Mandatory SITEL Training Must Be Completed by June 30

All MedStar associates are required to complete annual mandatory training SITEL by June 30th. Please ensure that you have completed this training by the deadline of June 30, 2019.

Our compliance with this requirement as an entity will be reported to senior leadership. The expectation is that MHRI will have 100% of the associates complete these requirements in a timely manner. This includes all as-needed associates and volunteers.

If you do not complete them by June 30, 2019, the modules will close and you will not have the opportunity to complete them after that date. These compliance training modules are in addition to the other required training modules found on SiTELMS. All modules must be completed by the end of the fiscal year.

To access your mandatory courses:

  1. Log into SiTEL at sitelms.org
  2. Navigate to the left panel
  3. Click on “My Curriculum” under the Learning Center
  4. Launch and complete each course listed

To ensure you are fully compliant, please complete the training prior to June 30. If you experience any difficulty, contact the SiTEL Help Desk at 1-877-748-3567.

NEW! Information Services Introduces Self Service Portal

MedStar Information Services is now offering a Self Service Portal, including Service Desk chat functionality. The IT/IS Self Service Portal is now available for use by MHRI associates.

The Self-Service Portal serves as an addition to the current IS Helpdesk. It offers the ability to track requests made within the portal, efficient options for smaller issues, and may be a faster route to have some items addressed. The current process does not change; this is an additional path to making a phone call, sending an email, or relying on IS to enter an issue.

The portal can be used for the following:

  • Submit an incident ticket for your IT/IS issue under Something Broken.
  • Submit a request ticket for something new under Make a Request or at the bottom of the screen. The most frequently used items are listed. You can see all items under each category.
  • Check Status of your ticket. You will see all tickets that have been submitted in your name.
  • Search Knowledge base for an answer to your IT/IS question.
  • Chat with the Service Desk – on the far right of the screen under Contact Us. You will be able to chat with the Service Desk online.

Please see here for details on how to access the new portal: Login Instructions

Celebrating Nurses at MedStar Health and the Research Institute

Join us at MedStar Health Research Institute in recognizing the work of our nurses during National Nurses Week, from May 6 to 12, 2019. We want to celebrate and thank nurses throughout our system for their commitment to patient and associate care and wellness.

The American Nurses Association has designated this year’s theme as “4 Million Reasons to Celebrate”. National Nurses Week is a time for individuals, employers, other health care professionals, community leaders and nurses to recognize the vast contributions and positive impact of America’s 4 million registered nurses. Nurses are everywhere we live, work, play, learn, and worship, and in every health care setting providing care to millions of people. In fact, about 1 in every 100 Americans is a registered nurse.

At the Research Institute, we want to recognize our nurses’ contributions as valued and respected members of the research team. They truly focus on the participants in our research as the whole person, inspiring participation, innovating new approaches, and influencing our patients to take better care of their health. They directly contribute to our research experience and ensures quality outcomes.

May 12 is celebrated as “International Nurse Day”, as designated by the International Council of Nurses in 1974 to honor the birthday of Florence Nightingale, commonly considered the founder of modern nursing and nursing research.

During National Nurses Week, we would like to extend a special thanks to all our clinical research nurses, and all nurses in the MedStar Health system, as they continue to provide the highest level of quality care to our patients. They are critical in helping provide the best care to our community and are dedicated to advancing health.






Online Executive Masters and Certificate Programs in Quality and Safety

MedStar Health strives to provide associates with the tools and learning opportunities to succeed in the ever-changing healthcare industry. To accomplish this, associates are encouraged to take advantage of MedStar’s Educational Assistance program and unique partnerships with local universities and colleges, including Georgetown University. 

The Georgetown University’s Executive Masters and Certificate programs address the growing need for sustainable improvements in patient safety and quality education. Through these valuable opportunities, students learn from national experts who have shaped the patient safety and quality landscape, and collaborate with other learners within the healthcare industry.

