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Match Day reveals sharp increase in medical students staying in Toledo for residency

Through waves of happy tears and cheers at Stranahan Theater’s Great Hall on Match Day, members of the next generation of doctors reached a thrilling milestone in their medical careers by ripping open envelopes that revealed not only where they will spend the next few years of their training, but also a growing commitment to the northwest Ohio region.

Fifteen percent of the 155 medical students graduating from The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences this year will stay in Toledo to continue their training at UT. That is more than double the number in 2016.

Amala Ambati, left, Megan Mooney and Eric Lindsley all matched at The University of Toledo. Ambati will study internal medicine, Mooney will focus on orthopaedics, and Lindsley will work in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Twenty-three fourth-year students matched here for their hospital residencies, compared to a total of nine last year and eight in 2015.

“We are very excited that many students are choosing to stay in Toledo to continue their training,” Dr. Christopher Cooper, dean of the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences and executive vice president for clinical affairs, said. “There are many contributing factors, and one is the Academic Affiliation with ProMedica. This is helping our region retain talent because approximately 70 percent of residents establish their practice in the community where they complete their terminal training.”

Jennifer Amsdell matched at UT for neurology.

Jennifer Amsdell matched at UT for neurology.

“The wait was nerve-wracking, but I am so happy I matched with my top choice,” Amsdell said. “I wanted to stay because of the faculty in neurology. I’ve been able to spend a lot of time with them in rotations and during research projects. They are amazing mentors and teachers.”

Ryan Johnston matched at UT for emergency medicine.

“My wife immediately started crying, and I couldn’t stop smiling because this was our No. 1 choice,” Johnston said. “We’re both from northwest Ohio and want to stay home. Plus, the Academic Affiliation with ProMedica benefits the specialty of emergency medicine because of high patient volumes, different acuities, and presentations of illnesses at Toledo Hospital. I think that is going to lead to extensive learning. I’m excited to see what the future holds for the Academic Affiliation.”

The students, who are graduating in May, matched in 21 specialties, with 50, or 32 percent, in primary care fields. The top specialties for this graduating class were internal medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine and anesthesiology.

Ohio was the most popular state with 65 students matching here, compared to 52 last year. The second most popular state was Michigan with 14, followed by Illinois with 12. Overall, students matched with programs in 30 states.

Professor elected president of national organization

Dr. Ishmael Parsai, chief medical physicist in the UT Radiation Oncology Department, and professor and director of the Graduate Medical Physics Program, has been elected president-elect of the Society of Directors of Academic Medical Physics Program.

The Society of Directors of Academic Medical Physics Program is an independent organization that aims to advance the collective mission of enhancing medical physics educational opportunities in the areas of radiation oncology and diagnostic imaging.

Parsai

Parsai served as a founding member of the organization in 2008 and participated on the steering committee. Recently, Parsai was asked to run for the president-elect position, which he won after a national election. He will serve as president next year and as the chairman of the board of directors the following year.

“It is truly an honor to be selected for such a key position in our field,” Parsai said. “This position will allow me the license to survey the progress of graduate students and trainees throughout the United States and Canada. This will have a directly positive impact on our own graduate students and trainees. In our program, we will have the ability to gauge its progress compared to our colleagues nationally, which will, in turn, substantially improve our educational methodology for our students.”

With nearly 30 years as a practicing medical physicist, Parsai is a member of numerous scientific organizations and has fellowships in the American College of Radiation Oncology, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, and the International Organization of Medical Physics.

He is also highly active in the scientific community, having published 59 peer-reviewed articles and conference proceedings in preferred journals, six book chapters and 143 abstracts. Parsai has given 73 paper and poster presentations at national or international meetings, and has authored or co-authored six patents, three of which are licensed for production by manufacturers. He also has four provisional patents in progress.

“In this new position, I believe through the exchange of information, knowledge and ideas, I will be delighted to share some of my experiences in training medical physics students with other colleagues in hopes of empowering them and the next generation of medical physicists, as well as bringing home some new ideas to further improve our own programs,” Parsai said. “My hope is to continue to significantly develop our programs locally here at The University of Toledo, and to help advance levels of education and training on the national stage.”

