budgets for each. So far, 25 studies are live in OnCore with calendars and budgets (23 studies in oncology, 2 cardiology studies), and we plan to add all active studies to OnCore by the end of the 2017 fiscal year in June.
Training and support activities for OnCore users continue, with twice-weekly training webinars and daily support calls.
Many thanks to those who have participated launching OnCore! It's a long process and we couldn't have made it this far without your contributions.

Associates can find more information on StarPort, including documentation, training tools, and dates for training. If you have any questions, please contact Research@MedStar.net.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Why Should You Attend the MedStar Health Research Symposium?

Friends and Colleagues,

Because it is both fun and educational!

That is the answer to the first reason you should attend the 2017 MedStar Health Research Symposium on May 1st. Curious to know even more reasons? Well read on for my top 10 list:

10:
Because it is fun and educational – you will learn about all aspects of advancing health at MedStar Health.


9:
To experience the new conference center venue with one (extremely large) grand ballroom and multiple break-out sessions (at the Conference Center at the North Bethesda Marriott).


8:
To be a part of the first system-wide Resident Research Day held in conjunction with the Symposium and to watch the top residents and fellows present their studies in a state of the art amphitheater.

7: To connect with our MedStar Innovation Institute as they share their latest initiatives and show you how to integrate innovation into your everyday MedStar activities.

6: Attend one of 6 pre-symposium workshops to learn about the research resources, biostatistics boot camp, academic promotions and more.

5: To hear the latest about how the current political administration may affect the future of academic medicine from Darrell G. Kirch, MD, president and chief executive officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges as the keynote address.

4: To view the record-number of abstract presentations (well over 200) and dozens of fascinating case reports from across all disciplines at MedStar.

3: To collaborate and meet with researchers, investigators, clinicians and administrative leaders from across the system.

2: To see the impact of MedStar Health is having as an academic healthcare system, living at the cross-roads of academics and real life medicine, all embedded in our community.

1: To share in the pride – there is no way to describe how proud you will be to be part of MedStar Health when you are reminded of the impact our research is having on our community and on the health and wellness of people around the world.

Join me at the Symposium, at the North Bethesda Marriott on May 1, and see how my top ten list compares to your experience. What do you need to do -
Register today!

(If the above link does not work, copy and paste this address into your browser:
https://www.confmanager.com/main.cfm?cid=2823).

Neil


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Treat of Retreat

Guest Bloggers:
Vanita Aroda, MD
Scientific Director of the MedStar Community Clinical Research Center

Jason Umans, MD, PhD
Scientific Director of Basic and Translational Science Laboratories at MHRI

Research Scholars Retreat - Wye River – google maps – that terrible bridge – new scholars –  will they be as good as their applications-or better?  –– will they be able to work as a group across research and clinical disciplines?---will we be able to constructively guide their next steps – do they have the ‘fire in their bellies’ to succeed as investigators? –-do we have the scientific depth to mentor colleagues outside of our own disciplines and interests – will the magic that we depend upon actually occur?---shoot, did I pack exercise shoes?  
So many thoughts during the hour + drive to the annual kickoff Teaching and Research Scholars retreat, welcoming the new cohort of Scholars into our paired academic career development programs. But what was hard to imagine during that drive was actually how it would all turn out -- for with the annual kick-off Research Scholars retreat, there is a required element of faith, that when the right intentions and substance come together, constructive clarity will emerge. And indeed, it did.


A day and a half of intensive constructive peer review and guidance to ensure research proposals had legs, career arcs had thematic integrity, resources were available to support initial steps, and feedback was incorporated to plan the year with sessions that would be of most practical benefit -- what a feeling of accomplishment! The most inspirational moments were those unpredictable, yet palpable, ‘aha’ fireworks moments, where fine tweaks, iterative review and feedback resulted in meaningful changes and clarified direction to research and career plans. Those are the moments that textbooks, formal curricula, and seminars don’t automatically create, but what in-person connection, mentorship, and dynamic discussions can spark. 

As one of the scholars shared, “You were right, when you said that tomorrow I would feel different than today. In just a day, I found myself thinking differently, with another perspective. I feel inspired!”   

We are privileged to help guide this remarkable new group of colleagues from across our system, Cynthia DeKlotz, M. Carter Denny, Suhasini Kaushal, and Deliya Wesley as they begin to develop independent, extramurally-funded research careers at MedStar Health.

Monday, March 20, 2017

98%

Every two years, MedStar undertakes an effort to reach out to associates and get their feedback. MHRI frequently has a very high percentage of associates complete the survey, but this year blows them all out of the water.


