Letter From the Chair
Ruth O'Regan

In February, many of you participated in a survey to help the DOM kick off our strategic planning process. Thanks to your voices, we received over 100 pages of insight, opinions, and priorities. Earlier this month, department leadership gathered for a brainstorming session to go over the results, and several clear themes emerged.

The COVID pandemic has taught us all lessons in crisis management, and many of us now have the mindset of embracing new ways of doing things. What does Medicine of the Highest Order mean to you? You defined it many ways, including: advances in technology; infrastructure that serves both health care workers and patients alike; an interdisciplinary approach to primary care and specialty care; and equitable access for all.

There is an emphasis on enhancing medical education across the spectrum of learners at all levels, supporting research and scholarly work. The workforce and culture here should create and embody a supportive environment; diversity, equity & inclusion should be woven into all aspects of our work; employee wellness should be a major focus; and opportunities for career development should be available for all. There is a call for regional expansion and affiliate integration, and increasing our international reputation. These are just a few of the themes that arose from the survey results.

Now that we have this extremely valuable input, we will begin to take these themes and flesh them out into goals and priorities. This will be an inclusive effort, and we will ask for your feedback as they are developed. I am so excited to see where this planning takes us!

Be well,
Ruth O'Regan, M.D.

    Top Stories  
DOM Welcomes Paul Bohjanen Next Week
Paul Bohjanen, M.D., Ph.D., joins us next week as division chief of Infectious Diseases. He will have a great impact on our HIV vaccine research, working together with Michael Keefer, M.D., one of our longtime HIV/AIDS researchers who has served as interim chief since 2018. Bohjanen will bring with him an HIV research program based in Uganda.
Amy Blatt Named Program Director of Internal Medicine Residency
Starting in June, 2022, Amy Blatt, M.D., will take the helm of the IM residency program. She succeeds Alec O'Connor, M.D., M.P.H., who served as director for 10 years, and will continue to support residents as associate program director.
Neil Scheier Travels to Poland to Provide Aid to Ukrainian People
Neil Scheier, M.D., a semi-retired/voluntary clinical senior instructor in Medicine, flew across the ocean with his daughter to deliver medical supplies gathered by UR faculty and staff to help Ukrainians fleeing to Poland. He then stayed at the border crossing to provide medical aid and comfort. "What we saw and what we did will remain with us forever."
    Special Announcements  

Leadership Development: Ian Deutchki, M.D., from the division of Geriatrics & Aging, has been selected for the 2022-23 Tideswell American Geriatrics Society Emerging Leaders in Aging Program. This year-long leadership fellowship augments and leverages existing leadership skills for clinical, research, policy, and educational initiatives in aging. His practicum will focus on establishing the Age-Friendly Health System paradigm at Monroe Community Hospital.

Leadership Development: Allison Magnuson, D.O., from the division of Hematology/Oncology, has been selected for the 2022-23 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Leadership Development Program. Participants will learn valuable leadership skills and gain exposure to US government research agencies and receive first-hand advocacy experience on Capitol Hill.

Research: Angela Branche, M.D., and Dave Dobrzynski, M.D., both from the division of Infectious Diseases, are contributing authors of the original article "Homologous and Heterologous Covid-19 Booster Vaccinations" in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Research: David Bushinsky, M.D., and Nancy Krieger, Ph.D., both from the division of Nephrology, co-authored the article "Effects of Acid on Bone" in Kidney International.

    Department News  

The Inaugural DEI & Healthcare Equity Symposium is Tuesday, May 24

Join the DOM for a day of plenary sessions with Q&A, poster gallery, and two keynote speakers. Hil Malatino, Ph.D., from Penn State University will present "Trans Care Within and Beyond the Healthcare Industry." Elizabeth Miller, M.D., Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine will present "Centering Community Voices to Promote Thriving and Health Equity." The event will run from 9 am to 6:30 pm. Visit the event website for an agenda and registration.

UR CTSI Looks Back Over Two Years, Two Pandemics

Did you know that the University of Rochester's CTSI was one of the first dozen institutions in the nation funded by the NIH's Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program? Sixteen years later, the UR CTSI is still a leader in its field. Learn about the amazing work of the institute and how it supports researchers across the University in this special edition of the UR CTSI Annual Report.

    Off the Clock  
Chunkit Fung, M.D., from the division of Hematology/Oncology is on the Board of Governors for the Human Rights Campaign. The HRC Western and Central New York Committee had their first retreat to strategize how to advocate for equality for LGBTQ+ communities. (Chunkit is pictured in the back row to the right. Next to him is his husband, Scott Hartman, M.D., from Family Medicine.) Chunkit will also chair the upcoming HRC WCNY Dinner on August 6.
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