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John M. Carethers, M.D.
John G. Searle Professor and
Chair, Department of Internal Medicine

Message From Our Chair

Chair’s Corner – June 2014

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Friends:

As we come to the end of our academic year, we go through many transitions that grow and highlight our academic mission through tradition. Medical students who rotated with us for their M3 clerkship or M4 subinternship are moving on to their internship at Michigan and other institutions across the country. We graduate 42 senior residents and 4 Chief Medical Residents into practice or fellowship positions. And subspecialty fellows begin their craft in the practice of medicine for that subspecialty. Simultaneously, we bring in 44 new interns to our specialty of Internal Medicine, have 4 new Chief Medical Residents begin their year, and receive dozens of new first-year fellows to begin their training. We begin the education of new M3s on the wards and in our clinics. And our Department starts the employment of many newly recruited faculty shortly who will enhance our Michigan reputation for scholarly, clinical, and teaching excellence. This time of year is busy, but also very exciting and invigorating to see how people grow and learn in the science and art of medicine. I pass on my congratulations to all those who are graduating this academic cycle, and welcome those who are entering Michigan to take advantage of our Department’s expertise for their training.

Other transitions are happening in our Department. MiChart inpatient went fully live in early June, and it appears that the anticipation for this transition may have been worse than the actual transition, a very good problem to have. Ted Standiford has been named Chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, a fantastic leader for that role. We honored several faculty and staff at our annual Department of Internal Medicine Awards Dinner, with those recognized listed within this newsletter. A hearty congratulation to all award winners!  Rich Moseley and Rebecca Van Dyke retired this academic year after many years of outstanding teaching to our trainees – both will be missed - and Charlotte Pierson retired after many years working closely with Cyril Grum in our undergraduate medical education program. We have lost two giants in endocrinology over the past year – Stefan Fajans and David Schteingart  - and both will be terribly missed but they leave a fantastic legacy for the MEND Division and the Department of Internal Medicine.

Our clinical expansion into Northville is another transition that is very important to our Department. Audrey Fan in General Internal Medicine has been named the Medical Director of Northville, and she will help coordinate the programming and efficient operation of the new 100,000 sq. ft. facility that will open July 15, 2014. The Department will have allergy, cardiology, endocrinology, general medicine, gastroenterology/hepatology, hematology/oncology, pulmonary, rheumatology services at Northville. We expect that Northville will eventually become a busy and successful location in short term.

Transitions can be painful, enjoyable, and powerful. We all go through them in our lives, and as a Department. I continue to look forward to them in everyday life, with the goal of learning from them, and making transitions as easy as they can possibly be.

John M. Carethers, M.D.
John G. Searle Professor and Chair
Department of Internal Medicine