As of Monday, March 20, we have a 98% completion rate from our associates! Thank you to all of you who have taken the time to share with us at MedStar how you feel about working here.


In an effort to reach all associates, the deadline to complete the survey has been extended until midnight, Tuesday, March 21. If you are in the last 2% of MHRI associates, please take this opportunity to share with us in this confidential venue.



We use the results of the Associate Survey to gauge what initiatives MHRI can undertake to engage our associates. We’ve implemented career ladders and professional development funds due to the 2015 Survey feedback and are looking for your feedback to make changes in the next 2 years.


We remain committed to our associates and this survey is a valuable resource for MHRI and MedStar leadership to stay engaged with our associates.


Visit www.MedStarAssociateSurvey.org to complete your survey. The survey takes only 15 minutes to complete. Make sure you have time to complete the survey. Once you start the survey, you cannot save and return later.




The MedStar 2017 Associate Survey, Powered by You
March 1-21, 2017
www.MedStarAssociateSurvey.org



Sunday, March 12, 2017

Clinical Trial Participant and Author

A few weeks ago, Heather Williams, Oncology Research Nurse Coordinator at MedStar Union Memorial received an email from one of her study patients. The patient, Dr. Kelsey Crowe, enrolled in the Breast Cancer GP2/AE37 Vaccine Trial in 2013. She had travelled from San Francisco to MUMH in Baltimore to receive her vaccine injections over the course of 2.5 years. She is now in follow up.

Kelsey contacted Heather to let her know that she had written a book and would be having a book signing at Kramerbooks in Washington, DC. Kelsey’s book is called “ There is No Good Card for That”. Since her study treatment she has also started a non profit called “Helping Each Other Out” (http://www.helpeachotherout.com/)

Jean Flack, Manager for Oncology Research in Baltimore, and Heather Williams attended the book signing on March 1, 2017. Kelsey was delighted to see her study coordinators again plus Heather was able to do a follow up visit! It was a great experience for Jean and Heather as well – to see a former patient doing so much good work and being such an inspiration for others!
The trial that Kelsey was enrolled in was open at MedStar Union Memorial and enrolled several patients. One (Kelsey) traveled from San Francisco; others came from Maine, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania to participate in the trial and two were local. Most of the patients found the study through breast cancer web sites. The study is now closed to enrollment while patients continue in follow up for collecting recurrence and survival data.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Learning On the Job


It’s been a while since there was a lunch and learn at MHRI, but they’ve made a comeback! Our first forays into this event were on Excel and SharePoint, and our most recent was on Outlook.

"Optimizing your Outlook" with Kelly Rosendall was attended by a packed house at University Town Center and more than 40 associates via WebEx. Kelly walked associates through some steps that they can take to simplify their email process and work their way to a clean inbox.

You can download her flyer with the steps to complete several different aspects of Outlook optimization here.
There are also specific instructions available for archiving calendar events, if you frequently find that you are running out of space in your email. These are from Clark Bean, our Director of Information Technology.

She also covered some basics on using the Office Communicator that is installed on all MedStar computers, with some great ideas for collaboration.

Thank you Kelly, for sharing your experience with us! If anyone has an idea for a future Lunch and Learn (or would like to share their expertise), please contact Michelle.L.Laubach@medstar.net.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Powered by Teamwork

Friends and Colleagues,

Move over business leaders, the scientists will show you how it works!

I can’t tell you how excited I was this week when I received the March issue of Harvard Business Review (HBR) and on the cover was “The New Science of Teamwork.” In fact, the last two issues of HBR have included several articles linking science and business. 


In an interview with Helen Fisher, a biologic anthropologist (who has spent her career doing functional MRI research on brain systems that drive human emotions, personality and attraction) summed it up nicely by saying “If you understand how the brain works, you can reach anyone.” Fisher and others are now using their scientific findings to improve the workplace.
One article that really caught my attention was, “The Neuroscience of Trust: Management Behaviors that Foster Employee Engagement.” In it, the author describes how wild animals are known to have a higher level of oxytocin to signal when another animal is safe to approach and how stress will inhibit oxytocin release. This makes sense because when you are stressed out, you rarely want to interact with others. The author postulated that the same may apply to humans so they did a series of tests measuring oxytocin level in different scenarios. The results were fascinating. The experiments showed that having a sense of higher purpose stimulates oxytocin production, as does trust. Trust and purpose then mutually reinforce each other for even higher levels of oxytocin, which produces happiness.

