“I’ve known Hooman was Persian ever since I first heard [his] name at CHEPS, but I’ve only ever spoken to him briefly on my way in and out of the building. But this semester, we’ve been talking more than usual because we’re working on a data set. While we were reviewing the information and creating the document on the first day of the summer semester, he asked a few questions about Iran.”
“Since he was already aware of my university during undergrad and master’s, he inquired as to my location within the city. His enthusiasm when asking ‘Which street did you live on?’ Continue Reading »
On February 6, 2023, Turkey and Syria were struck with a 7.8 earthquake taking tens of thousands of lives and causing over US$84.1 billion in damage. As a contribution to the disaster relief, the Cohn family quickly took action to collect donations from the CHEPS community, matching each donation times 5. Thanks to the amazing generosity of the community, and a few of Dr. Cohn’s IOE310 students, CHEPS was able to raise a $3,000 donation by February 11th!
In December of 2022, Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety (CHEPS) staff member Fumiya Abe-Nornes and students Rachel Zhang and Nathan Smith got to experience their dream as research assistants: Presenting at an international conference on their work.
For the last few years, the Surgical Competency project team at CHEPS researched the limitations of current surgical residency training guidelines. At the project’s conception in 2019, Fumiya Abe-Nornes, an undergraduate student studying biophysics at the time, worked closely with fellow CHEPSters and clinical collaborators Drs. Rishindra Reddy, Brian George, and Angela Thelen, to better understand the concern of the readiness of graduating surgeons to independently perform surgeries.
Hi! I’m Prachi Fozdar, a Business and Mechanical Engineering undergraduate working as a communications & marketing intern here at CHEPS. I was recently able to interview Laura Ely, a master’s student studying Industrial & Operations Engineering (IOE) with a concentration in Healthcare Engineering & Patient Safety (HEPS), to find out more about her experience in HEPS.
What did you pursue your undergrad in & how long have you been in HEPS? “During my undergrad, I majored in Industrial Engineering at Oregon State University (Go Beavers). I’ve now been in the Healthcare Engineering & Patient Safety Masters concentration through the IOE program for two semesters, with one semester left.”Continue Reading »
Hi! I’m Prachi Fozdar, a Business and Engineering undergraduate working as a communications assistant at CHEPS. I was recently able to interview Aparna Reddy, an undergraduate sophomore currently on the pre-med track in LSA, to find out more about her work at CHEPS.
How’d you get involved in CHEPS? “Freshman year I joined another student organization, Blueprints for Pangea, with Kishor and he told me during one of the meetings about how he’s involved in CHEPS. I got really interested, so I researched CHEPS a bit more and then decided to apply.”
What made you want to join CHEPS? “I’m really interested in the systemic components of healthcare because a lot of the research I did in high school was more computational-based.Continue Reading »
Hi! I’m Prachi Fozdar, a Business and Engineering undergraduate working as a communications assistant at CHEPS. I recently got the chance to interview Rachel Zhang, a junior in Biomedical Engineering on the pre-med track. Rachel started at CHEPS this past summer, making this winter her third term.
Rachel’s story of joining CHEPS is one she describes as “a series of various connections and coincides which led to CHEPS at the same time.” While looking for a capstone project for the engineering honors program, Rachel came across CHEPS. She said, “One of my advisors, Emmett Springer, is a CHEPS alum and knew my interests in healthcare optimization and that I was looking for a capstone, so he referenced me towards CHEPS. Continue Reading »
Hi! I’m Prachi Fozdar, a Business and Engineering undergraduate working as a communications assistant at CHEPS. I recently had the opportunity to interview David, an undergraduate junior majoring in Industrial & Operations and Engineering and minoring in Computer Science, to find out more about his work at CHEPS.
How’d you find out about CHEPS and get involved in it? “So, it was actually during the career fair my sophomore year in the fall. I talked to Jim Molloy from Citi, and he started talking about Professor Cohn, the various classes she teaches and mentioned how CHEPS is a wonderful program to be in. Continue Reading »
I actually learned about CHEPS through some family connections. My dad (Hi dad!) works in the School of Public Health at UM and has known Amy Cohn, the Faculty Director of CHEPS, for several years. When my older sister, Lauren (Hey Lauren, too!), started out as an undergrad at Michigan, she met Amy through my dad and discovered the wonderful organization that is CHEPS. As a BME student, she ended up working at CHEPS for several years during her undergrad career and later encouraged me to check it out.
When I was a freshman in the College of Engineering and my major was undecided (like, very undecided), it was Lauren who convinced me to set up a meeting with Amy to learn more about IOE.Continue Reading »
This blog is written by Fumiya Abe-Nornes, Nisarg Polra, and Rachel Zhang of the Summer 2021 Surgical Competency Team.
Surgical residency is just one of many steps that an individual has to go through in order to become a surgeon. The typical path for a surgical trainee is to attend medical school, followed by residency, with an optional fellowship afterwards before practicing. It is during this surgical residency where a trainee is exposed to many different fields within surgery, such as orthopedics, cardiac, etc.
Our project, titled surgical competency, focuses on this residency program. Specifically, we are interested in using simulation to assess how variation, such as in trainee learning curves, transference of skill among procedures, among others, could have an impact on the learning outcomes of a surgical residency program. Continue Reading »
This blog is written by student members of the Summer 2021 Prenatal Team. The team consists of Claire Dawson, Dipra Debnanth, Stephanie Ganzi, Leena Ghrayeb, Meghana Kandiraju, Amanda Naccarato, and Harini Pennathur.
Hello! This is the Prenatal team here at CHEPS! We work with Dr. Alex Friedman Peahl, a practicing OB-GYN physician at Michigan Medicine, to improve prenatal care. The current prenatal guidelines involve a large number of prenatal visits, yet the U.S. still leads in maternal mortality rates amongst developed nations. Dr. Peahl highlighted this discrepancy and emphasized the idea that a large number of prenatal visits may not actually improve postpartum outcomes, and that we may need to refocus our efforts away from providing a “one-size fits all” pre-determined care framework and rather toward providing tailored care to our patient population (through telehealth, social work, or other non-traditional services). Continue Reading »