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For the First Time, Internal Medicine Residents Will Rotate at Both Strong and Thompson
As URMC expands our regional footprint, it's become essential for medical professionals and learners to navigate a variety of medical settings and inter-hospital transfers. Earlier this month, IM residents began their journey to gain that experience first-hand through this new program. Brett Robbins, M.D., vice chair for education and director of the Med-Peds residency program, and Amy Blatt, M.D., director of the IM residency program, are both excited to see what will come from this collaborative venture.

Pictured left to right: Nicholas Love, M.D., Tony Sun, M.D., Ph.D., Alexi Bulloch, M.D., (attending from Thompson), and Kristen Clements, M.D., Ph.D.

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Build Trusting Relationships: Anti-Racist Communications
Robert Fortuna, M.D., M.P.H., from the Primary Care Network, is a member of the Community Advisory Board for the Presence 5 for Racial Justice project. He recently published an article with five communication practices that will help build better relationships with Black patients and empower them during their clinical care.
Primary Care Among First to Adopt New Point-of-Care Ultrasound Tech: Butterfly Tool
This new, on-the-spot technology offers incredible benefits for medical professionals and patients alike, allowing for quicker diagnostic results, and the ability to discuss next steps in real time. The program will expand throughout UR Medicine over the next four years, becoming a vital piece of patient care. (Note: article is on the intranet, VPN connection required.)
    Special Announcements  

Awards: Brian McGarry, Ph.D., from the division of Geriatrics & Aging, was awarded a National Institute on Aging career development award, and a Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (PALTC) research grant. He will research the impact of Alzheimer's Disease on an older person's ability to manage their Medicare coverage, and the impact of ventilation on the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes, respectively.

Grants: Daniel Lachant, D.O., from the division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, has earned a Chest Foundation Grant in Venous Thromboembolism. He will study remote rehabilitation of patients after hospitalization for pulmonary embolism.

Research: David Bushinsky, M.D., from the division of Nephrology, is a co-author on the research article "Modeling osteoporosis to design and optimize pharmacological therapies comprising multiple drug types," published in eLife Sciences, accompanied with the news article "New model can predict best drug combinations for osteoporosis."

Publication: Christopher Mooney, Ph.D., M.P.H., from the division of General Medicine, with Jennifer Pascoe, M.D., Amy Blatt, M.D., and Valerie Lang, M.D., M.H.P.E., all from the division of Hospital Medicine, authored the research article "Predictors of Faculty Narrative Evaluation Quality in Medical School Clerkships" in the journal Medical Education.

In the News: Ruth O'Regan, M.D., chair of Medicine, appeared on an episode of OncLive TV to discuss the development of oral SERDs in breast cancer.

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Dean Taubman will Present the Medicine Town Hall in September

Making his first appearance at our Medicine Town Hall, Mark Taubman, M.D., will deliver a "State of the Medical Center" annual update to the DOM on Monday, September 12 at noon. He will discuss the highlights of each of our missions (including Medical School admissions, research funding, and clinical enterprise), updates on new recruits and new facilities, progress on the EARAP, financial planning, and more. There will be time at the end for a Q&A session, so we encourage you to come prepared with questions.


Informatics: Keeping Up with the Updates

In July, eCheck-in started to include questionnaires for Social Determinants of Health for patients, and new icons were introduced on Storyboard for patients requiring complex care. Check out the July eRecord Communications Liaison (eCL) Email for full details.

Coming up on September 11, there will be an eRecord update, including a new secure chat feature, and a new suicide risk assessment screening tool. Visit the August eCL for more info. You can always get the latest news and updates on the eCL intranet homepage. (All pages located on the intranet, VPN connection required.)

If you have questions or comments, the DOM Informatics Team includes Arpan Patel, M.D., Sullafa Kadura, M.D., M.B.A., Conrad Gleber, M.D., M.B.A., and Joseph Nicholas, M.D., M.P.H. for Highland Hospital.

Need Clinical Informatics support for a project or an idea to improve the EHR? Submit your request to the department of Medicine Informatics Team.

    Off the Clock  
Jing (Jason) Wu, Ph.D., from the division of Nephrology, is the proud fur-father to these lovely new kittens who want to say hello to the DOM! On the left is Stella, who is a skilled hunter. On the right is Rosy, who loves to sit on Jason's shoulders and read his emails with him.
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