Office of Faculty Development

Financial Literacy Series

Session 2 of 4 – Student loan repayment
May 17, 2022
5-6 p.m. – In-person format
Holden Auditorium, Farrell Learning and Teaching Center

Do you have student loans?

  • Aware of the latest rule changes regarding loan repayment?
  • Understand PSLF (Public Service Loan Forgiveness)?

Presented by: 

DOM Office of Faculty Development – Milan Anadkat, MD, Director
WUSMHR Benefits Office – Emily Page, Justin Brasel
IFG Advisors LLC – Adam Goldstein, Ted Isaacs, Weston Manley

To register, please visit the OFD website.
Contact Jennifer Mosher –

Physicians as Wellness Coaches Program

Nearly half of all physicians report experiencing burnout, which results in poor physician health and affect patient care. Wellness coaching interventions result in reducing stress/burnout and improvement in quality of life through goal setting, resilience development, self-care and an increase in self-awareness. In a peer coaching model, the improvements to personal wellness are reported for both the “coachee” and the coach. The Department of Pediatrics is committed to promoting faculty wellness and is excited to announce a new peer coaching program. Efforts in conjunction with the Department of Medicine. 

We are recruiting faculty interested in serving as a wellness coach for one-two first year residents, beginning Fall 2022.  Coaches will meet quarterly for about 30 minutes with their “coachee” over a three-year period, for a coaching session focusing on topics like coping skills, stress response, resilience following a planned curriculum. Faculty serving as coaches will receive 25 MOC points.

Faculty interested in serving as a coach should complete this interest form and select one three hour curriculum training session below: 

  • June 9, 2022, from 2-5 p.m., in person
  • June 10, 2022, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., in person
  • June 22,2022, from 5-8 p.m., virtual

For questions or further information please contact the program leads: Phil Abraham, Katherine Rivera-Spoljaric or Jenny Duncan.

See OFD News

Double Faculty Feature

Jared Levin, MD, and Sherea Smith, MD

Sherea Smith’s rehabilitation career began at an early age. Her very first patient was her twin sister, who had been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. By the age of 5, Smith would spend her playtime helping her sister with sitting balance and reaching skills. When trying to work on her sister’s … Read more.

Growing up in northern California, Jared Levin was told by several family members not to pursue a career in medicine unless he was certain there was nothing else he wanted to do. This advice was most commonly provided by his grandfather, Dr. Clinton Levin, who along with being the first … Read more.

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Faculty and Staff News

Lindsay Clukies, MD – As child shootings rock community, ER doctors encourage safety

Funded Awards

Congratulations to Andrew Cluster, Jonathan Cooper, Megan Cooper, Patricia Dickson, Sarah Garwood, Nicole Gilbert, Michelle Gill, Robert Hayashi, Katie Plax, Robert Potter, Daniel Rosenbluth, Joshua Rubin, Stephen Sykes and Xunjun Xiao. Read this month’s funded awards page to learn more.

Funding Opportunities

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R01 Series – new: June 5
U01 – new: June 5
K Series – new: June 12
R03, R21, R33, R21/R33, R34, R36, UH2, UH3, UH2/UH3 – new: June 16
R15 – new, renewal, resubmission, revision: June 25

Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research Global Scholars Program. Pre-proposal applications are due May 6, 2022.

Incubator for Transdisciplinary Futures. Pre-proposal applications are due May 27, 2022, by 12 p.m. (CST).

Diabetes Research Center Pilot & Feasibility Awards. Applications are due June 30, 2022, by 5 p.m. (CST).

CRE² Graduate Studio Small Grants. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

CRE² Innovation Space – Labs/Startups/Ateliers. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

ICTS & CRE² Partnership: the Just-in-Time Core Usage Funding Program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

For COVID-19 related funding opportunities, please visit the OVCR COVID-19 website.

Education & Postdoctoral Opportunities

2022 W. M. Keck Postdoctoral Program in Molecular Medicine. Nominations are due May 6, 2022, by 12 p.m.

Master of Science in Applied Health Behavior Research. Applications for summer were due April 15, 2022, and applications for fall are due June 15, 2022.

Master of Population Health Sciences Fall 2022 Program. Applications for the 2022-2023 academic year are due June 17, 2022.