Applying this to the workplace, joy on the job can come from doing purpose-driven work with a trusted team. This scenario leads to high engagement with a strong connection with one’s work and colleagues, being a real contributor to the team and enjoying ample chance to learn.

And there is more! The author shows that we can act on this data to make our workplace better. There are several effective ways to increase oxytocin levels: 1) recognizing excellence, 2) giving people discretion in how they do their work, 3) sharing information broadly through good communication, 4) building relationships and, 5) helping people develop personally and professionally. However, in order to know which of these areas to focus on, associates needs to provide input, advice and feedback. Well, the timing for this article could not be better.

The bi-annual MedStar Associate Survey just launched and asks your opinion in the following categories: Career Development and Training, Communications, Engagement, Leadership and Direction, Performance Management, Patient First, Supervision, Total Rewards, and Teamwork. This survey is online and only takes 10-15 minutes to complete. Visit
www.MedStarAssociateSurvey.org now to voice your opinion.



Together, we will build a future at MHRI and MedStar Health that is focused and powered by you. And together, we will raise all of our oxytocin levels to new heights!

Thank you for all you have done to advance health and for your input on how to do this important work even more effectively and enjoyably!

Neil

Thursday, March 2, 2017

MedStar 2017 Associate Survey

As you prepare to take the MedStar 2017 Associate Survey, consider the things you enjoy most about your job and the opportunities we have to move forward.


While we launch the 2017 survey, it gives us a chance to look back at the 2015 results to identify where we made progress.  In the 2015 survey, associates were asked for the first time to comment on the one thing they enjoy most about working at MedStar Health. There were nearly 12,000 comments in response, providing invaluable insight to strong shared values across the organization. More than 2,000 comments mentioned patients,and nearly 7,000 referenced co-workers and teamwork. Here are a few representative comments from the thousands received.
  1. People and community: "The thing I enjoy the most about working at MedStar Health is the opportunity that MedStar gives me to care for the people of my community, support those that care for the patients directly, and ultimately improve health care and the industry as we know it today."
  2. Sense of purpose: “The most enjoyable thing is being a part of our purpose: helping to provide safe patient care. That is all tied to service that only comes from attention to the providers' and patients’ needs, teamwork, and understanding of financial limitations, and managing expectations in evaluating priorities."
  3. Opportunity to expand skills: “This job has given me the opportunity to expand my knowledge and skills in the healthcare industry. The diversity in the department is one of the greatest assets and keys to success. The interactions across the system have been rewarding and challenging at the same time. I can see where my role has an immediate impact on outcomes to promote patient care.”
  4. Passion for patient safety and patient care: "The associates who work for MedStar are passionate about both patient safety and patient care, regardless of their role within the organization. It helps to provide purpose and value to one’s profession. MedStar is an excellent company that offers much to the community and to those who serve within the organization, and I am proud to be a MedStar associate.”
What is the one thing you enjoy most about working at MedStar? Please take the time to let us know as part of the Associate Survey.  While the survey will capture opportunities for improvement, it is just as important to recognize the things you value to make sure they stay as part of our culture and organization.

The bi-annual Associate Enagement survey is open now and will run through March 19, 2017. Your feedback is anonymous and confidential—MedStar partners with Willis Towers Watson, an outside consulting firm, who receives and processes all surveys. No one from MedStar Health sees an individual’s completed survey. MedStar Health is Powered by You!


The MedStar 2017 Associate Survey is open now until March 19, 2017. Visit www.MedStarAssociateSurvey.org to complete your survey today!



Monday, February 27, 2017

Celebrating 100 Years

Guest Blogger: Kimberly L. Cockey, Quality and Safety Research, WWTK Specialist, MedStar Franklin Square Hospital

Every day as the We Want to Know (WWTK) Specialist at Franklin Square, I have the privilege of speaking to our many diverse patients and their families. WWTK is an innovative program that gives our patients and families a voice to express concerns about their care. The WWTK program allows us the great opportunity to address patient concerns and affect change for a positive patient experience in real time.


I want to share a story that came from a recent WWTK interview. It is one of those stories that highlights what is special about MedStar and reminds me of why I love my job…

I was having a typical day, going from room to room, asking patients how they felt about their care. In one room, I peeked in past the curtain and asked permission to enter. I received a polite invitation from small voice in the recliner across the room. I introduced myself and the WWTK program and began asking my usual questions. Ms. Green was happy with her care and reported that her care team was doing a great job. What she was really concerned about, though, was whether or not she was going to be discharged by Friday. “You see,” she said, “Friday is my 100th birthday, and I must be out of here by then because I have plans to celebrate.” She was very excited as she filled me in on all her celebratory plans and proudly showed off a rather large birthday card that was signed by everyone at her church.

