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The University of Michigan Primary Care Network is a system of community-based U-M Health Centers in Washtenaw, Livingston, Oakland, and Wayne Counties. Over 170 providers, both physicians and nurses, specializing in internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology and family practice see patients for a wide range of services, including preventive health care and management of chronic illness. Our internal medicine faculty in the Primary Care Network also serve as physician educators in our Medical School. They, like their counterparts at the Taubman Center, serve as the initial entry into the University of Michigan Health System, and project the excellence of the University Health System into the surrounding communities.


CanSORT (Cancer Surveillance & Outcomes Research Team) is a multidisciplinary group of investigators based at the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor VA Center for Clinical Management Research representing the fields of internal medicine, surgery, radiation, oncology, nursing, behavioral science, health services research, biostatistics, and epidemiology. Our investigators are located at five universities and cancer centers throughout the United States.

CanSORT studies the quality of cancer care across the continuum of care from prevention to survivorship. The team also develops and evaluates interventions to improve cancer care including decision tools for patients and clinicians and dissemination strategies to more quickly move research results to the provider community. [LEARN MORE]


Urinary tract infection represents almost 40% of all healthcare-associated infections, with the vast majority due to the indwelling urinary catheter. Over 900,000 patients develop a catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) in a U.S. hospital each year.  CatheterOut.org gives you an array of potential options for reducing CAUTI and indwelling urinary catheter use.  This website is the product of a collaboration between faculty at the University of Michigan (UM) Division of General Medicine; the UM School of Nursing;  St. Joseph Mercy Health System;  St. John Providence Health System; and the  VA Ann Arbor HSR&D Center of Excellence. [LEARN MORE]

Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM)

The Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM) is sponsored jointly by the University of Michigan Medical School and the Ann Arbor VA, and is co-directed by Drs. Angela Fagerlin and Scott Kim.  It is a multidisciplinary unit that integrates bioethics with key social science disciplines, bringing together in one entity research, education, policy work, and service.  CBSSM attracts scholars from across departmental and disciplinary boundaries, and in so doing, provides fertile ground for new synergies.  The primary research interests of CBSSM faculty focus on five overarching themes: (1) clinical and research ethics, (2) health communication and decision making, (3) medicine and society, (4) health, justice, and community, and (5) genomics, health, and society.
Click [here] to view the CBSSM website.

Center for Health Communications Research (CHCR)

We are a dedicated team integrating behavioral science, technology, and art to create and research health interventions that inspire informed health decisions, broaden access to health information, and advance the field of health communications. [LEARN MORE]

Hospitalist Program

GOALS: To maximize the quality, safety, and efficiency of inpatient care; achieve excellence in inpatient education for our trainees; pursue research and scholarly work that advance the field of hospital medicine, ultimately improving the care of hospitalized patients.

International-Ann Arbor Safety Collaboration (I-A2SC)

The International-Ann Arbor Safety Collaboration (I-A22C) brings together University of Michigan General Medicine faculty and patient safety researchers from across the world.  Recent I-A22C  projects have evaluated hand hygiene and other practices to prevent healthcare-associated infections at hospitals in the UK; Tuscany; Japan;  and Thailand. [LEARN MORE]

Medical Arts Program

The Program’s aim is to enhance the ability of medical students, interns, and residents to provide high-quality, humanistic clinical care through experiences and analysis of the musical, dramatic, literary, and visual arts.  During the 2010-2011 season over 100 learners will participate in eight events.  The Medical Arts Program is made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Creative Campus Innovations Grant Program, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and by the Program in Society and Medicine. [LEARN MORE]

For more on the Creative Campus Program, please visit http://creativecampus.org.

Michigan Hospital Medicine Safety Consortium (MI-HMS)

HMS is a partnership between hospitals with hospital medicine programs and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Blue Care Network.   The data-driven collaborative is made up of hospitals across the state of Michigan.  The Coordinating Center for HMS is housed at the University of Michigan.   The goal of the consortium is to improve the quality of care for hospitalized patients who are at risk for adverse events.  The structure of HMS includes 2 sub-committees: Data/Design/Publications and Executive. [LEARN MORE]

Michigan Transitions of Care Collaborative ( M-TC2 )

The Michigan Transitions of Care Collaborative, or M-TC2, is part of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) Physician Group Incentive Program (PGIP). The BCBSM PGIP supports and facilitates practice transformation by rewarding Physician Organizations (POs) for improved performance in health care delivery. The goal of M-TC2 is to improve care transitions between inpatient and outpatient settings. The primary focus is the transition from hospital to home. The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) Project BOOST (Better Outcomes for Older adults through Safe Transitions) is being used by the collaborative. Project BOOST provides resources to optimize the hospital discharge process. The objectives of the initiative include promoting collaboration among POs, hospitals, & hospitalists as well as promoting safety by increasing discharge communication. The long term goal of M-TC2 is to decrease the occurrence of potentially avoidable re-hospitalizations within 30 days. [LEARN MORE]

Patient Safety Enhancement Program (PSEP)

The Ann Arbor VA Medical Center/University of Michigan Patient Safety Enhancement Program (PSEP) aims to improve the quality of patient care by conducting research that focuses on methods of avoiding or preventing adverse patient outcomes or injuries that stem from the processes of healthcare.

Three main components are envisioned: research, operational, and educational-ethical-legal. Currently, the Patient Safety Enhancement Program is focusing on the research component, with an emphasis on reducing hospital-associated complications. The explicit goal of the research component is to build on the work already performed by University of Michigan employees to synthesize and evaluate processes for reducing error, thereby informing decisions regarding the aspects of healthcare that must be modified in order to enhance patient safety. Research results are being disseminated through journal articles, book chapters, and invited lectures. [LEARN MORE]

RWJ Clinical Scholars Program

GOAL: To integrate a faculty's previous clinical training with skills in program development and research methodology to help them find solutions for issues in public policy, community health and health services research. [LEARN MORE]

Value-Based Insurance Design (V-BID)

The basic premise of value-based insurance design is to remove barriers to essential, high-value health services.  V-BID programs improve health outcomes at any level of healthcare expenditure. The basic V-BID premise is to align patients’ out-of-pocket costs, such as copays and premiums, with the value of health services.  This approach to designing benefit plans recognizes that different health services have different levels of value.  By reducing barriers to high-value treatments (through lower costs to patients) and discouraging low-value treatments (through higher costs to patients), these plans can achieve improved health outcomes at any level of health care expenditure.  Studies show that when barriers are reduced, significant increases in patient compliance with recommended treatments and potential cost savings result[LEARN MORE]

VA Health Services Research & Development Center of Excellence

The Center’s expert staff includes more than 30 MD and PhD investigators and 100 staff engaged in over 75 research projects. Annual funding exceeds $16 million. The Director of the Center for Clinical Management Research is Eve A. Kerr, MD, MPH, a primary care physician at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. Investigators specialize in health behavior change, decision science, health system organization, quality improvement, implementation science, and quality/cost of care assessment. [LEARN MORE]


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