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Plan of the Week: Apr 16 - Apr 22

Updated: Apr 18, 2023

Plays of the Week:

Play of the week goes to Dr. Connor Liggett, for creating a helpful POC testing how-to-guide for the clinic. Check out the PDF below.





Time and Location


Monday, 4/17

MR: Case & Neuromuscular/Peripheral Nervous System Lecture, Horvat

0745 - 0815 America 2525 B/C

All welcome

Tuesday, 4/18 Tax Day 💵

MR: Case and Derm Lecture, Logemann

0745 - 0850 America 2525 B/C

All welcome

USU Faculty Development Sessions

0900 - 1630 Bldg 1

Faculty Only; check out for available sessions

SOPT Webinar: Research During Residency? YES, YOU CAN!, Dr. Milissa Jones

1300 - 1400 Register Here

Wednesday, 4/19

MR: Case & Raising the Next Generation of Healthcare with AI: An Introduction for Pediatricians, Patterson

0745 - 0850 Canyon Conf Rm, 4th Fl America Bldg

All welcome

Thursday, 4/20 Eid al-Fitr Starts

MR: Case & GI Lecture

0745 - 0850 America 2525 B/C

All welcome

Friday, 4/21

MR: Case & Child Abuse Lecture, Brennan

0745 - 0850 America 2525 B/C

All welcome

Saturday, 4/22

Residency Retreat! 🚤

Sunday, 4/23

Residency Retreat! 🚤

Mark your calendars:

Save the Date 🗓

Upcoming Birthdays 🎉

26APR: Military Child Health Research Symposium & Adolescent Academic Half-Day

2MAY: Amy Davis

27APR: Martin Journal Club, Start of PAS

28APR: Anniversary of USS COMFORT (T-AH 6) Kamikaze Attack 1945

2MAY: NCR Research & Innovation Research Presentations Start

5MAY: Cinco de Mayo

Do you have a birthday that you want added to the calendar? Email/text Britt



All Staff Updates

BREATHE Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Study

  • Researchers at USU are looking for teens (age 12-17 at consent) who may be at risk for type 2 diabetes. Some of the inclusion criteria for the study include having a BMI of at least 85th percentile for their age/sex and having at least one 1st or 2nd degree biological relative who has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, or gestational diabetes.

  • If the teen is eligible they will be enrolled in a 6-week virtual group program that targets healthy lifestyle choices and/or stress and mood management. Outside of this 6-week group program on Zoom, there is one virtual or in-person study visit and 3 in-person-only study visits at USUHS. These visits take place over the course of one year.

  • For more information, please call Holly Spinner at (202) 643-6352 or email

Recruitment Flyer
Download PDF • 176KB

Resident Retreat Ward Coverage

  • I am still looking for a volunteer to cover the ward overnight (1700-0600) on 23APR during the resident retreat. Email me ( if you are interested!

  • Thank you to Drs. Hepps, Whiteway, Friedman, Urbina, Schulz, Groomes, Drumm, and Ahmed, for volunteering!

Winter/Spring SOUS Newsletter

  • Have you checked out the most recent SOUS newsletter, which features many of our residents, fellows, and staff? Check it out below!

Winter_Spring 2023 SOUS Newsletter
Download PDF • 8.67MB

Clinic POC Lead and Hemoglobin How-To-Guide

Ordering POC Lead and Hgb in Genesis
Download PDF • 350KB

DEI Religion in Medicine Panel

  • We will be having our second annual DEI Committee Religion in Medicine Panel during morning report on May 23. We hope to have several religious leaders present for the discussion. To ensure this remains a valuable session for residents and faculty, we are collecting questions and topics of interest prior to the panel. Please email your questions and ideas to Emily Ferraro ( NLT 03 MAY 2023. Thank you!

Pediatric DEI Research Study

  • Check out the information below regarding an approved SAUSHEC qualitative study regarding a pediatrician’s role in addressing racism and racial identity.

  • Although professional organizations have appropriately stated racism and bias should be addressed for the optimal health of all families, how to do so in a non-offensive and supportive way from the parental and youth perspective has not been reported. We seek to help our healthcare professionals develop practices that advocate for and are helpful, not harmful, to minoritized families.

