The COVID-19 pandemic provided the University of Michigan community with numerous opportunities to explore its effects on our education, research and patient care mission.


Michigan Medicine RISE — or Research. Innovation. Scholarship. Education. — recently honored 11 teams with RISE COVID-19 Education Innovation Awards in recognition of their proposals that answered the call to challenge existing education structures and develop meaningful alternatives to traditional health sciences education.

RISE received 31 COVID-19 education innovation proposals from faculty, staff and learners across Michigan Medicine, the School of Public Health, the College of Pharmacy, and the Center for Inter-Professional Education.

Proposed ideas addressed education gaps created by the pandemic with novel education interventions, adjustments to teaching modalities, and new content for delivery within science, health or health care delivery.

“The disruption wrought by the pandemic to our educational mission is unprecedented. As evidenced by the number and quality of proposals submitted to RISE by our faculty, staff and students, the creativity, dedication, and commitment to providing an outstanding education for our learners across the educational spectrum is exceptional,” said James O. Woolliscroft, the Lyle C. Roll Professor of Medicine, and professor of internal medicine and learning health sciences, who led this initiative within RISE.

Principal innovators and winning projects are:

  • David Belmonte — Enabling virtual visits in the clinical setting. (Department of Psychiatry)
  • Thomas Bishop — Creating an interprofessional virtual e-learning patient case for medicine, nursing, and pharmacy learners. (Department of Family Medicine)
  • Benjamin Cloyd — Developing an online universal precautions module to protect clinicians from aerosolized infections during intubation. (Department of Anesthesiology)
  • Phoebe Danziger — Generating an interactive website to address ethical dilemmas. (Department of Pediatrics)
  • Taylor Jamerson — Executing programming to support local communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19. (Medical Student Association)
  • Emily Nairn — Designing a provider toolkit to improve provider communications with patients with hearing loss. (UMH Audiology)
  • Laura Power — Executing an interprofessional experiential challenge for population health crises. (Department of Epidemiology School of Public Health)
  • Elizabeth Putnam — Crafting a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure to facilitate interactions and decision-making between learners and faculty in the virtual clinical environment. (Department of Anesthesiology)
  • Rishindra Reddy — Using wearable technology to facilitate virtual rounds in the surgical learning space. (Department of Surgery)
  • Taylor Standiford — Archiving medical education leaders’ perspectives and experiences on leadership in times of crisis. (Medical Student Association)
  • Raza Zaidi — Creating an immersive extended reality curriculum for Anesthesia education. (Department of Anesthesiology)

All submitted proposals were reviewed by a panel of education innovators and leaders.

Each proposal received feedback regarding degree of change and feasibility of the proposed idea, potential for scalability of implementation, and the extent to which it presented an issue facing health sciences education at Michigan Medicine brought about by COVID-19.

In addition, those who made submissions were invited to collaborate with members of the RISE community to further develop, elevate and implement their innovation idea.