Executive Masters Program in Clinical Quality, Safety and Leadership

  • Immerse yourself in advanced theory and concepts of healthcare quality, patient safety science, and organizational leadership
  • 16-month online program, with a four day onsite networking opportunity held at Georgetown University in D.C.
  • Full-time or part-time enrollment available

Executive Certificate in Patient Safety and Quality

  • Practice fundamental concepts of systems-thinking, improvement science, and data collection, organization, and analyses
  • Six-month online certificate

Executive Certificate in Healthcare Safety and Leadership

  • Gain insight on how to become a leader in an ever-changing healthcare system
  • Six-month  online certificate 

Learn more about the programs and apply online.

Note: Participation in Georgetown University’s Executive Masters and Certificate programs may be eligible for Educational Assistance. Refer to your entity’s policy for more information.

Professional Development Learning Opportunities for 2019

Organized by the Department of Continuing Professional Education, MedStar Health is offering a variety of CE conferences this spring that provide an opportunity to gain knowledge of new treatments and techniques and network with leaders in the field through interactive case studies and presentations. MedStar associates may earn CE credits and discounted registration is available. For more information and to stay up to date, please visit medstar.cloud-cme.com.

2019 Comprehensive Stroke Symposium: A New Era of Acute Stroke Care - May 3-4
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Rockville, MD
Course Co-Directors: Richard T. Benson, MD, PhD; Rocco A. Armonda, MD
*NEW! MedStar Associates save 50% on registration with promo code: STROKEMS

Frontline Cardiology 2019: Cardiovascular Care in the Community - May 18
College Park Marriott
Course Directors: Caroline I. Valdiviezo, MD; Allen J. Taylor, MD; Sriram Padmanabhan, MD; Course Co-Director: James C. Welsh, MD, MBA, MPH
MedStar Associates can attend for FREE with code: FC2019MS.

Updates in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases 2019 - May 4
Ritz-Carlton, Tyson’s Corner
Course Directors: Nidhi Malhotra, MD; Mark C. Mattar, MD
MedStar Associates can attend for FREE with code: IBDM

Abdominal Wall Reconstruction - June 6-8
Grand Hyatt Washington, DC
Conference Chair: Parag Bhanot, MD; 
Course Directors: Karen Kim Evans, MD; Jeffrey E. Janis, MD; William H. Hope, MD
MedStar Associates pay $100 with code: AWR100

Mid-Atlantic Ovarian Cancer Symposium 2019 - June 15
Bethesda Marriott
Course Directors: Paul Sugarbaker, MD; Lana Bijelic, MD; Louis A. Dainty, MD

FALL 2019

MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute Symposium 2019 – September 14
Washington Marriott Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
Course Directors: Thomas M. Fishbein, MD; Basit Javaid, MD, MS; Rohit S. Satoskar, MD; Matthew Cooper, MD; Stuart S. Kaufman, MD

SAVE THE DATE (Registration Coming Soon)

Gastric and Soft Tissue Neoplasms 2019
September 21; Park Hyatt Washington, Washington, D.C.

Adult Congenital Heart Disease 2019 – October 4-5
Bethesda Marriott
Course Directors: Anitha S. John, MD, PhD; Melissa H. Fries, MD

Autoimmune Disorders of the Brain: Beyond PANDAS/PANS –  October 5
Washington Marriott Georgetown, Washington, DC
Course Directors: Earl H. Harly, MD; Heidi J. Appel, MD; M. Elizabeth Latimer, MD

Gastroenterology for the Primary Care Provider 2019 – October 12
Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.
Course Directors: James H. Lewis, MD; Caren S. Palese, MD
Course Co-Directors: Nadim G. Haddad, MD; James C. Welsh, MD, MBA, MPH

For more information and to stay up to date, please visit MedStar.Cloud-CME.com






Honoring SPIRIT at MHRI: Deliya Wesley

Deliya Wesley was awarded the SPIRIT of Excellence Award for the fourth quarter of 2018 at a presentation at University Town Center (UTC) offices. Deliya is the Research Scientist for Health Equity at MedStar Health Research Institute. Nominated by Angela Thomas, DrPH, MPH, MBA, Assistant Vice President, Healthcare Delivery Research at MHRI, the award was presented by Mary Anne Hinkson, Vice President of Research Operations.

