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Michigan Stroke Program — Training & Resources

The Michigan Stroke Program holds several types of meetings on a regular basis. This page is intended to keep our partners effectively and productively engaged with the program by providing access to all the trainings, webinars, team publications, lectures, and distinguished speakers we have hosted. We also are committed to offering external resources related to stroke shared by others.

For more information about any of the resources on this page or to suggest a topic you would like to see us address, please contact the Michigan Stroke Program team at

Annual Workshops

           2022 Michigan Stroke Program Annual Workshop Webinar Series (May - June 2022)

  • Webinar 1 (May 25, 2022)
    • Closing the Gap in Stroke Disparities, the Perspectives of a Survivor and Healthcare Professional (Donulae' T. Knuckles RN, BSN, Knuckles Health Education Services, LLC, Love Yourself for Life (LY4L) Founder/CEO)
    • How Could You Improve Health Equity in the Care and Outcome of Stroke Patients? (Dr. Deborah A. Levine, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School)
  • Webinar 2 (June 1, 2022)
    • Health-related Social Needs and Stroke (Dr. Lesli E. Skolarus, MD, MS, Co-Director Vascular Neurology Division, Co-Director Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center, Professor of Neurology, University of Michigan; Dr. Mellanie Springer, MD, MS, MSc, Assistant Professor of Neurology, University of Michigan)
    • Health Equity in Stroke Presentation in the US (Dr. Braydon Dymm, MD, Fourth Year Resident, University of Michigan Medical School)
    • The Stroke Intervention Renaissance, EMS, and the potential Impact for Stroke Patients (Geoff Lassers, Paramedic I/C, AAS, EMS System Manager, Oakland County Medical Control Authority, Inc.)
  • Webinar 3 (June 8, 2022)
    • Population Level Stroke Prevention Through Data Driven Outreach (Dr. Phillip D. Levy, MD, MPH, FAHA, FACC, Edward S. Thomas Endowed Professor of Emergency Medicine, Assistant Vice President for Translational Science and Clinical Research Innovation, Wayne State University Chief Innovation Officer)
    • Stroke Systems of Care: The Potential to Reach All (Dr. Edward C. Jauch, MD, MS, Mission Health System, Chief of System Research, Director of the Mission Research Institute, Asheville, NC., National Medical Director for Neurosciences Research, HCA Healthcare Research Institute, Nashville, NC)

2021 Michigan Stroke Program Annual Workshop  Webinar Series (June 2021)

2020 MOSAIC Annual Workshop Webinar Series (May-August 2020)

2019 MOSAIC Annual Workshop Presentations (June 7, 2019)

2018 MOSAIC Annual Workshop Presentations (May 23, 2018)

2017 MOSAIC Annual Workshop Presentations (April 26, 2017)

Monthly Hospital Calls

July 2022

July 21, 2022: EMS Stroke Recognition Best Practices and Dysphagia Screen Challenges
  • Karen Gleason, Northwest Regional MCA
  • Kathleen Chambers MSN, RN, SCRN, Stroke Program Manager, Fairview Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Health System

November 2021

Nov. 18, 2021: American Heart Association Data Update; Introduction of Emily Bergquist, director, MDHHS Division of EMS and Trauma; General Discussion of Tenecteplase Use and Best Practices

  • Part 1 (00:00 - 34:35): American Heart Association Data Update (Joseph H. Williams, IV, national director of healthcare informatics and regulatory alliances, American Heart Association, and Jason G. Walchok, NRP, senior manager of healthcare informatics, American Heart Association)
  • Part 2 (34:36 - 36:28): Introduction of Emily Bergquist, director, MDHHS Division of EMS and Trauma
  • Part 3 (36:29 - 44:32): Tenecteplase Use and Best Practices Discussion (open to all webinar participants)

October 2021

Oct. 21, 2021: Best Practices of Comprehensive Stroke Measures 03 and 10; TANDEM365 Overview

  • Part 1 (00:00 - 06:45) and (35:13 - 53:10): Best Practices of The Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke Measures 3 (CSTK-03: Severity Measurement Performed for Subarachnoid Hemorrhage [SAH] and Intracerebral Hemorrhage [ICH] Patients [Overall Rate]) and 10 (CSTK-10: Modified Rankin Score [mRS at 90 Days: Favorable Outcome])
    • Sheryl Mulder, MSN, RN, stroke program coordinator, Mercy Health St. Mary's (00:00 - 06:45);
    • Amy Geers, BSN, RN, stroke program coordinator, Spectrum Health (35:13 - 42:45); and
    • Ashley Yotkois, RN, BSN, neurosciences program coordinator, McLaren Flint (42:46 - 53:10)
  • Part 2 (06:46 - 35:12): TANDEM365 - An Integrated Model (Philip M. Fennema, EMT-P, CCP, director of operations, TANDEM365)

