New Vice Dean of Medical Education

Robert Folberg, M.D., has been appointed vice dean of Medical Education for the Wayne State University School of Medicine. “Dr. Folberg’s wealth of experience both clinically and educationally will serve our School of Medicine well as we continue to develop the medical education of the future,” said Mark E. Schweitzer, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine and vice president of WSU Health Affairs. Dr. Folberg served as the Stephan Sharf Founding Dean of the William Beaumont School of Medicine from 2008 to 2019, and as associate dean for Faculty Affairs and director of Community Engaged Scholarship in Southeast Michigan at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine from 2019 to 2020.

Happy Hanukkah!

To the School of Medicine Family:

I want to wish the Jewish members of our community a Happy Hanukkah, which began Nov. 28 and runs through the evening of Dec. 6.

The eight-day celebration, often known as the Festival of Lights, is a joyous time celebrated in Jewish families with the lighting of the candles of the menorah, a candelabrum with nine branches, traditional foods, gifts and games.

The celebration commemorates the historical recovery of Jerusalem and rededication of the Second Temple during the Maccabean revolt against the Seleucid Empire in the second century BCE. The lighting of a candle on the menorah each night of the festival symbolizes a miracle in which it is said that a small flask of oil sufficient to light the temple for only a day lasted eight days.

Many families mark the festival with the nightly lighting of a menorah candle, eating traditional foods fried or baked in oil, especially the fried potato pancakes know as latkes, giving small gifts to children of the family, and traditional prayers and songs.

Please join me in wishing the members of our community of the Jewish faith a Happy Hanukkah.

Mark E. Schweitzer, M.D.
Vice President, Health Affairs
Dean, Wayne State University School of Medicine

Dean’s Town Hall

For those unable to attend the Dean’s Quality Improvement and Accreditation Town Halls, links to the following recorded sessions are below:

The meeting for M2 students can be viewed here.

The meeting for M3 students can be viewed here.

The meeting for faculty, staff, residents and graduate program students can be viewed here

All faculty, staff and students are welcome to view any of the sessions.

Updates for M1 and M4 students will be provided at future class meetings.

Source: WSUSOM

Wayne Health opens outpatient infusion clinic in Midtown Detroit

Detroit residents will have convenient access to infusion services for immunological and inflammatory diseases with the Nov. 1 opening of Wayne Health’s new outpatient infusion clinic at its 400 Mack Detroit Health Center in Midtown.

The comfortable, contemporary infusion clinic will serve patients with conditions such as systemic lupus, Crohn’s disease, connective tissue diseases, multiple sclerosis and other neuropathies that can improve through treatment with biological agents.


WSU School of Medicine announces concurrent joint M.D.-M.B.A program

WSUSOM has introduced a new joint degree program in which medical students can earn a master’s of business administration degree concurrently with their four-year medical degree.

The curriculum will provide students with core courses in both medicine and business, as well as supporting elective courses in each field, and specialized courses in both. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be prepared for employment as physicians and in a wide range of additional settings in the public and private sector.

The program is a partnership between the WSU School of Medicine and WSU’s Mike Ilitch School of Business.


A Balancing Act: Spotlight on Wayne State’s Military Medicine Interest Group

MMIG is hosting a continuing series of lessons in trauma care designed to increase awareness of interventions used in trauma situations and help prepare students for emergencies. Students practice interventions such as intubation, needle decompression, chest tube insertion, surgical cricothyroidotomy, packing wounds and more. The curriculum is based on the Advanced Trauma Life Support and Tactical Combat Casualty Care guidelines. Recent topics covered include assessments, managing massive hemorrhage, and basic airway management.