Events and Announcements

Flu Season is Here - Get Your Flu Shot Today

October 02, 2017

Flu season is coming! The Medical Center’s flu policy (HRM-114) requires that all employees either be vaccinated or submit appropriate documentation for declining as described below. Keep reading for more info and for questions, please contact Employee Health Services directly. The deadline for compliance with the policy is December 6, 2017 at 4:00 PM.


Vaccine Availability
The vaccine will be available on a walk-in basis in Employee Health Services, Suite T1R05, Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except holidays, starting October 2. Please note, the Flu Mist will not be available this year through Employee Health Services.


For after-hours availability, check the vaccine schedule on the Flu-Free Zone website, accessible from the UMMC Insider or at Also, watch for Employee Health on your unit with the roving cart.


Vaccine Declination
Under the policy, all employees must be vaccinated; declining is allowed for medical or religious reasons or if you received the vaccine from a source other than UMMC employee health.


Anybody who declines vaccination, or who gets the vaccine elsewhere, must complete an online declination form available on the Flu-Free Zone website and submit it, along with the required documentation, according to the instructions on the website. The deadline for submitting the required documentation is November 8, 2017.

Thanks for helping to keep our patients and our staff healthy all year long!

Free Thanksgiving Meal

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All staff are invited to enjoy a free Thanksgiving meal including traditional dishes like roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, candied yams, and cranberry sauce!

Thanksgiving meals will be served at the following times:

Wednesday Nov 22 10:00 pm - 12:00 midnight

Thursday Nov 23 11:00 am - 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

IHI Open School Training Requirements

The Graduate Medical Education Committee approved the training requirements for all NEW residents and NEW fellows for the 2017-2018 academic year. This training is required and is intended to supplement your current or planned specialty/subspecialty Patient Safety and Quality Improvement activities. This applies only to your NEW residents and NEW fellows joining UMMC.  

All new residents/fellows must complete the following courses/lessons:

1) PS101: Introduction to Patient Safety (3 lessons included in the course)
2) PS102: From Error to Harm (3 lessons included in the course)
3) PS103: Human Factors and Safety (3 lessons included in the course)
4) PS104: Teamwork and Communication  in a Culture of Safety(3 lessons included in the course)
5) QI101: Introduction to Healthcare Improvement (3 lessons included in the course)
6) QI102: How to Improve with the Model for Improvement (5 lessons included in the course)
7) QI103 Testing and Measuring Changes with the PSDA Cycles(3 lessons included in the course)
8) QI104: Interpreting Data, Run Charts, Control Charts and Other Measurement Tools (3 lessons included in the course)

Each program is responsible for collecting the documentation and verifyingcompletion of the courses/lessons by the required deadline.  DO NOT send the certificates to the GME office.  If your residents and fellows completed these courses/lessons previously, either at UMMC or another institution, they should print out the summary of their transcripts as evidence of compliance of the required training.. We also recommend and request that any resident or fellow who has completed courses/lessons in the IHI Open School training assure that their affiliation is updated to reflect the University of Maryland Medical Center GME.  This will assure training assignments for future academic years are appropriately associated with our institution for any ad hoc reporting that may be done at an institutional level.


Follow the links below:

1)    Instructions to register as a new user

2)    Instructions for the resident or fellow to provide evidence of compliance with their due dates

3)    Instructions for current users to change their affiliation to the University of Maryland – GME 

Project Engage

What is Project Engage?

UMMC, in collaboration with the Downtown Baltimore Partnership, has developed a strategy to address how best to help individuals in need on the streets around our campus while also seeking to reduce uncomfortable experiences for our employees, patients and visitors. Key elements of our strategy, called “Project Engage,” are:
 Utilizing specially trained Guides from the Downtown Baltimore Partnership to engage with individuals in need to assist them with medical care, food and housing, while also addressing the reality of encounters impacting our employees, patients and visitors.
 Providing UMMC employees who want to help individuals in need with a healthy alternative to requests for money. Protein meal bars, purchased by the Medical Center, will have a sticker listing resources individuals in need can contact for assistance with medical care or shelter. These bars will first be made available to staff at the Project Engage kickoff event on November 20 from 11:30 am to 2 pm in the Weinberg Atrium.

Why was it created?

Leadership has prioritized identifying a proactive way to address the problem of individuals in need around our campus approaching employees, patients, family members and hospital visitors. These incidents can sometimes be disruptive and unsettling. Our compassionate nature makes it troubling when we wish to help these individuals, but may not know the best course of action.
Ultimately, our goal is to decrease uncomfortable interactions and anxiety-provoking situations for our employees, patients and visitors, and to offer helpful solutions to assist individuals in need around our campus.

Are employees expected to participate?

Engaging with and helping individuals in need is completely voluntary. We want to provide ways for employees who are so inclined to participate and help improve the environment around UMMC.

How will we recognize the Downtown Baltimore Partnership Guides? Where will they be, and when? 

 The Guides will work on the blocks between Baltimore, Greene, Lombard and Paca Streets on Monday through Friday from 9:45 am to 5:15 pm. You will recognize these Guides by their uniform: Yellow shirts or yellow and blue jackets with black pants with two yellow stripes down the side. They are specially trained to interact with individuals in need and offer help and resources.

Is it better to give individuals in need meal bars instead of money?

Yes. Research shows that as many as two-thirds of these individuals in need may be struggling with addiction and related medical issues, which may be exacerbated by financial contributions. The meal bars are a healthy alternative to giving money.

Where do we get the meal bars?

The meal bars will first be distributed at the Project Launch Kickoff event on November 20 from 11:30 am to 2 pm in the Weinberg Atrium. Other distribution locations in the Medical Center will be announced.

What should I do if I have an inpatient who is an individual in need?

Our social workers in the Department of Care Management will continue to address psychosocial barriers to a safe discharge for medical center inpatients.

What should employees do if they have a safety or security concern involving an individual in need?

UMMC security is available 24/7 and is the first point of contact for any security concerns around the hospital perimeter. Call 410-328-8711. Hospital security staff are trained to determine the level of need required for a given situation, and can contact appropriate resources as the situation warrants. In any imminently threatening situation outside the hospital, dial 911.

Who should I contact with suggestions or questions?

Dr. Chuck Callahan, VP for Population Health. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 410-328-3306.