GME participation in AIAMC National Initiatives

In June 2023, GME and its primary clinical partner, Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital (APRH), were selected to participate in the AIAMC National Initiative IX, on the "Social and Moral Determinants of Health." AIAMC (the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers) is a national organization of independent teaching hospitals based in Chicago. NI IX will run from Sept. 2023 through May 2025.

For NI IX, GME partnered with the Family Medicine residency program at APRH to develop a formal community outreach curriculum.  At the 2024 Annual AIAMC Meeting held in April, FM Program Director Eleanor King presented her research on "Offering RESPITE: Residents Expressing the Stresses of the Profession in a Therapeutic Environment," detailing her piloting of an initiative to host bimonthly support groups for residents. Her co-authors included R. Brent Stansfield, GME Director of Education; Heidi Kenaga, GME Research Coordinator; and APRH Chief Medical Officer Sheryl Wissman. The RESPITE initiative had 3 aims: (1) to create a safe space for residents to express their career frustrations without fear of judgment; (2) to focus on understanding peers' frustrations before rushing to generate solutions; and (3) to determine if sharing those frustrations in both oral and written form decreases residents' feelings of isolation or loneliness. Dr. King's poster was accepted by AIAMC meeting organizers as a slide presentation.

At the same annual meeting, Dr. King and GME Research Coordinator Heidi Kenaga presented a poster storyboard documenting their work on the FM community outreach curriculum across 2023-24. They benefitted from the feedback provided by other NI IX participants as well as AIAMC meeting attendees.

An APRH/GME team will attend the next AIAMC Annual Meeting in March 2025 to present the final outcomes of their work on NI IX.


GME held its second annual Diversity Open House on Monday, August 21, 2023 from 6-7 pm as a virtual event. GME staff provided an introduction to Wayne State's sole-sponsored residency programs and discussed how the WSU Office of Graduate Medical Education works to serve WSU's historical mission to promote diversity and equity in an inclusive learning environment focused on resident professional development and wellness. Representatives from our residency programs were on hand to discuss how their specific efforts serve that mission. 

For more information on GME's DEI activities and the Diversity Open House, contact GME Director of Education Dr. Brent Stansfield at
For more information on the AIAMC and its initiatives, visit