  • For clarification- please note that although we would appreciate child and parent/guardian involvement, there is NO obligation for children to be present or to participate. Child participation is left up to the discretion of the family.

  • Contact Lt Col Michelle Lawson for questions/concerns (

IRB approved Handout
Download PDF • 599KB
Social media recruitment-2
Download PDF • 138KB

MHS Genesis Updates:

Important Announcements:

MHS GENESIS Peds Provider Survival Guide 1
Download PDF • 6.98MB
  • Important items to keep in mind:

    • In order for an encounter to be closed out completely, the provider must both complete the charges (coding) and sign the note. When viewing your appointments in List mode, this will result in a completely Gray bar next to the encounter. If there is a white section over the Gray bar, then something is still missing and needs to be completed for the encounter to be finalized. See the attached PDF highlighting what this should look like.

    • If a provider does not complete their note and sign it on the same day as the appointment, then during the final step of signing that note, they should change the date stamp to the date of the appointment (and not the default date of the signature). Otherwise the tracking mechanism we have will still show that encounter as being open, even though the provider signed the note. (This is for billing purposes only, as I’m told that when the note is printed or viewed later, the actual date stamp on the signature will still reflect the date that it was actually signed.)

    • Radiology Orders:

      • Order radiology exams under a clinical encounter (DO NOT order radiology exams under the “LIFETIME” or “HISTORY” encounters

      • For routine exams, tell the patient not to contact radiology for 48 hours after entering an order. This allows for normal protocoling and/or modifications to occur and radiology MSA staff to proactively schedule.

      • For inpatient teams, enter the radiology order PRIOR to calling for an add-on request. This will allow our residents to protocol or modify the study immediately while also collecting necessary information for our radiology-specific iPASS system.

      • Until August, if an ordering provider places an incorrect order, the radiologist will change the order for the ordering provider that will require a co-signature in order to educate the ordering provider. After August, if an incorrect order is placed, the radiologist will cancel the order with a notification to the ordering provider.

    • Lab Orders:

      • All labs must be FUTURE orders for lab to see them. If you order labs just as routine but not future, they route to “inpatient flow” and say order dispatched and lab CANNOT see them to draw. Lab cannot fix the order. So if you see “order dispatched” when you place a GENESIS lab order, you know it was ordered incorrectly and lab cannot draw it.

      • If you want SAME DAY labs when you hit FUTURE order, you MAY need to do an extra step. Future orders automatically date for next day – see Slide 10 on attached for exactly how to fix the “grace period” and date so that the lab can see and draw same day labs. I say you may have to fix them b/c I have had lab draw some day labs that I have not done the steps in slide 10, so I have asked lab for clarification.

  • MHS Genesis Patient Portal has replaced our Tricare Online (TOL) platform

  • Safety Reports

    • If you identify a patient safety issue related to Genesis, please report this issue to your Super User and complete a PSR form. Paper PSR forms will be available in your work areas to complete, but below is the PDF version that you can print out

PSR Downtime Form
Download PDF • 196KB


Resident-Specific Updates

New PCM Change Request Process

Walter Reed Research Symposium Due Dates

  • 4/17: Non-research finalists draft 5-min poster talk; send electronic poster to R&I Committee

  • 4/24: Research finalists draft 10min PPT slide talk

Transition to Practice (PGY-3s only)

  • This week's focus: TTP Session Notes

    • Check out the updated details about Graduation Rehearsal and the Graduation Ceremony


Educational/Teaching Opportunities

3rd Annual Partnership for Military Child Health Symposium: April 26th from 1300-1630

Overview of Topics for Live Event

Continuing Education


Promoting Child Health: from Environmental Challenges to Pandemic: April 27-28th

USU Teaching Opportunities

Clerkship Round Robin (recurring throughout the year)


Research Opportunities & Upcoming Conferences

Upcoming Conferences:

2023 Helfer Annual Meeting: April 16-19th in Tucson, Arizona as well as virtually

Partnership for Military Child Health Research Symposium: April 26th

Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Conference 2023: April 27-May 1st in Washington, DC

Military Health System Research Symposium

2023 Section on Uniformed Services (SOUS) Scientific Awards Abstract Competition (SAC)






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