The Society of Directors of Academic Medical Physics Program aims to promote better coordination between academic medical physics programs; to foster establishment of best practices; to monitor production of students relative to the job market; to help new programs get started; and to serve as a voice for academic program directors.

Match Day: UT medical students to open envelopes revealing their future March 17

The highly anticipated, dramatic moment when thousands of graduating medical students across the country tear open envelopes that contain their future will be noon Friday, March 17.

Fourth-year medical students at The University of Toledo will be at Stranahan Theater’s Great Hall to experience the annual Match Day ritual to learn where they will spend the next three to seven years training in their chosen specialty, from anesthesiology to general surgery to pediatrics.

The 2017 Residency Match Reception will begin at 11 a.m. with the envelope-opening ceremony precisely at noon. The event is invitation-only because space is limited.

A computer algorithm administered by the National Resident Matching Program “matches” students and residency programs together.

Students spend months interviewing at hospitals and universities across the nation to find the ideal institutions that will best help them perfect their chosen specialties. The students then rank their top choices, and academic and community-based medical centers nationwide rank their top student choices.

Residents are licensed physicians who care for patients under the supervision of attending physicians and represent the medical workforce of tomorrow.

UT’s Got Talent show to raise funds for scholarship in honor of UTMC surgical resident

Singing, piano and guitar performances, a Bollywood-style dance, a standup comedy act, and a baton twirling exhibition are just some of the 22 acts attendees at this year’s annual UT’s Got Talent show can expect to see.

The show, which is hosted by the Medical Student Council, features acts by UT medical students. This year, however, there also will be a performance by a faculty member.

“Dr. F. Charles Brunicardi will be performing two songs off his album titled ‘Where Sunset Meets the Beach.’ Dr. Brunicardi is the new chair of the Department of Surgery at The University of Toledo College of Medicine, and we are very excited to have him performing,” said Matthew Metzinger, secretary for the Medical Student Council.

“Dr. Maurice Manning has been hosting the event for several years and does an incredible job. Dr. Manning is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Cancer Biology and has been at the University since 1969. He does his research on all of the performers in the talent show and gives terrific introductions to each and every act,” Metzinger said.

In addition to showcasing the talent of medical students and faculty, the show also donates proceeds from ticket sales and basket raffles to a different charity each year. Baskets are provided by restaurants and vendors from the Toledo area. This year, the Medical Student Council has chosen to support a scholarship fund in memory of a UTMC surgical resident.

“We decided to donate the funds to the Dr. Cyrus Chan MD Legacy Scholarship as a way to honor his memory and support a great cause that will benefit UT medical students and residents for years to come,” Metzinger said. “Dr. Chan was a surgical resident at UTMC who passed away at the age of 39 after a courageous battle with cancer last April. His friends and colleagues started the scholarship fund as a way to honor his memory, and it is truly an honor for us to be able to host this event and support such a worthwhile cause.”

The show will be held Friday, March 10, at 7 p.m. in Doermann Theater in University Hall. Tickets are $5 and will be sold in the Health Education Building Lobby this week and at the door.

Metzinger encouraged those who are interested in UT’s Got Talent to check out the Facebook event.

Association of Women Surgeons to host mixer on leadership March 9

Through membership and programming, the Association of Women Surgeons strives to engage female surgeons to realize their goals and empower them to exceed and excel in their profession.

“Nationally, every surgery department has put emphasis on gender equity and increasing diversity. At Toledo, we are equally committed to increasing diversity in our department. We have tried this through support of the medical student chapter of the Association of Women Surgeons and the expansion of this chapter to an institutional membership,” said Brianna Slatnick, founding member of the UT medical student chapter of the Association of Women Surgeons.

The UT chapter was formally recognized in spring 2016. Since its founding, the chapter has focused on growing the organization and hosting events that promote diversity in surgery.

“This work takes great effort. We are fortunate to have membership and leadership at all levels, including students, residents and faculty,” Slatnick added.

To continue to promote this cooperation between students and leaders in the medical community, and in honor of Women’s History Month, the UT medical student chapter of the Association of Women Surgeons will host a mentorship mixer.

“This mixer aims to cultivate strong mentoring relationships between students, residents and faculty and to empower female surgeons in our community,” Slatnick said.