T32 Postdoctoral Training Program in Genomic Medicine. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Position begins July 1, 2022.

Systems Science for Social Impact Summer Institute. Space permitting, candidates will be accepted on a monthly basis through July 15, 2022.

Entrepreneurship for Biomedicine Program. Applications are due Aug. 7, 2022.

Post-Master’s Certificate in Artificial Intelligence Applications for Health Data. Applications are due Aug. 10, 2022.

PRIDE Program in Cardiovascular Disease Comorbidities, Genetics, and Epidemiology. Space is limited. Apply early.

T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cancer Prevention and Control. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Women’s Health. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

TL1 Translational Sciences Postdoctoral Program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

TL1 Translational Sciences Clinical Fellowship. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for a spring/summer 2022 start date.

T37 LEAD Global Training Program Postdoctoral Position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply spring 2022 for a summer start date.

Welcome New Employees

The Department of Pediatrics recently welcomed many new employees. Meet them on this month’s new employees page!

IT News

New security features in Office 365 help reduce threats

The Office of Information Security and WashU IT have recently worked with Microsoft to upgrade our capabilities within the Office 365 suite of tools and services. A key part of this upgrade includes enhanced security features that make it much more difficult for attackers to take advantage of human error. Beginning on Thursday, May 5, we are piloting three key capabilities of these security features by rolling them out to members of the Office of Information Security (OIS) and Shared Infrastructure. You will find brief descriptions of each of these features below. 

Safe links

  • Safe Links scans and rewrites URLs 
  • Present in email, Teams and additional O365 services
  • Blocks URLs that are determined to be malicious 
  • Produces popup messages like the one pictured below to inform the recipient of the malicious activity

Safe attachments

  • Safe Attachments scans attachments for malware
  • Automatically checks attachments in a virtual environment before delivery
  • Blocks attachments determined to be malicious
  • Delivers message alerting the user that malicious message was blocked
  • Scanning may cause small delays between delivery of message and attachments

Enhanced edge filtering

  • Allows for Office 365 to “see” the actual sender IP address 
  • Improves anti-phishing and spoofing capabilities of O365
  • Improved records for future investigation 
  • Improved authentication of sending domains

During this pilot phase, we are looking for feedback from you. Please let us know if you have ideas about how these services and the communications around them can be improved. Before rolling this out to our entire campus community, we intend to build web content with guidance supporting each feature that will be referenced in all communications. Please reach out to Dan Zweifel ( with any comments or questions. Thank you for being an essential part of keeping our institution secure. 

Research News

May 6Council of Training Programs Meeting
May 9AHBR Program Seminar: Applications and Interviews
May 11RMS 101: Proposal Prep, Budget, and Routing
May 11PERCSS: RCR Ethics Workshop
May 12 – ICTS mHealth Research Core Virtual Seminar
May 12WashU 5th Annual Celebration of Inventors
May 13 – 4th Annual ICTS Symposium and Poster Display
May 13STAR: Coffee & Connections
May 18RMS 102: Submissions, Child Records, and Proposal Tracking
May 18 – STAR 321: Training Grants, Post-Award
May 20How to Write a Biostatistical Method Grant: A Reviewer’s View
May 232022 WashU Physician-Scientist Symposium
May 26NCURA Webinar: ORCID and the OSTP Guidance on NSPM-33

Upcoming Events

The Jeffrey Modell Pediatric Translational Immunology Conf.
May 6, 2022: 1-2 p.m. – Zoom Meeting – Link will be sent by Debra Warren
Case Presentation: Dr. Anthony Orvedahl – Peds Infectious Disease
Research Talk: Dr. Debbie Lenschow, Rheumatology

Pediatrics Molecular Medicine Seminar (PMMS) Series
Zoom Meeting – Link will be sent by Pediatric Molecular Medicine every Monday

May 5Michael Paley (Medicine, Rheumatology)
May 12Gautam Dantas (Pathology/Immunology, BME, and Molecular Microbiology)
May 19Ofer Zimmerman (Allergy/Immunology)
May 26Kel Vin Woo

Peds News

If you’ve been on campus recently, you know there’s been some construction activity as site preparation continues for the upward addition of six floors to the BJC Institute of Health building.

Pete Linhares documented some of the work.