Letter From the Chair
Ruth O'Regan

Happy holidays everyone! As we close out 2022 and look toward the new year, I want to reflect on all of your incredible accomplishments this year, which stand out even more due to the hardships we've faced. We can look back on our work with pride.

Our motto, Meliora, is a new year's resolution in its own right. We all strive to make things better. In the new year, the DOM will re-energize our work on the Strategic Plan and we will share periodic updates. For making things better at the institutional level, I would like to applaud Dean Taubman and the work he shares on URMC Pulse. Efforts are underway to improve hiring and retention, as well as clinical operations. I encourage you to explore these dashboards and see how those efforts are already making a positive impact.

Over these next few weeks, I wish each of you finds joy in your celebrations, your family, and your friends. Even as the snow falls (if it ever does come…) we can find warmth in our homes and at work through kindness and generosity of spirit. Let's all carry that feeling, that commitment, through the new year.

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

*This is the final Levy Letter of 2022. We'll be back January 6.

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DOM Year in Review

To highlight the department's many accomplishments this past year would take up a whole novel! Each division and member of the DOM has made great strides in our three pillars of clinical care, research, and education. We celebrate each of you and your contributions. Take a moment to review a few spotlights from 2022. (The site has a menu for easy navigation, or you can scroll through the entire department!)

Strong Earns ACC Chest Pain Center with PCI Accreditation

SMH is the only hospital in the Finger Lakes and Western New York to earn the American College of Cardiology's Chest Pain Center with PCI accreditation. Andrew Mathias, M.D. led the team who secured this honor. (Note: Article is on the intranet. VPN connection required.)

Faculty Made Film "Aye Zindagi" Screening This Weekend

Anirban Bose, M.D. from Nephrology, is the writer and director of this feature film that tells the heartwarming tale of a man in need of a liver transplant and how he bonds with a grief counselor. The film premiered in October, but in case you missed it, there is a FREE screening on Saturday, December 17 at RIT! Register for your free ticket here.

    Special Announcements  

Publication: Daniel Croft, M.D., M.P.H., and Mark Utell, M.D. both from Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, are co-authors of "Can Long-Term Residential Air Cleaning Reduce Cardiovascular Morbidity in COPD Patients?" published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Publication: Kristen O’Dwyer, M.D., from Hematology / Oncology, is the sole author of "Optimal approach to T-cell ALL," published in ASH Hematology Education Program.

In the News: Vivek Kaul, M.D., from Gastroenterology / Hepatology, appears as a guest speaker in the video "ACG 2022: Colorectal Cancer Screening, and GI and Liver Disease" on Medscape.

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Give DOM Divisions a Boost: Build Your Network of Colleagues on Doximity

Most DOM clinical faculty are registered on Doximity, the only place where physicians can vote in the annual US News Best Hospitals survey. As we head into voting season (typically February through March), adding colleagues to your network can boost URMC's reputation. When you update your profile, or are mentioned in a publication, everyone in your network automatically receives the update. The more connections you have, the more people will see URMC/SMH and think of us come voting time. Please take time to connect with former classmates, physicians you've trained with, and other colleagues; it could help your division improve its reputation score in the annual rankings.

Among the categories that US News ranks are the following DOM related: Cancer, Heart & Heart Surgery, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Geriatric Care, Nephrology, and Pulmonary.


UR CTSI: Apply for Population Health Research Postdoc

Are you interested in population health research? Take your career to the next level with the UR CTSI's Population Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship. With an individual development plan, the program is customized to your goals. Over the course of one year, you will develop and complete a population health research project with the guidance of an interdisciplinary team of mentors. Apply by Tuesday, January 31 for funding beginning July 1.

    Off the Clock  

And now, for something completely different! Amy Blatt, M.D., from Hospital Medicine, is the proud owner of this ball python, whose name is, you guessed it, Monty Python! He's five years old and currently four feet long, but could grow up to seven feet. Because snakes aren't a traditional holiday time animal that make you feel warm and fuzzy, Amy wanted to also share this video of her son's high school band concert, where they played the theme from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Happy holidays everyone!

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