Brunicardi

The mixer will feature a presentation on leadership by Dr. F. Charles Brunicardi, UT professor and chair of the Department of Surgery.

“We are fortunate to have Dr. Brunicardi who has written nationally recognized work on this topic,” Slatnick said. “We will be using the framework he has developed on leadership training in surgery for example: creating a vision, and effective methods of communication and conflict resolution. He is an outstanding educator and mentor, and has received numerous awards for diversity and gender equity. He has been monumental as a mentor in helping me build my own vision for my future surgical career. We are thrilled to have him.”

Brunicardi was a professor and chair at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and came to Toledo from the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California in Los Angeles.

“Brianna has decided that the topic of the next Association of Women Surgeons session will be leadership training in surgery, and we are collaborating to develop an interesting mini-symposium on the poignant topic,” Brunicardi said. “I am looking forward to collaborating with Brianna on her vision of presenting the leadership principles of surgical education to the UT chapter.”

The mixer will take place Thursday, March 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Social Gastropub at the Gateway, 1440 Secor Road. The event is open to all female residents, attendings and medical students who aspire to pursue a career in surgery.

Those interested in learning more about the UT medical student chapter of the Association of Women Surgeons may contact the organization at utcomaws@gmail.com.

Events slated at UT for Women’s History Month

The 2017 Toledo Women in Leadership Symposium is one of the events taking place at the University in March.

UT is hosting the program that will be presented by the National Diversity Council. It will be held Wednesday, March 8, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Thompson Student Union Ingman Room.

“The National Diversity Council is hosting 37 of these events across the nation in March during Women’s History Month,” Jennifer Pizio, diversity and inclusion associate director in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, said. “Our symposium is being held on International Women’s Day.”

“Be Fearless: Influence, Innovate and Inspire” is the theme of this year’s event.

“This symposium will bring together several local women leaders who will share their diverse experiences,” Pizio said.

Dr. Michele Soliz, UT assistant vice president for student success and inclusion, will represent the University and participate in a panel discussion on “The Difference ‘Difference’ Makes — Double Minority Leadership.”

“It is a privilege to represent UT and to speak about my experience as a Latina,” Soliz said. “I’m looking forward to discussing how my intersectionality has helped me to be successful.”

Other panel topics will be “Transforming the Rules of Engagement”; “Pioneering Pay Equity: Strategies to Bridge the Gap, Own Your Value, and Negotiate Your Worth”; “Women on the Web: Leveraging Social Media as a Means to Success”; “Leading With Authenticity: Strategies for Success With Your Own Leadership Style”; “Switching Your Career When Life Calls for a U-Turn”; “Reviving Your Career: Actionable Steps to Achieve a Professional Renaissance”; and “The Power of No: Defining Your Impact as a Leader.”

For more information on the symposium, click here.

The cost to attend the program is $99. Register online at nationaldiversitycouncilregistration.org/oh/wil.

For more information about the symposium, email kelsea.haught@nationaldiversitycouncil.org.

Listed by date, other UT events scheduled for Women’s History Month include:

• Thursday, March 2 — Lunch and Conversation on “Honoring and Celebrating Women’s Contributions to Society,” noon, Office of Multicultural Student Success, Thompson Student Union Room 2500.

• Thursday, March 9 — Women in Surgery Mentorship Mixer, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Social Gastropub at the Gateway, 1440 Secor Road. Dr. Francis Brunicardi, UT professor and chair of surgery, will give a presentation on leadership. The event is hosted by the UT medical student chapter of the Association of Women Surgeons and the UT Department of Surgery. Female residents, attendings and medical students who aspire to pursue a career in surgery are welcome.

• Tuesday, March 14 — Lecture by Carrie Fleming, 9:30 a.m., Health and Human Services Building Room 1711. The UT alumna founded Fleming Therapy Services Inc., which provides pediatric speech, occupational and physical therapy in five cities in Virginia.

• Wednesday, March 15 — Women’s History Trivia and Photo Booth, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thompson Student Union.

