Letter From the Chair
Ruth O'Regan

Today marks the final day of National APP Week. I am grateful to have such a large group of amazing NPs and PAs on our DOM team. Your hard work and dedication is vital to our patient care services.

Here are five things everyone should know about these talented individuals:

  1. There are about 380 nurse practitioners and physician assistants in the DOM.
  2. There are about 1,000 APPs across UR Medicine's clinical enterprise.
  3. That number has increased significantly over the past 10 years.
  4. APPs' work areas have expanded from Primary Care and Pediatrics to inpatient units and acute care settings, and they can be found at every UR Medicine hospital throughout the region.
  5. A year ago, URMC established the Department of Advanced Practice, which focuses on the role of PAs and NPs and encompasses the Sovie Center for Advanced Practice Providers.

The top leadership at the Sovie Center are DOM members: Cheryl Lustik, D.N.P. is the Chief Advanced Practice Officer, and Greg Rosinski, P.A.-C. is the Director of Advanced Practice. Earlier this year, Sarah Enslin, P.A., was named as the first-ever APP Manager representing all of our divisions, and is doing a truly phenomenal job.

Please join me in thanking and applauding these outstanding members of the DOM team whose contributions are vital to our mission.

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

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Get Your Game On: DOM Social Sporting Events

The Wellness Committee wants to show some DOM spirit at upcoming UR fútbol and football games. Bring your family to join your colleagues and cheer on the Yellowjackets!

This Sunday, October 2, the UR men's and women's soccer teams take on University of Chicago at Edwin Fauver Stadium. It's Meliora Weekend and the weather forecast looks great!

If you prefer American football, root for the home team vs Buffalo State College Saturday, October 15. See the flyer for details. Please RSVP to Allen Anandarajah, Theresa Bingemann, or Cheryl Rozario.

    Special Announcements  

Grants: Benjamin Korman, M.D., from the division of Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology, earned a Katz R01 grant from the NIH, for his project, "Role of the CD47 pathway in rheumatoid arthritis pathogenesis and treatment."

Grants: Eric Small, Ph.D., from the Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute, was awarded over $2 million in funding through 2026 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for his research project "Mechanisms of epicardium-directed coronary vessel patterning."

Publication: Hafsa Tariq, M.B.B.S., from the division of Nephrology, co-authored the review article "Metabolic acidosis post kidney transplantation" in Frontiers in Physiology.

Publication: Catherine Moore, M.D., from the division of Nephrology, and Valerie Lang, M.D., M.H.P.E." from the division of Hospital Medicine, co-authored the article "Point-of-Care Ultrasound Training During Nephrology Fellowship" in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

In the News: Sarah Enslin, P.A., and Vivek Kaul, M.D., both from the division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, authored their Q&A, "Top Picks from Digestive Disease Week for GI APPs" for the GI APP Corner, part of Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News.

In the News: Dave Dobrzynski, M.D., from the division of Infectious Diseases, is quoted as an expert in the "Immunization Guide for Monkeypox" from Forbes Health.

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Informatics: Keeping Up with the Updates

  • A significant eRecord update is planned for October 23. Please visit the Playground, which has been updated with these changes, and review the upgrade PowerPoints, available by October 7, with notes on which features are no longer going live.
  • We have the bivalent vaccine for inpatients who are eligible. The COVID vaccine order panel has been updated with a selection for this booster.
  • Want to be more efficient? Don't we all! Epic is hosting multiple Efficiency Hours which "are designed to help physicians be more effective and efficient using Epic to take great care of their patients." And they offer CME credit too!

As always, full communications can be found at eRecord Communications Liaison (eCL) Email. (Note: Some pages are 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.


Mentor Matchmaking: Bridging the Gap

Are you interested in helping learners grow through clinical shadowing and research? The Bridge Mentorship Hub is here to connect mentees (from high schoolers to fellows) from backgrounds that are underrepresented in medicine with great mentors (faculty clinicians or researchers). Take the Bridge Program Survey, or reach out to BridgeProgram@urmc.rochester.edu with any questions.


James Palis Takes the Podium at Next Dean's Lecture

The professor of Pediatrics and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine will present "Making blood: lessons from the mouse embryo." The aim of Palis' lab is to shed light on the cellular and molecular events underlying the production of blood cells and platelets—knowledge that will lead to a better understanding of and treatment options for genetic disorders, bone marrow failure syndromes, and leukemia's. SMD Dean Mark Taubman and Rick Waugh, Ph.D., vice provost for Research and professor of Biomedical Engineering, will introduce Palis. The talk will be followed by a reception on the Forbes Mezzanine (1-9580).

Monday, October 10 from 4 to 5 p.m., Class of '62 Auditorium. Add to Outlook calendar.

    Off the Clock  

Steve Georas, M.D., from the division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, along with his wife Lisa Beck, M.D. from Dermatology, recently summited Mount Olympus in Greece! Georas' parents were raised in Greece, and they frequently visit for vacations. His father is from the mountainous region called Evrytania, where the family has spent many summers hiking the rugged but beautiful country. Climbing Olympus (the highest point in Greece at 9,570 feet!) was on his bucket list, and they made the climb for his 60th birthday. "We made an offering to the gods on behalf of URMC."

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