September 2021

Sept. 16, 2021: Community Health Workers 101; Review of 2021 MI Hospital Inventory Survey and EMS Stroke Performance

  • Part 1 (00:00 - 26:49): Community Health Workers 101 (Porsche Fischer, education and registry manager, Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance)
  • Part 2 (26:50 - 44:29): Results of Michigan Stroke Program Hospital Inventory Survey 2021 (Adrienne Nickles, MPH, program coordinator and registry manager, Michigan Stroke Program)
  • Part 3 (44:30 - 50:14): Review of Michigan EMS Stroke Performance 2021 (Justin Allen, BA, EMT-P, emergency medical services quality improvement coordinator, Michigan Stroke Program)
  • Part 4 (50:15 - 55:02): Question-and-Answer Session (Adrienne Nickles and Justin Allen)

July 2021

July 15, 2021: The Rationale for Evaluation and Consideration of Endovascular Treatment of Large Vessel Occlusion (LVO) in Patients with Low National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) (Richard D. Fessler, MD, specialist-in-chief for Neurological and Neuroendovascular Surgery at Detroit Medical Center and chief of Neurosurgery at Detroit Receiving Hospital)

May 2021

May 20, 2021: The Science Behind MindRhythm's Large Vessel Occlusion Recognition Headbands (Wade Smith, MD, PhD, director of University of California, San Francisco Neurovascular Service, San Francisco, CA)

April 2021

April 15, 2021: Acute Stroke Assessment and Treatment (Alex Bou Chebl, MD, FSVIN, Director, Harris Comprehensive Stroke Center, and Director, Stroke Division, Henry Ford Health System, MI)

February 2021

Feb. 18, 2021: Saving the Brain: Advanced Neuroimaging in Acute Stroke Therapy (Macksood A. Aftab, DO, MHA, ALM, CAQ, Department of Radiology Chair and Neuroradiology Section Chief at Ascension Genesys Hospital in Grand Blanc, MI)

January 2021

Jan. 21, 2021: Diagnosis and Management of Posterior Circulation StrokePDF icon (Stacie L. Demel, DO, PhD, vascular neurologist, University of Cincinnati Department of Neurology)

All-EMS/Hospital Webinars and Continuing Education

August 2021

Aug. 19, 2021: Community Integrated Paramedicine (Kristine Kuhl, community integrated paramedicine coordinator, MDHHS Bureau of EMS, Trauma and Preparedness)

February 2021

Feb. 17, 2021: VAN and RACE Large Vessel Occlusion Scales (Mohamed Teleb, MD, Endovascular Neurosurgery, Banner Health, Mesa, AZ, and Natalia Pérez de la Ossa, MD, director of Neurology, Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol, Badalona, Spain)

American CME Stroke EMS Continuing Education Courses

American CME has three free continuing education coursesPDF icon designed for medical first responders (MFRs), emergency medical technicians (EMTs), and paramedics. The video-based productions focus on stroke care and assessment in order to optimize care and patient outcomes in the field. All of the courses are offered to pre-hospital emergency medical professionals at no cost. They include:

  • Stroke: Anatomy and Pathophysiology (0.5 credits);
  • Stroke: EMS Transport Options (0.5 credits); and
  • Stroke: A New Standard of Care for Large Vessel Occlusions (0.5 credits).
Team Publications

JAMA Network Open (January 2021)

Comparison of Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrests and Fatalities in the Metro Detroit Area During the COVID-19 Pandemic With Previous-Year EventsPDF icon  (Adrienne V. Nickles, MPH, Adam Oostema, MD, Justin Allen, BA, EMT-P, Suzanne L. O'Brien, MSN, RN, ANVP, Stacie L. Demel, DO, PhD, Mathew J. Reeves, PhD) JAMA Netw Open. 2021;4(1):e2032331.

Stroke (August 2019)

Trends and Factors Associated With Concordance Between International Classification of Diseases, Ninth and Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification Codes and Stroke Clinical Diagnoses (Tiffany E. Chang, Xin Tong, Mary G. George, Sallyann M. Coleman King, Xiaoping Yin, Suzanne O'Brien, Ghada Ibrahim, Alice Liskay, and the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program team, Jennifer L. Wiltz) Stroke. 2018;49(3):e46-e110. Originally published June 18, 2019.

2019 International Stroke Conference Poster Abstracts

Other Publications / Webinars / Websites

American Heart Association (AHA) & American Stroke Association (ASA)

Websites: (AHA) and (ASA)

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