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Incoming Chief Residents Attend "Chief Camp"
The 2022-23 chief residents for Internal Medicine and Medicine/Pediatrics have been selected, and to kick off their journey, they recently attended the Chief Residents Meeting, part of the Academic Internal Medicine Week annual conference in Charlotte.
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Fund Named for Frank Richeson Helps Cardiac Patients in Need
Many donations to URMC go toward research, but Eduardo Arazoza, M.D., from the division of Cardiology, saw a need for financial assistance for direct patient care. He named this fund in honor of Frank Richeson, M.D., professor emeritus, who cared for patients here for over 40 years.
Ramadan Fasting for Patients Now Supported by URMC
A special diet order is now available to patients who observe fasting for Ramadan, thanks to the collaboration of residents from Internal Medicine and Medicine/Pediatrics, and faculty from the division of Hospital Medicine.
Division of Hospital Medicine Makes Its Mark at #AIMW22
Several faculty members recently attended Academic Internal Medicine Week, giving talks, hosting workshops, and presenting abstracts. You can follow the division on Twitter and learn more about their activity at the meeting. Pictured: Alec O'Connor
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Awards: The UR Medicine Quality Institute recently awarded faculty members with grants to support QI projects. (Note: article is on the intranet, must be connected to VPN.) Congratulations to Valentin Guset, M.D., from Internal Medicine at Highland Hospital, Melissa Loh, M.B.B.Ch., and Jason Mendler, M.D., Ph.D., both from the division of Hematology/Oncology, and Jessica Stern, M.D., from the division of Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology.

Research: Ann Falsey, M.D., from the division of Infectious Diseases, is the lead author on the study, "Efficacy and Immunogenicity of an Ad26.RSV.preF-based Vaccine in the Prevention of RT-PCR-confirmed RSV-mediated Lower Respiratory Tract Disease in Adults Aged >65 Years," published in Open Forum Infectious Diseases.

Appointment: Jenny Shen, M.D., from the division of Hospital Medicine, has been named a Dean's Teaching Fellow for 2022-2024. She will develop and evaluate a curriculum on perioperative and consultative medicine.

Alumni: Former Internal Medicine resident Carlos Oronce, M.D., M.P.H, has earned the "Best Published Research Paper of the Year Award" from the Society of General Internal Medicine. Oronce gave a special shout-out to his residency and the DOM for lessons learned that informed his research.

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Benign Hematology Gets a New Home

Patients with non-malignant blood disorders were visiting their doctors at the Wilmot Cancer Institute, even though they did not have a cancer diagnosis. This would sometimes cause anxiety for patients, leading to either cancellation of appointments or several no-shows. The opportunity arose for the non-malignant hematology group, led by Frank Akwaa, M.D., to establish an office at 125 Lattimore Road, in the new Blood and Coagulation Disorders Center, where patients see their providers and receive their treatments within the same convenient space. Akwaa previously had other clinic sites in addition to Wilmot Cancer Institute, but now with one single location, patients and providers will face less confusion over where to go. Not only does this new location alleviate possible patient anxiety, it also streamlines the process of care for doctors, advance practice providers, nurses, and staff.

CTSI Hosting Virtual Analytics Colloquium on Monday, April 25

The event will feature two speakers: Qin Ma, Ph.D., from the Ohio State University on "Deep Learning Shapes Single-Cell Data Analysis," and Fei Wu, Ph.D., from the Buck Institute for Research on Aging on "The Application of Deep Learning in Aging Research and Single Cell Analysis." The virtual event will run from 12 - 1 pm. You can register here.

ASL interpreters will be provided.

Apply for Community-Based Participatory Research Pipeline to Pilot Awards

Do you have experience with community-based participatory research? Apply for up to $15,000 to support a planning grant or a pilot research project involving at least one faculty member from the University of Rochester and at least one community partner from the greater Rochester area. Applicants must clearly demonstrate how the program or pilot generated from this award will be used to develop a pilot grant and/or a larger, independently funded study. Apply by April 25.

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Charles Courtsal, M.D., a physician in our Primary Care network, was cleaning out his attic when he discovered an ancestor's diary from 1886. It belonged to Stephen Wilson, who told the tale of his aunt, Elizabeth Wilson, who was recruited at age 18 by George Washington to be his spy! It is such a fascinating tale, Courtsal turned it into an illustrated children's book, "Revolutionary Girl," available on Amazon. It was illustrated by Kitty Forbush, a recently retired oncology nurse from the Pluta Cancer Center.
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