— Screening and Discussion of “Balancing the Scales,” 5:30 p.m., Law Center McQuade Law Auditorium. Sharon Rowen, producer of the documentary that examines women in the legal profession, will be joined by retired Ohio Supreme Court Justice and UT alumna Judith Ann Lanzinger and Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan to talk after the film. The free, public event is sponsored by the Toledo Women’s Bar Association and the Toledo Women Lawyers History Project. Lawyers may receive two hours of Continuing Legal Education for $25; email samantha_meiers@ohnd.uscourts.gov.

• Wednesday, March 22 — “Being Mary Willing Byrd: Race, Property and Widowhood in Revolutionary Virginia,” 12:10 p.m., Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women, Tucker Hall Room 0152. Dr. Ami Pflugrad-Jackisch, UT associate professor of history, will discuss her research on Byrd’s experiences before and after the American Revolution and offer insights into the construction of the gendered and racial hierarchies that defined life in the American South. Space is limited for the free talk; reserve a spot by calling the Eberly Center at 419.530.8570.

— Screening and Discussion of “The Trials of Spring,” 7 p.m., Driscoll Alumni Center Auditorium. The film tells the story of 21-year-old Hend Nafea, who traveled from her village to Cairo, where she advocated with thousands of Egyptians for the end of military rule. She was arrested, beaten and tortured by security forces. After her release, Nafea was shunned by her family for bringing shame to their name. The film will be followed by a conversation with Nafea; moderators will be Dr. Renee Heberle, UT professor of political science, and Dr. Asma Abdel Halim, UT associate professor and chair of women’s and gender studies. The free event will start at 6:30 p.m. with light refreshments. Sponsors for the event are the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies; School of Interdisciplinary Studies; Office of Diversity and Inclusion; Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women; Program in Law and Social Thought; and Office of Student Services. For more information, call 419.530.2233.

Matthews

• Monday, March 27 — An Evening With Dr. Tonya Matthews, 6 p.m., Nitschke Hall Room 1027. Matthews is president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center in Detroit; she was selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Michigan in 2016. The free talk is sponsored by We Are STEMM, the Office of Multicultural Student Success, African American Initiatives and NaturalHAIRitage.

• Tuesday, March 28 — “The Invisibility of Lesbians and Trans Women in History,” 6 p.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2591.

— The Association of the Advancement of African-American Women’s Empowerment Gala, 7:30 p.m., Thompson Student Union Ingman Room.

Hill

Wednesday, March 29 — The Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women is organizing a trip to see Anita Hill speak at Authors! Authors! at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, 325 N. Michigan St. An advocate for equality and civil rights, Hill is a professor of social policy, law and women’s studies at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. The author of “Reimaging Equality” and “Speaking Truth to Power” raised national awareness on the issue of sexual harassment during the 1991 confirmation hearings of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas. The bus will leave the Eberly Center at 6:15 p.m. and return by 10 p.m. The trip is free for UT students and $10 for community members. For more information, call the Eberly Center at 419.530.8570.

Physician/author to discuss health and race

Being black can be bad for your health — Dr. Damon Tweedy wrote about hearing that as a first-year medical student at Duke University in 1997.

His book, “Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine,” became a New York Times Bestseller and was one of Time magazine’s top 10 nonfiction books in 2015.

Tweedy

“From the beginning of life to the very end — and everywhere in between — African Americans continue to experience disproportionately worse health outcomes,” Tweedy said. “You can name pretty much any disease, and you’re likely to find that it’s either more common in black people; black people who get the disease have a worse course; or both of these conditions. There are a lot of factors involved with this, and I explore many of them in my book.”

Tweedy will discuss race and health disparities Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. in Collier Building Room 1200.

For several years, the assistant professor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and staff physician at the Durham Veteran Affairs Medical Center has written and lectured on race and medicine. His articles have been published by The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and The Washington Post, as well as by several medical journals.

In his book, he wrote, “Whether it is premature birth, infant mortality, homicide, childhood obesity or HIV infection, black children and young adults disproportionately bear the brunt of these medical and social ills. By middle age, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, kidney failure and cancer have a suffocating grip on the health of black people and maintain this stranglehold on them well into their senior years.”

“I wanted to put a human touch to these issues of racial health disparities — examining how this impacts real people in everyday life,” Tweedy said. “Many people are more likely to engage in these issues when they are presented as stories rather than simply as statistics.

