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New FERPA compliance training encouraged for U-M faculty, staff

A new online training module will help U-M faculty and staff who interact with student education records do so responsibly and be compliant with federal law. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act protects the privacy of student education records. As an educational institution, the university must be compliant with its requirements. The comprehensive new course teaches faculty, researchers, staff and students how to responsibly handle student information. RO100: FERPA at U-M is now available via MyLinc and takes less than an hour to complete. Schools, colleges and units across the university that wish to require this training can work with ITS to create reports to monitor completion. The course was developed in 2020 to allow for expanded understanding of FERPA law and expectations for the U-M campus. During the fall 2020 semester, more than 200 U-M employees took the training and their feedback was used to make improvements.

University names 2021-22 Interprofessional Leadership Fellows

The highly regarded Interprofessional Leadership Fellows program at U-M welcomes its sixth cohort of participants. Their team projects will center predominantly on interprofessional education in experiential settings, such as clinics or community settings. The educators and practitioners entering this 18-month IPL Fellows program will participate in a campus-based interprofessional learning community facilitated by the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. They also will have internationally acclaimed interprofessional training from the University of Toronto’s Centre for IPE. The nine 2021-22 fellows represent the schools or colleges of Social Work, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Medicine and Engineering. They join the 79 preceding IPL faculty fellows, who have launched impactful interprofessional team projects. Their work and the network they represent have resulted in a variety of new interprofessional courses, publications and awards. See a list of the new fellows and learn more about them.

Abstracts being accepted for Health Professions Education Day 2021

Health Professions Education Day 2021 is a virtual event set for April 6. This annual event aims to spark interprofessional collaboration, networking and inspiration for future research and practice for educational efforts across the health professions schools at U-M. Abstracts may be submitted until Feb. 2, which is when registration will open. This year’s speaker is Elena Umland, co-director of Jefferson Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education at Thomas Jefferson University, and associate provost of interprofessional practice and education at JCIPE. Learn more or submit abstracts.

U-M announces 2021 calendar of holidays, season days

University Human Resources has announced the schedule of holidays and season days for 2021. The university observes seven holidays each calendar year: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day following Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Because Christmas and the 2022 New Year’s Day fall on a Saturday, the observed holidays are Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. Eligible employees receive time off for season days, the four days between the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. The upcoming holidays and season days for the 2021 calendar year are May 31, July 5, Sept. 6, Nov. 25-26, and Dec. 27-30. See more about holidays and season days, and those employees eligible for them.

MHealthy cooking classes available virtually

MHealthy’s cooking classes, aimed to help people learn how to prepare healthy and delicious dishes from the comfort of their own kitchen, have gone virtual. Expert chefs share tips on how to save time and cut costs while teaching how to create tasty dishes using vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts, fish, low-fat dairy, lean meat and beneficial fats. Registration is open through Jan. 28 for the February Cooking Class Series, “Happy Heart Month.” The cost to attend all three classes is $30, and the class schedule is Go for Greens (Feb. 3), Love Chocolate (Feb. 10) and Fish is Fabulous (Feb. 17). MHealthy plans to host a different cooking class series each month. Registration will open a few weeks before the first class date. Learn more and register for the February Cooking Class Series. Email questions to

Certain U-M retirees will be invited to schedule COVID-19 vaccination

University of Michigan retirees who are patients of Michigan Medicine will be invited to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment based on the eligibility and phase requirements developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Michigan Medicine has begun distributing vaccination invitations to those in Phase 1B, which includes individuals older than 65 and other frontline essential workers. Vaccinations will be offered to patients under the care of a Michigan Medicine primary care provider, as well as patients who have had an appointment — either in person or by E-Visit or Video Visit — with any Michigan Medicine provider in the last 24 months. All U-M or Michigan Medicine retirees who are patients of the U-M Health System and older than 65 are encouraged to check their MyUofMHealth patient portal or visit for more information. Retirees younger than 65, as of now, will be eligible for a vaccine as soon as the state is able to expand vaccinations to the public.


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