Our Culture

At WMed, we are committed to living our Values in Action and improving our culture as we continue to grow.

WMed Values in Action

 

We seek to create an inspiring environment to learn, teach, and work that embodies our values AND to promote a climate of psychological safety, equity, diversity, inclusiveness, cultural humility, engagement, trust, accountability, recognition, wellness, belonging, and cohesion.

Read on below to learn more about our current Culture Initiatives at WMed. If you have questions or want to get involved, just email culture@med.wmich.edu.

  • Psychological Safety 2021 Initiative

    Psychological Safety is a concept that comes from the business world. Researchers such as Amy Edmondson, PhD at Harvard Business School have demonstrated that organizations where members feel comfortable being both ‘contributors’ and ‘challengers’ tend to have high levels of employee engagement and performance outcomes. Timothy Clark, PhD has developed a 4-stage model of psychological safety, which highlights how individuals first need to feel 1) inclusion safety, and 2) learner safety, before feeling safe to 3) contribute and 4) challenge.

    WMed kicked off a five-month Psychological Safety Initiative with a keynote address by Timothy Clark on Friday, January 15, 12:00-1:00. Email faculty.affairs@med.wmich.edu or culture@med.wmich.edu for a link to the recording. This event will be following by four months of programming, each focusing on a different stage. Links to these events are posted in the Pulse calendar. Register by emailing culture@med.wmich.edu.

    February → Stage 1: Inclusion Safety

    How do we make others feel included?
    Values in Action: Respect one another & Serve with empathy

    Friday, February 19, 12:00-1:00, Inclusion Safety Workshop

    March → Stage 2: Learner Safety

    How do we make others feel safe and motivated to learn?
    Value in Action: Seek to understand
    Friday, March 26, 12:00-1:00, Learner Safety Workshop

    April → Stage 3: Contributor Safety

    How do you make others feel safe enough to contribute and make a difference?
    Values in Action: Strive for excellence & Celebrate effort and achievement
    Tuesday, April 13, 12:00-1:00, Contributor Safety Workshop

    May → Stage 4: Challeger Safety

    How do you make others feel safe enough to challenge the status quo, innovate, and make things better?
    Values in Action: Speak up to inform & Act with integrity
    Friday, May 14, 12:00-1:00, Challeger Safety Workshop

  • WMed Culture Microlearning Series

    During the 2020 culture assessment survey, one of the overarching themes was that leaders and employees wanted tools and support to improve our work relationships, operational processes, and the climate.  In response, we are pleased to offer a new WMed Culture Microlearning Series that is designed as a series of live 30-minute interactive virtual events to cover these important topics. Part I of the new WMed Culture Microlearning Series begins on February 1 and focuses on process improvement. 

    Watch for further announcements about additional topics. Submit topics of interest and register for these sessions at culture@med.wmich.edu

    We hope you can join us! 

    Date Time Topic Presenter/Facilitators
    Monday, February 1, 2021 3:00-3:30 p.m. Principles of Operational Excellence Johnson/Faarup
    Monday, February 15, 2021 12:30-1:00 p.m. How to Foster a Learning and Improvement Environment Johnson
    Thursday, February 25, 2021 11:00-11:30 a.m. Tool: Kaizen Faarup
    Monday, March 8, 2021 12:30-1:00 p.m. Tool: 5 Whys for Root Cause Analysis Spooner
    Monday, March 22, 2021 1:00-1:30 p.m. Tool: Human Systems Dynamics (HSD) Graves/Daudert/Horneffer
    Monday, March 29, 2021 12:30-1:00 p.m. Tool: Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) Johnson/Spooner/Faarup
  • Culture Champions

    In order to best implement culture initiatives and gather input about our priorities, we’ve launched a Culture Champions program, with activities in the following areas:

    Culture Champions


    Interested in getting involved? Email culture@med.wmich.edu for further information.

  • Welcoming Teams

    We’re making efforts at WMed to ensure that new staff, faculty, residents, fellows, and students feel welcomed when they join the WMed community. As part of this initiative, beginning in 2021, we’re hosting monthly virtual Meet & Greets for new employees. These events are open to all WMed community members to drop in for any part of the hour. Event links are posted in the Pulse calendar. Feel free to email culture@med.wmich.edu for additional information.

    • Friday, February 12, 12:00-1:00
    • Friday, March 12, 12:00-1:00
    • Friday, April 9, 12:00-1:00 
  • The WMed Meaning Project

    Wellness Word CloudThese Word Clouds depict 100 responses from the WMed community regarding the questions: "What do you find most meaningful in your life?" and "What aspects of your time at WMed feel most meaningful?"

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    As you reflect on these responses, we encourage you to consider these questions in your own life. The idea behind this project is that the meaning (or purpose) one finds in their workplace and in their life more generally is an important aspect of well-being—both in bolstering emotional and physical health, and in buffering against burnout. The hope of this project is to foster awareness and conversation around the topic of meaning.

    Wellness Word CloudThe impact of finding meaning in one's life has been considered in research, not only in the context of emotional health, but also physical health. Just recently, an article in JAMA,1 highlighted "life purpose" as a longitudinal predictor of health outcomes and mortality in the general population. Also, within the field of medicine, research suggests that resident burnout can be buffered by highlighting aspects of residency that tend to provide meaning (patient care, intellectual engagement, respect, and community).2 In a more general way, Jager et al. (2017) demonstrated that physicians who experience more burnout are “less likely to identify with medicine as a calling.” As they conclude, "erosion of the sense that medicine is a calling may have adverse consequences for physicians as well as those whom they care for."3

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    Experiencing a sense of meaning in one's life is relevant for all of us, regardless of our professional roles. The importance of finding meaning was compellingly articulated by Victor Frankl in 1946 in his book “Man’s Search for Meaning”— a text written out of his professional work as a psychiatrist and his experience as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. His creation of logotherapy (named after the Greek word, logos, which can be translated as “reason”), is based on three basic ideas:

    • life always has meaning even when things are hopeless
    • the will to meaning is the most important factor in motivating a person to live
    • people can find meaning through experience and action


    We hope these ideas offer kindling for your own reflections on where you find meaning in your life and how you can make the most of these experiences.

    1. Alimujiang,A. et al. Association between life purpose and mortality among US adults older than 50 years. JAMA Network Open.2019;2(5):e194270.doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.4270
    2. Berg, DD et al. Fostering meaning in residency to curb the epidemic of resident burnout: Recommendations from four chief medical residents. Acad Med, 2019, July 9.
    3. Jager, A et al. Association between physician burnout and identification with medicine as a calling. Mayo Clinic Proceedings (Mar 2017), 92(3), 415-422.
    4. Frankl, V. Man’s Search for Meaning. Beacon Press: Boston, MA; 1946
  • Behind the Scenes @WMed Video Series

    Behind the Scenes @WMed is a video series that offers opportunities to be reminded of the faces and voices of those who we work and learn with at WMed.

    Watch Episodes 1, 2, 3, and 4 of Behind the Scenes @WMed (Login Required)