At the end of the day, I documented my interview with Ms. Green (as I do with all my interviews each day) in an email to unit and hospital leadership. Based on a single sentence about Ms. Green’s birthday in my email, Franklin Square rallied to celebrate Ms. Green. Hospital leadership requested a cake, Food and Nutrition Services ordered it, and leaders and staff came together to present her with the cake and sing her “Happy Birthday” in our own little celebration. Ms. Green received well wishes from all over the hospital all day long. Both she and her daughter were surprised and touched by the gesture. And I am happy to report that Ms. Green was discharged in time to make it to her evening festivities.

Her family shared with us the following message: "Thank you for making her 100th birthday special...and for getting her transferred and settled for the family celebration. Also for the treatment and care she recieved during her stay with you."  The Green Family



We Want To Know is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Grant #1R18HS022757:K.M. Mazor PI). The project is a partnership between MedStar Health, MedStar Health Research Institute, and Investigators from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the University of Washington.



Wednesday, February 22, 2017

HeROs' Awards at MedStar Health


As part of MedStar’s commitment to becoming a high reliability organization that puts patient safety first, our associates good work is recognized every week of the year through activities such as with Good Catch Monday's to Celebrating HeRO’s at MHRI. Yesterday we took time out to recognize 'the best of the best' at the 2016 HeRO Awards Luncheon.

At its annual event, the MedStar Institute of Quality and Safety celebrated its 'HeROs' at a red carpet like 'Academy Awards' luncheon in honor of those who went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure patients stayed safe. The HeRO program is part of our journey to high reliability to create a culture where every associate speaks up when they see something to contribute to patient safety.
 
 The place was packed - and it brought out leaders from across the system with nearly every hospital president. There were opening remarks and then awards for different categories such as team HeRO and leader HeRO's.

Our own Laurie Want, RN from the MedStar Community Clinical Research Center was awarded the best “Good Catch" of the year for her diligence on behalf of a research participant in a diabetes study.  Because of what she did, she probably saved this research participant's foot and put into place procedures to help future diabetes patients . We previously shared the story when she was presented with the Josie King HeRO award earlier this year (see post at Creating a Culture of Patient Safety).
As part of the luncheon, they shared a video that highlighted a few of the HeRO award recipients so we could hear directly from them what it means to build a high reliability organization at MedStar. I think Laurie summed it up nicely: “I’m proud of MedStar, I’m proud of the team I work with. I do feel proud that we do it well.”

You can watch the award video here.
 


Congratulations to Laurie and I thank you for your commitment to our patients and research here at MedStar.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Wearing Red for Heart Health


In support of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) fight against heart disease and the MHRI celebrated “Go Red” day on Valentine's day this year, Feburary 14.


Now in it's fifth year at MHRI, departements are invited to show their support of American Heart month by taking creative photos of their teams wearing red. Check out some of the great photos submitted!

MCCRC at University Town Center

Oncology Research

Office of Contracts and Grants Managment


University Town Center Office

MCRC

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Funding Opportunities for MedStar Investigators

At MedStar Health we are committed to creating a learning healthcare environment that fosters and supports research. To support this effort, we are very pleased to announce FOUR intramural grant funding opportunities that are now open.
These research funding announcements have been developed to increase collaboration, support new investigators, and enhance the quality of care to our communities. Each funding opportunity is in a different domain, with the hope that any investigator can find some internal grant opportunity that applies to their area.
  1. The 2017 New Investigator – Associate Giving Grant Fundis a grant opportunity made possible by our annual associate giving campaign. We all know the first years are so important and this grant opportunity will provide support to initiate research and complete pilot studies that can lead to building a robust research activity that will be competitive for external funding. Applications are due by midnight on April 3, 2017.
  2. The 2017 MedStar Diabetes Research Grant is an opportunity for Investigators interested in diabetes research and is made possible by a generous donation to advance diabetics’ health through research at MedStar Health. Applications are due by midnight on April 3, 2017.
  3. The 2017 Greenspring Financial Insurance Limited, Inc (GFIL) Grant Program. This grant seeks to improve patient safety and prevent avoidable patient injury at MedStar Health through projects that identify innovative ways to address prevention of losses in the areas of professional and general liability. Applications are due by midnight on April 3, 2017.
  4. GHUCCTS Pilot Translational and Clinical Studies Program. This grant supports promotion of interdisciplinary research that will translate basic findings into clinical applications and clinical research findings into community use in order to improve human health. Applications are due by COB Friday, March 10, 2017 Application submissions are on-line: Link to PTCS Application.
You can view the full guidelines and RFPs for the available Intramural Grant Opportunies on the MHRI website at https://www.medstarhealth.org/mhri/research-support/intramural-grant-opportunities



Monday, February 6, 2017

Weathering Change

Below is my monthly message for the Febrary 2017 Focus. You can view the Focus at MedStarResearch.org/FOCUS

I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.  - Jimmy Dean

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I’ve used this monthly message previously to write on the topic of change. Change is hard, change is frightening, change is inevitable and change can be very exciting – all at the same time.


