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May 24: Join Us for the Inaugural Department of Medicine DEI & Healthcare Equity Symposium
We are excited to host this full-day event that will cover a range of topics, including healthcare equity, community-engaged research, trans care, and inclusive care. You can participate virtually, and for those coming in person, enjoy a cocktail reception at the end of the day. Add to your calendar.
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Announcing the 2022 Research and Education Pilot Award Winners
Each year, the DOM sponsors several research, quality, and educational initiatives. Awardees use this funding to develop a project that culminates in a peer reviewed-publication, grant application, or other scholarly work that is presented at a future department Grand Rounds. Meet this year's winners!
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Research: Jennifer Anolik, M.D., Ph.D., interim chief of Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology, is the lead author of the article "Dynamic spectrum of ectopic lymphoid B cell activation and hypermutation in the RA synovium characterized by NR4A nuclear receptor expression" published in Cell Reports.

Honors: John Seymour, M.D., a fellow in the division of Palliative Care, has received the Elaine and Irwin Karron Memorial Prize for Excellence in Geriatrics. The prize is awarded each year to a fellow or junior faculty member who has demonstrated exceptional skill, commitment, and compassion in caring for older adult patients.

Awards: Ajay Dhakal, M.B.B.S., from the division of Hematology/Oncology, earned a KL2 Career Development Award from the UR CTSI. The award will provide two years of mentored support for his project "Testing Treatments for Breast Cancer with Brain Metastases."

Awards: Conrad Gleber, M.D., M.B.A., from the division of Hospital Medicine, earned the Geriatrics Faculty Scholar Award. This award is given by the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center and will provide mentorship from the division of Geriatrics & Aging for his project, "Development of a curriculum of the financial systems and value in healthcare along with a cost utility and cost efficiency analysis of the Geriatric Fracture Center combined service line."

Editorial: Thu Le, M.D., division chief of Nephrology, co-authored the article "Urine Uromodulin and Genetics of its Variation" published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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Webinar: Social Media to Maximize Research Exposure

Promoting research on social media is a great way to get more eyes on your work. Join the Junior Faculty Biomedical Research Association for this panel presentation, which features faculty members who are active on social media, as well as speakers from Miner Libraries and URMC Communications. Learn how social media can enhance the impact of your research on Wednesday, May 18, from 4 - 5:30 pm. Add to your calendar.

Conference: Taking Action on Substance Use Disorder

As the country faces the 'fourth wave' of the opioid epidemic—driven by the use of deadly synthetic opioids, stimulants, and the use of multiple substances in combination—overdose deaths continue to climb. The UR Medicine Recovery Center of Excellence is hosting the Taking Action: National Rural Substance Use Disorder Health Equity and Stigma Summit to evaluate barriers to substance use and opioid use disorder care. Keynote speakers include Uché Blackstock, M.D., whose organization Advancing Health Equity is working to dismantle racism in health care; Sam Quinones, author of the award-winning books Dreamland and The Least of Us; representatives from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy; and experts from URMC. Learn more about the summit here.

Wednesday, May 18 to Friday, May 20. 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (all days), Eastman School of Music and virtually. Register and add to Outlook calendar.

Looking for Past Editions of the Levy Letter?

As this newsletter has grown, so has the size of our mailing list! Whether you're just joining us and want to see what we've shared in the past, or you've been receiving this newsletter since the beginning and want to go back to your favorite issue, we archive all previous editions on the DOM news website. If you have a colleague who would like to receive this newsletter but isn't on the mailing list, reach out to DOMnews@URMC.Rochester.edu.

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Angela Branche, M.D.,from the division of Infectious Diseases, is passionate about helping people and has taken her efforts around the world. She helped found the non-profit H3Revive, which supports medical mission trips to underserved areas. Pre-pandemic, she visited the Dominican Republic three summers in a row to treat children born with HIV. The group helped refurbish a local clinic with equipment and supplies, gave training to providers, and helped families learn how to manage their children's condition.
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