“I also wanted to explore some of the unique challenges faced by African-American doctors — a largely unexplored perspective in popular medical narratives,” he added.

His free, public talk is sponsored by We Are STEMM, a UT organization dedicated to empowering and inspiring students from underrepresented populations who are interested in science, technology, engineering, math and medicine. Led by faculty and staff, the group celebrates and supports diversity in several UT colleges: Natural Sciences and Mathematics; Engineering; Medicine and Life Sciences; Nursing; Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; and Health and Human Services.

“I found Dr. Tweedy’s book to be inspirational. While it reveals a story often heard in the community of underrepresented groups pursuing higher education, I think he has been able to deliver many aspects in a manner that may be enlightening and perhaps more palatable to those freed from this ‘experience,’” said Dr. Anthony Quinn, assistant dean for diversity and inclusion in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and chair of We Are STEMM.

“In contemporary society, there is the perception that history can be wiped clean with a single piece of new legislation — no need to deal with lasting psychological scars inflicted by past overt and covert policies or the entrenched social norms that are retained and vigorously guarded for generations in spite of new laws,” Quinn continued. “Dr. Tweedy brings out the adverse and lasting impact that discriminatory practices can have on individuals and society long past the time of those who initially implemented them.”

Tweedy’s talk is one of the University’s events scheduled for Black History Month.

Orthopaedic symposium set for Feb. 18

Learning to diagnose and treat orthopaedic conditions of various complexities of the spine will be the topic of a symposium Saturday, Feb. 18, on UT’s Health Science Campus.

The event will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Dowling Hall Room 2315.

The symposium will focus on discussing physical examination; identifying and diagnosing spine conditions; reviewing radiographic findings; and discussing operative and non-operative treatments.

Presenters will include members of the UT Orthopaedic Department: Dr. Nabil Ebraheim, Dr. Hossein Elgafy, Dr. Mustafa Khan, Dr. Joshua Schwind and Dr. Marshall Gillette.

Local physicians and clinicians working in primary care, internal medicine, orthopaedics, pain management, neurology, neurosurgery, and physical and occupational therapy are encouraged to attend.

The cost of the course is $25, and pre-registration is preferred as seating is limited. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

UT is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

For more information or questions, contact orthopedicsurgery@utoledo.edu or call 419.383.4020.

Physician’s research earns Sigma Xi award

Dr. Blair Grubb, director of UT Medical Center’s Cardiac Electrophysiology Program, has been named the 2015-2016 winner of the Dion D. Raftopoulos/Sigma Xi Award for Outstanding Research, an honor given by the University’s Sigma Xi chapter.

Dr. Steven Federman, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and president of UT Sigma Xi, presented a plaque and cash award of $1,500 to Grubb Jan. 25 during a ceremony on Health Science Campus.

Dr. Steven Federman, right, shook hands with Dr. Blair Grubb after presenting him with the 2015-2016 Dion D. Raftopoulos/Sigma Xi Award for Outstanding Research.

Dr. Steven Federman, right, shook hands with Dr. Blair Grubb after presenting him with the 2015-2016 Dion D. Raftopoulos/Sigma Xi Award for Outstanding Research.

Grubb, who also is Distinguished University Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and director of the Syncope and Autonomic Disorders Clinic, said he and a team of international researchers have studied the field of autonomics for more than 30 years. The Baltimore native is one of the world’s authorities in the treatment of illnesses that include syncope (abrupt, brief loss of consciousness) and other disorders of the autonomic nervous system.

“This award is presented to faculty who have made significant contributions in their fields of research,” Federman said. “Dr. Grubb’s accomplishments in the study of autonomic disorders while a professor at UT are truly impressive, and UT Sigma Xi is pleased to honor him.”

Internationally recognized as a pioneering researcher, Grubb identifies autonomics as a new field. His work has had a significant impact on the practice of medicine across the globe, and has improved the lives of hundreds of patients suffering from these disorders.

Grubb, who called his study of autonomic disorders his “life’s work,” discussed his research in a lecture titled “Autonomics: The Birth of a New Science” during the ceremony.

