Letter From the Chair
Ruth O'Regan

As we approach the holiday season, I recognize how difficult it may seem to feel grateful in the face of the challenges and turmoil we have experienced in this past year. From staffing shortages to the financial burdens of the pandemic, we have all struggled and made sacrifices. But through that cloud of darkness shines the light: you.

I have seen your resiliency and heroism in delivering consistent, high-quality care, and the laser-focus and brilliance of the research in our labs. I have seen colleagues go above and beyond to have each other's backs. You're an invaluable member of our department, and I am grateful for all that you do.

Empathy and compassion are essential to our daily routines. Whether we are treating or supporting patients, mentoring learners, or advancing research, we are better when we embrace kindness and gratitude. Well established science demonstrates how those values foster meaningful and positive interpersonal connections, reduce stress, and promote resilience and happiness. And they're contagious: when someone smiles at us, we are inclined to smile back, and they've made a difference in our day.

Reflect on all the individuals who are thankful for your efforts as well: the countless families who are together this holiday season because of your care and kindness and expertise. And of course, your own families and friends, who are grateful to have you in their lives.

Thank you for all that you do. I wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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

*The Levy Letter is taking a Thanksgiving break and will return on December 2.

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The DOM newsletter has been hitting inboxes for one year now. Conceived by Ruth O'Regan as a way to bring everyone together under one umbrella, and named after the estimable Paul Levy, take a look inside for this past year's highlights.

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Awards: Dennis Samuel, D.O., earned an Endocrine Fellows Foundation: Fellows Grant Award for his project "Identification of a Hypothalamic Glucoreceptor Involved in Energy and Glucose Homeostasis."

Research: Thu Le, M.D., Luojing Chen, Ph.D, and Yves Wang, Ph.D., all from the division of Nephrology, published "Collectrin (Tmem27) Deficiency in Proximal Tubule Causes Hypertension in Mice and a TMEM27 Variant Associates with Blood Pressure in Males in a Latino Cohort" in the American Journal of Physiology - Renal Physiology.

Research: Several Clinical Cardiovascular Research Center faculty published Assessment of absolute risk of life-threatening cardiac events in long QT syndrome patients," in Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine. Authors include Scott McNitt, M.S., Valentina Kutyifa, M.D., Ph.D., Spencer Rosero, M.D., Ilan Goldenberg, M.D., and Wojciech Zareba, M.D., Ph.D.

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Informatics: Keeping Up with the Updates

Today's highlights feature a sleeker, cleaner in-basket, a new look for Results Review, saying "No thank you" to overflowing inboxes, and much more! Get the full update here.

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.

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Thankful for this bundle of joy! Chief Resident Jenny Schreiber, M.D. and her wife, Jordana Gilman, M.D., M.P.H., Chief Resident of OBGYN, welcomed Avi Daniel Gilman into the world on September 25. They love spending time at Harriet Hollister Park in Honeoye. Avi's onesie says "Rising Chief," and was a sweet gift from Jenny and Jordana's co- chiefs.

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