For my son, if you ask him what the biggest change has been in the last year, he will tell you about starting high school. As adults, we may talk about a new job, moving into a new home, or the start of a new relationship. These are all very big things that have a tremendous effect on our life. However, what happens when the world that surrounds your private life starts to change? Well, that can raise emotions to a whole new level.


For the last several years, we at MedStar have been part of many changes – performance transformation, evolution into a distributed care delivery network, and health care payment reform, just to name a few! But to be honest, that is nothing compared to what is happening today. These last two weeks have brought some of the most significant changes this nation has ever seen. The world that surrounds our world is changing. Many folks are asking “what happens next?”


While I certainly don’t know exactly what happens next, what I do know is that when changes surround us, I look inward. I personally take comfort at foundational aspects of life - the things that are steady and can anchor and help guide us through dynamic and unpredictable times.



At the last quarterly MHRI Managers’ meeting, we heard from Dr. Evans and took comfort that the MedStar 2020 vision and strategies hold strong and will guide us through the likely changes in the healthcare agenda. Just two days ago at the MHRI Board of Directors’ meeting, I again took comfort hearing how our portfolio of research and the diversity of funding will position us well with potential changes in sponsoring agencies. And as you think about it, it makes sense — our investigative teams continue to follow through on the instincts that make research so important: verifying and validating when something does not make sense, figuring out why and how something works, innovating new solutions to problems, examining new problems and results. All of this adds up to discoveries that advance the health of our communities. This work will only become more important in times of uncertainty, and in fact, can bring great optimism and accomplishment despite other areas of unsettlement.

Yes, there will be changes in our life and yes, there will be times that the world around our daily life will change, but despite all that, we are well positioned at MedStar and MHRI.  We will not only weather the change, but excel. It’s about finding that balance between changes in the world around you and applying the foundational principles and good work within.


So with that, I hope you take some time this afternoon to keep that balance within your own life and enjoy something that is planned and regularly scheduled every year – the Super Bowl!

Neil

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Representing MedStar on the World Stage

Guest Blogger: Becky Montalvo, Executive Director, MedStar Community Clinical Research Center, Biostatistics & Bioinformatics, Biomarker, Biochemistry and Biorepository Core

Dr. Vanita Aroda is the Scientific Director for MedStar Community Clinical Research Center (MCCRC), where she serves as Principal Investigator for many clinical trials sponsored by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) at the NIH as well as commercially sponsored clinical trials.


In addition to Dr. Aroda’s very busy investigator role in MCCRC, supporting over 18 MHRI positions,  she is often sought by educational services and Sponsors to consult in her diabetes field of expertise.

One of her recent experiences was to serve as a panel member for a CME program presented by MedScape Education, entitled “Innovative Insulin Combinations: A New Strategy for the Person With T2DM”. This 3-person panel of diabetology experts included colleagues from Italy and Canada, with Dr. Aroda representing the USA and was filmed in September during the annual European Association for the Study of Diabetes held in Munich, Germany.


We are understandably focused on our work within MedStar Health, but this is but one of many examples where MHRI investigators are contributing to science and education that extends well beyond our local area, and is part of why I am proud to be part of MedStar Health Research Institute.

You can view the full panel presentation at http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/870557

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Revisiting those New Year's Resolutions to Thrive

With so much going on in our lives, it can be hard to take time to focus on yourself. I know many folks make New Year’s resolutions each year, and many people focus on wellness goals.

Well, we are one month into the new year and now is the time those resolutions start to fall off so....
 
If you have made a health goal this year, consider checking out the Guide+Thrive program from MedStar's Business Health Services. This was formerly known as the Employee Assistance Program.

Not only can they help you with wellness goals, but they also offer coaching services for emotional, social, financial, and career well-being. Open to all MedStar associates, this program is offered at no cost to you. No matter what your starting point, Guide+Thrive works directly with you to achieve both your personal and
workplace goals, so you can be happy, energized and productive both in and out of the office.

Check out the flyer at this link to learn more about the services offered.