“When I began in this field,” Grubb said, “we knew virtually nothing about these disorders, and patients were often disabled and without hope. Over the last three decades, we have carefully characterized and classified these illnesses and established diagnostic criteria for them. Recently, we have embarked on an ambitious program to identify the molecular, genetic and immunologic causes of these disorders. In addition, we have used this information to discover a series of new and innovative therapies that can return close to 80 percent of these patients to near-normal lives.”

His patients, he added, routinely come to UTMC from around the world for treatment.

He added that he is humbled by the Sigma Xi award, noting that Sigma Xi’s national office has honored a number of Nobel laureates, including Albert Einstein and Al Gore. It is the most recent recognition for Grubb’s dedication to medical research and patient care. In 2016, he was the recipient of UT’s Career Achievement Award. The year before, he was named Dysautonomia International’s Physician of the Year, as well as the British Heart Rhythm Society and Arrhythmia Alliance’s Medical Professional of the Decade — one of the only non-British citizens to be so honored.

He has authored more than 240 scientific papers, five books and 35 book chapters during his career in medicine.

Also known for a creative prowess, Grubb has published more than 50 essays and poems, including a book titled “The Calling.”

Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society, is a national organization that recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of scientific research and knowledge. A voiceover on the Sigma Xi website stated, “The honor of members is that we are a society of integrity… that we have been chosen and selected to represent science, that we are members of a society with Nobel laureates, and we carry a tradition more than 100 years old.”

The organization has 60,000 members worldwide. Chapters usually are found in universities, industrial facilities and government laboratories, as well as other locations where scientific research is conducted.

Grubb succeeds Dr. Yanfa Yan, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the 2014-2015 Sigma Xi awardee.

UTMC sets path forward to serve health-care needs of community

After a thorough review during the past year, The University of Toledo leadership has determined that the UT Medical Center will continue to operate as a teaching hospital, serving the community in South Toledo.

utmc-still-copyIn addition to reviewing UTMC operations, service lines, efficiencies and its customer base, UT leaders studied the rapidly evolving health-care market to determine the most viable path forward for the medical center. They also took into account the change going on at the University, in the industry and in local communities.

“In a rapidly changing industry such as health care, it was imperative that we take the time to thoroughly review our operations, the community we serve, and the dynamics of the health-care market. We needed to be sure we could successfully adapt to the changing environment we live in and continue to serve our 80,000 neighbors effectively,” UT President Sharon L. Gaber said. “We have confidence in our team, and we appreciate the patience everyone exhibited while we worked toward determining this path forward.”

A letter sent to the UT community Jan. 24 from Gaber and Executive Vice President for Clinical Affairs Christopher Cooper noted the hospital’s financial strength and stated UTMC was operating at full or near-full capacity, and together with its clinics served nearly 300,000 people last year.

“The financial health of UTMC played a key role in our analysis, and we want it to be clear that the hospital remains viable only if it continues to enhance its productivity and efficiencies going forward,” the letter stated.

UTMC will continue to be a teaching hospital for UT’s colleges of Medicine and Life Sciences; Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Nursing; and Health and Human Services.

In addition, the path forward will include gradually adding more primary care and behavioral health options at UTMC to meet the evolving health-care needs of the community and to strengthen the University’s training programs.

“We are committed to evolving in a way that keeps our hospital strong, and as we do so, to communicating with you ahead of any changes,” the letter stated.

UTMC leaders are meeting with employees throughout the week to provide more information and answer questions. The schedule for information meetings is:

Tuesday, Jan. 24
• UTMC employee meeting at noon in Health Education Building Room 100

• College of Medicine and Life Sciences faculty meeting at 5 p.m. in Health Education Room 100

• UTMC employee meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Health Education Building Room 105
• UTMC employee meeting at 7:45 p.m. in Health Education Building Room 105


Wednesday, Jan. 25

• UTMC employee meeting at 7:45 a.m. in the Pinnacle Lounge

• College of Medicine and Life Sciences students and residents meeting at noon in Health Education Building Room 100

Thursday, Jan. 26
• UT Physicians employees meeting at 11 a.m. at Glendale Medical Center

Additional information is available online on the myUT portal under the new UTMC tab.

To submit questions or comments, email UTMCquestions@utoledo.edu or call 419.383.6814.