Deliya was recognized for her commitment to the organization and her tremendous leadership. Deliya’s dedication goes beyond writing proposals, managing contracts, leading projects, collaborating with others, and writing publications. She is a great team player and treats all of her colleagues with integrity and respect.

“Deliya’s ability to integrate quickly and effectively into any team, promote the value of her research, and contribute significantly ultimately led to her receiving a contract from AHRQ that’s over $1M and includes collaborators from Georgetown University, Sports Medicine, Human Factors, and many others!”

The SPIRIT Award is given to recognize and reward one associate (management or non-management) each quarter, who excels in Service, Patient First, Integrity, Respect, Innovation, and Teamwork. Nomination submissions for the second quarter of 2019 are due by May 15. Learn more on the SPIRIT StarPort page or contact [email protected]

MHRI Goes Red for Heart Health

Every February at MHRI, we celebrate “Heart Healthy” and take the time to “Go Red!” for heart health. The MHRI Associate Engagement Committee invited associates to wear red in support of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) fight against heart disease in February. From February 2 until February 20, associates gathered together to show their commitment to heart health.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At MedStar Health Research Institute, many of our research efforts are designed to improve quality of life for heart patients. Chances are we all know someone affected by heart disease and stroke because about 2200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day. That’s an average of one death every forty seconds.

As we have for the last seven years, we accepted submissions for a photo challenge! Associates showed off in their red outfits and team spirit. View all the photo submissions from MHRI teams below. Thank you to all who took the time to participate. Winners will be announced in an upcoming edition of Important Things to Know for all MHRI associates.

Thank you to all who showed their support for this important cause!

Take the time to take care of your heart. You can learn more about taking care of your heart health from the MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute:

On behalf of the MHRI Associate Engagement Committee, take care of your heart!

Professional Development Learning Opportunities for 2019

Organized by the Department of Continuing Professional Education, MedStar Health is offering a variety of CE conferences this spring that provide an opportunity to gain knowledge of new treatments and techniques and network with leaders in the field through interactive case studies and presentations. MedStar associates may earn CE credits and discounted registration is available. For more information and to stay up to date, please visit medstar.cloud-cme.com.

Kidney and Bladder Cancers: Updates on Clinical Management 2019March 23
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Course Co-Directors: Michael B. Atkins, MD; Keith J. Kowalczyk, MD; George K. Philips, MBBS, MD, MPH; Lambros Stamatakis, MD
MedStar Associates receive 25% off with code: KBCM
MedStar Residents and Fellows can attend for FREE with code: MEDRFC

MedStar Genetic Medicine: Pharmacogenomics 2019 – March 23
Bethesda Marriott, Bethesda, MD
Course Co-Directors: Sandra M. Swain, MD; James C. Welsh, MD, MBA, MPH; D. Max Smith, PharmD

Diabetic Limb Salvage Conference 2019 April 4-6 
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Course Chairman: Christopher E. Attinger, MD; John S. Steinberg, DPM
MedStar Associates pay $150 with code: MSH150

Play with Aces and Always Win: Pelvic Surgery at its Best April 5-6
Washington Marriott at Metro Center, Washington, D.C.
Course Director: Vadim V. Morozov, MD
Course Co-Director: James K. Robinson, MD, MS
MedStar Associates receive $200 off registration with code: PSMED

2019 Comprehensive Stroke Symposium: A New Era of Acute Stroke Care May 3-4
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Rockville, MD
Course Co-Directors: Richard T. Benson, MD, PhD; Rocco A. Armonda, MD

