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Weekly Progress Notes November 6


Mihail Zilbermint, M.D., Named a 2019 Academy of Clinical Excellence Nominee


Congratulations to Mihail Zilbermint, M.D., Chief of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and Director of the Inpatient Diabetes Management Service at Suburban Hospital, for being named a 2019 Academy of Clinical Excellence Nominee. The Johns Hopkins Community Physicians Academy of Clinical Excellence recognizes and promotes clinical excellence among community-based clinicians. Dr. Zilbermint and his fellow nominees will be recognized at the fourth annual induction ceremony on Dec. 11, 2019.


Join Us for 37th Annual Turkey Chase

Turkey Chase

Join the Suburban community for the 37th Annual Turkey Chase on Thanksgiving morning. Run off those holiday calories for a great cause, enjoy fun giveaways and warm up with hot apple cider at the Suburban Hospital VIP tent.

Thanks to the generosity of Suburban’s Human Resources department, hospital employees will receive $15 off registration! Register at using code TCJH37. This discount is available to employees only and may not be applied to register friends or family members. Employees are also welcome to park in the Suburban Hospital parking garage and walk to the YMCA prior to race time.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 28
Location: B-CC YMCA, 9401 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda

Event Start Time: 8:00 a.m.
10K Race Begins: 8:30 a.m.
2-Mile Run Begins: 9:00 a.m.
Kid's Run Begins: 9:45 a.m.

Not a runner but want to participate? Volunteer at our Suburban VIP table from 8 – 10 a.m. 


Mandatory Flu Vaccinations Underway

Stop the Flu

It’s that time of year again! Employee Health is offering free vaccine clinics through Thursday, Nov. 14. Flu vaccinations are mandatory, with 100% compliance by Friday, Nov. 15.

These vaccinations are free and open to all employees, physicians and volunteers—all of whom are required to be vaccinated against the flu— at various locations and times. No appointment is needed during scheduled clinics.

If you receive the flu vaccine outside of Suburban, you must submit documentation to Employee Health by Nov. 14. If seeking an exemption, the deadline is Nov. 5. Download this handout for the clinic schedule and the necessary documentation. 


Reminder: Johns Hopkins Digital Health Day

John Hopkins Digital Health Day

Mark your calendars for the third annual Johns Hopkins Digital Health Day on Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The theme of this year’s event is Health Tech Frontiers. It will bring to together regional innovators and inventors to explore novel health care technologies with the potential to transform medicine. Click here to register and learn more.


Call for Presenters: Johns Hopkins Medicine Patient Safety Summit


Organizers of the 10th anniversary Patient Safety Summit are seeking abstracts from faculty and staff members to make oral presentations or display posters related to patient safety. Abstracts should focus on ongoing research projects or projects that have been completed or presented externally since Oct. 2017. The submission deadline is Friday, Nov. 15.

Patient Safety Summit
When: March 13, 2020
Where: Turner Auditorium and Turner Concourse, East Baltimore campus

Registration opens in January. For questions about the event, please email

Its National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week


Please join us in celebrating National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week, recognizing the critical role medical services professionals play in patient safety and ensuring quality care throughout the credentialing and privileging of health care providers. Medical staff services professionals have expertise in areas such as medical staff organization, accreditation, regulatory compliance and provider relations.

Please take time to thank Suburban’s outstanding medical staff services professionals for everything they do for our providers, hospital and patients!



Click here for the November 2019 calendar on You can download a PDF copy here.



Johns Hopkins Medicine Continuing Medical Education Series

Nov. 6: 14th Annual Rebecca L. Allen Lectureship in Thoracic Oncology and Translational Research Conference "Immunotherapy and Immune-related Toxicity in Lung Cancer"—to access click here. Text CME Code 22732 to 443-541-5052 up to eight hours after the event.

Nov. 6: Pediatrics and Medical Grand Rounds “Fifth Annual Idoreyin P. Montague, M.D. Memorial Urban Health Combined Grand Rounds and Awards Presentation – The Lines Between Us: Race, Place and Baltimore"—to access click here. Text CME Code 24637 to 443-541-5052 during the live-streaming activity.

Nov. 7: Surgical Grand Rounds—to access click here.

Nov. 8: Informatics Grand Rounds “Digital Technologies: Shaping the Future of Primary Healthcare”—to access click here.



Electrical Stimulation Helps Vertebrae Fuse After Surgery


Spine surgeons perform more than 400,000 spinal fusions in the U.S. each year to ease back pain and prevent vertebrae in the spine from moving around and causing damage. But reports show that 30% of these surgeries fail, causing continued back pain. A new procedure uses electrical stimulation and has been shown to be twice as successful in fusing vertebrae and eliminating pain.



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