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Summer 2019
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“When self-care becomes a competitive and performative ritual on social media, it defeats its purpose. Good self-care is typically more difficult and less glamorous … It means doing things like having good sleep hygiene, getting a little more exercise, staying hydrated, taking medication as prescribed, eating at regular intervals, creating healthy boundaries, and taking a break from social media.”

Emily Bilek, Ph.D. (Fellowship 2016), clinical assistant professor of psychiatry, was asked to provide her interpretation of self-care for women in a article. Bilek stressed the importance of emotional as well as physical well-being, and cautioned against succumbing to a skewed “Instagram version of self-care.”


“The print book is a really beautiful object in that each parent and child interacts differently over a print book. Parents know their children well and have to make it come alive for their child to create that magic.”

Tiffany Munzer, M.D. (Residency 2016), a pediatric developmental behavioral fellow at the U-M C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, was interviewed by ABC News about a study she and her colleagues — including her mentor Jenny Radesky, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics — conducted that found toddlers have a better chance of interacting with their parents when reading print books compared to electronic versions.


“Just because a hospital is affiliated with a really, really reputable hospital doesn’t mean that it is delivering care on par with that Honor Roll hospital. For simple care in straightforward patients it may not make a difference. But if you’re having a heart operation or a colon removed for cancer, you want to talk to your doctor about it.”

Reuters Health synopsized a study led by Kyle Sheetz (M.D. 2014), a research fellow at the U-M Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy. Sheetz and his colleagues analyzed quality of care data from hospitals affiliated with U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll institutions, and found surgical outcomes varied across networks.


“The term ‘committed suicide’ is damaging because for many, if not most, people it evokes associations with ‘committed a crime’ or ‘committed a sin’ and makes us think about something morally reprehensible or illegal.”

In a story, Jacek Debiec, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry, assistant research professor, and member of the U-M Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute, addressed how language — especially when referring to suicide — can stigmatize those living with mental health issues.