Frontline Cardiology 2019: Cardiovascular Care in the Community May 18th
College Park Marriott
Course Directors: Caroline I. Valdiviezo, MD; Allen J. Taylor, MD; Sriram Padmanabhan, MD
Course Co-Director: James C. Welsh, MD, MBA, MPH
MedStar Associates can attend for FREE with code: FC2019MS

Updates in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases 2019 May 4
Ritz-Carlton, Tyson’s Corner
Course Directors: Nidhi Malhotra, MD; Mark C. Mattar, MD
MedStar Associates can attend for FREE with code: IBDM

Abdominal Wall Reconstruction June 6-8
Grand Hyatt Washington, DC
Conference Chair: Parag Bhanot, MD
Course Directors: Karen Kim Evans, MD; Jeffrey E. Janis, MD; William H. Hope, MD
MedStar Associates pay $100 with code: AWR100

Mid-Atlantic Ovarian Cancer Symposium 2019 June 15
Bethesda Marriott
Course Directors: Paul Sugarbaker, MD; Lana Bijelic, MD; Louis A. Dainty, MD

Build Your Healthcare Career: John L. Green Generation of Leadership Scholarship

Do you know someone who exemplifies excellence, leadership, and commitment? Each year, MedStar Health associates have the opportunity to win a John L. Green Generation of Leadership Scholarship. The scholarship is for five MedStar Health associates, each equaling up to $3,500. Recipients of the scholarship may use funds for tuition and/or fees for the current academic semester (in which the applicant is currently enrolled) or for the upcoming academic semester.

Established in 2003, the John L. Green Generation of Leadership Scholarship awards academic scholarships to highly-motivated, MedStar associates who strive to advance their leadership career in health care and are:

  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Asian
  • Black or African-American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander

The John L. Green Generation of Leadership Scholarship honors the late John L. Green, executive vice president, Corporate Services. From 1983 to 2002, Green held executive leadership roles at Medlantic Health Care Group and MedStar Health, as well as on the Morgan State University Board of Regents in Baltimore. He served as chairman of the Morgan State University board from 1990 to 1995.

The scholarship is reserved for exceptional individuals who share Green’s traits of excellence, leadership, and commitment to the vision, mission, and values of MedStar Health. This targeted scholarship reflects Green’s commitment to increasing minority representation in leadership positions in health care.

The scholarship is funded entirely by a grant from the MedStar Health Board of Directors to commemorate Green’s contributions and his legacy of excellence.

Recipients of the John L. Green Generation of Leadership Scholarship are awarded up to $3,500 for assistance with tuition and fees for the current or upcoming academic semester. Interested associates must meet the scholarship criteria and submit a completed application by April 18. Previous recipients include Jose Pineda, MedStar Clinical Research Center at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

For questions about the John L. Green Generation of Leadership Scholarship, call 410-772-6751 or email Christine Dubs. You can find the details on applications and submissions on www.myHRMedStar.net, under Career > John L. Green Generation of Leadership Scholarship.

Honoring SPIRIT at MHRI

Barbara (Barb) Rector was awarded the SPIRIT of Excellence Award for the third quarter of 2018 during a presentation at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. Barbara is a Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator for the Oncology Department at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. Nominated by Mahsa Mohebtash, MD, Medical Director, Franklin Square Cancer Center at Loch Raven, the award was presented by Mary Anne Hinkson, Vice President of Research Operations.

Barb was recognized for her patient first approach and display of compassion to every patient she encounters. Her work is personal as she is a cancer survivor. She worked as a nurse in the oncology unit to help the cancer patient population and then joined the research program where she continues her efforts in supporting patients and their treatment options.

“Barb is an incredible patient advocate” said Mahsa Mohebtash. “She is very enthusiastic to learn new knowledge and to integrate them in her daily work. She treats everybody equally and respectfully.”

The SPIRIT Award is given to recognize and reward one associate (management or non-management) each quarter, who excels in Service, Patient First, Integrity, Respect, Innovation, and Teamwork. Nominations for the first quarter of 2019 are due by February 15.

Learn more on the SPIRIT StarPort page or contact [email protected].